The ascendant pop-rockers known as His Dream of Lions pulled their band-naming inspiration from Ernest Hemingway's 1952 classic The Old Man and the Sea. Is it any surprise, then, that the group's got a soft spot for an old-fashioned narrative?
The five-piece's new video, "Danger Close," premiering today exclusively on FM, is a short film in the shape of a longer, Oscar-nominated one. Three of the guys play runaway convicts chained together, dashing through picturesque fields, as the other two follow, the authorities, follow in hot pursuit. Is the vibe familiar yet? The band tells Fuse:
"We had been playing around with a couple different concepts for the 'Danger Close' video and nothing really felt right. We were in the studio tracking vocals on the song, and Ben, our producer, casually mentioned the idea of doing an O Brother, Where Art Thou? video. At first we brushed it off as a joke, but the more we sat with it, the more we realized that we could probably pull it off."
The Fairfax, Virginia act says the clip "was literally shot in our backyards." And while it's pretty immediately apparent from watching, this was an ambitious production:
"Probably the most physically exhausting thing any of us have been through. Everything you see in the video we did—we put on the chains, sat out in the heat, all of it. The craziest part though was the final scene where we jump off the bridge. [Lead vocalist] Seth [Coggeshall] cut his foot open on a rock and ended up in the hospital."
Blood, sweat, tears and black-and-white prison stripes.
His Dream of Lions will soon follow up their Part One and Part Two EPs with a self-titled EP on October 13. Before "Danger Close," the single "Cradle" led the way. Scope out that video here: