After teasing fans with a short yet highly enticing snippet, Half The Animal’s “Babylon” music video has finally arrived…and it was well worth the wait. The Socal alt-pop band teamed up with Shomi Patwary, the legendary filmmaker credited to Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and ASAP Rocky videos, to create a visual that adds an element of cinematic symbolism to a song that was already deeply expressive in both sound and lyric. The band shared with Ones To Watch,
“Working with Shomi was exactly what the doctor ordered. Taking his urban/hip-hop style gave us the visual edge we wanted for ‘Babylon.’ The 3D shapes represent how our lives take on different forms. The flashbacks shown in the video reminisce of our early youth and fighting the habits we were up against. The video not only represents the battles in life, but more importantly coming out the other side and stronger because of it.”
It makes sense that the "Babylon” music video chronicles the consequential challenges and triumphs of life, considering that fact that singer Chase Johnson and drummer Nick Gross quite literally grew up together. The guys found early success as featured characters on the MTV series, Laguna Beach, and later joined with bassist Evan Smith and guitarist Alex Asch to complete the band in early 2016. Flash forward to nearly one year later, Half The Animal is preparing to unleash their debut EP Shapes, explaining,
“Perhaps the name of the EP describes just that- an idea that an alternative pop rock band can take on multiple forms and multiple shapes- leaving an intriguing anticipation for what lies next around the corner.”
Shapes is due Oct. 28–pre-order it here and in the meantime, enjoy your exclusive stream of “Babylon” below.