5 Seconds Of Summer have shared a homemade music video for their latest single, ‘Wildflower’. Taken from their album C A L M which is out now on Polydor.
With their initial video shoot plans derailed due to lockdown, 5 Seconds Of Summer creative director Andy DeLuca stepped up to direct ‘Wildflower’ remotely via Zoom, using a sanitised green screen delivered to each band member’s doorsteps to film themselves at home.
On directing the video, Andy Deluca added “Our original plan consisted of a big budget, a full crew, and a giant studio, but it was cancelled due to coronavirus and we were forced to make something under the challenging conditions of quarantine. Michael had a green screen sitting in his closet, so I figured that could be enough to make something. Since the song has a pretty distinct 80s/90s tone, I came up with the idea of making an 80’s/90’s MTV-style music video. A ‘music-video-themed music video’. The stuff I grew up on and loved. So we passed around the disinfected green screen (with the help of our teammate Kat Gallagher), and everyone filmed their parts at home with an iPhone and later sent the footage over to me. In the meantime, Sarah Eiseman and I began working on the art for the video. We quickly learned animation and drew up several blooming flowers, and also created the trippy colored backgrounds using milk and food dye. I then spent the next couple of days/nights editing nonstop until my eyes bled and the video was completed. It definitely has pushed us to create something we normally wouldn’t, using only our brains and our hands.”
A clear nod to the 80’s era synth pop, ‘Wildflower’ is a bright slab of pure joy with some wonderful harmonies and a great dance feel. It’s also meant to have an open-ended meaning, according to the band; they omitted keywords from the chorus so that people can add whatever feels best for them: “You’re the only one who makes/Every time we,” goes the refrain.
“We wanted to make the chorus kind of a choose-your-own-adventure, where some words are left out and then accentuated by these big stabs of synth,” bassist Calum Hood explained in a statement. “It lets everyone come up with their own interpretation and fill in whatever they think those missing lyrics might be.”
Check it out, here.