Fall Out Boy are kicking “fake reality” to the curb in their new video for the EDM-driven song “Champion”.
Directed by Scantron and Mel Sonia, the video follows a series of individuals living out their dreams and nightmares through VR headsets. After playing out scenes from the boardroom to the boxing ring, Jaden Smith appears to close out the video with a bang — crushing everyone’s dreams as he smashes the headset with a baseball bat. The video also features an appearance from “Silicon Valley” actor Josh Brener.
The boys addressed the video’s theme with a note released via Twitter on Friday. “I can’t think of a worse drug than fake reality,” the message began. “Smash the fake reality. Don’t just sit around and kill time.”
With a distinctive new sound, the band is being meticulous with the release of new music as to not alienate their devoted fans. “We definitely think about how we have this really loyal base of kids, but I think about it more in terms of how I think about The Clash,” Pete Wentz told NME earlier this year.
“I mean, at the time The Clash did so many departures and I was like ‘What the f**k? I just want this punk band’. But now, in retrospect I don’t think that I would’ve liked The Clash as much if they hadn’t made the change,” he added. “It’s like with Bowie and, all these artists that I’ve loved – they changed depending on the era.”
The song is off Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album “M A N I A”, which is slated for release September 15.