From the last album of The Offspring, Let The Bad Times Roll, the song Behind Your Walls got a dark clip animated by Jeb Hardwick.
A dark and mysterious clip
Jeb Hardwick is a famous director who works with Architects, Mariah Carey, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Falling in Reverse… In addition, he is a member of the English band Phoria. Today he collaborates with the band The Offspring for a black and animated clip. The animation, created with Umbrella.tv, reveals the difficulty of crossing an emotional chasm. Jeb Hardwick talks about his work on this song: “The song evoked a sense of a couple trying to connect through emotional barriers that had been building over time. I wanted to take that prompt and turn it into a dark fairytale, a sort of dystopian take on the classical storytelling structure of writers like the Brothers Grimm. I wanted the video to have an ambiguous dreamlike aesthetic to it, so I was keen to take away some of the sharpness and crispness usually associated with CGI and give a sense of it being somewhere between a moving painting and a 1920s German Expressionist film”.
Noodles, guitarist of the band, also spoke about this song: “”Behind Your Walls” is about trying to reach somebody who is feeling isolated, alone, or depressed. How do you reach out and get through the emotional chasm that exists? Sometimes it feels impossible to grab a hold of that person and pull them back to “safety”, emotionally and mentally. The song is about that struggle.”.