Ever hear a song that just makes you want to throw on a pair of shades? Hot Mulligan wrote one of those kind of tunes, aptly titling it "Equip Sunglasses," and they created a music video to bring that oh-so-cool feeling to life.
The pop-punk band gave the music video for "Equip Sunglasses" — premiering on Streets Talkin today (Feb. 20) — a throwback feel, hanging out around a red '67 Chevy Camaro while rocking black leather jackets and, of course, black sunglasses. But the Hot Mulligan guys (lead singer Nathan “Tades” Sanville, guitarist/vocalist Chris Freeman, guitarist Ryan Malicsi, bassist Garrett “Sniff” Willig and drummer Brandon Blakeley) also let their eccentric personalities shine in the video, finding funny ways to, well, equip sunglasses.
"When we were writing the song, we felt like it had the type of groove that made you want to put on sunglasses, so we just ran with that without over-complicating anything or creating a real story line," Freeman tells Streets Talkin in a statement. The random ideas came from both the band and the video's director, Michael Herrick, who suggested that the guys fan each other with giant leaves — which ended up being one of their favorite scenes.
The quirky video offers a lighthearted metaphor for the song's deeper meaning, "about the sort of anger and paranoia you get from always having eyes on you," Sanville explains. "It’s both rejection and fear of mob mentalities."
"Equip Sunglasses" is the latest release from Hot Mulligan's forthcoming new album, You'll Be Fine, which is due March 6 No Sleep Records.
Check out the video below.