5SOS Smashes Gender Stereotypes in New “Valentine” Music Video
5 Seconds of Summer‘s Youngblood era has been all about pushing the limits and doing the unexpected (ya know, like overtaking Beyonce and Jay-Z for the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart), and that trend continues in the the new “Valentine” music video.
5SOS drummer Ashton Irwin co-directed the vid, which he says captures “the androgyny and feminine element” of the way lead singer Luke Hemmings performs the song live. The 22-year-old often wears glitter makeup and rocks painted nails on stage, both of which can be seen in the video.
Gender stereotypes are also smashed by guitarist Michael Clifford and bassist Calum Hood, who wear eyeliner and gold body paint in the video, respectively.
“Collaboration has always been one of the key most important things about 5 Seconds Of Summer since day one and co-directing the video with Andy [DeLuca] was an incredible and very fluid experience,” Ash explains in a press release. “There are a few things we wanted to capture; the androgyny and the feminine element of the way Luke performs as well as the dark romance of the song. This video is us taking something into our own hands and attempting to be a part of every single detail of what we create. We hope you enjoy it and I’m looking forward to making many more.”
If you’re looking to hear “Valentine” live, the Australian musicians are currently on their Meet You There Tour, which will take them all over the world for the next several months.
Check out the “Valentine” music video above!