Lifehouse may have blown up with the single "Hanging by a Moment," but the rock band gets shrunk back down to size in its next video.
The group recently began work on a clip for the song "Sick Cycle Carousel" with hotshot director Marcos Siega (Blink-182, Papa Roach), who filmed Lifehouse at an airplane hangar at Los Angeles International Airport. Next week, Siega will shoot additional live footage for the clip at a show in London.
The surreal video, conceived by singer Jason Wade and Siega, depicts a young boy struggling to navigate an obstacle course while the group performs in a ridiculously oversized room that dwarfs the bandmembers.
"This is the closest we'll probably ever come to being in a Tim Burton fantasy world," Wade said Thursday. "It was done in a real 'Jack and the Beanstalk' style. And Marcos used some camera tricks that make it look amazing. From far away, the stage set looked normal, but when you get closer you get smaller and it gets huge. We were being filmed in front of this bookcase that was like 150 feet high. It's a real visual trip."
The video should be ready to air later this month, the band's publicist said.
Though "Sick Cycle Carousel" is Lifehouse's newest single, the song has been around awhile. Wade started writing the tune more than three years ago, but it gathered dust for another year-and-a-half before he found suitable lyrics and completed the song.
"I was going through relationship issues," he recalled. "It was an interesting, introspective time, and I found that the lyrics I was writing related to the music I had written. It was one of the easier songs from No Name Face to put together because all the arrangements and parts were there when I sat down with the band to do it."
While Wade is thrilled that "Hanging by a Moment" has been so successful, he's a little worried that the hit leaves the band nowhere to go but down.
"When a single blows through the roof, where do you go from there?" he said. "Obviously, it sets the standard of expectation for the next single, but you never know if people are going to respond the same to it or if the radio will play it as much. Hopefully it will perform as well and we won't be just another one-hit wonder."
If Lifehouse do end up in the "where are they now?" file five years from now, it won't be for lack of trying. Wade said he's constantly writing new material on the band's tour bus and that he's already got eight songs ready for the group's next record. During headlining dates, Lifehouse have been playing the new anthem "Today," which Wade describes as more uptempo than most of the band's other material. In addition, Lifehouse have a slower ballad in the can called "Stanley Climbfall," which they plan to test live in the coming weeks.
"It's really funny when we play the new songs sometimes," Wade said. "People know the words of all the other songs we play, and they're used to singing along. So then we play a new song, and it's funny watching them try to sing along because they obviously don't know the words."
Lifehouse plan to stay on the road for at least the next year. On June 3, the band will begin its European tour in Nürburgring, Germany. The group will play England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy before returning to America for a tour with 3 Doors Down and Tantric.
"Right now we're just steamrolling ahead," Wade said. "We're gonna tour for however long this record has life in it, which is a good thing. But it's kind of hard also because we want to get back home and record."