By now, you’re probably aware that Maroon 5’s new video, “Misery,” is a pretty action-packed affair, featuring frontman Adam Levine being tossed off of buildings, slapped around and dodging oncoming traffic.
“We decided to focus on violence instead of sex this time around,” bassist Mickey Madden joked to MTV News last month.
“We like to switch it up,” Levine added. “The next one will be about drugs.”
We’ll just have to see about that one … but in the meantime, you can watch some exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of the “Misery” clip right now, because MTV News was there in May, when the band shot the video.
Maroon 5 worked with noted director Joseph Kahn — who’s helmed clips for the likes of 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Eminem, Muse and U2 — on the clip, which must have been an experience all its own. After all, not only has he worked with the biggest names in the biz, but he actually dreamed up the violent concept behind “Misery.”
“The cool thing is, when Joseph wrote the treatment … after reading a few sentences, I thought it was really amazing,” Levine said. “He’s awesome. He’s really enthusiastic and creative and awesome and fun. We’ve never worked with him before and he’s a very big video director, so it’s great to finally get to do something with him.”
“He’s put all of this together impressively, quickly and effectively,” Madden added. “It’s pretty awesome to see.”
The full “Misery” video will premiere tomorrow on MTV.com, but you’re going to have to wait a bit longer to hear their new album, Hands All Over, which isn’t due until September.