Chances are, hearing Halsey’s “New Americana” — with its anthemic lyrics and rollicking drum beat — inspires a call to arms for your inner warrior.
So it only makes sense that the song’s official video would take that underlying rebellious nature and give it a visual treatment worthy of its own dystopian action movie.
The video premieres on MTV on Friday (Sept. 25), but Halsey’s done us a solid by releasing a short but action-packed trailer to whet our appetites. And what we see is something that combines the dauntless ‘tude of “Divergent” with the revolution-ready stakes of “The Hunger Games.”
The teaser clip opens with our heroine fiddling with an old radio, dressed in white with flowing blue hair. But then a spark’s ignited, and we see a more badass-looking Halsey throwing punches and waging war alongside a pack of fellow outsiders.
“New Americana” is the third single from Halsey’s debut album, Badlands, released in August. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter recently opened up to MTV News about her inspiration behind the generational anthem, explaining it’s somewhat satirical.
“I think, most importantly, the song is self-aware. It’s a satire on a generation that is so poignantly aware it’s become a parody,” she told us. “For me, the song mentions my mixed-race upbringing in a very tongue-in-cheek way, ’raised on Biggie and Nirvana’… Overall, it’s just a call to arms for the people in this generation (including myself) who used to be a part of counter culture that has become the norm.”
Halsey’s video for “New Americana” will premiere on MTV at 7:10 p.m. EST on Friday. Until then, read more about our new Artist to Watch here.