The MTV Artist To Watch just dropped the video to her anthemic track, the third single from her debut album, Badlands, which enters us into a dystopian action flick with Halsey as the fearless leader.
"We're a community. They made me a leader when I never asked..." she opens the clip, over shots of a grainy deserted mountain. "We were hopeful we would win because nothing could scare us, we feared no city, and we feared no man."
The video, directed by Jodeb, takes a "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" sort of vibe as she and the people of her community train for battle. Then unsuspectingly, a group of men with machine guns capture Halsey and attempt to put the singer her death. However, her loyal followers come to their heroine's rescue and they all escape, giving new meaning to the lyric, "the city's ours until the fall."
“It’s this idea of these kids who are part of a generation where pop culture is so heavily influential that diversity doesn’t scare them the way it scared our parents and their parents. We’re more accepting of different walks of life,” Halsey told us. “So I think the 'New Americana' is racially ambiguous, people who are proud of their culture and they own it, possibly not from a binary of gender.”