The thing that’s great about breakup songs is that you can apply them to so many situations: ex-lovers, ex-friends, ex-roommates and most likely in Paramore’s case, ex-band members. Paramore’s “Monster” is the first song that marks a new chapter for the band, after the somewhat dramatic exit of former guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro.
While many breakup videos might include a lot of crying or, my personal favorites, car keying and tire slashing, Paramore takes a more subtle approach at expressing their scorn in “Monster.” The video, directed by Shane Drake (Panic! At The Disco’s, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Timbaland’s “The Way I Are”), opens with the band floating face up in a pool of water. As the drums kick in, frontwoman Hayley Williams begins to sing the story of someone who did her wrong, and let’s just say we’re really glad she’s not talking about us. In between shots of Hayley angrily singing in room by herself, we see the band trying to make sense out of the seemingly random explosions taking place in the abandoned hospital their playing in.
Toward the end of the video, the band members eventually find each other in the hospital and make a run for it to escape before the whole building blows up. And so as not to give anything away, we’ll let you watch “Monster” yourself to see if the band makes it out of the disaster zone alive — literally and figuratively.
+ Watch Paramore’s “Monster” video.