New We the Kings video: 'Heaven Can Wait'
Proud Bradentonians We the Kings released a video for their new song Heaven Can Wait, the first single from upcoming album Smile Kid, due on Dec. 8.
The pulsating track relies more on synths and instrumentation than most of the tracks from We the Kings' self-titled debut album, with Ben Folds-y pianos and a guitar riff that calls to mind the BoDeans' Closer to Free. But singer Travis Clark's pop-punk wail is still spot-on.
The video was directed by Nicholaus Goossen, who directed the Adam Sandler-produced cult hit Grandma's Boy, starring Allen Covert and Peter Dante, who make appearances in the video.
The clip features the boys of WTK competing in (and, SPOILER ALERT, losing) a dog contest. But shed no tears for the band, for as you'll see in the end, sometimes people love shaggy St. Bernards more than trophy-winning goats. (Just watch the video. It'll make sense.)
"Something we learned about the goat," Clark said Friday by phone, "is that they have an attachment issue, where when they find their love, they can’t be apart, or else they get very sick. So they had the goat come in, and the goat’s lover was actually behind the camera. That’s the only way they could get it to act accordingly. When the other goat wasn’t there, it would lay down, and it wouldn’t do anything. When they brought the female goat in, he was ready to go. It was a good little Discovery Channel moment for We the Kings."
Yes, but the real question is: Did Clark try to pull any strings in order to land his own chihuahua, Elvis, a starring role in the video?
"I really did, man," he laughed. "It was so tough. It was tough to figure out how to fly him out. I know he’s deep-down pretty bummed out, but I apologized to him, and I said the next dog video we do, he’ll be very much a part of it."
Wanna tell Travis how much you dig the Heaven Can Wait video? We the Kings is performing Oct. 26 at the Ritz Ybor with All Time Low, Hey Monday and the Friday Night Boys. Tickets are $19-$22. Click here for details.
Click here for some behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*