Indie Rock Music Videos You Must See

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Looking for some new indie rock music to check out? Here are five amazing music videos from up-and-coming bands that you absolutely must see!

The National- “I Am Easy to Find”

The National’s “I Am Easy to Find” is a gorgeous, nearly six-minute music video composed of a series of unconnected vignettes featuring women at different stages of life. The vignettes are linked by a single, continuous shot of the band playing in a dark room, and the overall effect is meditative, hypnotic, and deeply moving. “I Am Easy to Find” is director Mike Mills’s first music video, and it’s a masterful work.

The 1975- “People”

The 1975 is an English rock band from Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald, and George Daniel. The band’s debut album, titled The 1975, was released on 2 September 2013 and peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart on 8 September 2013.Its music has been described as “effortlessly cool”, “infectious”, and “astoundingly ambitious”.

The band’s second album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, was released on 26 February 2016 and debuted at number one in the UK and the US. The album’s singles include “Love Me”, “Somebody Else”, and “The Sound”.

Vampire Weekend- “Harmony Hall”

“Harmony Hall” is the lead single from Vampire Weekend’s fourth studio album, Father of the Bride. The song was released on January 17, 2019, along with a music video directed by Emmett Malloy.

The song is about the dilapidation of a former country club, and frontman Ezra Koenig has said that it is meant to be an “analogue for how do you deal with the past and how do you deal with memory”. The music video was filmed at the now-defunct RKO Hamilton theater in Los Angeles, which served as a stand-in for the country club referenced in the song.

The video features cameos from Greta Gerwig, Jonah Hill, and Koenig’s daughter, Willow.

Modest Mouse- “Lampshades on Fire”

Released in March of 2015, “Lampshades on Fire” is the first single off of Modest Mouse’s album Strangers to Ourselves. The song debuted at number one on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart, making it Modest Mouse’s first number one hit on that chart. The music video, which was directed by Aimee Lane and produced by Jared Hess, features a man and woman going about their daily lives in a town that seems to be stuck in the 1950s. The video has a quirky and light-hearted feeling that matches the tone of the song.

Arcade Fire- “Everything Now”

Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now” is an instant classic. The song is catchy, the lyrics are clever, and the video is creative and fun.

The video was directed byChris Dischinger and Tim Heidecker, and it stars Heidecker as a man who’s trying to enjoy a leisurely day at the beach with his family but keeps getting interrupted by an overbearing lifeguard who keeps telling him he’s doing everything wrong.

Heidecker does a great job capturing the exasperation of someone who just wants to relax but can’t, and the video is both funny and relatable. It’s also a great example of how to make a good music video that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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