Have you ever wondered what Queen Bey (Beyoncé) would look like performing a Hardcore Rock song? Wonder no longer. Detroit-based Screamo band The Armed lets pop culture icons let out their inner rocker in their video for “Polarized.” While not a lyric can be deciphered, it’s more so entertaining to watch the cohesive mash-up of the various music videos utilized to create a performance of the band’s song, sans the actual band. Sit back and watch your favorite artists turn into rockstars by way of flawless editing.
“The video is mostly a reflection on the importance of curation vs. creation today. Tumblr culture. You don’t need to create it… just embrace it during its shelf life of cultural favorability and be vocal. Take what you want from whatever you want and define yourself like a Mr. Potato Head. We’re not saying this is good or bad, it just is.
There’s also an undercurrent theme of anonymity and the unimportance of the creator or the individual. Art over its maker. The reduction of pop star/cultural deity to mere blurred extra in some evening news b-roll.
Lastly, we wanted to hit the idea of referentiality in music. So much modern music is – if we’re being kind – incredibly referential, or if we’re being honest, a stale cartoon of sounds and an aesthetic boomeranging back into fashion. Everyone is guilty of it, including us. But I would say that more so than ever, a lot of trending rock and pop music finds itself in a state of genre-cycling arrested development.” – The Armed
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