30 June, 2016 - NME.com
Years And Years have unveiled the video for new single ‘Worship’.
The song is the eighth single to be released from debut album ‘Communion’, with the band also saying it will be the final release from the 13-song 2015 album.
The video is directed by Matt Lambert, who has previously directed videos for Patrick Wolf and Hercules And Love Affair. It’s choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who has worked with Sia and Florence And The Machine.
Singer Olly Alexander said of the video: “When we get the chance to make a video I start by asking myself a bunch of questions - what should it look like? How can we portray the songs meaning in the video? Is there a ‘statement’ I want to express? What am I trying to say and what if it's misconstrued? I go round and round like this and recently I've been questioning nearly everything, asking myself I'm doing enough, if I'm helping at all and what use, if any, do I have as a singer in a band? Honestly, I don’t know the answers to these questions. I can’t pretend I haven’t felt, at times, profoundly discouraged and disheartened. I feel like I won’t ever be able to do enough. So, reality check, I make pop music. This is a video for a pop song. However, the visibility of queer people feels more important to me now than ever.
“I couldn't have been more excited and grateful to work with two artists I massively respect, Matt Lambert and Ryan Heffington. Their super charged magical queer creative energy was a real privilege to be a part of. This video is a collaboration between us and I am very proud of it.
“I want to stare down fear and intolerance with the queer eyes in my queer face. I want to try to not be afraid. I know I'll make mistakes, but I want to keep going. I've seen the incredible amount of support and love from our fans and I’ve learnt a lot from them. I can only hope that the dialogue continues and we trust each other enough to carry on. To keep making people sit up and think, to start the conversations that tackle identity, gender, gayness, queerness and the inter-sections between them all. I know that I’m not going to be quiet about it.”
The trio play V, Sundown and Bestival festivals.