Little Big Town, who spent the first part of the summer nursing their “Girl Crush,” have found the perfect remedy in the splashy, tropical “Pain Killer.” After a record-breaking 13 weeks at Number One with the former tune, the quartet hit the beach for the latter, drinking up the sun and frolicking on the beach to the tune’s reggae-inspired rhythm.
Shot in the British Virgin Islands, much of the action in the colorful new clip takes place at the Soggy Dollar Bar, the “home of the original Painkiller,” a potent mixture of rum, cream of coconut, orange juice and nutmeg. There are also some stunning underwater shots of the band members (and their waterlogged instruments), costumed performers on stilts and lots and lots of white, sandy beaches.
“Pain Killer” was written by band members (and married couple) Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook with Hillary Lindsey and Blair Daly and was the obvious title track for the group’s sixth studio album, which has already scored major hits with “Girl Crush and “Day Drinking.”
“We knew the record was going to be called Pain Killer way on into the process because we love that song,” Fairchild told Rolling Stone Country last year. “That song is really kind of tongue-in-cheek — ‘be the person that numbs my pain.’ We started talking about tying that thread through the whole record, to ease your pain. Don’t we want the whole record to do that for people, anyway? Whether it’s a sad moment, or a song that’s more thoughtful and has a lot more substance in the lyric, we want music to take us away. Pain Killer is the common thread through all the songs.”
Westbrook recently underwent surgery to remove a polyp on his vocal cord, causing the band to postpone or cancel several dates. But they are now back on the road, playing Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, on Wednesday, August 26th, with Cassadee Pope and Charlie Worsham. See more of their upcoming dates here.