Fresh from reeling in a CMA award for their “Girl in a Country Song” video, duo Maddie and Tae inject more salty humor into their latest clip for “Shut Up and Fish.” They’ve also traded taking swipes at bro country for casting Tae Dye’s real-life bro Mason Dye as a clueless preppy who gets in the way of a good day’s fishing.
The comical clip and the song’s rapid-fire lyrics detail just how badly a guy “with more than bass on his mind” can spoil a perfect day relaxing on the river with your line in the water but, naturally, the girls (literally) shoot some holes into his romantic plans when he takes a boat out to retrieve his shoe that’s floating on the water.
More than just being the duo’s latest role-reversing tune, “Shut Up and Fish” is based on an actual encounter they had with a couple boys, boat shoes and fish.
“We were 16,” Dye tells Rolling Stone Country. “This was the first summer that we actually got to hang out a lot. One day we were just really bored: ‘We love to fish, so let’s go fishing.’ We’d been texting these guys, ‘Do you want to go fishing with us?’ We literally thought it was just fishing, because they had the fishing poles, which they didn’t even know how to use, come to find out. So we get there, and they come dressed up in like white v-necks and coral shorts. Just the typical city boy with their Sperry [boat shoes] and stuff. So we’re like, ‘You know we’re going fishing, right?’ … Maddie and I take it very seriously because we wanna catch something. We didn’t just go there to mess around. We didn’t catch anything that day, because all the boys wanted to do was talk and bust a move. . . You’d better do some flirting with the fish so they’ll come and bite my hook.”
“Shut Up and Fish” is the third single from Maddie and Tae’s Start Here LP, released in August.