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Watch: Portugal. The Man’s Striking ‘Modern Jesus’ Video

Band shows dramatic slices of life in sometimes-graphic clip


Portugal. The Man’s latest video from their Danger Mouse-produced album Evil Friends is a bold, sometimes shocking reel of images that run the gambit from religious to violent. NME premiered the clip, which opens with shots of a lone church goer praying at an altar before it quickly cuts to a shot of a woman twerking in front of a brick wall.

AG Rojas, who previously helmed Jack White’s brilliant ‘Sixteen Saltines” video, directed the clip, which also features footage of pit bulls, Confederate flags, and banjo players as John Gourley sings, “Don’t pray for us/We don’t need no modern Jesus/To roll with us/The only rule we need is never/Giving up/The only faith we have is faith in us.” As the collage of images from everyday life roll by, the video seems to celebrate a certain degree of solace found in acceptance: no one’s trying to be a hero or a savior, but they are willing to celebrate solidarity. 

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