The Strokes‘ new clip for “Threat Of Joy” opens with a feint: a video within a video. The band attempts to shoot a music video when a mysterious organization kidnaps the director and the film reel disappears.
The missing footage provides a narrative thread that stretches through the rest of the clip. While the band runs through a casual performance of “Threat Of Joy,” members of SWAT team in full tactical gear sweep the room. A neon sign appears saying, “there’s no escape.” A group of men wearing pig-face masks appear to be behind the scheme. One of these characters stands briefly next to a message that reads: “Wall Street. We make money so you don’t have to!”
The Strokes play calmly through it all. “I’m gonna take what comes my way,” frontman Julian Casablancas sings. “Take what they give me.”
“Threat Of Joy” appeared on The Strokes’ Future Present Past EP. (So did “Oblivius,” the song with a missing visual.) Future Present Past hit shelves June 3.