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Thursday, May 21, 2015

WATERS Drop New Video for "What's Real"

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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WATERS debuted a new video for "What's Real," an anthemic pop rock tune about fake (and real) friends, yesterday.

The video opens with frontman Van Pierszalowski in front of a green screen, appearing bewildered by his surroundings. The Bay Area band, originally formed in 2011 in Oslo, Norway, dances enthusiastically in their everyday attire as the power-poppy, guitar-driven song kicks into high gear.

"What's Real" takes viewers on a journey through time, satirizing various fads and trends of the '90s and 2000s – fitting for a band that seems generally nostalgic about the era. First, they turn the green screen into a kaleidoscope image, creating a psychedelic-rock vibe that feels like a mix of Deee-Lite and The Flaming Lips, and bounce around wearing '90s party gear (raver-type stuff, not the band's usual '90s-ish dress).

The next costume change comes when WATERS takes on a Weezer-esque aesthetic and persona, with Pierszalowski timidly singing into the mic with his hair neatly tucked back behind his ears, which hold up a pair of thick-rimmed glasses.

Lastly the crew takes on a dark, moody, Marilyn Manson and Glenn Danzig image, with Pierszalowski wearing dark eye makeup and keyboardist Sara DaMert rocking what looks to almost be a Catwoman outfit.

It's not the first time WATERS have played dress-up — they've been known to rock a Spice Girls outfit or two on stage. Watch the video below of the and check out the interview we did with the band a few weeks back.

WATERS plays Outside Lands Festival August 8.

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