Everything is not as laid back as it seems in the video for Quinn XCII’s single “Straightjacket."
Despite the bright color palette, casual pool party, and chill musical accompaniment, a deeper menace follows the Detroit vocalist and songwriter in the form of his dual-personality date. In the video directed by Kevin Slack (LP, The Gaslight Anthem), the tension of Quinn’s duplicitous party guest is a slow boil to an almost-unavoidable, cringe-inducing moment of public humiliation.
“People have really connected so well with the message of Straightjacket that I wanted to bring it all to life with a proper music video,” Quinn tells Billboard. “I had the pleasure of working with [director] Kevin Slack to put together a fun short story that highlights the situation I speak of in the song -- dating someone who acts one way in public but totally different (and crazier) behind closed doors, and the goal of ultimately exposing that true personality to everyone.”