Conan Gray Debuts Cinematic Video For 'Checkmate': Watch

Conan Gray, 'Checkmate'
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Conan Gray, 'Checkmate'

Gray is also getting ready to embark on his next headlining tour.

Love's a game, as Conan Gray perfectly puts into words with his song "Checkmate," the video for which is out today (July 25).

"In the 'Checkmate' music video, I finally get revenge for all the times I got played with in a relationship," Gray said in a press release. "If you wanna treat love like a game, I'm gonna win it. If you wanna cheat on me with my best friend, I'm gonna trick you into thinking I don't know, then kidnap you both and send you to starve on a deserted island so you can spend the rest of you short lives alone together (just like you wanted). Cheers!"

"You think you're funny, right?/ Calling me drunk when it's too late at night/ Telling me truths that you know are all lies," Gray sings. He mentions other dating clichés, like thinking you're exclusive and then watching your partner flirt with others. In the chorus, he lyrically dives head-first into the metaphor: "'Cause I've gotten tired of the games that you play/ When you tell me you love me then you throw me away/ So cry me a river 'til you drown in a lake/ 'Cause you may think you're winning but checkmate."

Sonically, the dynamic track features percussive flares, an explosive chorus, and surprising little melody twists sprinkled all over. 

"'Checkmate' is a song that spewed out of me while alone in my bedroom," Gray previously shared in a release. "It took me about four minutes, and I just ugly cried out a whole song about this person I liked who was always playing games with my heart. They’d call me super drunk in the middle of the night telling me they loved me, then they’d spend the next week cold and ignoring me. 'Checkmate' was my last draw; my way of saying 'I’m done with these games. If you wanna play this game, I’m gonna win.'”

Gray is also gearing up to embark on his next headlining North American tour this fall. The Comfort Crowd tour will kick off on Oct. 29 at The Pageant in St. Louis, M.O. and wrap on Dec. 13 at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre. He'll also be making his festival debut at Lollapalooza and Life is Beautiful festival.

Check out the video and upcoming tour dates below.


08/02 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
09/20 Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful
10/29 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10/30 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
11/3 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Centre
11/5 Toronto, ON - Rebel  
11/7 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall  
11/8 Detroit, MI - Fillmore Detroit  
11/9 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues - Cleveland  
11/12 New York, NY - Terminal 5  
11/13 Boston, MA - House of Blues - Boston  
11/14 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore  
11/16 Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring  
11/17 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte  
11/19 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle  
11/20 Orlando, FL - The Plaza 'LIVE'  
11/22 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Revolution  
11/23 Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor  
11/26 Houston, TX - Revention Music Center  
11/27 Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory  
12/2 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre  
12/4 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot  
12/6 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre  
12/7 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo  
12/8 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre  
12/10 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater  
12/11 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre  
12/12 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre  
12/13 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre


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