Watch Exile the Second's New Video, 'Route 66,' Directed by Dave Meyers

Exile the Second, 2017
Courtesy of Billboard Japan

Exile the Second

The Japanese male vocal and dance group Exile the Second released their music video for "Route 66," the title track of their new single coming out Sept. 27.

The video was directed by Dave Meyers, the visual artist responsible for works such as Kendrick Lamar's imagery-laden "Humble" video and the lush visuals for Ariana Grande and John Legend's "Beauty and the Beast." This was his first J-pop video, and the shot took place in Los Angeles this July.

For "Route 66," Meyers intended to create a video that embodies a story and draws viewers in, making them want to go there because it looks like fun. Setting up Exile the Second's boisterous "bad boy" image against the barren landscape of the iconic American highway, the video captures the essence of the exhilarating dance number through the rollicking, speedy visuals.

"American music was why we got into singing and dancing in the first place," says leader Kenchi Tachibana. "We thought this song in particular should be shot in the States, which is why we made it happen in L.A. I think the chemistry worked out great!"

Watch Exile the Second's "Route 66" video here:
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