Talk about crew love — in the brand-new music video from American/Danish rockers New Politics, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco and the rest of the DCD2 Records family joined the fun to bring the track “West End Kids” to life.
To hype their third studio album Vikings (which drops Aug. 14 on DCD2/Warner Bros.), New Politics parodied a swath of popular video games — Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto and Zelda — for the “West End Kids” clip. Below, watch David Boyd, Søren Hansen and Louis Vecchio play the heroes, battling the sinister likes of Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, Travie McCoy, LOLO, and MAX to save the day. It’s premiering exclusively via Billboard.
“This video pays homage to our favorite classic video games,” Hansen tells Billboard. “I’ve lost count of how many hours of my life I’ve spent playing, but bringing them to life has been a surreal experience for us. Plus, getting to kick Fall Out Boy’s ass was pretty awesome.”
We wouldn’t be too scared of meeting Patrick Stump in a dark alley, but still, you gotta hand it to them; they did kick ass. All parties involved got a big assist from veteran stunt coordinator Manny Silverio (Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Dark Knight Rises), who helped the band members learn their moves on the day of the Brooklyn shoot.
New Politics has also set up a new website where fans can enter a very familiar cheat code (it’s up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a) to access a free download to the 8-bit version of “West End Kids.”