Did you think it was strange the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album was set to drop Friday without a music video? Well, on Thursday (June 16), the long-running L.A. band delivered with a spunky, charismatic clip for “Dark Necessities,” the lead single from their new long player, The Getaway.
It was directed by actress Olivia Wilde (House, Vinyl), and it comes with a cool feminist touch: While the band performs the song in an indoor hangout, a crew of female longboarders (Carmen Shafer, Amanda Caloia, Amanda Powell and Noelle Mulligan) plows through a supermarket, pours beer in their cuts and gets inner-lip tattoos.
Wilde — who also directed the “No Love Like Yours” video for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros back in March — talked to ET Online about how the RHCP opportunity came about. “They gave me a shot and I’ll forever be grateful because it served as another type of launch pad for me,” she said, discussing how the band hired her based off her unique pitch for the video. Concept in place, it sounds like the guys were total pros and running with it. “They’re so interesting that you really just have to let them have a free space to play in and set them free, and they just do 90 percent of the work for you.”
Check out the video below: