Thirty Seconds To Mars gets downright weird in "Up in the Air," the new video for the band's latest modern rock hit, which premiered today (Friday, April 19).
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber, and a morbidly obese woman in a bikini appear in the clip along with a lion, a wolf, a snake, zebras, a mechanical bull, fencers from USC, performers from Cirque du Soleil's Iris, and of course, those nutty guys in Thirty Seconds To Mars. The video also features contributions from controversial artist Damien Hirst.
When music videos cross that fine line into "art," they're often called "short films." That's the case here in the clip lensed by TSTM frontman Jared Leto's Dr. Seuss-inspired alter-ego, Bartholomew Cubbins. Leto describes it as "an epic, bizarre and hallucinogenic journey through an incredibly surreal landscape" and goes on to call his directing alter-ego "maniacal." You'll just have to decide for yourself.
The video is advance promotion for the band's forthcoming album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, due May 21 on Virgin Records. It's produced by Leto along with Steve Lillywhite, who's known for his work with U2, the Rolling Stones, and Peter Gabriel. As far as we know, the album does not feature any contributions from wild life or Olympic gymnasts, but we could be wrong.