Years & Years Release Daring “Worship” Video: Watch
Years and Years are known for their extremely outlandish, sexually daring music videos (see “King” and “Desire”). Now, the English trio is back with the visual for “Worship,” and it’s as weird, bold and fantastic as ever.
Directed by Matt Lambert, the clip sees the band’s frontman Olly Alexander dancing for men in dimly-lit cars. He flails around, licks the vehicle’s windshield and is later joined by a posse of other guys as they proceed to open-mouth kiss without tongues.
The video is also a comment on the visibility (or lack thereof) of the LGBTQ community, which Alexander further explains in the following statement:
When we get the chance to make a video I start by asking myself a bunch of questions – what should it look like? How can we portray the songs meaning in the video? Is there a “statement” I want to express? What am I trying to say and what if it’s misconstrued? I go round and round like this and recently I’ve been questioning nearly everything, asking myself I’m doing enough, if I’m helping at all and what use, if any, do I have as a singer in a band? Honestly, I don’t know the answers to these questions. I can’t pretend I haven’t felt, at times, profoundly discouraged and disheartened. I feel like I won’t ever be able to do enough. So, reality check, I make pop music. This is a video for a pop song. However, the visibility of queer people feels more important to me now than ever.
I couldn’t have been more excited and grateful to work with two artists I massively respect, Matt Lambert and Ryan Heffington. Their super charged magical queer creative energy was a real privilege to be a part of. This video is a collaboration between us and I am very proud of it.
I want to stare down fear and intolerance with the queer eyes in my queer face. I want to try to not be afraid. I know I’ll make mistakes, but I want to keep going. I’ve seen the incredible amount of support and love from our fans and I’ve learnt a lot from them. I can only hope that the dialogue continues and we trust each other enough to carry on. To keep making people sit up and think, to start the conversations that tackle identity, gender, gayness, queerness and the inter-sections between them all. I know that I’m not going to be quiet about it.