Tim Marrs and Green Day Reject Realism for Truth
Music is poetry and poetry isn’t always supposed to make sense. Some songs tell stories, but more often songs are about experience through emotions. Those ideas don’t always attach themselves to literal truth. That’s where the soul of music comes from: speaking directly to our hearts. This can be a tricky issue when creating the visuals for a music video. We’re so used to seeing images that make narrative sense. So when Tim Marrs was invited by Green Day to help create their music video for ‘Young Blood,’ he had to find something in the middle.
The resulting video for ‘Young Blood’ uses a combination of typography, illustration, photography, and video, all blended together into a representation that doesn’t have a traditional plot but speaks the same language as the poetry of the song. Images described through lyrics are brought to life both realistically and figuratively, bringing us along the journey in a way that’s closer to memory than a movie. In reality, this is how we process events, this is how we process emotions. So, in a way, Tim Marrs’ video for Green Day is more honest and truthful than it could have been if it had been made in any other way.