Indie pop artist Jake Hays has released a pleasantly horrifying music video for his single “Overcomplicated.” It’s something of an ode to the artist’s love of all things creepy and spooky. The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/actor directed the video alongside Olivia DeLaurentis. (Of Prank Encounters, Apocalypse Goals, Stir Crazy.)
The video takes the song’s meaning on a wild journey.
The song itself is about the aftermath of a bad first date, with one person trying to put up clear boundaries and the other person refusing to take the hint. For the video, they embrace the idea of revenge and retribution to an all-out extreme.
In the video, Hays wakes up in a basement, chained to the floor, and endures bizarre psychological games at the hands of a devilish mascot and a vengeful ex-date.
Says Hays on the video:
Jake Hays has been playing music since the age of 13.
He’s written songs with Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver), Grammy winner Holly Knight (Aerosmith, Pat Benatar) and Cherie Currie (The Runaways) to name just a few. Hays signed with BMG/Vagrant in 2015 with his project Maudlin Strangers and toured the US and Canada opening for acts like Bad Suns and Cold War Kids.