With their record Somethingness, Our Lady Peace are setting out to combat the times we live in by finding new meaning to our state of being. They’ve already released the first single from the first segment of the album, “Drop Me in the Water,” and now they’re debuting their new video for it exclusively at Paste.
The video is the first in a series of “taxicab confessions” that the band is planning on unveiling. In “Drop Me in the Water,” popular YouTuber Matt Santoro stars as an Uber driver who picks up a couple who have seemingly fallen out, the evidence being the woman’s black eye. At some point during the car ride, Santoro turns down the music to try to alleviate the tension by asking the woman if she wants to sit up front, but she declines. By the end, she seems to have forgiven the man.
Of the video’s concept, Our Lady Peace vocalist Raine Maida said:
We wanted each video from Somethingness to represent a distinct story in a city of a thousand stories. “Drop Me In The Water” starts off this journey of an Uber driver and the different people he picks up over the course of an evening. I can understand it being risky to not include ourselves in any of the stories/videos, but conceptually we have something much more compelling for our fans.
With Somethingness, Our Lady Peace’s first record in five years, the band meticulously crafts a return to their early guitar-driven, rhythmic roots. It comes in two parts: Vol. 1 was released in August, and Vol. 2 will be coming out later this year. See the video for “Drop Me In the Water” above, and check this exclusive clip of Our Lady Peace playing “Clumsy” in 1999.