The Chemical Brothers pay homage to Japanese Tokusatsu in new MV. Featuring Norwegian singer AURORA and Japanese rapper NENE from Yurufuwa Gang, “The Eve of Destruction” is vibrant, crazy, and a whole lot of fun.
“The eve of destruction, the eve of destruction…” chants Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora, rocking Speed Racer’s outfit and looking dangerous and robotic in the latest music video for a single by English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers. “The Eve of Destruction” is the opening track of their ninth studio album No Geography, their first LP since 2015, and it’s paying homage to the beloved Japanese science fiction series Ultraman, thus the frenzy of different and unique superheroes in DIY outfits present throughout the dance party slash battle occurring in this new music video.
The music video was directed by visual collaborators Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall, who have worked with the electronic music duo multiple times previously, the video is colorful and radiant, and they’ve represented retro Japanese superheroes through such masterful dressing and choreography that a story and a sense of nostalgia were channeled through both the music and the MV.
A handful of music videos for tracks also from the band’s 2019 LP were released prior to this one: “Free Yourself”, “MAH”, and “We’ve Got to Try”. The duo’s also got many more plans for this year – they’re about to embark on a North American leg this summer, which will include their first show in New York in almost a decade, and headlining Montreal’s Osheaga Festival. Later in November, they’ll be playing at London’s O2 Arena, and they’ve also been locked as a headliner for this year’s famous Glastonbury Festival, at which they’ve performed multiple times before.