The Artist Explains: Alice Gray - 'Hell With You'
Alice Gray creates an ethereal dreamscape in the new video for current single ‘Hell With You’, she talks us through the visuals for the track.
Where was the video filmed?
At my managers house in Glendale for the most part! Then we had some different locations we hit for the mushroom scene, biking, and the grocery store.
How does the video connect with the song?
The song is about my long term and often difficult relationship and accepting the challenges we face. The video is an exaggerated spin on a tumultuous relationship. We see the good and the bad between lovers characterized by the devil and an angel. The devil is classically portrayed as the villain throughout the film, but in the end, the angel is just as twisted as he is.
Do you have any behind the scenes stories you could share with us?
It was all shot on film so we had to be really careful and precise about what we shot. We'd rehearse each scene several times before running the tape, and then had only 1-2 takes to get the shot. Shout out to Devin Glass & Carter Ross for making it happen.
Could you tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used?
The story was inspired by Phantom Thread by Paul Thomas Anderson which is about a neglected wife that begins to secretly poison her husband to earn back his affection. The aesthetic is inspired by the dreamy colors and campy tone of a Wes Anderson film and my main costume was inspired by Turbo Kid - a super indie adventure 80's-inspired horror film. The supporting role is a female character with pink hair and a one piece who travels around the TurboKid universe on a bike.
Is there a message the video is trying to convey? / What do you hope people take away from watching the vid?
The video is meant to be playful. My hope is to show my fans more of who I am and invite them into my little twisted fantasy world. The message is about owning your imperfections and diminishing the power of anyone who holds unrealistic expectations over you. I'm just starting to realize that shame is a waste of time and if I own up to my issues and that makes someone else feel less crazy for having those same issues then that's a success in my eyes.