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Liars Fight Off Riot Police, Rob A Bank In Trippy Music Video

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Liars released their latest music video for dance-punk track "Mess on a Mission"—and it features the bandmates facing off some gnarly riot police and tribal warriors.

The video, directed by Luis Cerveró, has the Liars walking backwards in a foreboding and seemingly infinite loop in different landscapes—from a hoity-toity party to an apocalyptic Mad Max-esque land and ancient ruins. Off of Liar's Mess LP (which got released last week), the green-screen-heavy shoot that was filmed out in Los Angeles and is chock full of CGI effects and props. It looks both like a RPG game and has a cheesy quality to it; yet, it's enveloping and you can't help but focus on how everything gets more and more surreal for the guys in the band.

"I'd like to leave it open for everyone to read it their way," Cerveró said in an interview with Urban Outfitters, which collaborated with the band on the video. "But basically, what happens is that reality gets increasingly diluted to the beats of the track."

And Cerveró's point in shooting such a video is actually "in some sense a strong statement against green screen filmmaking," since he says he hates green screens.

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However, he loved working with the band and said they "nailed it" in every shot where they had to walk backwards up a seven-foot tall staircase. And even more adorable is that drummer Julian Gross' parents are also in the video.