Maroon 5 have unleashed their music video to support new single "Payphone". It follows its frontman Adam Levine as he tries to save his female co-worker when some thieves barge in their office. Unfortunately, he is mistakenly pursued as one of the robbers by the cops.
"I work at a bank and I wear these glasses that are really a bit creepy and maybe make me look like a child molester," he told MTV News. "It's a real go-for-it, swing-for-the-fences video, I get brave and I steal a gun from one of the guys and try to be a bad-ass, which is weird, because I'm not a badass."
Due to the gun and violence exposure, Levine was aware that the clip might be a little too much for TV. He explained, "We decided to kind of not play by the rules, as far as the typical video goes; I'm sick of seeing just a band playing a song in a video, I think it's fun to try to do something far more different."
"I love to write video treatments; I would actually professionally write treatments. I don't even want to direct anything. I just love coming up with outlandish, fun things that I've always wanted to do," he stated. "I don't think they'll be able to play it on MTV actually, because there's guns in it."
"Payphone" features Wiz Khalifa and is taken from Maroon 5's next studio installment "Overexposed", which is due in the United States on June 26. Its newly-premiered music video was directed by Sam Bayer.
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