From Kings of Leon’s latest album, Mechanical Bull, comes the highly cinematic video for their new single “Beautiful War.” The video was directed by Casey McGrath, who co-produced the feature-length 2011 documentary, Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon.
Seeking a vintage ‘70s-era Western movie look, McGrath drew inspiration from the 1980 John Travolta hit Urban Cowboy. The clip stars actor Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights, Tron: Legacy) as a prisoner wrapped up in a treacherous prison-yard rodeo. Over the course of the six-minute short film, we see how Hedlund’s character came to be locked up in the first place.
Kings of Leon’s acclaimed Mechanical Bull, a worldwide hit, debuted in September 2013 at number two on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. The band is set to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live December 14, 2013. Keep up with all the latest Kings of Leon news on the band’s official website.