Broken Bells Are ‘Holding on for Life’ With Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin

broken bells, after the disco, holding on for life

In October, Broken Bells announced that their After the Disco album would come paired with a sci-fi short film directed by Jacob Gentry and starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Terminator Salvation) and Kate Mara (House of CardsAmerican Horror Story). James Mercer and Danger Mouse shared the first part of said project (subtitled “Angel and the Fool”) a few weeks ago, and now they’ve revealed the second segment, produced in collaboration with The Creators Project. Premiered on, the clip shares its title with After the Disco‘s shiny lead single, “Holding on for Life,” which features prominently in the video.

Describing the plot would ruin the fun, but just know that the seven-minute short picks up right where the previous piece left off — with Yelchin and Mara boarding a spaceship dance-party hosted by Broken Bells. Speaking to EW, Gentry said he envisioned the new video as a successor to another BB clip, 2010’s “The Ghost Inside.”

“The last video we had done for ‘The Ghost Inside’ was more like a narrative short film done in a similar way, so we thought this could be a spiritual sequel,” he said. “But we wanted this to be more fantastical, psychedelic — like Logan’s Run and Barbarella but still live in the Broken Bells universe. The vision for it is really a collaboration between Brian [Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse], James, the designer Jacob Escebedo, and myself coming together and vibing out on images and ideas that inspire the album and vice versa.”


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