Watch: Stone Temple Pilots' video for 'Between the Lines'
Not every video has to be an event—although we’re made to believe it’s so with countdown clocks on artist websites and what not. So what to do when a vintage band, returning with their first new clip in many years puts out a video that, while perfectly pleasant, is nothing to write home about? Maybe just say thank you.
Acts like Lady GaGa—any many before her—have elevated the music video to such a spectacular that it almost seems unfair to expect the same thing from a band like Stone Temple Pilots—even though we’d argue that lead singer Scott Weiland has just as much presence as Lady G.
So STP returns with a fine, if fairly pedestrian clip to “Between the Lines,” the first single from its self-titled May 25 album. The song, which already topped the alternative charts, has a retro, psychedelic feel and the quick-cut video models that with its vintage convertible and ‘70s style apartment.
The video is primarily a performance clip, but instead of a club, the boys are playing in an upstairs, run-down apartment. The love interest—or Weiland’s main drug, “even when we were taking drugs”—shows up to smile coyly, play pool, have sex in a bathroom stall and, of course, have some unexplained fight. It’s all decidedly tame for a band that has a pretty decadent past, and low key. Here’s a group that is still very willing to let the sound, rather than the image, lead the way.