Telethon's new music video is the most wholesome type of crowdsourcing
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Maybe the real treasure of Telethon’s “Youdon’tinspiremelikeyouusedto” video is the friends they made along the way—seriously. From Sweden to Washington, from ocean-fronts to living rooms, fans and friends (and pets) sent in clips of them flipping through pages of lyrics from the group’s latest single, off their upcoming album Hard Pop.
Though the group’s base is in Milwaukee, Telethon is spread across the Midwest. Running out of time for their video deadline, they abandoned their written script and chose to put out a call on social media for help from their followers and were met with an overwhelming response.
In less than a week, the crowdsourced video (featuring No Earbud’s own resident pup, Maggie!) came together and premiered earlier today with The Alternative.
In an interview with Kayla Carmicheal, Kevin Tully, the lyricist behind #YDIMLYUT, noted:
“The “you” in the song is about the person speaking… on top of a lot of other things, it’s kind of me telling myself to become a better version of myself.”
It makes sense, given the conversational, train-of-consciousness way that Tully rolls through verses about the coulda, shoulda, and woulda's of his own inspiration. He can’t find it in himself—“You don’t inspire me like you used to”—but what if he went to the beach? Or maybe at least somewhere by the ocean? Maybe if he just saw a palm tree?
In the end, Tully comes to the conclusion that “the story’s up to you,” and as lead guitarist Jack Sibilski skids over a sick guitar solo to close the track and the credits begin to roll, there’s a feeling of unity still present. You do have to look to yourself for inspiration—but sometimes, you can get by with a little help from your friends.
written by Olivia Keasling
edited by Jamie Coletta