Shot before lockdown, the music video for Jedward’s latest single, ‘Teenage Runaway’ takes in locations such as the arts district of Downtown LA, picturesque bridges around the Los Angeles River, and railway lines, complete with graffiti-covered freight trains.
‘Teenage Runaway’, which in part lyrically calls to mind Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ (“have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough / and a little different, well don’t give up”), is the fifth single to be released from the Irish duo’s 2019 album, ‘Voice Of A Rebel’. It follows on from ‘Extraordinary’, which came out in August. As with the other tracks on the album, it’s a showcase of John and Edward’s songwriting talents, as well as their vocal abilities. Like many of the other tracks on ‘Voice Of A Rebel’, ‘Teenage Runaway’ is a love song, which sees the pair implore the object of their affections to take a chance and live their lives the way they want. There’s no teenagers in the song, but in its message of being able to be yourself, it’s applicable to anyone at any age.
Although there are outdoor scenes, along with some recorded on a stage-lit studio set, it’s clear that John and Edward are the focal point in every shot, and dressed in non matching leather jackets, along with white skinny jeans and black t-shirts, they command attention. ‘Teenage Runaway’ is an upbeat dance track, with a staccato keyboard introduction leading into the vocals. It’s well worth listening to the song on CD through headphones, because only then will you truly appreciate the multi-layered instrumentals.
The video was originally slated for release in September, but was put back until October 16, which incidentally, is the duo’s 29th birthday. Well and truly no longer teenagers, Jedward are nonetheless a great example of what it means to be a teenage runaway – while life doesn’t always run to plan, they’re still able to do the things they want, and don’t allow others to get in the way of their dreams.
‘Teenage Runaway’ is out today. Watch the music video below: