MAX Frees Chain Gang in ‘Mug Shot’ Video: Watch


MAX has released the O Brother, Where Art Thou-influenced music video for his newest single “Mug Shot,” and has the exclusive premiere.

In the visual directed by Daniel Karp, the 21-year-old frees a chain gang and holds a group of sheriffs hostage at gunpoint. While flexing his muscular vocals and driving several breathy falsettos, the New York-based singer taunts the probation officers with his explosive dance number and tells them to “pose for your mug shot.”

“I’ve always wanted to write my own kind of dance song, and when we went down this road of finding all these criminal metaphors, ‘this is a stick up,’ ‘put your hands up,’ and ‘pose for your mug shot,’ I loved how it was shaping up,” the pop-soul singer tells exclusively. “That’s sort of how ‘Mug Shot’ became ‘Mug Shot.’ The song for me is really about giving over to the music and having a great time and not caring what anybody thinks.”

The track — available on iTunes now — is also featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming Veronica Mars movie starring Kristen Bell due out on March 14.

MAX will also co-star in the long-awaited NBC television series, Crisis, about a group of students with powerful parents who are ambushed and used as blackmail by a mysterious group of operatives. The drama-thriller premieres on March 16.

“I play Ian Martinez, a recluse visual artist who goes from good guy kind of gone bad,” he reveals. “I love shows like Breaking Bad and I love characters that are so drastic you see them evolve, and I feel like there’s a lot of characters in Crisis that are just like that.”

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