Mayday Parade Party With Literal And Metaphoric Specters In Their ‘Ghost’ Video

Watch Mayday Parade's "Ghost" video.

You know what they say: If you can’t exorcise your ghosts, party with ‘em.

We thought this whole time that the titular specter in Mayday Parade‘s “Ghost” was the metaphoric kind, mostly because of the line where Derek Sanders comes out and says so explicitly. Turns out, in fact, that he was also talking about the literal kind of ghost. That’s twice the amount of ghosts!

The video for the song brings both kinds of specter together as the band performs in (and checks into) a haunted hotel. Will they make it out alive!? Probably, because ghosts aren’t real.

Watch Mayday Parade’s “Ghosts” video after the jump.

OR ARE THEY? (They’re not.) But that doesn’t mean we all don’t know the feeling of being haunted by someone whose presence you can still feel even after they’re not with you anymore. “I can’t tell if he is real or a made-up version of her again,” Sanders sings.

“This song has to do with your inner demons, and it portrays that in a literal sense by referring to them as ghosts and how they are always with you,” bass player Jeremy Lenzo explained of the song when it came out a couple months back. (Check out behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot here.)

The theatrical flair of the song, a delirious blend of Queen-style expansiveness and pop-punk energy, is matched by some faux horror film video, which winks at the central conceit by making the ghosts come alive as workers at a haunted hotel: There’s an old concierge ghost, an undead family, and a bummed out-looking scene girl, who may or may not be dead or just a regular goth. It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes.

+ Watch Mayday Parade’s “Ghost” video.

Photo credit: Fearless Records