Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum relives their glorious party days in the new music “Downtown.” The track, off their upcoming Golden album, features a poppy hook and a groovy melody. Meanwhile, the nearly six-minute clip brings the vibrant club scene to life, beginning with Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley reminiscing about old war stories of parties, booze and good times. The leading men think Scott is a prude who enjoys her “rom-coms” and doesn’t know how to let loose. “I’ll show them,” she promises, dialing up a friend for a night out on the town.
Starring “Two Broke Girls” actress Beth Behrs, Scott’s good girl character meets up with her partner in crime and transforms into the ultimate rocker chick as the duo go shoplifting and then later hit up the clubs. These scenes are intercut with shots of the band performing their Top 10 hit, as well as Haywood and Kelley portraying stereotypical goofy donut eating cops. Fans are then treated to an alcohol-caused explosion and a hilarious arrest.
“I think being out on the road, and just getting off our first arena headlining tour, it was like, man, it’s all about having fun songs up there that translate great live. This one, I think, is gonna be one. But more than anything, I just think we, as a band, were just ready to show a different side of us musically,” Kelley tells Entertainment Weekly of choosing the song. “Our third record [Own the Night] sounded a lot like what we had become known for in the past. There’ll still be songs on this record that sound familiar, but we just wanted to stretch our sound a little bit…. What I’ve told some friends is that I haven’t seen our label, our management team, everybody that works for us, this excited about new music from us in a long time. I think everybody’s feelin’ a renewed energy.”
Scott chimes in, laughing, “We really went into this album thinking about our live show. I think we tried to do that on our last one, but we really accomplished that on this. We recorded a lot of songs that we didn’t write on this album, too, which is new for us. On every other record, we’ve only not written a handful. We found some special songs that we just really wanted to put our voices on.”
Haywood says that upon first listen of the demo, he immediately heard an early Sheryl Crow vibe from the song. “I mean the first time we heard it, it jumped out to us. Our label had sent us a CD of songs. It kind of reminded us of some of the old Sheryl Crow stuff, just a fun vibe and energy to the song with a lot of cool instruments.”