Rina Sawayama has *quite* the trip to the bar in the new video for ‘Bad Friend’

It’s the latest cinematic video from acclaimed debut album ‘SAWAYAMA’

Rina Sawayama has unveiled a brand new music video for ‘Bad Friend’

Shot before lockdown and directed by previous collaborator Ali Kurr, it features Rina spending some time at a local bar before being pushed to a violent conclusion.


Speaking about the video, Rina explained that “The Bad Friend video was one of the last videos we shot before UK lockdown with director Ali Kurr (STFU!, XS). We had so much fun making this, as it was my first time doing stunts and being in prosthetic makeup. The song is about the heartbreak of losing a friendship and realising that you were the cause of the breakdown. When you hear the song, this is not the video you imagine – but that’s exactly what we wanted. The music video is a reimagining of the themes in Bad Friend; of longing, loss, self-hate and ultimately self-love. Choosing a slow, film noir style focuses all the attention on performance and acting, which was definitely very daunting, but I had so much fun making a video that is so wildly different from my previous videos.”


Rina Sawayma is currently set to tour the UK in September off the back of the acclaimed release to ‘SAWAYAMA’ (you can check out our 5-star review here if you need further convincing). We talk about that and more in the next issue of Dork, available to pre-order below


Check out ‘Bad Friend’ below:

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