BAD OMENS new music video for ‘Just Pretend’ goes viral: 400,000 views in two days

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Bad Omens band 2023

‘Just Pretend’ went top 50 viral on TikTok 8 months ago, and its success didn’t stop there

Despite the fact Bad Omens originally wrote their track ‘Just Pretend’ as a rock parody, it quickly became a success, from TikTok to Spotify and beyond. Now that the group also launched an emotional story-telling music video for it on YouTube, it garnered almost 400,000 views in the first two days.

Commenting on the success of ‘Just Pretend’, Bad Omens told NME last month:

“I feel like it transcends genre, rock or metal [in] a way that even people that don’t particularly listen to that type of music very often really like it. That’s always been the goal with this band, to expand the musical horizons of people both in and out of rock. I want people that don’t listen to rock and metal to get into it because of our band, and I want people that only listen to that to get into other genres because of our band.”

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Directed by Erik Rojas and depicting the narrative, written by the band’s vocalist Noah Sebastian, the brand-new music video perfectly accompanies the already blossoming track. Interestingly, perfectly performing songs often get written in a matter of hours:

“I was kind of just freestyling,” vocalist Noah Sebastian said of the track in an interview with NME. “I had written some chords, and I just started singing in the booth over it. And this melody came out, the lyrics came out really quickly.”

On September 1, Bad Omens are setting out on their U.S. fall tour (get your tickets here), which will be followed by a U.K./Ireland tour leg in January 2024. Check out all the upcoming dates below.

Bad Omens U.S. Fall 2023 Tour Dates:

Sep. 1, 2023 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Sep. 2, 2023 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Sep. 4, 2023 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater
Sep. 5, 2023 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
Sep. 6, 2023 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
Sep. 8, 2023 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
Sep. 9, 2023 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Sep. 10, 2023 – Alton, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2023
Sep. 12, 2023 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sep. 13, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
Sep. 14, 2023 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Sep. 15, 2023 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Sep. 16, 2023 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
Sep. 18, 2023 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
Sep. 19, 2023 – Toronto, ON @ REBEL
Sep. 21, 2023 – Chicago, IL @ The Salt Shed
Sep. 22, 2023 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life 2023
Sep. 23, 2023 – Clarkston, MI @ WRIF Riff Fest 2023
Sep. 24, 2023 – Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
Sep. 26, 2023 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
Sep. 27, 2023 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live
Sep. 29, 2023 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Sep. 30, 2023 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union Event Center
Oct. 2, 2023 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Oct. 3, 2023 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Oct. 4, 2023 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Oct. 6, 2023 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock 2023
Oct. 8, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Oct. 9, 2023 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Oct. 10, 2023 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Oct. 11, 2023 – Albuquerque, NM @ Revel Entertainment Center
Oct. 13, 2023 – Dallas, TX @ The Factory In Deep Ellum

Bad Omens UK/Ireland 2024 Tour Dates:

Jan. 9, 2024 – Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Cardiff International Arena
Jan. 10, 2024 – Bournemouth, United Kingdom @ Bournemouth International Centre
Jan. 12, 2024 – Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Utilita Arena Birmingham
Jan. 13, 2024 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ AO Arena
Jan. 14, 2024 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ OVO Hydro
Jan. 16, 2024 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom @ Utilita Arena Newcastle
Jan. 17, 2024 – Liverpool, United Kingdom @ M&S Bank Arena Liverpool
Jan. 19, 2024 – Sheffield, United Kingdom @ Utilita Arena Sheffield
Jan. 20, 2024 – London, United Kingdom @ The O2
Jan. 23, 2024 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena

Be sure to watch the music video for ‘Just Pretend’:

Have a look at the song lyrics below and remember to join us, if you still haven’t, on AlteRock Facebook and AlteRock Twitter!

Bad Omens ‘Just Pretend’ Lyrics

I’m not afraid of the war you’ve come to wage against my sins
I’m not okay, but I can try my best to just pretend

So will you wait me out, or will you drown me out?

I can wait for you at the bottom
I can stay away if you want me to
I can wait for years if I gotta
Heaven knows I ain’t getting over you

I know the pain that you hide behind the smile on your face, and not a day goes by where I don’t think I feel the same

So will you wait me out, or will you drown me out?

I can wait for you at the bottom
I can stay away if you want me to
I can wait for years if I gotta
Heaven knows I ain’t getting over you

We’ll try again when we’re not so different
We will make amends, till’ then I’ll just pretend

Weigh down on me
Stay till’ morning
Way down, would you say I’m worthy?

I can wait for you at the bottom
I can stay away if you want me to
I can wait for years if I gotta
Heaven knows I ain’t getting over you

We’ll try again when we’re not so different
We will make amends, till’ then I’ll just pretend

Weigh down on me
Stay till’ morning
Way down, would you say I’m worthy?

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