I was sexually assaulted by someone I dated and I wrote “Chatroom”, and most of Young Enough, as a way of processing that experience and explaining it to myself. “Chatroom” is a song about reaching ecstatic joy through consuming rage. Simply put, it’s a colossal “fuck you” and a celebration of reaching the point of a “fuck you” that isn’t diluted by self-blame or apologies.
I feel so lucky to have worked with Maegan Houang on this video. I felt an immediate sense of mutual trust, and she produced a treatment that directly addresses the themes of trauma, misogyny and mind control without resorting to a literal representation of the lyrics. It’s tonally the darkest video we’ve ever made, and I think it anchors the intent of song which might otherwise be obscured by the fact that it’s also our most direct foray into larger-than-life pop music.