The video for “Bones Live Forever” shows two bands, representing the angelic and devilish halves of Megan Slankard, performing at each other. It’s appropriate that the “good” side looks awkward and stilted when they perform while the “bad” one (the same musicians in different clothes and makeup) looks poised and alive: the song’s sound skews towards hard-nosed alt-rock of the sort that’s been decried as “devil music” in days of yore. Guitars yelp and wail over Slankard’s affected snarl, purely-distilled verve animating their dizzying distortion. Pop purity and rock wildness coexist here, but the rock wins out in the end — and the song is all the better because of it.
“‘Bones Live Forever’ is a song about a person struggling with her inner demons,” says Slankard. “The opening line places you inside a woman’s head, where two versions of the same conscience engage in battle. In the video, two bands with conflicting personalities represent these opposing sides, leaving our protagonist to discover that her inner demons may be defeated, but each battle leaves more and more bones of past conflict behind.”