Islands’ catchy song “Hallways” just got a little more memorable with the release of the music video. It’s co-directed by Lex Halaby & puppeteer Toben Seymour and features the band’s singer-songwriter Nick Thorburn performing with, and then joining, an exuberant band of skeleton musicians. It’s reminiscent of the Grateful Dead “Touch Of Grey” music video but these skeletons are much more animated.

“From the beginning we talked with Nick about making a video that’s equal parts funny and creepy,” Halaby explains. “Nick he brought up the Max Fleischer cartoons of the 1930s as a source of inspiration. ‘The Skeleton Dance’ (1929) caught our eye and sparked the concept. We loved the idea of bringing an entire skeleton band to life. We also wanted an animated world that looked more like stop motion animation. The skeleton puppets were brought to life by four puppeteers; each one controlling the arms, legs, torso, and head. It was a team effort in every single shot.”

The skeletons will come to life again in an upcoming behind the scenes video.