John Reilly’s single “LA LA LA (Bulletproof)” will have you missing live shows on a new level. The themes of connection and celebration within the song might offer an isolation balm, but the catchy refrain will have you waiting for a chance to sing-along in person.
John Reilly has a following as the frontman and principal songwriter of Boy on a Dolphin, and now he is bringing that honed skillset to his solo work. “LA LA LA (Bulletproof)” is grand and joyful. The melody is anthemic. Piano rock, here, is elevated by a sense of nostalgia. In the accompanying lyric video, creator Rob Fitzgerald goes so far as to include footage of live audiences energetically rocking along. If you didn’t long for it before, you will now.
The video also spotlights other themes within the song. The Japanese superhero Starman is shown saving earth, making the word “bulletproof” literal, while also highlighting unity and love. The retro footage takes you back in time, juxtaposing the more modern concert footage which rings out in colour. History and optimism blend together to create a sense of hope for the future.