AC/DC have dropped the official video for the song “Realize” which can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s album, “Power Up”, which dropped in November. The follow-up to 2014’s “Rock Or Bust” features AC/DC’s 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar).
Co-directed by Clemens Habicht (TAME IMPALA, LIARS) and Josh Cheuse (AC/DC’s creative director), the black and white-hued “Realize” video showcases Angus, Brian, Cliff, Phil and Stevie doing what they do best: rocking out “together.” Confronted with the challenge of having the band in five different locations, the co-directors approached the video as a puzzle, calling on Habicht’s expertise, and pieced each individual performance together to create a cohesive visual that shows AC/DC like never before.
In a recent interview with France’s Heavy1 TV, Angus spoke about “Realize”, which is the opening song on “Power Up”. He said: “‘Realize’, I remember working with Mal [late AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young], and we worked on that track. We spent a fair bit of time on it. It was another strong idea that he had. For me, I knew how much he really liked it. I remember when we originally were writing it, the effort that he put in and how he built it up. The thing is, I remember we had the music side of it together, how we wanted to do it. And he gave me his hook idea, the chorus, When the gave me the verse idea, of how he wanted the lyric, he sang it to me roughly. And I heard it, and it stuck in my head all day. And I just kind of thought, how clever is he? He just comes up with something. It was one of those things where I kept repeating it and repeating it in my head.”
He continued: “Sometimes I used to think, ‘I don’t know where he pulls these ideas from.’ His great gift was… For him, a song wasn’t a combination of riffs and hooks and that. For him, he just had a kind of natural gift… Whenever he created a song, the parts would all come together — lyrics, music, and even kind of the dynamic of it… So it was a never a case with the two of us [where we] just settled for the chords you first hit or something; you went through all the different angles with him. And even with a song, a song with us never really… Say you were doing it at that tempo or a different way, sometimes we may even go back to another route and go, ‘Okay, try it from another perspective.’
“With this one, though, he had it just so clear, and it stuck with me,” Angus added. “He was gonna get a mic and just put his rough voice, ’cause you can do that some time. And I said, ‘Mal, if it’s for me, you don’t need to. I’ve got it here [points to his head]. [Laughs]”
“Power Up” is a tribute to Malcolm, who died in November of 2017 from effects of dementia at age 64. Malcolm is credited as a writer on all 12 tracks on “Power Up”, along with Angus.