Chances are, if you have met one of us Pacific Northwest residents before, you know one thing about us…we never stop talking about how much more beautiful our region is than yours. So it goes without saying, when a band films a video in one of the many spectacular locales in our neck of the woods, our outdoor elitism skyrockets and we get all googly-eyed.
Marianas Trench know all about our Pacific Wonderland, as they originated here. A simple jaunt up I-5 and then BC 99 and you will find yourself in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. When working on their latest album, the band drew inspiration from one of their all-time favorite films, The Goonies, so as you could imagine, it was a no brainer to road trip down to the seaside town of Astoria, Oregon where the movie took place to film their seven minute long rock opera titled “Astoria”. Honestly, what else would they have called?
The video starts out with lead man, Josh Ramsay wandering the streets of northwest Oregon, before getting picked up by his band mates in a VW Bus (of course). Here we are also treated to beautiful bird’s eye views of lush evergreen forests before the guys finally make their way to downtown Astoria where the video takes a turn for the supernatural.
Now I can attest, I have spent quite a bit of time on the Oregon Coast, but never ran into the same nightlife that our Canadian friends do. However, as the mood changes, so does the music as Ramsay’s killer alt-pop vocals turn from a raspy belting to a poppy falsetto. As the track nears the home stretch, the locale shifts back to the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast where the band recalls the opening lyrics and culminates with, “Let the melody save me, Astoria”.
When all is said and done, this music video is an absolute blast and I am always up for a rock opera when done well. Marianas Trench certainly did just that. See for yourself below!
Pick up the latest LP, Astoria, from BC-natives, Marianas Trench available on iTunes now!
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