The video for “Morning in Chicago,” the lead single from punk band Lights Over Bridgeport‘s upcoming full-length album, tells a familiar story in an unconventional way.
Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy … well, you know the rest.
Reflecting the song’s upbeat attitude regarding failure, today’s release of the video tells the story of what comes after.
“There’s definitely a theme to the album about engaging with a choice, about whether or not you’re going to make the decision to let a problem crush you so that you’re just miserable or make a decision to try to do something about your misery and feel better about your situation,” said Johnny Hamlin, the band’s frontman and the song’s writer.
Getting through a very tough personal time when he started writing for the album, Hamlin tried to imbue the songs with the energy he himself was struggling to hold on to.
“I worked really hard during the writing process to make it be more than just, you know, ‘Why me?’” he said. “I try to inject a sense of hope and resolve into the music, and ‘Morning In Chicago’ is kind of a microcosm of that whole idea. It’s about making that decision to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to get up and I’m going to do whatever I can to fight through this difficult time.’ … Trying to find a better day for yourself.”
The video, filmed in one shot by Matt Berling on a set specially constructed for “Morning In Chicago,” takes viewers through six months in the life of our protagonist trying to do just that — finding a better day for himself.
“The video is hands down the most incredible thing that we’ve ever been a part of,” Hamlin said.
“Morning In Chicago” is the first single released from Lights Over Bridgeport — Hamlin and Miko Ramirez from Bridgeport; Munster, Indiana’s Kurt Miller and Kevin Jamroz of Hammond, Indiana — leading up to its May 22 release of “Better This Way,” the first full-length album from this iteration of the band. (Hamlin first formed Lights Over Bridgeport in 2001, but this lineup has been locked in since 2011-2012, he said.)
The album is available for pre-order at lightsoverbridgeport.com.