Gunship release music video for new single “When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies”

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Friday 5th October, synthwave pioneers Gunship return with a brand new 13-track album titled “Dark All Day” and unveil a new live-action video for the third single “When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies”.

“When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies” features an innovative segment in which fans submitted recordings of themselves giving uplifting statements, led by self-proclaimed “King of the Nerds” Wil Wheaton (The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek, Stand By Me…). Gunship then weaved these submissions into their song.

In keeping with the spirit of the track, Gunship wanted to expand this collaboration and involve their fans in the creation of the video itself. A celebration of the power of 80s cinema, the video reconstructs and pays homage to a plethora of iconic movies through the art of “Sweding”: the loving recreation of movie scenes using whatever props and ingenuity can be brought to bear, and with a playful or humorous lo-fi aesthetic.

Gunship were bowled over to receive ~1500 fan video submissions, of every imaginable variety. The band edited their favourites together to form the final video.

Gunship said: “We were so blown away with the fans’ vocal contributions to the song that we felt we just had to unleash them on the video too. The idea was to give the fans the entire video to run wild with. We knew we would get all manner of craziness and entries of every quality level imaginable, but when we started to watch the submissions, we were seriously taken aback. We had no idea it would prove to be such a deeply emotional experience to witness so many people setting aside their weekends, cobbling together outfits and props and generally unleashing their creativity in insanely imaginative ways, and all to pay tribute to these golden cinematic moments that are so close to all our hearts. These shared experiences and memories really bring people together, and recreating these scenes has been a great way to connect our fans with each other and with us. Our song is called "When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies", but I think our fans have proven that they are fighting the good fight against that eventuality pretty hard! On another note, we also got sent some seriously weird sh*t… I guess some people like to share a little too much! Hahaha!”...

The video features a huge cross-section of Gunship fans from all around the globe. In the video fans recreate classic movie scenes from movies such as “The Breakfast Club”, John Carpenter’s “They Live” and Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. Fans can be seen performing Tom Cruise’s dancing from “Risky Business”, the reveal of “Bruce” in Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws”, and the famous golden idol scene from the first Indiana Jones movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.  

UFC Champion fighter Demetrious Johnson shows his love for peanut butter and appears in a brilliant parody of both “Kickboxer” and “Hot Shots: Part Deux” simultaneously, whilst pro-skater Jason Parks hitches a truck ride and shows some love for the classic scene from “Back to the Future”.

Gunship may even have snuck some of their own home-made homages in there as well, look out for “Predator”, “Die Hard”, “Conan the Barbarian” and “Back to the Future”.

Watch the video for “When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies” below.

This follows on from the band’s earlier video for title-track “Dark All Day”, which was launched alongside the initial album announcement. The video is a tribute to the cult 1987 film “The Lost Boys” and feature one of the film's stars Mr. Timmy Cappello - the sexy sax man himself. Timmy provides a blistering performance on the track and also appears in the video, which sees him reprise his original role from “The Lost Boys” some 30 years later.

The video is created in Japanese anime style by “Angry Metal Studios” but, significantly, it switches to live action for the finale - this is the first time that Gunship have revealed themselves, having never appeared in any of their previous videos.

Following its release the single hit the #1 spot on Hype Machine's Popular Charts, as well as hitting #1 on Amazon's best sellers in Electronica, Hot New Releases, & Dance and Electronic. Garnering the attention of numerous tastemakers, and winning the hearts of fans the single also helped the new album to reach #2 on the best selling pre-order on iTunes in the UK.

The new album “Dark All Day” is a musical expansion of the band’s sound which sees them exploring darker and more cinematic material in tandem with a renewed focus on the killer hooks and pop sensibility Gunship are known for. Countless horror, action, and science fiction classics were unleashed on the world during the 1980s; this is Gunship’s love letter to that incredibly creative and artistically rich period.

Gunship are well-known for their impressive collaborations with previous material featuring the likes of John Carpenter (director/composer), Lee Hardcastle (The ABC’s of Death, [Adult Swim], 20th Century Fox), Charlie Simpson, Lou Hayter (New Young Pony Club), Martin Grech, Stella Le Page, Miami Nights 1984, Make Up And Vanity Set, Carpenter Brut and more.

The new album “Dark All Day” sees the band expand on this by collaborating with the likes of tattoo artist, model, musician, author, entrepreneur, and television personality Kat Von D, who provides a seething and haunting vocal collaboration on track “Black Blood Red Kiss”.

Speaking about the collaboration Kat Von D said: “Gunship has been my favorite synth-wave band ever since I stumbled upon their music. I ended up posting a video clip on Instagram, and included the song "The Mountain" on it. The response from fans was crazy! It made me so happy to see that people were responding to this genre of music as intensely as I had! Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when they asked me to sing on "‘Black Blood, Red Kiss". The minute Dan sent over the demo for "Back Blood, Red Kiss", it was obvious to me that we were a perfect match for a dark song like this. I remember the first time listening to the final mix, and thinking, ‘Damn! This song deserves a music video!’. So hopefully, if stars align, there will be more future collabs with Gunship! I’m hoping Gunship fans will fall in love with the new album as much as I have, and can’t wait to possibly go out on the road for a few Gunship tour dates!”...

Similarly, the band channel their love for all things cyberpunk on the track “Woken Furies”, which is a tribute to and features voice-over from renowned science fiction author Richard K. Morgan (Altered Carbon). In addition, “Art3mis & Parzival” is written in tribute to the book “Ready Player One”, which was recently brought to the screen by Steven Spielberg. The genuine 8-bit pixel art video for “Art3mis & Parzival” was released in April, garnering effusive praise from no less than the author of “Ready Player One” himself Ernest Cline, who described it as “Badass”.

Popular UK artist Una Healy (The Saturdays) also contributes vocals on the album.

“Dark All Day” is available here. The album contains 13 tracks and is available in a deluxe limited edition 180g double-gatefold 45 rpm vinyl set with special lenticular cover, as well as in a brand new Special Edition ‘16-Bit Box Set’ which includes signed CD and a plethora of new Gunship goodies.

Gunship is Dan Haigh, Alex Westaway and Alex Gingell. Gunship’s sound is created with vintage analogue synthesizers and other retro electronic gear from the 1980s. Driven and inspired by nostalgia for a bygone era, Gunship harness this retro approach to birth something fresh and new. Their sound is sonically diverse - blending sweeping fluorescent synth lines with fever pitched and adrenalizing electric bass arpeggios.

Dan Haigh from Gunship describes their sound as “a neon soaked, late night, sonic getaway drive, dripping with luscious analogue synthesizers, cinematic vocals and cyberpunk values, exploding from the front cover of a dusty plastic VHS case which has lain forgotten since 1984”.

1. Woken Furies
2. Dark All Day (feat. Timmy Capello & Indiana)
3. When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies
4. The Drone Racing League
5. Rise the Midnight Girl
6. Thrasher
7. Black Blood Red Kiss (feat. Kat Von D)
8. Time After Time
9. Honour Among Thieves
10. Art3mis & Parzival (feat. Stella Le Page)
11. Symmetrical
12. Cyber City
13. The Gates of Disorder