The band of modern day Meriwhether pirates known as Losing September (taking haven at the port of Muncie, Indiana) anchor a vivid and brutally honest music video for their track “American Hero.” As the band sets sail for a nationwide tour, the music video for “American Hero” establishes its stage for those unaware of this hard rock/metal symbol of reformation.
Within ten seconds of the video, we see a scene influenced by the infamous photo, “Flower Power,” taken during the Vietnam War protests of the late sixties. During the scene in the video, a child places a flower in the barrel of a soldier’s rifle, ready to fire. This type of imagery, reflecting the antiwar protests, is very specific to the song’s message; stand and fight.
To further emphasize the message of the music video, Losing September members stood side-by-side while paintball guns, positioned at only ten yards away, lit up their bodies. I can hardly imagine the size of the bruises they walked away with after the video shoot. According to lead guitarist Nick Foreman, it was “one of the most stressful videos to shoot.” It’s daring, as is the song and music video, but those are the exact qualities a true metal band needs in order to stand out. Losing September takes risks and speaks its mind, all while giving an awesome performance.
Check out “American Hero” by Losing September.