Today sees the release of synthwave, 80’s revivalists, Gunship’s brand new album Dark All Day. To coincide with the release, they’ve also shared a brand new video for When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies. In true Gunship tradition, they wanted to involve their fans in a celebration of 80’s cinema. Receiving over 1500 submissions, 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.
They said on the submissions:
“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 fans from all around the world. Recreating 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.
‘Dark All Day’ is availble for order now. 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.
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