Boston ska stalwarts The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have made a music video for “They Will Need Music” and Alternative Press has the exclusive premier. The Bosstones announced the video’s release on Facebook yesterday, saying:
[quote]This video is our love letter to the HomeTown ThrowDown which is our yearly love letter to the City of Boston and the people that support our band, The Mighty Mighty BossToneS[/quote]
The video includes great footage from the 2013 Hometown Throwdown, the Meet and Greet at McGreevy’s, and the sledding event held at Frozen Fenway. Intentional or not, I love that the sledding scenes look like home video footage circa the 1970s. If you attended any of these events, look closely and you just might see yourself! Yours truly makes a cameo at about the 1:54 mark! No one could ever claim that the Bosstones didn’t care about their fans. The video itself was made local filmmaker Mark Higgins who is also responsible for the Music video for “The Daylights” (see below) and Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” music video, among others.
UPDATE 2/17/14 8:45AM: The video is no longer exclusive to Alternative Press. Here it is on YouTube:
This song appears on “The Magic of Youth” released in December of 2011. The album is available from the band’s store on CD and Vinyl. “They Will Need Music” is also available as a 7 inch. According to the track-by-track descriptions given by the band to Alt Press:
It’s supposed to be a modern day Battle Hymn. It was originally more of an Oi! Song that had a simple verse into an over the top sing-a-long chorus until producer Ted Hutt and piano player JG helped us build the epic Dixieland middle section that delights me every time I hear it.