Before I talk about this music video, it’s important that I make it clear that alongside NN conspirator Jake Hellman, I myself am in the band featured in it (alongside Jake Miller & Austin Hellman). So forgive me in advance for shamelessly promoting my own artistic endeavors. Having said that, the band is called Prayer Line, and we write songs about creepy cinema and other high strangeness. What do we sound like? If the Misfits, White Zombie, Dio, and The Cure were put in butter churners by the Children of the Corn, you might get something like this. I guess. I don’t know.
The song in question is titled “A Martyr’s Death”, and is based on the 1973 horror classic The Wicker Man. Each verse features dialogue taken straight from the movie (Christopher Lee’s recital of a segment of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass), while the chorus was put together by the band. The single is currently streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and all of your other favorite platforms.
To celebrate our first single as a band, award winning director Mike Thompson joined forces with us to create what I feel is a fantastic set of visuals to back the music. Borrowing ideas from the song as it’s inspiration, you’ll follow a young lady (played by Julie Streble) on the run from a mysterious cult somewhere in the middle of rural Kentucky. The rest of the cast is filled out by my bandmates and I as the cult leaders, and a slew of friends and family that braved one of the hottest, mosquito ridden days of the year. I can’t thank Mike, his crew and all of the folks involved enough for sticking it out — the finished product is that much better because of you.
Check out the video below, then make plans to see Prayer Line this Saturday, 10/27 at Kaiju alongside GRLwood, Blind Scryer, and a special guest TBA.