Theatrical horror rock band from the Philippines Mr. Bones And The Boneyard Circus has released a new music video for the first single off their upcoming third album “The Grand Phantasma” titled Take Me Down, directed by veteran filmmaker Pedring Lopez of BlackOps Studios Asia.
“We want this music video to be a game changer,” said director Lopez, whose credentials include the multi-awarded horror-action film Nilalang (The Entity) and paranormal horror film Binhi (The Seed). “The [horror] aesthetic of the band is very unique, and lends itself well to a visual approach that has not been done in a while.”
Fitting to the band’s name, the video takes place in a surreal “dark circus” inspired by the freak shows of the early 20th century, and follows a main character “La Ballerine” (played by real life ballerina Aryanna Santiago) as she ventures through the circus and meets its inhabitants – vampires, clowns, conjoined twins, and other “freaks”, portrayed by a diverse and multinational ensemble cast.
All the while, the band, consisting of vocalist Bones Frankenstein, guitarists Alvin Chan and Karl Kliatchko, bassist Carissa Ramos, keyboardist Karl Vito Cruz, drummer Jovic de Leon, and backing vocalist and emcee Xombie, are shown performing the song as part of the circus musical troupe. As per one of their overarching lyrical themes, the whole video serves as a metaphor for La Ballerine’s descent into madness.
“This video really captures the essence of the Boneyard Circus,” said vocalist Bones Frankenstein. “This is the vision I had when our band started, and Pedring captured it perfectly.”
In addition to a visual reboot, Take Me Down, also features changes to the band’s sound and personnel. Recorded at Tower Of Doom Studios in 2016, the new single sports a clear, punchy mix fitting of the Boneyard Circus’ patented theatre-meets-heavy-metal sound. The song and video also serve to introduce two of the Circus’s newest members – bassist Carissa Ramos and guitarist Karl Kliatchko.
Prior to the release of the music video, the song was released on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and other digital channels on August 8, 2017 via Tower of Doom Music. Mr. Bones And The Boneyard Circus will be releasing a series of subsequent singles before the third album “The Grand Phantasma” is released on the second quarter of 2018.
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