Latvian rock band JĀNIS BUKUMS have released a new and daring music video for their cover of Snow Patrol’s song Chasing Cars. The cover song is one of 11 songs from their newly released second album “FIRERAIN”.
“Chasing Cars” is the only cover song amongst 11 lively rock anthems. “When we began to adapt the song to a heavier sound,” says frontman Jānis Bukums, “We wished to express our ability to tell a love story differently, but no less emotional than the original”. However, the music video itself is a complete opposite to standard clichés of lyrical compositions – it is a dynamic and aggressive action film with provocative outfits, amorous love scenes, thrilling plot and action packed shots. The creators of the video emphasise that it is an ironic stylisation of the genres. Atypical to usual rock music videos, this time the band members decided to only act as characters, leaving the musical instruments behind the camera.
Jānis Bukums about the video: “The task for the creative team was to adapt the visual language to the rock sound, so that it may resonate with the viewer of today – it is direct, rough and without mercy. But also it carries the message about wrong choices and their consequences. Our new video is daring and untypical, and it’s on purpose. We take risks and emphasise that “Latvians can!””.
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The vocalist and founder of JĀNIS BUKUMS is the eponymous Jānis Bukums, one of pioneers of hard rock music in Latvia. An active rock music performer and producer since 1989, his songs are now Latvian rock classics. After a brief hiatus, in 2015 Jānis Bukums released a new album “Alive and Different”, universally lauded by Latvian radio stations and music tops. In 2016 the band released its second album “FIRERAIN” and received an award from the most popular Latvian radio station SWH, the “Radio SWH Anuual Broadcast Award” in category “Comeback of the Year”. The band is currently touring Baltic clubs and music festivals, entertaining listeners with high quality classic rock.
Band JĀNIS BUKUMS: vocals - Jānis Bukums, guitar - Artūrs Račinskis, bass - Andrjus Jaņuns, lead guitar - Artūrs Liede, drums - Filips Batarags.