May 27 — Ska band Half Past Two premiered the video for its latest single this week.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Top Gun’ is unique in that it stands out in its sound and style from the album’s other works. In the case of this song, it starts out with a light, bouncy familiar ska sound, but then gradually switches to something notable heavier as the song progresses.
Guitarist/keyboardist and song co-writer David Parris talked about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.
“We tried to hit two opposite ends of the musical spectrum while still exploring some sounds that were new and interesting in Half Past Two,” Parris said. “What ended up happening is the hardest breakdown we’ve ever done, which is pretty cool.”
Vocalist Tara Hahn talked about the song’s lyrical theme in her own comments.
“I was sick of the dribble that people were telling me about how mask mandates and vaccines were infringing on their personal freedoms when in my own home, their ignorance was a major concern to my loved ones’ health and well being,” Hahn said. “I really felt angry and glossed over, I was quickly learning that people I was close to weren’t going to even hear me out about why these things were so important.”
Hahn continued, “Half Past Two isn’t known for angry songs, so this one seemed out of pocket, but I was HAPPY to tell these people off in “Top Gun.” Even the music is different from the other songs on the record, feels more serious just like what we were saying with the lyrics. We really love the story Rae established in the video. The dancers really show how a deep relationship can be irreparable.”
The video for ‘Top Gun’ features Danielle Adams and Natalie Sepulveda performing together, illustrating director Rae Mystic’s vision for the treatment.
“‘Top Gun’ demanded a dance number,” Mystic said. “I envisioned ‘turning an argument into a dance.’ While I wanted the video to be dark in the sense of the subject, I saw the dance taking place in a vivid living room. Once I landed on Danielle Adams to choreograph the dance, she knew exactly what I was requesting even though I have no previous dance experience.”
In other news, Half Past Two has a new live date scheduled. The information is noted below.
Wet Hot Skamerican Summer – July 23 at Hangar 24 Brewing in Irvine, CA w/ The Guilty Parties, Chris Murray, Hooray For Our Side, The B Sharps, and The Step Daughters.
More information on Half Past Two’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: