Hailing from Cleveland, emo-pop/metal quartet Morning In May are bringing back the early vibes of punk and metal while adding their own flair.

Teaming up with AltPress, the band are premiering their latest music video for “Everybody’s Innocent In Here, Don’t You Know That.”

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Playing off one of the famous quotes from the Stephen King novella-turned-film Shawshank Redemption, we see lead singer Jake Bartolic sitting by himself in a straitjacket. The video, directed by Jake Clasen, kicks off with the band unleashing a sonic beatdown that immediately seizes your attention.

The music video pays homage to Bartolic's favorite movie, The Shawshank Redemption. Not only was the song named after an iconic line in the film, but the visual was actually filmed on the movie’s set at the Ohio State Reformatory.

"The song is about being a prisoner within one's self,” Bartolic says. “It's letting you know that when you feel like everything's in pieces and there's no hope or light, it's OK to sit in the dark.”youtube.com/watch

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Signing with Needful Things Records last August, Morning In May are breaking boundaries with lyrics that provoke our inner psyche and pushing buttons that make us uncomfortable.

The sound and style of the band—Bartolic, bassist Joseph Smith, guitar/vocalist Josh Blair and drummer Andrew Campofredanopulls influence from Abandon All Ships and For All Those Sleeping.

Yet, Morning In May aren’t mimicking the blueprint of early 2000s metalcore bands. They’re adding a unique, modern pop/hip-hop twist. The additional, subtle hints of synth and EDM sprinkled throughout helps make the band stand out.

With early works featuring the Color Morale’s Garret Rapp as well as writing closely with Justin Morrow (Ice Nine Kills, Motionless In White), the band are accustomed to the hustle. They’ve put in work with consistent touring and recording that landed them spots on both Warped Tour and LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival.

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Morning In May’s first EP, Somewhere In Slumber, is set to release Feb. 21 via Needful Things Records, distributed by Tragic Hero Records, with preorders already sold out.

You can watch the video for “Everybody’s Innocent In Here, Don’t You Know That” below.

Tickets to see Morning In May are available here, and check out the dates below!


02/20 – Columbus, OH @ Spacebar
02/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Healer
02/22 – Chicago, IL @ Roscoe’s Tavern
02/26 – Greensboro, NC @ NY Pizza
02/27 – Scranton, PA @ Stage West
02/28 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Stamps & Stuff
02/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Stella’s Music Club