Beachgoers did a double take one morning early this week as fatigues-clad ‘soldiers’ carrying guns plied the shoreline adjacent to the Belmont Pool.
But don’t worry, they weren’t real soldiers. They had just come to Long Beach to shoot a music video and were waiting for the tape to start rolling. And the video they were working on will likely touch the hearts of nostalgic emo millennials.
Sadboy2005, a relatively obscure group led by YouTube and social media personality Trisha Paytas, took to the surf of Long Beach on Tuesday morning July 13 to film a clip for one of their original songs.
The movie itself, however, is a tribute to the music video for “The Ghost of You,” a 2003 song from My Chemical Romance. In this clip, the flag bearers of early 2000s emo music tell the story of American soldiers during World War II, alternating between scenes of them partying with their girlfriends and trying to survive the D-day invasion.
Sadboy2005 lead singer Paytas describes the band’s sound as “pop, punk, emo”. Paytas said he chose to film in Long Beach because the city was accommodating.
Long Beach issues around 400 permits per year, and its website lists 50 square miles of movie-friendly areas.