Boston based band, OneEleven, recently finished up a video for their song, “What Would you Do”, which focuses on the dedicated brave men and women who unselfishly put their own personal safety on the line every single day, protecting and serving this great nation. How often have you seen bands do songs about pro-law enforcement? When you think of the pop and rock bands of today or in the past, there aren’t many examples out there. There’s been more of a focus on messages of rebellion, partying, with sex and drugs being associated with popular music, whether warranted or not.
On Saturday, February 20, OneEleven will perform at the 2016 Music Fest at Showcase Live in Foxboro, where they will also premier their video. The 2016 Music Fest is an all-ages event sponsored by the Foxboro Lions Club and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Perkins School for the Blind and local food pantries. Tickets are $25 the day of the show and $20 for pre-order. Purchase tickets directly from the Showcase Live website: Showcase Live.
The band is a seasoned bunch of musicians and songwriters from Massachusetts, with Artie Eaton, as the band’s lead vocalist and songwriter. Eaton said, “Law enforcement has gotten lots of horrible negative press lately, from the mainstream media to social-media. The anti-police bias is so prevalent in some parts of society, and unfortunately our current president set the stage for so much of the tension with law enforcement. We were talking about it at rehearsal one day because we have so many friends who are police officers, EMS, and whatnot. We figured it’s time to fight back and what better way than through something near and dear to us…music!”
Writing partner and drummer for OneEleven, Rich Eisner added,”First we wrote a song titled, ‘What Would You Do,’ which calls out all the armchair quarterbacks who hide behind their social media profiles or the newspapers they write for or the TV shows they work on…we write about the horrifying scenarios that all these brave first responders can face on a daily basis. And we ask a simple question. ‘What would you do?’ Our guess is that most of these people criticizing law enforcement wouldn’t have the guts to make the split second decisions that can be forced upon them.” Eisner continued, “Now that the song is written, we are working with our local police, fire, and rescue personnel and some great actors to shoot a music video that tells their story. It is our hope that we open some eyes to the fact that these people are just like us – they have families they care about, bills to pay, and the same every-day issues we all face. However, they risk their lives at their jobs and can be forced to make life and death decisions in the blink of an eye.”
City of Attleboro police officer, Peter Morse, who is also an actor, joined on to direct and act in the video. Morse has appeared in feature films including Black Mass, and an Investigation Discovery movie, “Confessions of the Boston Strangler” as Albert Desalvo.
The band hired videographer Justin Mayotte, to film and edit the video. Mayotte was nominated for best photographer at the Boston Fashion Awards and also for music video of the year at the NE Music Awards.
Eaton and Eisner, along with co-writers Steve Gouette and Joe Klein, bass player, Stephen “Sharky” Beccia, and vocalist Brielle Eaton recently started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover costs associated with the song and video production. OneEleven will also donate a percentage of the funds to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Here is a photo gallery from the band’s video shoot which took place at three locations around Massachusetts with a full cast of actors and crew members.