We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Baggage’s new music video for their song “Half Full” (watch it below). The track is originally from the Music For Everyone compilation, which was curated by Taking Back Sunday’s John Nolan to help support the ACLU.
Jonathan Diener comments:
“I went to a rally against the first Muslim Ban in Flint and seeing so many passionate people changed my life. I was already involved, but these were the people taking action. Our Muslim brothers and sisters were misunderstood by the masses so we reached out to our friend Ruba to walk us through her life and the real micro-aggressions that would happen to the average Muslim American woman. We wanted to challenge the viewer’s bias and show that even in situations where you would want to assume, you might be wrong. We also had to bring up the Flint Water Crisis because not only was it happening in our area, it was something that still has yet to be resolved. It’s a shame that disasters bring us together, but it’s time to treat people like people again.”
“I wanted to bring hope back to a scene that is used to bad news and fetishizing sadness. Every morning when you check your phone or watch TV, especially lately, it’s been terrible seeing all of the atrocities happening all over the world. People around me were losing their faith in humanity, but mine was growing stronger. When John Nolan and the TBS camp reached out to me I knew this song would fit perfectly.”
After the breakup of Michigan pop punkers, The Swellers, drummer Jonathan Diener put down his sticks, picked up a bass and formed his new project, Baggage. Years of touring the world and writing for several music publications shaped a new vision: it was time to use music as a platform for something bigger. Baggage has already raised over $7,000 for Flint Water Crisis relief, donated a van full of clothing and cases of water to local shelters and even used the money made from their first EP to aid in construction of a friend’s burned down home.
5/27 – Bled Fest – Howell, MI
w/ Best Ex, Promise of Redemption, Kozie
7/15 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
7/16 – Mahall’s – Cleveland, OH
7/17 – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
7/19 – Middle East – Boston, MA
7/20 – Studio At Webster – NYC
7/21 – Foundry – Philadelphia, PA