You may know Alex DeLeon as the front man for The Cab, but he's recently released new solo music under the alias Bohnes. He dropped a new single in September, a track that is powerfully stirring in both its lyrical and sonic content called "Six Feet Under." The single certainly pulls from his previous alt-rock identity while exploring new elements and production that is uniquely Bohnes. Even more striking, DeLeon has just dropped an acoustic version for the single that elevates the emotion behind the song to new heights, and we have your first look at the accompanying music video.
"Six Feet Under" is about fighting to resurrect a lost love, DeLeon singing in the chorus, "Our love is six feet under/Yeah it makes me wonder/We could resurrect it tonight." The new music video opens with the scene of a casket, upon which sit two skull masks that Bohnes and his lover were wearing in the original music video. However, while the original video focuses on the two of them together, she is not present in this new version. DeLeon is seen singing passionately in an abandoned car accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. Close ups of both DeLeon and the various items symbolizing death focus on the darkness of the song in comparison to the original music video. The clothes he wears and the masks that are present in the original create a seamless connection between the two, but the much gloomier setting stresses the sonic differences. DeLeon's voice adopts a softer tone in comparison to the more aggressive original that matches perfectly with the minimal instrumentation and emotional quality of the acoustic version and music video.
In converting the song into an acoustic version, DeLeon has channeled the energy from the original into the pain of lost love. This further highlights the meaning of the song, and the stripped-down version underlines his beautiful falsetto and unique voice. He says about the new acoustic version,
"I enjoy doing acoustic versions of songs because it's almost like you take the lyrics and are able to change the entire mood and feel of the piece. The original version was a bit more dark and had some aggression. It almost felt like the devil on the shoulder, like doing something you shouldn't be doing. The acoustic version is much more of the sweet angel on the other shoulder and a bit nostalgic, which makes the song more human and paints more of a picture of missing someone and regretting the past. The original is more unapologetic."
The original music video for the single was shot at the abandoned Nara Dreamland theme park in Japan, which was built in 1961 to look almost identical to Disneyland. Before the site was permanently torn down in 2016, Bohnes and his crew snuck in to film the video. The video was shot in the daytime, and the contrast between the nature of an amusement park and its abandonment only serve the meaning of the song. He and his lover dance and run around the park while wearing skull masks over their faces, which creates a further discord between the setting and their frolicking. All these juxtapositions contribute to the idea of a once incredible love that is gone. It's a bit nostalgic, but it's haunting, DeLeon confirms:
"This song is special to me because it's about resurrecting a love you used to feel. Bringing something back to life that reminds us of better times or a better place. I think we can all relate to that. We all have that rose we wish we could breathe petals back onto."
Check out the new music video for "Six Feet Under" and stream the acoustic version below: