With their latest video, the men of “Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet” are getting political.
The group — comprised of first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Chris Marchant, violist Trevor Wadleigh and cellist Daniel Shevlin — pay homage to the victims of the June 12 mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, along with a number of other recent tragedies, with a heartfelt mashup of the Green Day hit, “21 Guns,” and “Pachelbel’s Canon.”
The video for the song, which was released Oct. 11, shows the guys performing amidst what appears to be a room full of mourners at a funeral. Sadness soon gives way to joy, however, as the ceremony turns out to be a more celebratory affair in a surprise twist.
The group said they aimed to convey a story that inspires hope and change in what’s turned out to be a tumultuous election year by pairing a somber song like “21 Guns” with “a classical piece that is typically associated with joy and happiness like at weddings,” Bagnell said in a press release.
The men haven’t shied away from tackling politics, albeit in a fun, cheeky way, before. Last year, they sang the praises of Hillary Clinton with “Chelsea’s Mom,” a musical parody of the 2003 Fountains of Wayne smash, “Stacy’s Mom.” That tribute racked up over 250,000 views on YouTube and even caught the eye of the Democratic presidential nominee herself.