I grew up on two kinds of music: pop-punk and Broadway. And that's why I'm so obsessed with We The Kings' cover of Hamilton's "The Story of Tonight," because pop-punk and Broadway collide.
In the music video, the song gets a new backstory. In the musical, "The Story of Tonight" is sung when Alexander Hamilton meets John Laurens, Marquis de Lafayette, and Hercules Mulligan and they dream of revolution. In We The Kings' music video, viewers are introduced to four characters. One character proposes to his girlfriend, one wants to run away and start a music career, one is going into the army, and one is going to UCLA. They meet up for one last night of celebration before going their separate ways. The song fits both situations perfectly, with beautifully crafted universal lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda: "Raise our glass to freedom/Something they can never take away/No matter what they tell you." Revolutionary ideas live on today.
"The Story of Tonight" by We The Kings is released through Liberator Music. The single is available on iTunes and Spotify. The band's sixth studio album Strange Love was released just prior to the single, and peaked at #137 on the US Billboard 200. We The Kings will be performing on the Vans Warped Tour which will begin in June in Texas.