Days after announcing the release of a brand new music video, Thirty Seconds to Mars have kept their word. On Tuesday (June 12), the California-founded band unleashed the music video for their latest single, “Rescue Me.” Instead of being over-the-top dramatic, like their past videos, the clip has a simple premise; a group of diverse people, including the Leto brothers, showing their vulnerable and emotional sides.
In an email sent to fans accompanying the three-and-a-half-minute clip, frontman Jared Leto reveals the inspiration behind the song. As it turns out, the track is about pain, empowerment, but above all, freedom.
“‘Rescue Me’ is a song about pain, a song about empowerment, a song about faith, and a song about freedom. Freedom from the wreckage of your past. Freedom from the bondage of self. And freedom to embrace all the promises that life has to offer,” the musician wrote.
“It’s also a song about the brutal war so many of us wage against fear, depression and anxiety in the hope that we might, one day, live a life filled with happiness and dreams. Pain does not discriminate. It can affect us all. In our bodies. Our hearts. Our minds. And often, when that pain is emotional or mental, we are afraid to speak up.”
Leto concluded the letter by thanking all the people involved in the video for being brave, selfless, and vulnerable by letting their true emotions show. Accompanying the letter, Leto included several links to organizations for those who need help including links to the Treatment Advocacy Center, Change Direction, Crisis Text Line, Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the World Federation for Mental Health.
The impactful and emotional music video was directed by filmmaker-director Mark Romanek. Romanek’s role as director marks the first time in 13 years that Leto was not behind the camera directing the band’s music video.
“It was a gift to have him carry the weight so graciously and deliver something so profoundly simple and beautiful,” Leto said about the director.
Watch the music video for “Rescue Me” above.
The new music video comes hours after it was confirmed that longtime guitarist Tomo Miličević had left the band. On social media, the former member addressed his departure telling fans that “it is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band.” Miličević joined Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2003.
Last week, the remaining members of the group began their trek across North America on their “Monolith” summer tour. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be found here.