Chicago-based pop-punk band Cliffhanger released the music video for their track “Diane”. Underneath the catchy guitar riffs, booming drums, and ear-worm melodies lays the struggle of growing up, separation, and coping with the loss of a loved one.

About “Diane”, vocalist Matt Meindl stated:
“[It] is an extremely personal song for me as it is named after my late mother. She passed away when I was young and I often had to deal with being alone. I had to learn to grow up fast while keeping a level head.”

The band self-produced the melodic, high-energy track at Flashpoint Chicago and partnered with Michael Govaere (ex-Every Avenue) for mixing and mastering. Directed by Matt Adema, the music video emphasizes separation while there are no scenes of the entire band together. It also relates to the harsh realization at our current global environment.

Consisting of Matt Meindl (vocals), Dan Rickert (guitar), Mike Centracco (guitar), Lou Pontillo (bass), and Mike Licari (drums), the band previously released their self-titled EP. Featuring prominent electric guitars and thoughtful melodies, the record revisits the pain and nostalgia of ever wandering punk’s angsty yesteryear.

Cliffhanger has an impressive history of shows, with performances at the Vans Warped Tour, Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, and numerous sold out gigs. They’ve also shared the stage with Chicago’s soul-crushing Belmont, nudist punk rockers Keep Flying, We Were Sharks, Light Years, and many more.

Photo Credit: Sasha Strahler