Watch: Midnight Shine [I Need Angels]
In Season 1 of DD Studio Sessions, Northern Ontario’s Midnight Shine traveled hundreds of kilometres south for the recording of Sister Love. For the making of their latest music video, they stayed closer to home.
I Need Angels, off of Midnight Shine’s third album, High Road, is the first music video ever shot in the remote Cree community of Attawapiskat. Located about 5 km inland from the James Bay coastline, the community of roughly 2,000 has been associated with many distressing issues over the years, including suicide. It is also the home of Midnight Shine front man Adrian Sutherland.
“I wrote I Need Angels because there are a lot of people struggling in Canada’s Indigenous far North communities,” says Sutherland, who has had family members take their own lives, and sometimes struggles with his own mental health. “We’ve had a lot of loss, a lot of tragedies, and I think it’s important for me as an artist to shed light on these issues.
“Being isolated in the North can be very tough, and I know a lot of people who suffer from depression. The song is about that inner struggle to keep positive and not give up, and to hang on to hope and faith despite the darkness.”
I Need Angels was written by Midnight Shine members Adrian Sutherland, Zach Tomatuk and Stanley Louttit, and produced by by John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews.The video was produced and co-directed by Midnight Shine’s manager RoseAnna Schick, and shot and directed by Vancouver-based cinematographer Cliff Hokanson.