Rescue Me is, without question, one of the best songs on Thirty Seconds To Mars’ new album, America. It’s a song about struggle and empowerment, about overcoming. And the video captures this message in a powerfully unique way.
Both Jared and Shannon Leto are featured in the video, along with a number of people who share their most intimate emotions with us. We watch as they break down, in frustration, in pain, in anguish. And we watch as they begin to smile again, even dance, feeling uplifted. The video is overwhelmingly and truthfully human in its vulnerability. It’s awe-inspiring and beautiful to watch so many people be so intimately themselves, share their stories without words. It’s incredible, and you may very well find yourself tearing up.
If you’re a member of the Echelon, you’ll undoubtedly have noticed the style of this video seems different than previous Thirty Seconds To Mars music videos. Well, it is! For the first time in thirteen years, Jared was not in the directing chair. Instead, Mark Romanek, who has worked with everyone from Bowie to Beyoncé, stepped in, and did a truly masterful job.
The song is an anthem of strength, and the video is equally so.
“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. 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. None of us are “ok” all the time. And there shouldn’t be a stigma when we aren’t.” -Jared Leto
Let’s say it again. Pain does not discriminate!
As always, Thirty Seconds To Mars nailed it. This a video you don’t want to miss.
Rescue Me Is Out Now.