In a music video recently uploaded to Facebook by the young performance group Treble Makers Malta, four kids covered Bastille’s hit track Pompeii, with one very interesting addition. You see, these aren’t your typical Maltese kids; they’re superheroes.
The six-and-a-half minute short film takes place inside a video game, and sees our four protagonists take up superpowers. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the whole thing was shot in just one day, with absolutely not budget… by a 17-year-old.
Apart from harmonising their way through the hit song, the four singers, known as M.E.D.S (Maria, Ella, David and Sean) go from flipping an oncoming bus to fighting their black-and-white, glitching, “evil” sides. The video ends with a rundown of our protagonists’ superpowers, introducing Momenta, Electra, Dash, and Shifty.
The music was rearranged by Matteo Depares. “He did it absolutely for free and he spent hours working on the audio,” said Faye Micallef Grimaud, Treble Makers’ founding director. Micallef Grimaud helped with the vocal arrangements, while Depares worked on the recording and editing of the audio.
The video was filmed and edited by Faye herself, along with Dylan Odom, an aspiring Virtual FX artist who isn’t even 18 yet. “I did the visual effects over the span of a month using techniques I taught myself,” Dylan told Lovin Malta.
This is the Maltese youth choir’s sixth music video, and Dylan describes it as their most complicated one to date. “We had a team of three people, so we recorded and edited the audio ourselves”.
Music videos featuring superheroes aren’t the only thing Treble Makers are known for. Organising everything from shows to live-in, the youth choir group organised a retreat earlier this September where various competitions and training camps were organised, including an adorable Trebles’ Got Talent night.
Treble Makers was formed back in 2010, when Faye Micallef-Grimaud was inspired by the comedy-drama TV series Glee to create a choir group with the help of a couple of friends from her drama group. Earlier this summer, Treble Makers celebrated over 100 members, with singers aged anywhere from 7 to 25 years.