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Bye June dedicates music video to Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley

Shades of Purple

The Maryland-based Bye June honored Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley with a music video in support of same-sex marriage. “[We] applaud you for your leadership in support of same-sex marriage,” the band wrote in a letter to O’Malley. “In honor of the bill you are sponsoring our band released a music video.”

The video to the track “Shades of Purple,” from the band’s album My Life is an Independent Film, tells the story of a pair of swans in love. Shunned by society, the swans find acceptance through protest — “Swan Pride.”

Bye June collaborated with world-renowned shadowgrapher Sati Achath to produce what they believe is the world’s first music video based on hand shadows. The result is truly remarkable and breathtaking.

The band has also started an online community on Facebook called The Swan Pride Movement.

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