Last July Goldfinger gave fans what they had been craving since the ska band's last outing, in 2008. They dropped 'The Knife,' and retained their irresistibly catchy and creative energy that they become so well-known for in the late 90s. Off that album was the band's energetic track 'Tijuana Sunrise,' which they've now shared a brand new video for.
'Tijuana Sunrise' is the catchy homage to lead singer, Jon Feldmann's younger days growing up in San Diego and surviving some pretty hectic nights in Mexico. As Feldmann's distinct vocals ignite the track, the video opens with a seemingly younger version of Feldmann, waking up on a Tijuana beach, bottle in hand, and stumbling to his next destination. The video continues with small clips of these drunken memories but ultimately shows Feldmann, bandmates, friends, and family getting together on the beach.
"I was a messed up, disillusioned kid living in San Diego. I was underage and unable to obtain a fake ID, so like many kids with a similar fate, I drank across the border down in Mexico. My life back then was so dark," says Feldmann of his younger days. "I would literally black out two to three days every week. I would come to eating a hot dog from a cart on the streets of Tijuana, but God only knows what I was actually eating. There’s so much violence and disease and so many drugs down in Tijuana. My college roommate was kidnapped there and almost forced into being a sex slave. Luckily, he escaped, but his mind was never the same. When I was a 17-year-old kid, I was arrested in Rosarito and thrown in jail with a bunch of older drunk locals. They took all of my money and all of my clothes. They took everything I had on me. Somehow, I was able to get my car back from them and drive home to San Diego."
"My life now is so different. I wanted to show the juxtaposition of my life back then, risking it all, to my life today with my family, my career, my friends and my hobbies. I truly do love my life today in 2018. I only survived back then by seconds and inches. I could have been kidnapped and murdered like so many kids back in the ‘80s in Tijuana. I’m so grateful that I don't have to live that way anymore. I love my life!"