City Rain “The Optimist”

City RainArtist:
Simon Rogers
Add Date:
September 30, 2013


Philadelphia’s electro-pop duo City Rain consists of Ben Runyan and Scott Cumpstone. These city natives offer intense realism and modern thought with strong vocals and captivating melodies. HIP Video Promo is excited to present their newest video clip “The Optimist.”

Having graduated from Temple University in 2009, Ben Runyan and Scott Cumpstone lived two very different lives but were on a path to a familiar place. Ben was starting the City Rain moniker playing hipster nodding electronic shows, while Scott was busy treating the pop rock circuit to his brand of guitar. Between then, and “The Optimist”, Runyan would lose the love of this short life, lose two close friends, have his brain fried after twelve years of SSRI use, lose two jobs, work three, and all the while build his name. Despite it all, he kicked the can far enough down the road to meet Cumpstone at distinctly the right moment. Forming the new duo in late 2012, “The Optimist” was born.

“The Optimist” is the human condition as told though the eyes of the young men of City Rain. While every person has the capability to create his or her own personal hell, there is inversely their capability to manifest redemption. ‘The Optimist’ is the story of the way back. Director Simon Rogers teamed up the band to create a music video that is both captivating and original. Featuring actress Alicia Crosby, “The Optimist” travels through fleeting moments and brings us to the last few minutes of our main character’s search. Searching and waiting seem to be the main motifs of this timeless and classic music video, and in it, we get to be told the story of lost love and how breathing through optimism can help you find what you have been searching for.

“The Optimist” is a powerful clip, and in every scene we are given impression that strength to keep searching for what we know has been there all along is one of the strongest qualities to have in life—hence, the optimist. For more information on this exciting new band, please contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo staff at (732)-613-1779 or email us at . You can also visit for more info.

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