LEONIA, N.J. — Andrew Milea of Leonia is 24 and still living with his parents until he figures out his next step.
He's not alone.
The guitarist’s trio, Wild Americans, this month released its first music video for a song called “I Want to Take You Home,” about young adults moving back in with their folks.
The irony is that it was recorded almost entirely in Milea’s parents’ Glenwood Avenue home.
“The song came about when I was sitting around in my parents’ living room just being like, ‘This is terrible,’” said Milea, who writes and plays music with drummer Mike Neglia and bassist Fred Ilac.
“It’s kind of a struggle. Sometimes it’s not so bad and then you feel like you’re not growing as a person — that’s a detriment to your morale.”
The video was shot by Leonia videographer Charlie Chalkin, 23, who can relate to the song's message.
The day before Chalkin was supposed to start his first job after graduating from college in July 2014, he broke his collarbone and lost the gig.
It proved to be a blessing in disguise for Chalkin, who used the opportunity to follow his passion and start his own production company.
He has since shot videos for Susan Sarandon, the Women On 20s campaign, Celebrity Chef Jordan Andino and more, and is looking at apartments in New York City.
"People will definitely be able to relate, especially people just coming out of college who don't really know what they're doing with their lives yet," Chalkin said. "A lot of people do get stuck at home and feel that sense of being depressed and stuck — and that's what the video is about."
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