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Music video: Anchorage post-hardcore band Thera’s ‘Ancient Mariner’

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This story was originally written for Alaska Dispatch News.


Thera is a post-hardcore band that’s played Southcentral Alaska for almost 10 years.


Their third and most recent EP, “For Someone, Somewhere,” was released in late 2014 and features the track “Ancient Mariner,” a song inspired by “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” an 18th-century lyrical poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Vocalist Stephanie Plate thought the poem was a “great, creepy, dark story” and wanted to portray that in a music video.


Plate said the band also picked the song for a music video because they thought more people might enjoy it compared to their more hardcore music.


The dark, beautifully shot video was filmed north of Nikiski, with footage of the mariner recorded in Florida, where director and previous drummer Benjamin Maus was studying at Full Sail University.

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Hi! My name is Sam Davenport. I am a freelance writer and lifelong Alaskan who loves reporting on the state’s history, food and culture. I am a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, where I received bachelors degrees in journalism and political science. I was the executive editor of The Northern Light — UAA’s student-run newspaper — for 2.5 years During my time at UAA, I completed internships at the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Public Media. I am the managing editor of The Spenardian, an award-winning hyper-local news blog and magazine for the neighborhood of Spenard. I have been published in Vice, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News, The Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Magazine, Alaska Business, The Northern Light, The Anchorage Press, The Frontiersman, Alaska’s Energy Desk, KSKA, KTOO, Last Frontier Magazine, Crude Magazine, Mountain View Post, The Spenardian, Alaska Contractor Magazine, Wildheart Magazine and True North Magazine. For freelancing rates or a copy of my resume, please email me at

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