March 2, 2017 Tom Ito

When the dead took command of the sea, The Hit House created a tune for Disney.

The official trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales arrived this week, but it needed the perfect tune to set the tone for an ominous yet lyrical opening. The Hit House’s team set sail to plumb the depths of melodies & returned with a modern take on the old-time “Drunken Sailor” sea shanty. Composer William August Hunt created the composition incorporating sound design elements from Chad J. Hughes, while the youngest members of The Hit House team, Julianne & Kiera, lent their youthful vocals to add just the right dose of innocence to an otherwise somber & foreboding piece. The composition helps highlight the mood of the trailer in the critical first 40 seconds.

Directors Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg helm this fifth installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, to tell the tale of Johnny Depp the constant swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow. Death incarnate Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) leads a legion of undead ghost sailors escaping from the Devil’s Triangle with the intent of killing every pirate at sea, especially the now bedraggled Jack Sparrow. His only hope for survival is with the legendary Trident of Poseidon, which Jack must find by forging a tenuous alliance with the brilliant & beautiful astronomer Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), as well as the headstrong young Royal Navy sailor Henry (Brenton Thwaites). As the captain of the decrepit & tiny ship the “Dying Gull,” Captain Jack must outwit & ultimately defeat his most deadly & formidable enemy yet.

Hear The Hit House’s full composition, “Catch The Sparrow” below via SoundCloud. For the living or the dead, whether by land or by sea, The Hit House will always create the ideal music for your trailer. When Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales makes landfall on May 26, 2017, there will be nowhere to hide for Captain Jack Sparrow, except in theaters with you.