From Yesterday

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"From Yesterday"
Single by Thirty Seconds to Mars
from the album A Beautiful Lie
Released November 7, 2006
Format Compact disc
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative rock, Post-hardcore
Length 4:08
Label Immortal, Virgin
Writer(s) Thirty Seconds to Mars
Producer(s) Josh Abraham
Thirty Seconds to Mars singles chronology
"The Kill (Bury Me)"
"From Yesterday"
"A Beautiful Lie"
Music video
"From Yesterday" on YouTube
Music sample

"From Yesterday" is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, and the third single released from their second album A Beautiful Lie. The music video for the song is believed to be the first ever American music video shot in the People's Republic of China in its entirety.[1] The music video is also the last video by the band to feature bass player Matt Wachter. The song won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

Music video[edit]

There are two video versions, a 13-minute short film and an edited 4-minute version. It was filmed on location at Hengdian World Studios using 400 Chinese soldiers and 20 horses. The film starts with a young boy emperor being asked what he would like for his birthday. He simply states "The Sound of Tomorrow", which one of his attendants chants out loudly. The action then cuts to a plain white room with the band members, clad in white outfits similar to those they've previously worn on tour, each doing their own thing in preparation for a show. Jared finishes telling an anecdote and asks Matt how much time they have left before they have to go on stage. Matt responds saying they're "6 minutes, 27.7 seconds late", referring to 6277 spelling out "Mars" on a telephone keypad, which was previously mentioned in The Kill. After a few moments of awkward tension, Jared faintly hears the attendant's chant in the distance, which leads to a picture frame getting knocked off the wall. The band members find a map that was hidden in the picture frame, but are interrupted by a woman who tells them that it's time to leave. She leads them out into the hall and disappears. They walk down to the end of the hall where they attempt to open the door, which ends up being locked much to Jared's frustration. The lights start to flicker and they go out, leaving the band puzzled.

The scene transitions to large gates being opened for the band, now wearing black outfits also similar to those worn on tour, walking down huge rows of Chinese soldiers. This is around the time the song finally starts in the full narrative video and is the starting point for the short edit. As they are all walking down, Jared notices a woman wearing a white mask walking on the exterior of the row, unnoticed by the others.

The band are then taken to the hall where the Emperor is situated. The chanting attendant explains that the Emperor would like to offer the band members, his birthday guests, a gift. During this, each band member meets the glance of characters they later meet face to face, and are given scrolls. Jared, alarmed by the scroll's contents, then says to his brother, Shannon (the band's drummer) "This is a gift?"

The band is then shown putting on supposedly traditional Chinese armor before meeting in an alleyway for a battle against four others, dressed in identical armor. This scene is mixed with each band member being led to a different part of the kingdom, encountering various practices believed to be Chinese traditions. Matt encounters the butler whipping himself; Tomo Miličević finds a dead woman lying on her bed with someone putting a small black mercury ball (a Chinese custom) into her mouth; Shannon sees a grown man being breast-fed; and Jared accidentally walks in on a group of masked, cloaked men guarding three young women in stocks.

At the end of the video, the band members end up fighting each other and four warriors. They wear masks, and thus cannot see who is who. Four of the warriors are slain, and the remaining four wind up in a stalemate. They slowly remove their masks, revealing that 30 Seconds to Mars are all alive. The video then samples "A Beautiful Lie", released as the band's next single.

For a very brief period of time during the butler's whipping scene, an image of the butler appears where he is wearing a rabbit suit mask. Similar freezeframe sequences with abstract and eerie imagery show up in various Mars videos including The Kill, Attack, and Hurricane. Characters with bunny masks have appeared in later Mars videos for Hurricane and Up in the Air.

The video can be seen as a tribute to the film The Last Emperor since several of the scenes and characters are directly inspired by the film, such as the boy emperor being a nod to the Emperor Puyi.

Track listing[edit]

  • Standard version
  1. "From Yesterday" (radio edit) – 3:52
  2. "The Story" – 3:59 (Live @ AOL Sessions Undercover)
  • US (CD)
  1. "From Yesterday" – 4:07
  2. "The Story" – 3:59 (Live @ AOL Sessions Undercover)
  • UK (CD)
  1. "From Yesterday" (radio edit) – 3:52
  2. "Stronger" – 6:01 (Radio 1's Live Lounge 2)
  3. "From Yesterday" – 13:40 full director's cut video (enhanced CD)
  • UK (7" vinyl 1)

This limited edition vinyl is clear, and comes in a gatefold case

  1. "From Yesterday" – 4:14 (Chris Lord-Alge Mix)
  2. "The Kill (Bury Me)" – 3:47 (Radio 1 Live)
  • UK (7" vinyl 2)

This is also limited edition, but is red, and has the band members' signatures etched into the back

  1. "From Yesterday" – 4:07
  • US (7" vinyl 1)
  1. "From Yesterday" – 4:07
  2. "The Kill (Bury Me)" – 3:51

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date Version
United States November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07) Original
United Kingdom January 16, 2007 (2007-01-16)
Australia April 20, 2007 (2007-04-20)
Latvia February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)
United Kingdom Re-release

Chart positions[edit]

  • "From Yesterday" reached #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it Thirty Seconds to Mars' first #1 on any Billboard chart. "From Yesterday" is considered to chart higher than "The Kill", a song considered to be the band's breakthrough single (although "The Kill" did better on the Hot 100 and was slightly behind "From Yesterday"'s Modern Rock Tracks chart position though it stayed longer on the charts) leading "The Kill" to be more popular and have more pop success.
Chart Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 33
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 53
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Czech Singles Chart 27
German Singles Chart[2] 72
Italian Singles Chart[3] 36
Netherlands Singles Chart 8
Finnish Download Chart[4] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart[2] 13
Portuguese Singles Chart[5] 17
Slovakia Singles Chart 78
UK Singles Chart[6] 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 76
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 11

In popular culture[edit]



  1. ^ "30 Seconds To Mars: 'We've Always Been Open And Engaged With Our Listeners' | Interviews @". 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d [1]. Issue Date: ??, 2007. Retrieved on June 11, 2008.
  3. ^ "30 Seconds To Mars - From Yesterday - Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Haku". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ "30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie - Music Charts". 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  6. ^ "UK Singles Top 40 @ - Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ [2]. Issue Date: February 24, 2007. Retrieved on June 10, 2008.
  8. ^ [3]. Issue Date: April 28, 2007. Retrieved on June 11, 2008.
  9. ^ "Guitar Guitar Hero(R)'s February Downloadable Content Lineup Packs a Powerful Punch With Fresh Music From Top Bands". Activision. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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Preceded by
"Pain" by Three Days Grace
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
March 19, 2007 - April 7, 2007
Succeeded by
"Survivalism" by Nine Inch Nails