Movie Club, an instrumental psychedelic rock duo from Venice Beach, released their new single and music video "Trap Door" earlier tonight (July 8th).
Drummer Jessamyn Violet and guitarist Vince Cuneo play perfectly off of each other's energy, resulting in an expressive and pocketed sound. "Trap Door," which will be featured on Movie Club's upcoming EP, Fangtooth (out August 10th), is a mind-bending kaleidoscope of distorted riffs, energizing drum parts, and trippy cinematography. The EP was mixed by Mark Rains (The Paranoyds, Death Valley Girls) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Green Day, The Black Keys). Fangtooth also features performances by Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie) on bass and david Ralicke (Dengue Fever) on flute.
The cutting-edge music video for "Trap Door" was filmed at the famous Salton Sea in California: "Bombay Beach feels like where Burning Man festival goes for the other 50 weeks of the year," Violet shared. "There are so many captivating builds, trippy statues and signs. It’s like nowhere else on the planet."
The video was inspired by The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge), a classic 1950s film in which a little boy befriends and follows a balloon that seems to have a mind of its own around Paris. Cinematography dream team Brian Feinzimer and Dustin Downing have created a world like no other, chasing balloons through the mysterious landscapes and toxic waters of Bombay Beach, abstract art installations, and the dystopian "Bombay Beach Estates" with drones.
"Trap Door" is unusual, however, in that the shots are entirely in reverse. The video straddles the fine line between dream and reality, with colorful balloons floating downwards and surrealistic backdrops. The stunning, thought-provoking visuals suit the originality of "Trap Door" and Movie Club.
About the experimental video, Cuneo stated that, "we definitely went far outside of our comfort zone making this video. I don’t know how to describe crawling into the Salton Sea, but there was a moment where I thought that I physically wasn’t going to be able to go through with it."
Listen to "Trap Door" and watch the official music video now. Let us know what you think.