Philly-based instrumental progressive jazz/rock fusion outfit Trap Rabbit (of ArtHouse95) debuted the new music video for “Empress,” the title track from its debut EP, via Okayplayer on Friday, May 26, 2018. Directed by Bob Sweeney and MH the Verb, the video tackles that energy of power dynamics within the Trap Rabbit duo, composed of drummer Arjun Dube and keyboardist Logan Roth. It follows the two musicians in an epic build up of personality clashes as they go from a chill rehearsal session at their Fishtown studio to an all-out meltdown on the cobblestone streets of North Philadelphia.
The song was inspired by the emotional impression left by Empress Wu Zeitan, an ancient Chinese monarch who ruled during the Tang dynasty. During her rise to power, she orchestrated sinister deeds to secure her position, even killing her own children. While the song is in no way an ode to her horrible memory, the complex instrumental arrangement conjures similar feelings of dynamic power struggles that exist in us all –a sort of villain’s theme song.
Link to the premiere of “Empress” video and exclusive Q&A on OKP
The Empress EP is available now on all digital platforms.
Listen to Empress on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/traprabbitmusic/sets/empress/s-bnU1h
Download Empress on Bandcamp: https://traprabbitmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
More about The Empress EP
“We tried our best to capture what it feels like to come to a Trap Rabbit show. Arjun was doing some session work for a local rock band when he caught the attention of producer/engineer, Eric Bazilian. He invited us to his studio, where we recorded each song live over four nights, then added solos from Bazilian (guitar) and New York-based woodwind instrumentalist, Max Zooi (bass clarinet).” – Logan Roth