Bombay Beach’s location is curious, besides being utterly surreal, as seen in Venice Beach rock band Movie Club’s new music video, “Trap Door.”
There is no real connection to the ancient city of Bombay, but it is a secluded shoreline near Salton Sea that was once a weekend getaway for residents of the US West Coast and is currently experiencing a sort of new artist visit. Movie Club drummer Jessamyn Violet says, “The artistic appeal is undeniable – the constructions and installations that are etched in our memory – and this is the charm we were hoping to capture through our video. Hopefully, this doesn’t get too popular, as the crowds would somehow destroy the vibe.
With balloons and matching outfits, Violet and guitarist Vince Cuneo make their way through the water to a swing, with their dangling instrumental music sparking curiosity. Cinematographer Dustin Downing suggested Bombay Beach as the location for the video for “Trap Door,” which is part of the Movie Club’s upcoming album. Fang tooth. The track swells with a weird psychedelic rock palette, aided by the understated flute playing of Venice multi-instrumentalist David Ralicke, a longtime friend of Violet’s. “We were also very excited to find the great Tim Lefebvre on bass – he really adds lines and depth like no other,” Cuneo adds of the EP collaborators.
While “Trap Door” might be a difficult video to complete, Movie Club is well up to the challenge. Violet adds, “We are already making another crazy video for ‘Ghost in the Machine’ which will probably be released after the EP is released.” With the opening of the US live performance industry, national and international tours are “a very real goal” for the duo. Violet says, “But while we wait for the right circumstances, we’re putting on local and statewide shows for now.”
Watch the “Trap Door” video. The EP ‘Fangtooth’ will be released on August 10th.