The Fever 333 have been enjoying a hell of a debut year, having released their Made an America EP earlier this year. Today, they've released a visual for the title track, illustrating much of the political chaos and energy the song lays out.
The video employs some interesting juxtapositions, where Jason Aalon Butler and Stephen Harrison, as well as several other people of color, are inside a clear box dancing for a group of white onlookers, and then cuts to the same people working in a chain gang, hitting rocks over and over for an unknown overseer. It speaks further to their politically aware message, and throws in some extremely catchy songwriting for good measure.
Of the song, Butler says, "I am not afraid to talk about the truth anymore. I am not threatened by the ignorance that allowed us to push a very problematic history aside. There is no more reason for me to be compliant through silence, and there is absolutely no room for such silence in art. If you feel challenged by the idea of this video, I would encourage you to ask yourself 'why?' Then you can feel free to ask me or the other members of this project.
"This video was an attempt to offer representation to gravely underrepresented, and ironically prevalent, faction in both music and society. This is an acknowledgment of those whose bodies were exploited in the name of power. The beautiful bodies and souls that have been taken from time and time again to serve the interests of someone else with no regard for their own existence or advancement.
"America has provided examples of this for millennia, by make no mistake, we are not the only ones. My hope here is that people understand that by challenging these clearly damaging practices against people, we- the people, can observe the power that we possess when we move in solidarity. Integration, both voluntary and forcefully, sits at the foundation of our success and our failures as a people.
"Lest we forget, there is no power without the people, therefore all power lies within all people. We built this mother fucker."