The Fever 333 just unleashed a video for “Made An America,” the title track to their debut EP released earlier this year. The video, which was directed by frontman Jason Aalon Butler, formerly of letlive., gives a poignant look at what exactly making an America means.
The band embrace the importance of activism, using this latest EP as a proponent of change.
“We make it ostensibly clear that everything we do is in an active effort for change,” Butler says of the EP. “It’s about bringing back that socio-political mindfulness. We’re trying to write the soundtrack to the revolution that we know is about to happen.”
“Made An America” is no exception to this, and the video goes hand in hand with supporting their goal and opening fans eyes to the truth.
“I am not afraid to talk about the truth anymore,” Butler says. “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.”
Butler knows that some may feel challenged by the imagery in the video, but he encourages those that feel that way to ask themselves “Why?” before opening up a line of communication with the band if they’re still questioning it.
One of the main goals with the clip was to offer representation to those who are underrepresented.
“This video was an attempt to offer representation to gravely underrepresented, and ironically prevalent, faction in both music and society,” he says. “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, [but] make no mistake, we are not the only ones.”
The video wasn’t just being used as a divisive way to start a conversation as the band hope opening up that line of communication will allow people to come together for a greater cause.
“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,” he says. “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 motherfucker.”
Check out the poignant new video below.
Made An America EP is available now via Roadrunner Records/333 Wreckords Crew. The EP will also be released on vinyl Aug. 24 with a bonus remix of “Made An America,” featuring Vic Mensa and Travis Barker. Pre-orders are available now.
The Fever 333 are currently on tour. You check out dates below.
08/22 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington+ (SOLD OUT)
08/24 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival*
08/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk Brooklyn*
09/14 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest*
09/22 – San Antonio, TX @ Bud Light River City Rockfest*
09/23 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall+
09/25 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar+
09/26 – Orlando, FL @ Sound Bar+
09/30 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life*
10/02 – Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry+
10/03 – Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room+
10/04 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon+
10/05 – Harrisburg, PA @ Stage On Herr+
10/06 – Camden, NJ @ Monster Energy Rock Allegiance*
10/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Monster Energy Aftershock Festival*
10/25 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Freakers Ball*
* Festival Demonstrations
+ Headline Demonstrations