Rochester’s The Heroic Enthusiasts (James Tabbi and Thomas Ferrara) announce the release of a cinematic new video for Empty Space, the plaintive track off Fits and Fashions, out now via Meridian/ECR Music Group.
The duo’s shared admiration of Brit-pop, New Wave, and Post-Punk served as their creative catalyst, after celebrated respective solo efforts as recording artists, producers, composers, and multi-instrumentalists. Educated in computational mathematics and mathematical statistics, Tabbi and Ferrara’s creative collaborations deftly merge the intellectual and emotional. Culling the nostalgia of 80’s synthpop, The Heroic Enthusiasts went straight to the source by enlisting the production expertise of Stephen Hague (New Order, Peter Gabriel, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys).
“So much of what I’m sent these days is basically beats with hooks, but the Heroics’ stuff was a breath of fresh air,” says Hague. “When I first heard their demos, I was taken by their song-craft and musicality.”
The Heroic Enthusiasts wanted a striking short film for the track, so they hired NYC director and photographer Alice Teeple. “We wanted to commission an artist of unique vision to create a short film,” Tabbi explains. “When we learned we could get Alice Teeple to write and direct this film, we were honored and excited.”
“The lyrics of ‘Empty Space’ can be interpreted in so many ways,” adds Ferrara. “Seeing what Alice conceived for her short film was fascinating.”
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