Trapper Schoepp Documents a Busted Marriage in Animated ‘Drive-Thru Divorce’ Video

Jeff Gage

Trapper Schoepp chronicles the fallout of a Las Vegas wedding that’s come up snake eyes in the new animated music video for his song “Drive-Thru Divorce.” The track appears on the Wisconsin songwriter’s recent Primetime Illusion LP.

A Milwaukee native, Schoepp uses an upbeat melody and theatrical vocal delivery to create a sharp contrast to the heartbroken lyrics. So it’s apt that the video — animated by Casey Hoaglund Illustration — would take on a such a colorful, cartoonish quality. Various impassioned lines from the song are splashed on the screen, like “My heart’s on fire” and “Can’t help falling in love,” as a young couple travels to Sin City, but it soon becomes clear that this trip is a return to the scene of a misdeed. Each landmark they pass that triggers a memory of their wedding has, instead, turned into a grim reminder of a marriage that is in its final throes.

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Schoepp released Primetime Illusion, his fourth album, back in January, which notably featured his version of Bob Dylan’s unfinished 1961 composition “On, Wisconsin,” for which Dylan granted him a cowriting credit. Currently touring the United Kingdom, Schoepp plays Riverside in Newcastle Upon Tyne on April 4th.

Here are Trapper Schoepp’s U.S. tour dates:

May 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Anodyne Coffee
May 2 – Sheboygan, WI @ Weill Cente
May 3 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
May 4 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Theatre
May 5 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
May 6- Peoria, IL @ Monarch Music Hall
May 8 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
May 9 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
May 10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 11 – Freehold, NJ @ Concerts in the Studio
May 12 – Green Brook, NJ @ Cozy Cabin
May 13 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
May 16 – New York, NY @ Coney Island Baby
May 17 – Ringwood, NJ @ Live at Drew’s
May 19 – Boston, MA @ Lost Evenings
May 22 – Washington DC @ Pearl Street Warehouse
May 23 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Pale Fire Brewing
May 24 – Charlotte, NC @ Whitewater Center
May 25 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery Lounge
June 6 – Chicago, IL @ Avondale Music Hall
June 8 – Neillsville, WI @ Silver Dome Ballroom
June 12 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
June 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
June 14 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
June 27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Roadshow

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