Her Habour‘s new video for “Hewing Crowns,” the first single off of her upcoming album Go Gently Into the Night will give you chills whether you watch the video or simply close your eyes and listen along.
The black and white footage is dark and eerie just like the Her Harbour we have grown to love the nation’s capital. She has a way of evoking so much emotion and capturing the listener with her incredibly powerful voice and often simple but perfectly executed musicality. The video matches up well with Her Harbour’s signature ambient musing and haunting sounds. It also matches the title very well, as to hew is to either chop or cut with an axe, pick, or other tool or to conform or adhere to. Whether the cutting up of crowns, or conforming to them, both create imagery on their own.
The eerie video, was edited by Mike Dubue (Hilotrons), and is made up of found footage from the 1966 short film based on “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” by renowned American author Conrad Aiken.
As mentioned, “Hewing Crowns” is the first single from the local muse’s sophomore release, and is the oldest song on the album. Go Gently Into the Night is set to release on February 3, 2017 on E-Tron Records. She tells us that the album “is about cycles. I wrote the songs at a time where death felt omnipresent. This album has been my attempt at making peace with death as a character of growing importance in my life.”
I know February 3 is far away, for now you will have to settle for listening and watching the video for “Hewing Crowns” and keeping on the look out for Her Harbour playing live.
We are happy to bring to you a brand new video from one of our fave wacky bands in town, Bonnie Doon. The song is called “Pants and a Face,” which we heard earlier this year on the Pentagon Black Compilation No.1. It has been about two and a half years since the Bonnie Doon EP came out, but it really feels like yesterday.
The video is by local artist Phil Osborne, and is a perfect fit with the uptempo sludgy, lo-fi track by the band. He describes it as “a hipster post-punk mutant that intermorphs and transmutes into different past incarnations of itself as it walks downtown looking for a good time.” The video itself is a colourful psychedelic trip that features fire and even a UFO. Check out more of his stuff on his YouTube channel here.
One of the new Ottawa bands I’m most excited about this year is Mushy Gushy. Why? Those who know me will tell you I’m a sucker for punchy garage pop tunes, and for me, listening to Mushy Gushy is comparable to waking up on Christmas morning when you’re 12-years-old and finding a brand new Nintendo 64 under the tree. Earlier this year we premiered their debut EP Tight Snake, and threw a wild EP release party at Bar Robo that sold out almost immediately. These fellas have figured out how to write music that people love to hear.
Well, they’ve done it again. Teasing a new album on the horizon, Mushy Gushy have released a brand new track called “Schemestress,” their first new song since the release of Tight Snake earlier this year. It was recorded at Swell Studios in October 2016 and shows the band letting loose for the recording. With a hook of gold and just enough crunch to please the masses, “Schemestress” begs you to dance, scream, and sweat. Mushy Gushy might just out-do themselves with their upcoming sophomore release, and it’s clear that they are showing no signs of slowing down.
Check out the video below, and don’t forget to see Mushy Gushy play it live on November 17th at House of TARG as they share the stage with Mad Ones and Ornaments.
Local three-piece punk band The Valveenus have released a music video for their song “Runaway Train.”
“Runaway Train” is a blistering track off the band’s first full-length album Catalyst which they released last year. Many of The Valveenus’ songs have more of a country-punk twist, but “Runaway Train” is much more punk rock in sounds than country.
The video features old black and white footage of what appears to be an angry drunk man stealing a train and trying driving it to his demise. Luckily for him our hero, his wife? partner? friend?, does everything in her power, jumping from another train and then running on the roof of said moving train to convince him he has something to live for and saves the day. Meanwhile in between the harrowing train chase the camera cuts to the band rocking out in what could easily be one of the train carts.
Check out the video below and don’t blink as the video clocks in at just over two minutes of tense action. If you like what you hear don’t miss The Valveenus playing with Pistols at Dawn, Serenity Now and Reminder at Pressed on October 13th, info here.
Most of the video is shot at the Legacy Skate Park in Ottawa’s west end and features wonderful Girls Skate 613 crew shredding and having a blast. The video also shows some love to other four-wheelers, the Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club, a local inclusive recreational rollerskating group, who show us their moves.
Not to be missed in all this is the cameo by Alanna Why of BB Cream as she rides her banana board, gets her Slurpee on and shows off Colleen Green’s comics as Green is heard providing backing vocals on the track. The video was filmed by local mastermind Lesley Marshall and featured illustrations by Tyler Goodman. This video screams fun summer times and can serve us all as a reminder when the frigid winter or Slurpee brain freezes arrive.
Check out the video and tour dates below, but be forewarned that the video will give you the urge to jump on your board and go shred.
September 22 – Montreal (Pop Mtl)
September 23 – Vankleek Hill, ON (Beaus Oktoberfest!)
October 30 – Gainsville, FL (THE Fest!)
October 31 – Athens, GA
November 1 – Richmond, VA or TBA
November 2 – Philadelphia, PA
November 3 – New Brunswick or TBA
November 4 – Brooklyn, NY
November 5 – NY, NY
Ottawa’s Pony Girl have released a video for a dreamy, sexy cover of Céline Dion’s “Because You Loved Me.” This one sure came out of left field, but hey, you can’t go wrong with a song by this seminal Canadian music icon.
The song starts off with delicate, sultry vocals by Pascal Huot and Yolande Laroche and intricate, minimalistic instrumentals. The group encircles the now-commonplace light fixture that they use in their live performances. It in intensity, and by the end we’re left with a completely re-imagined interpretation of the song. Listeners instantly become enveloped this modern take on this classic love-making ballad. Be sure to listen to and purchase their impressive catalogue on Bandcamp, including their latest release Foreign Life.
Pony Girl are currently on a massive two-month tour across Canada, and those dates can be found below.
Pony Girl Canadian Tour 2016
08/21 Hull, QC@ Arboretum Festival
09/01 Montréal, QC@ Ex-Pop MTL
09/02 Edmundston, NB @ Le Deck
09/03 Fredericton, NB @ Mazerolle Gallery
09/05 Charlottetown, PE @ Baba’s Lounge
09/08 Sydney, NS @ Governor’s
09/09 Halifax, NS @ Menz & Mollyz
09/10 Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse
09/11 Wolfville, NS @ K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre
09/14 Chicoutimi, QC @ Bar à Pitons
09/15 Québec, QC @ Le Sous-Sol du Cercle
09/16 Trois-Rivières, QC @ Zénob
09/17 Ottawa, ON @ CityFolk Festival
10/07 Vancouver, BC @ The Merge
10/08 Prince George, BC @ The Legion
10/10 Edmonton, AB @ The Buckingham
10/11 Edmonton, AB @ The Sewing Machine Factory
10/12 Calgary, AB @ TBA
10/13 Saskatoon, SK @ TBA
10/14 Regina, SK @ BreakOut West *
10/15 Regina, SK @ BreakOut West *
10/17 Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry
10/18 Sault Ste-Marie, ON @ Gore Street Café
10/19 Sudbury, ON @ Townhouse
10/20 Guelph, ON @ DSTRCT
10/21 London, ON @ Rum Runners
10/22 Windsor, ON @ The Beer Exchange
10/23 Kitchener, ON @ Open Sesame
10/25 Hamilton, ON @ TBA
10/26 Sarnia, ON @ Refined Fool
10/27 Toronto, ON @ TBA * Backing Old Cabin at BreakOut West (Regina, SK)
Local producer and hip hop artist DRAE just dropped a video for the lead single, “Nightmare,” of his upcoming debut album Escape.
The video shot by I in Eye Cinematics opens with a black and white scene of a woman running barefoot alone in the forest to the words “This is what a nightmare looks like.” The song tackles the nightmare of being cheated on and all the anxiety and stress that comes from uncertainty. The lyrics masterfully bounce back and forth between the cheater and the person being cheated on.
The video depicts the ordeal in such a real way. The footage shifts between shots of the the woman who is being cheated on incessantly picturing her partner out with another woman to scenes of herself running all alone in the woods barefoot while being chased by a dark, ominous silhouette to her waking up in sweats. That darkness chasing her is the truth and you can only run for so long. The imagery is absolutely perfect.
This is the first time I hear of I in Eye Cinematics and I must say, hats off. The video is beautifully shot and very well put together.
Watch the video below and if you like what you hear you can check out DRAE opening for Five Alarm Funk June 30th at Ritual Nightclub. More info here.
“Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends,” is how Alex Silas kicks off his latest single “Champagne” from his upcoming album Tunnels.
It is always good news when Alex Silas & the Subterraneans release new music because you know you are in for heartfelt and honest lyrics laid over live instruments. There is something very special about rap and hip-hop with a live band (no disrespect to DJs or anything). Silas, the hip-hop hippy, is clearly building on the growth from his debut album, Roots, and if “Champagne” is a sign of things to come, he is really honing his craft.
Ottawa Showbox is delighted to debut the video for “Champagne.” The video was recorded at Live on Elgin and opens with Silas & the Subterraneans on stage while the instruments join his raps one at a time. “Champagne” looks like one of the more fun videos to be a part of as the crowd joins in popping bubbly and spraying it all over the place and each other during the chorus: “I swear to God if Jesus walks I will Kanye West pop bubbly / Hey so we don’t even like champagne / but we drink it anyway.” There are also some pretty cool cuts from Silas rapping to people dancing in the crowd and back.
Check out the video below and keep your eyes peeled for more from Alex Silas & the Subterraneans as they slowly roll out pieces of Tunnels over the coming year.
Harea Band are back with a brand new video for the single “Drop and Dance” off their upcoming EP All The Hits. I say they’re back, but the reality is they never really went away. The five-piece band, lead by principal songwriter Alex Harea, was formed in 2012 and brought together a diverse array of talented individuals with varied musical backgrounds.
This collective takes elements of pop, soul, folk, funk, hip hop, jazz, blues and world music, and effectively fuses them into uplifting, melodic, and downright funky-ass tunes. Since their formation, they’ve been continuously active and have been invited to play notable shows at The Black Sheep Inn, Ottawa Jazz Festival, CityFolk Festival, and other venues across Ontario. Needless to say, this is one hard-working group of musicians – and it shows.
This style can be heard nowhere better than their 2014 EP Hip Hip Harea, an 5-track album that doesn’t try to break any musical boundaries, but succeeds in providing a fun listening experience front-to-back and translates into intoxicating live energy on stage.
Speaking of intoxicating, let’s talk about their new video for a minute. “Drop and Dance” is a step in another direction for Harea Band as they’ve taken their uplifting, soulful sound and injected a little more funk and disco-inspired aspects into the track. Although the whole album isn’t available yet, this probably signifies an evolution of a band that wants to keep people smiling and dancing, but with new sounds and rhythms over time.
The video’s subject is a young, overworked office dweller that experiences the mundane motions of the 9-to-5 life. This is something a lot of people in Ottawa can probably identify with, but our friend in the video takes it… well, to the extreme.
Filmed at Live On Elgin!, the video follows the subject as he parties to oblivion, refusing to let the boring desk job define his life. However, we can also see how this over-the-top lifestyle isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be either – he experiences some unnecessary violence, performs some not-so-impressive dance moves, and probably sets himself up for a pretty mean hangover the next day.
All The Hits will be released April 28th at KM Theatre (Carleton University campus) starting at 7pm. It’s an all ages show, and $10 at the door (or PWYC if you’re a student), so be sure to head on over and see what the band has in store. Enjoy the video for “Drop and Dance” below.
Ottawa duo, Buck-N-Nice just dropped a powerful politically fueled and very meaningful video for “Welcome to Infinity.”
“Welcome to Infinity” is their first video single from their upcoming sophomore album, EMAG, to be released this summer. The video was filmed in a single day at various locations with historic monuments in Toronto by Boom Shoal Enterprises, who also directed, produced and edited the piece.
The song doesn’t hold any punches and SawBuck tells it how it is, “Columbus Day in North America is a Hitler holiday in Germany.” I love the imagery of So Nice, slowly dropping pages he ripped out of book he is holding. History is told by the winner and “a liar tells you that he never lies.”
“We decided this was going to be the first single from the album before it was even finished. It was originally an a cappella single verse for live shows, that was written as a poem, but after being approached by multiple people about how the content was slightly offensive or bold, we were slightly offended and decided to get bold,” says SawBuck, the rapper half of Buck-N-Nice. “This song is to wake people up. Offended? Say it. We don’t write lies to make people feel comfortable.”
I have so much respect for Buck-n-Nice for this piece. “Welcome to Infinity” is extremely powerful and real, and definitely not shy. It is a message that has to be said more often and more importantly heard.
We had a quick chat with SawBuck about “Welcome to Infinity,” the track and the video. Check out the interview and video below:
Where is the intro video portion taken from?
That’s a cameo feature from our friend Jonny Rockwell (from Philly Moves). He’s playing a role representing the masses in taking “stories”, or, the history books, copying and passing on its information as the complete story, knowing that there’s tons of truth missing. The whole story isn’t in the book, he knows it, but doesn’t seem to care and still values it. This is what history is. A collection of convenient stories to appease those in control and keep the oppressed where they were plotted to be.
Where was this filmed? And what is the significance of the location to you or the song?
The video was produced, directed, shot and edited in Toronto by Boom Shoal Enterprises (Dan Jardine and Alex Zampino). The various locations throughout Toronto all feature historic monuments which to be honest aren’t as important individually as their representation that history is in front of us every day, and for the most part, people ignore it. Nobody knows the significance of these statues, and if they dig deep enough, a lot of them praise oppressors of assimilation and the colonization of the Indigenous Peoples of this country.
So Nice is seen ripping up a book during the video. What book is it?
The book you see So Nice ripping up is actually early 1900s Americana; a book from the Department of History that should be on somebody’s collection shelf. Alex Zampino owned it, and donated it to the cause of this video. So, there’s genuinely a piece of history being ripped up throughout the entire video. A subtle, but major addition to the concept that many won’t even recognize. We really appreciate this addition to the piece.
Can you speak a little to the importance and relevance of the song giving whats going in Canada? Or simply why it is important to you to cover this subject?
Indigenous issues get slept on by most people; unless it directly affects them. If you step back and look at the mess that’s been made as proverbial broken bones, it becomes confusing as to why the issues are being treated with Advil as opposed to X-Rays and casts. Nothing is being fixed. These issues run so deep, with so many levels, that the only way to truly start to make progress, is to start at the beginning.
Speaking generally, as not all people are of this frame of mind, but many people put the blame on the Indigenous communities themselves, and their leaders, as though an equal playing field is and always was the case. Currently, there are so many issues affecting these communities, and it’s the responsibility of Canada as a whole to respond with assistance. Why don’t more people care about the lack of fresh water for entire communities? Why aren’t more people concerned about the suicide epidemic in Manitoba? Why aren’t more people in defense of sacred grounds being abused? Why are sports teams allowed to use racial slurs for team names and logos? Why are the stereotypes and dollar amount “provided” by the government basically the only thing the average person knows about Indigenous People? Why is Sir John A. Macdonald on the 10 dollar bill? Why is the Hudson Bay Company a Canadian staple despite their spreading of smallpox? I can keep going.
The issues run deep, and they are many. The answer is in the root. The genocide and cultural assimilation that was re-written by the history books, and the everlasting propaganda is what seemingly stops people from caring, or being more vocal. If that’s the case, we decided to tackle the issue from the root. We wanted to wake people up about the beginnings of this nation. This can also be related to by other cultures that have, or are experiencing similar injustices. In terms of personal relation, I have First Nations roots by way of my father, but that’s not why the song was written, so that doesn’t even need to be brought up. It’s not a First Nations issue; it’s a Canadian issue; it’s an educational and historical issue. Regardless of roots, this is a topic that all Canadians need to be made aware of. These issues need to stop being overlooked and minimized, but acted on. That starts with the truth about our history, and from there, people can grow to understand why things are the way they are now.
Any shows, new track or something exciting coming up I can mention to drive some more attention your way?
Our sophomore album, EMAG, is set for a summer 2016 release. A solid date will be announced in May as we’re currently in the mixing and mastering stage. Following this release, we have 2 more singles on the way before the album drop, along with some more visuals. As for shows, we’re planning a tour with Ottawa vets, Flight Distance, so those dates will be announced in the coming months. Lots of stuff happening between now and summer!