One thing that always astonishes me is how much noise some two-piece bands can make. In this case, Ottawa’s drum and bass duo Auto Racing have packed in just about as much chaos as two people can make in just over three minutes. The track is the second single off their self-titled EP, called “My Justice Waits”. Seriously. How can anyone slap a bass that fast???
On the first listen, the song reminded me of something that Primus would come up with back in the day. You know, a little bit crazy, a little bit genius, and a lot of “what am I listening to!?”. Directed by Carmello Zucco, the video features local drummer Tony Caballero as a mysterious and intimidating intruder. Drummer Aaron Clark explains:
We figured he’d be the perfect character to represent the need for vengeance everyone feels sometimes. The theme is basically that there are instances in life where one is overcome with a desire to state their case and have it heard. We didn’t want to be completely blatant about the subject matter, though it seems pretty clear to me what the underlying theme is.
Carm is such a great director he just came up with the scenario for the shoot in a week or so, and we had an approach to take. Cosmo wrote the song with the idea of expressing this desire for vengeance, and essentially between himself and Carm, the scenario you see in the video was outlined.
Ottawa’s The Haig just put out a spooky new video for their track “Turnbull Suit” just in time for Hallowe’en.
“Turnbull Suit” is the first single from the band’s yet to be released debut full length album Ghost of Nuclear Future. The video begins with the four-piece are all dressed up and look ready to try their hand at Escape Manor. The catch is that the host is actually a psycho killer, qu’est-ce que c’est…
The video is beautifully shot and so action-packed that you won’t be able to look away. Some of my favourite elements are the fish-eye shots of the band jamming along all crammed in an elevator and the very eerie and ghastly cameo by local musician, visual and tattoo artist Kaylie Seaver. I still have chills. I also really like the imagery of the cut-scenes of the band members playing solo behind bars, they most certainly are trapped not only in the mansion but in the song. Big shout out to Mike + Ness Photography for their great work on the video.
Check out the video below and see if the band can run run run run run run run away to safety.
One of Ottawa’s best known indie music acts, The Acorn, have released a brand new video for the single “Dominion” off the their latest LP Vieux Loup. The Acorn first released Pink Ghosts in 2004, and with an ever-expanding catalogue of albums, Rolf Klausener and his band are showing no signs of slowing down.
The video is directed by the omnipresent and multitalented Lesley Marshall, who seems to do a million things and does them really well. She’s also in the band Bonnie Doon, and her unique aesthetic is evident in the music video.
“I shot part on SAW videos New black magic 4k camera and the footage with Caylie on a point and shoot I found in the garbage,” Lesley explains. “I love mixing media and am more moved for collage than anything right now.”
“I built a room of mirrors around Caylie. I wanted to create a dystopic feeling where the sky is made of beautiful water And a permanent sunset where there is love but we are all poisoned. I also love messing with people’s perception of video – of the music video and cinema. That’s why the video should make you feel uneasy.”
The song is reminiscent of The Acorn’s older work, with hollowed, reverb-laden sounds and delicate vocals. One special thing about this track is the appearance of Boyhood’s Caylie Runciman. Her vocals come in intermittently in response to Klausener’s, adding something special to the track and to the album.
Watch the psychedelic new video a listen to a crazy good remix by the one and only CABAAL below.
Last week Pony Girl released a great new video for their new track “Candy.”
Ottawa’s art-rockers are at it again with an outside the box video concept. This time it is for their new song “Candy,” from their upcoming album Foreign Life which is set to arrive November 7. The song definitely shows the band is progressing and growing, refusing to stay still and recreate the sound of their first album. But fear not, the wonderful melding of male and female vocals is still very prominent.
The video begins with a woman standing in a kitchen in what appears to be a nightgown mesmerized by a computer screen. On the screen there is an ad playing for pizza that reminds me of those late night ads for adult phone lines, but for pizza. She succumbs to the delicious images and orders. Upon delivery of the pizza it gets pretty close to being NSFW as the transaction unfolds and the pizza delivery man can barely control himself. The real question is, does the woman yearn for the man or the pizza?
Toronto/Ottawa band Dear Blackwolf have released a new video for “Style,” the first single off their upcoming LP Rumble Music due out on September 11.
The band, which has aptly described their music’s blues rock sound as “Rumble,” is following up their Safe At Home EP released in November of 2014. The song “Style” is representative of the departure the band has taken from previous records, as their new album contains a grittier feel than the roots sound heard on the EP.
“We chose ‘Style,’ the single off our upcoming record Rumble Music, for the video because it best represents all the different elements of our sound, a sound which we’ve coined as “Rumble,” says frontman Joseph Perry. “It was directed by Justin Ceksters, and the video uses the lyrics of the song to tell the tale of a flirtatious waitress and a gentleman at a poker table. Like the music, we didn’t want the story to be over complicated, we wanted the idea to be simple and visually powerful.”
The video itself is dark, seemingly taking place in underbelly of the inner city. The high-contrast black and white video suits the song perfectly, and feels like it could very well have taken place in a seedy whiskey bar somewhere in Nashville. The song builds as the guitar and drums get heavier, and Perry belts out some commanding vocals. This album sounds like it will appeal to those who like old time rock and roll, as well as fans of newer rock in the same vein as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Dear Blackwolf will be releasing Rumble Music in Ottawa on September 11 at Babylon Nightclub in conjunction with Grillz & Glam, doors at 10pm and only $5. Be sure to check it out, it’s going to get crazy. Watch the new video below.
The video by the self-proclaimed dirt blues band is filmed throughout the Ottawa Valley and Quebec’s Pontiac region, including the outskirts of Pembroke, Portage-du-Fort and the Algonquin First Nation Community of Pikwakanagan. It features really cool footage of abandoned homes and barns along the way, a treat for any fans of abandoned porn. The visuals greatly reflect the somber sound and lyrics of the song.
My favourite element of the video are all the cuts to Josée Bourgeois an Algonquin dancer, actor, model and 2015 Ottawa Arboretum Music Festival panelist, as she dances in tradition garbs. It is beautiful and powerful.
The video was directed by the very talented and award-winning documentarian Matt LeMay. Check it out below.
Ottawa’s Doc Yates recently released a wonderful video for his beautiful song “Blue Skies, Green Eyes”.
Many of you may not know Doc Yates as he is a relative newcomer to the Ottawa music scene. “Blue Skies, Green Eyes” is his debut single and if this is just a taste of what is to come, we can’t wait to hear more. The singer-songwritter originally from Woodstock, Ontario, but living in Ottawa since 2008 may very well be an incarnation of Eddie Vedder with a country/folk twist. From the first words in the song you can’t help but be blown away by his voice.
Watch the compelling and heartfelt video which follows the story of a young couple separated for a year while one of them does an exchange in Australia. Meanwhile the video cuts to Doc and friends playing around a campfire as fire dancers wow and entertain. How will the year apart end? Watch the video and find out. After watching, scroll down and check out a little interview we did with Doc.
How do you think growing up in Woodstock, Ontario influenced your music? How has Ottawa played a role in more recent years?
Growing up on a hobby farm in Woodstock is what brings the country roots and story-telling to my music. Woodstock is also where I had the major experiences growing up that helped shape who I am. Whereas moving to Ottawa, planting new roots and starting my own family has taught me a lot about myself and what I can do when facing challenges on my own.
You sound so busy being a neuropathic doctor, registered acupuncturist and kinesiologist, how do you even find time for music? What does being in the medical field bring to your music?
I am very busy, but I need music. This is my outlet after long days, difficult cases and a busy family life. Spending time with clients everyday and hearing their stories of joy and hardship opens your eyes to so many different views of the world and life. It changes the way you think and at the same time brings you closer to your own values. This is reflected in many of my songs and writings. I often like to try to get into the mindset of someone else and write songs from their perspective as well.
In what style would you place your music? I get the blues with country influences, but I always like to see what the artist himself thinks of his sound.
The blues undertone drives most of my music and it is that rhythm that pulled me into the art. But as I have made it my own, it has evolved to have a country/folk twist which reflects my own roots. I think of it as backwoods blues.
Could you possibly elaborate a little on the story behind the song? I mean the video paints a beautiful picture, but sometimes videos tell a different story than the actual song.
This song is actually multiple stories and influences combined into one song. The first verse and the chorus reflect a time when I was working around the clock treating patients and renovating a new office. I would leave to work when it was dark and return home when it was dark. My son was just born and there was six months where I barely got to see him or my wife. It made me reflect back to the times before the extra responsibilities and work, to when things were more simple and we had time together. Fortunately, that extremely busy phase is behind me now.
Are you working on an album? Any shows coming up?
I am back in the studio working on a full-length album. I have some upcoming shows around the outskirts of Ottawa and they will be posted on my Facebook page and website. I am also adding bandmembers and working on a handful of more music videos. Making music videos is something else I have really enjoyed and I like having the excuse to be creative visually as well.
Ottawa-based singer-songwriter has released a creative new video for the title track “Avalanche” off of his upcoming EP, the follow-up to 2014’s Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold due out August 21. The video was directed by Philip Sportel and produced by Matt Power for Mad Ruk Entertainment, and the concept is something a lot of us music fans will love.
Starting with Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Mattson re-creates 35 album covers that influenced him over the years. The song itself indicates a new direction for him, straying somewhat from his folk music roots and pursuing a more upbeat and pop sound. Mattson is no stranger to internet stardom, as his video for 2012’s Water Falls garnered nearly 270,000 views on YouTube. Posted only a few days ago, Avalanche’s YouTube count has already surpasses 70,ooo views and has the video has been featured on NPR
Can you name all the albums? Check out the new video below and purchase the track on iTunes here.
Usually we try to do a post for each new video when we can, but July has been crazy hectic with festivals, vacation, new music and new videos. So we decided to highlight five recently released videos by some great local bands. They are posted in alphabetical order for you viewing pleasure.
Amos the Transparent — “That’s the Life for Me “
The video begins with the orchestral folk-inspired indie six-piece on stage of a high school gym playing to what looks like a good ol-fashioned sock hop. The video is super cute and perfectly follows the lyrics, a story of growing up, falling in love, starting a family and growing tired of television. My favourite scene is when the singer and his love fall for each other in the back kitchen of a pub, very well shot. The song is from Amos the Transparent‘s latest album This Cold Escape. Like what you hear and see, check them out August 15th at the Blacksheep Inn with special guest Cody Allen.
BlakDenim — “One Hit”
BlakDenim‘s latest video is more on the simplistic side, but you can afford to do that when you have so much going on musically. The group delivers hip-hop infused with jazz and soul elements, and also features a really impressive brass section. The video is black and white and bounce between Precise Kenny Creole spitting the rhymes, the band singing as they chill by the water near Mooney’s Bay and the band on stage performing. You don’t always need an epic video, sometimes it is best to let the song speak for itself. “One Hit” appears on BlakDenim’s new EP Vanguard(en).
Buck N’ Nice — “What Was Wrong With Me”
“What Was Wrong With Me” is the third video single from the debut album, Us Versus Them, from Buck N’ Nice. The video is dimly lit and often in black and white for the powerful and introspective song about growing up the victim of ruthless bullying. Once again this is another example of deep lyrics not needing the flash of intense visuals, just the words and the look of pain in his eyes. Buck N’ Nice are among the many local hip-hop acts making a lot of noise in the nation’s capital and putting Ottawa on the hip-hop map.
The Souljazz Orchestra — “Shock And Awe”
Veterans of the Ottawa scene, Souljazz Orchestra are at it again with a video for the super infectious and dancey track “Shock and Awe”. The video is set on the very familiar pedestrian bridge that goes over the Queensway near Island Park Drive. I love how the video begins with a shot of traffic below and then pans to the band. The camera then focuses on one member at a time and their name scrolls across the stage. Nice touch. The video also features great moving shots of Ottawa landmarks including the graffiti wall near the Albert Street Education Centre and the decommissioned rail bridge near the water treatment plants. My favourite is when they pause to let a woman walk by on the bridge. Great work by Souljazz as always.
The Superlative — “High Anxiety”
The Superlative have a history of releasing some pretty funny videos (check out “Life is Good“) and their latest release is no exception. The video revolves around quite possibly the worst talent search in history. They frame it as a “video star search,” and they got everyone: a breakdancer, mad scientist and workout junky. The poor judges, played by singer Charles Lapointe, guitarist Kiel’s wife Heather and local musician Richard Barrie (Rich Chris, The Valveenus and Pistols at Dawn), provide the most entertaining with their hand drawn sings showing their rejection of the contestants. Special shout out to the sign that read “- ∞”(minus infinity) I laughed quite hard. “High Anxiety” will appear on the band’s third album, In Love & Debt, which is expected to drop later this year.
Owen Davies – “Mystic”
Owen Davies is at it again, collaborating with director Pascal Huot for his latest video “Mystic” off his new album of the same title coming out August 1. Although Davies isn’t technically Ottawa-based, he works closely with Huot (member of Pony Girl) and the new label So Sorry Records which is based in the nation’s capital. If there’s one thing you will learn about Davies and Huot in their creative endeavours it is that they are unrestrained and unflinching when it comes to the unordinary. Davies refuses to maintain a specific folk “sound” – he’d rather experiment with textures and electronic elements while keeping the folk essence at the core. Be warned – this video starts out nice and peaceful, but the ending is PG-13 due to blood and gore. Stream Owen Davies’ new album Mystic exclusively here.
Henchman Frank of the up and coming Ottawa hip hop collective KINGsCOLLEGE has released a new video for his single “The Fade”. The track was released a couple of months ago and produced by fellow KC members Mystère, Archie and TBSW.
Local artist Saru directed and shot the video, which offers a stunning, cinematic look at Ottawa as well as scenes from Kill Bill Vol. 1 – Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren. The video is divided into two parts, just as the song is. This isn’t something that is seen often, and offers a unique take on traditional hip hop. The first half is sexy and reverb-laden, and has a more restrained R&B feel to it. Suddenly it cuts to Henchman Frank lighting a cig to an off-beat with his in-your-face vocals coming in somewhat more vigorously. After this, we’re pretty excited to see what else these guys have in store.