Ottawa’s neo-soul six-piece, Slack Bridges, just dropped a video for their single “In the Drought” off their very well received debut album Joy of Joys.

The video perfectly captures the realities of living in one of the world’s coldest capitals. The band, all except lead singer Matt Gilmour, can be seen huddled together indoors (in the wonderful speakeasy at Union Local 613) playing games and having a few drinks to escape the frigid weather outside. It all starts out fun while the band plays poker, but gets a little more heated when they shift their attention to Sorry. I love that they also find time for some Dungeon and Dragons.

Meanwhile Matt can be seen walking around town in the cold singing to the camera as he considers the difficult decision to cut ties with those who don’t have his best interests at heart. As Matt works his way through various neighbourhoods in the snow-covered city, one of my favourite stops is watching him sing while walking across the Hammer St. pedestrian bridge over the Queensway. The video finally culminates with Matt joining the rest of his bandmates in the speakeasy to much rejoicing.

The video was shot by local cameraman and director extraordinaire, Luca Fiore, who has previously worked with Juno award winners and other local greats like The Love Machine and The White Wires.

Check out the video below and be sure to catch Slack Bridges in April when they take to the stage at the second annual Bangers and Mash soul music festival in Ottawa.

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