Toronto, Ontario pop punk band Hangtime are a throwback to a pop punk sound thought long gone. Taking cues from mid-90s punk, Hangtime’s sweet harmonies and DIY aesthetic are on full display on their recently released 7-song EP Invasion. Tracks like “A Thousand Years Ago” and the terrific “She” bring back a flood of memories when you discovered great punk bands on the old MP3 dot com site (even before MySpace!). Invasion is a reminder that pop punk- good pop punk- can be timeless.
The band recently debuted the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. We wanted to get to know Hangtime and so we had a chat with guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson about their new video and their EP. Be sure to check out the video for “One Nine Nine Five” above. You can listen to and purchase the band’s new EP on Bandcamp.
I love the feel of the video- what was the idea behind the video? Where was it shot?
Thanks! It was actually filmed back in February. We played a show at a venue in Peterborough ON called “218 Live” that was actually a house. It worked out well because that was to be the basic idea for the video, a house party vibe.
What’s “One Nine Nine Five” about?
Welllll, it may seem sappy, but it’s about the year I met my wife and some of the experiences we share from 1995. Most of the lyrics are very personal, but hopefully people can find a way to relate to them.
Share with us a little bit of history about Hangtime- how did you guys get together?
Hangtime itself has been around since 2008. Rick Burns and myself have been playing in bands together since 1989…December this year will be 30 years since our first show together, so ridiculous! We started Hangtime several years after the demise of our 90’s punk band Shortfall. Like lots of bands these days, we took a hiatus for a few years to deal with life, marriage, children and growing up. We actually found our bass player Danny Sciccitano on Kijiji in the lost and found musician section, he’s been around ever since [laughs]. Our current lineup has been the same since the amazing addition of Enzo Suppa on drums in 2013.
You just released a new EP- it’s a little bit of a throwback to that great 90s melodic stake punk- what were some of the bands that got you into punk and ultimately shaped the music of Hangtime?
Yea, we released Invasion in March of this year. We’re super happy with how it turned out. There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We plan to keep doing what we’re currently doing…playing live as much as possible. It’s been a very busy year so far and things are going great. There will be a couple more videos coming out soon before we head back into the studio in the fall to record another EP or maybe more if all goes well. Beyond that, our goals continue to grow larger. Hopefully we can make touring in Europe and Japan a reality in 2020.
You can stream and purchase Hangtime’s EP Invasion on Bandcamp.
Corridor get animated on “Topographe” music video
Montreal indie rock band Corridor have just released the animated music video for their new track “Topographe”. The band recently signed to long-serving label Sub Pop Records and are preparing for the release of their new album Junior, due October 18th. The francophone band recently spoke about the idea behind the Monty Python-inspired video, with band member Jonathan Robert stating;
“It’s a melting pot of stop motion, green screen, illustration, animation, collage, and live video. It’s the visual equivalent of the progression of the song, a simple idea that takes amplitude through repetition.”
Formed in 2012, Corridor released their debut album Un Magicien En Toi in 2013, sparking their trademark dazzling guitar-infused indie rock. Junior is their third full length album and was produced by Emmanuel Éthier, who produced the band’s 2017 album Supermercado.
After the release of Junior, Corridor will embark on a North American/European tour through the close of the year, hitting the US, France, the UK, Germany, and Canada. Tour dates can be found on the Subpop page while various pre-order options for Junior over at the band’s Bandcamp page.
Check out the music video for “Topographe” above. Très bien.
Western Australia punks The Decline talk “Brovine” video
“How else will they get their protein?”
Western Australia punks The Decline are currently prepping for the release of their new album Flash Gordon Ramsey Street, so naturally, they’re quite busy. The band have just announced a brand new Australian tour through October with Nerdlinger that will see the band hit all the major cities through Australia on a 12-date trek. But before the all of this madness, we spoke to guitarist and vocalist Ben Elliott about their animated music video for the Vegan-anthem “Brovine”, a song about sticking it to the meatheads and meatlovers of the world.
The track is just one of the great tunes on their brand new album- an album that is chock-filled with concise, up-tempo, no-frills skate punk that will entertain as much as it contemplates the lives of young punks in Australia and the world.
How did the idea for the video come together?
Elliott: I think the idea for the video came together pretty organically. The song definitely has some purposeful imagery and Fox worked really well with it and understood where the whole thing was coming from.
Did you guys have ideas to do a live-action video or was it always going to be animation?
Elliott: I don’t know about everybody else, but personally, I’ve always wanted to be animated. We really wanted to explore a few different ways of doing videos and we’re big Fox fans. We thought animation for this could go a number of different and exciting ways, so it just made sense to us.
The song is about standing up to abuse and the culture that surrounds it. How important was the message to the concept of the video and how did you want it portrayed?
Elliott: The song and the concept of the video really go hand in hand. A long time ago, I decided that I couldn’t continue being part of a system that (without good reason) views living beings as means to our own ends. You often get some ridiculous and irrational responses when you tell people you care about the rights of animals – these are often rooted in all sorts of notions that don’t make a lot of sense to me.
The video was done by Fox at X-Ray Studios- have you guys worked with him before? How did you guys end up with Fox?
Elliott: Fox has done a bunch of artwork for us and we’re big fans of his art. The idea of doing this video with him was a really exciting prospect.
What was the process of creating the video like- were you guys there for the storyboarding and how it would play out or was the idea presented to you as a completed concept?
Elliott: We had an idea of us as vigilante vegetable eaters being harassed by the “protein police”. What followed from that definitely related to the nonsensical ways people often respond to others not eating animals. Fox really helped this come to life and turned it in to something bigger.
Was “Brovine” the natural choice for the first single/video?
Elliott: It was the third choice! The first single/video we released from the album was “Verge Collection” and then we did “The More You Know”, which, although a 30-second song that may seem like a teaser, is actually a true representation of the sorts of musicians we are – easily distracted.