Melbourne continues to burst at the seams with the wealth of talent on show. Indie rock trio Jade Imagine are just one of the latest to emerge from the city, signing to Courtney Barnett and Jen Cloher’s Milk Records and releasing an EP in 2017. Two years removed Jade Imagine have just released their latest offering, the track (and video), “Big Old House”.
On show are the band’s musical leanings; fuzzy, hazy, guitar-driven indie rock that meanders and curves in and out of post/pop influences. It’s soft, but jangly, and features vocalist Jade McInally’s swaying voice. The song itself is one McInally recalls as having been written: “after a dream”.
The band have also premiered the video for the track, one that features the colors and hues of experimental art films of the past. The song is in slight contrast to the video’s throwback look, but as they explain, the band wanted to capture that conflict between light and dark;
“it’s about telling yourself in your darker moments to let the good things in, even if all you feel is negativity. In the clip, I am getting brainwashed by my happier, lighter and more wholesome self. It represents the ongoing conflict between the light and dark within ourselves.”
The video was co-directed by the band and James Thomson and sought influence from noted filmmakers Daria Argento and Stanley Kubrick. McInally has stated that they were inspired “by the lighting in Dario Argento’s film Suspiria and the brainwashing content of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.” And it’s easy to see how those influenced shaped the final product.
Jade Imagine will have their single launch on June 1st at Yah Yahs in Fitzroy, performing with Denise Le Menise and Spike Vincent.
Watch the video for “Big Old House” below and find out more about Jade Imagine on the Milk Records website.
Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video
There’s no escaping the 90s sound
Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.
The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.
When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;
“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.”
Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.
Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”
Longwave still know how to make an impression
New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.
If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.
Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.