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.
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.