Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.
Featuring two new Woodhands tracks in as many days is worth the risk of supposed favouritism, because both their Eddy Grant cover from Tuesday and their new single, “CP24,” take themselves lightly but keep the duo’s indie-electro-thrashing at a nice, intense level.
From their upcoming Remorsecapade album, out next month on Paper Bag Records (um, probably expect to read about that here. Just saying.), the “CP24” video is a shameless mini press release set to an overhyped news network template (guess which one!); while news crawlers spew critical praise and marketing for the new album, a worldwide robot catastrophe happens around band-members-turned-newscasters Paul Banwatt and Dan Werb. Watch for some super-subtle acting skills from Banwatt, as he pulls off the best off-camera anchor glance this side of Gord Martineau (oops, wrong network!). Scarier than world demolition by robots? Maybe.
Aside from Banwatt and Werb’s superb timing, “CP24” has other comedy credentials; the three-minute meltdown was directed by local internet funnymaker Jared Sales. If you haven’t seen his Missed Connections–inspired Casual Connections series (where local comedians act out internet personal ads), or his stuff for the Sketchersons, you might want to spend some time on his site and then reflect long and hard on why you made everyone you know watch Powerthirst a million times (sorry, Picnicface, but it just won’t die).