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.
According to their MySpace bio, local pop punks Junior Battles pride themselves on “connecting with the tiny, enthusiastic, sober 16 year-old buried deep inside each and every one of us.” Alright, so they make some rash presumptions there, namely that 1) we all listened to Green Day and Jawbreaker instead of, say, 50 Cent and Nelly in high school, 2) we all strictly adhered to Ontario liquor laws throughout our teenhoods, and 3) none of us experienced growth spurts, if at all, until much later in life. Regardless, their new video for “Basements” takes their M.O. a step further, reaching out to the blubbery six-year-old inside of us with an amalgam of nostalgic clips pilfered from ‘80s movies.
To a sound track of feel-good gang vocals, melodic guitar lines, and assault rifle drum fills, shots of the strapping young band (which includes former Torontoist scribe Sam Sutherland) rocking out in some muggy bar are superimposed onto scenes from the finest in retro cinema, including Back to the Future, Poltergeist, and Howard the Duck. At 2:10, however, we’re shown a clip from Batman Begins, which was released in 2005. Wrong Batman, boys; that ain’t Michael Keaton!
So, what is this? A way for some cheap scalawags to fudge together a video with absolutely no budget? An avalanche of copyright lawsuits waiting to happen? Whichever the case, “Basements” is the first single from Junior Battles’ self-titled 7-inch, released earlier this year on Square Up Records. But you can do like the band and it rip it without paying a cent via If You Make It. Junior Battles will be returning from a U.S. tour to play Sneaky Dee’s on November 20, unless they’re ensnared in a legal bear trap by then.