Goodbye Honolulu - Over and Over (Stray Dog Records): This hard-working Toronto indie rock band has released three EPs to positive response (Selena Gomez is reportedly a big fan), and is now readying an eponymous full length, set for arrival on Oct. 1.
This advance single showcases the eclectic style the group has become known for, adding a '70s disco feel to its garage rock roots. A mellow cut, it is gently seductive.
In a press release, vocalist,/guitarist/organist Fox Martindale explains “Over and Over is about the daily repetitiveness of a monogamous relationship and the ever-growing numbness to things that once made one jealous. I initially wrote this song as a disco track on an acoustic guitar. Once we brought it into the studio it flourished into this lush, sexy, yet melancholy tune. Stepping out of our comfort zone with this very different vibe - we knew we had created something pretty special that day.”
The accompanying noir-ish video was directed by band member Emmett S. Webb's father. "I've been in the queue to do a Goodbye Honolulu music video for several years," Steve Webb notes. "When Emmett played me the track, I knew immediately this was the one. The sleazy 70s Disco vibe conjured up images of 1970s technicolor cinema. I envisioned a Taxi Driver feel; sharp colour, steam, neon lights with dirty as shit streets. We had to follow Covid restrictions, so in contrast to Taxi Driver's overcrowded streets I played the streets eerily empty aside from Fox. We shot the video over 4 nights last summer on the empty streets of Toronto with the band, “Superfan” Greg, a kick ass skeleton crew and some favours from film friends and local bar owners."
The variety of the GH sound reflects the fact that the band has four individual songwriters and three frontmen, each bringing in different influences, ranging from new wave and garage to electronica and punk.
Two earlier EPs were recorded in Toronto with producer Mike Turner (Our Lady Peace), while sessions for the upcoming album were recorded with Ben Cook (Fucked Up, No Warning, Young Guv) and Tony Price (US Girls, Ice Cream, Michael Rault) over an intense 11 days.
Of note: Vocalist/guitarist Jacob Switzer is the son of Toronto musician/producer John Switzer (Jane Siberry, The Waltons).
Goodbye Honolulu is a band to say Aloha to.
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