Germaphobes Heavenly Hash Fiji Whizz

PREMIERE: Germaphobes dream of skateboarding cowboys in “Heavenly Hash”

The Toronto band's new song sounds like the B-52s singing Graceland and looks like your new favourite '90s skate video.

- Oct 24, 2016

When Toronto art rock four-piece Germaphobes released its debut LP, the band called it their "attempt at a slick pop record."

Fiji Whizz condenses the ground between post-punk's spiky nascent period and the hi-fi decadence of its later forms. "Heavenly Hash," the video single premiering today, is exemplary of that collision. It's like Graceland performed by The B-52s. Or is it Adam & The Ants? Also, is that a touch of Wham! I hear?

Directed, shot and edited by Germaphobes' vocalist and bass player Neil Rankin and starring musician and skater Ron Cote, the video reflects the track's jubilant and ecstatic vibe. Like in the 1994 Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland action/comedy The Cowboy Way, this Texan's a long, long way from home — until he finds his way back in the saddle. It reminds me of the kind of video Spike Jonze cut his teeth on.

"The concept was one I'd had in my head for sometime now," Rankin says. "My good friend Ronnie wandering around in a suit and cowboy hat with a briefcase. Going from there the idea developed into an absurd and abstract skate video from the nineties. Something about the song evokes joy and I wanted to capture that but in a really surreal and strange way. Also just seeing Ron sweat in a suit seemed really funny to me."

We're all just looking for our own metaphorical bowl to ride.

Germaphobes' Fiji Whizz is out now on Pleasence Records. Catch the band on tour right now with Blonde Elvis.
Tour Dates:
10/25 Charlottetown, PE - Baba's Lounge
10/27 Ottawa, ON - Bar Robo
10/28 Sudbury, ON - Townehouse
11/02 Guelph, ON - E-Bar
11/03 Hamilton, ON - Baltimore House
11/04 London, ON - Evac
11/05 Toronto, ON - The Baby G (album release show)

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