BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH RELEASE VIDEO FOR
FEATURING THE MOST UNLIKELY OF HEROES:
A TORONTO RACCOON
(August 3, 2018 – Toronto, ON) — Bedouin Soundclash today release their Toronto-centric video for the new song “They Gutted This City.” Director Joel Regular takes the viewer on a tour of Toronto through the lens of a raccoon, played by actor Rainbow Sun Francks. The video takes a sympathetic view of the sometimes maligned Toronto “trash panda” as he tries to survive and adapt in an ever-changing city, spending the day in various parts of Toronto including Queen St. W, Kensington Market, Vans Warped Tour at Echo Beach and in The Junction at Bedouin Soundclash’s studio. Watch the video here.
“Housing market soars as rent skyrockets” and “we’re being squeezed out” are only some quotes that flash on the screen in this charged video commenting on current issues concerning the Torontonians and raccoons alike. “There’s a nostalgia we all feel for the things that are gone in certain neighbourhoods now,” says the band, “and maybe the raccoon has been seeing this ‘paradise lost’ for a lot longer.” The song is the second single off their new album +MASS- out early next year.
Formed nearly two decades ago, and named after Israeli dub artist/producer Badawi’s 1996 release of the same name, Bedouin Soundclash debuted in 2001 with the album Root Fire. Their acclaimed sophomore release Sounding a Mosaic (2004) featured the hit single, “When the Night Feels My Song” and was produced by legendary punk-hardcore royalty Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains. The album earned Bedouin Soundclash their first JUNO Award in 2006 for Canada’s ‘Best New Group.’ Their follow-up album, Street Gospels (2007) also produced by Jenifer, earned a ‘Pop Album of the Year’ nomination and “Video of the Year” nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 JUNOs as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burn in the Sun” in 2009. In their long career, the band has shared the stage with the likes of The Roots, No Doubt, Ben Harper, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Damian Marley, Gogol Bordello and Thievery Corporation, among others.
In 2010, the band released their fourth studio album, Light the Horizon, which included the singles “Mountain Top,” “Elongo,” and “Brutal Hearts”– the latter featuring French-Canadian singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate. This was the band’s inaugural partnership with Philadelphia-based musicologist King Britt whose technical theory-based precision and legendary deep house grooves ran throughout the album.
And now, after a seven year hiatus, the band re-emerges ready to release their fifth studio album +MASS- set for release in early 2019. The album is a powerful experience that spans two communities, recorded in New Orleans with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in Vancouver at the St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy. Bedouin Soundclash will take to the road for their Canada-wide tour in the summer and fall of 2018, see tour dates below.
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