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JOYFULTALK is excited to share a new video for the track “Kill Scene” via The Quietus.

Crafted by visual artist Paul Henderson, it explores themes of memory, violence, and social authority through a hazy array of lo-res footage sourced from the depths of the open source internet archives. Henderson’s video collage proves to be an ideal match for the track’s woozy synths and pulsating rhythms, blending vintage aesthetics and an underlying sense of unease into an immersive, dreamlike whole.

According to JOYFULTALK’s Jay Crocker: “when brainstorming visual ideas for the track “Kill Scene” I was interested in the idea of early 80’s cop shows, pastels, and sun.  The sound of the track definitely holds a nostalgia for that time.  Although I wanted it to have a police element, I didn’t want the video to portray law enforcement as either heroes or anti-heroes.  I wanted it to be nostalgic and artful while still demonstrating social commentary in regards to guns and violence in North American society.

Stream Paul Henderson’s video cut from 80’s cop footage

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Goddamit. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

For nearly fifteen years A.A. Wallace has been releasing music with an outfit called Sleepless Nights. Approaching the ten-year anniversary of their breakout EP, Hang Up, Sleepless Nights reconvened for the release of Keith Hamilton in 2017 – a brand new recording that captured a set of songs from the band’s breakup era never laid to tape. Following a quick Maritime tour in its support with four of the group’s longest-standing members, Wallace officially relocated the band to Toronto and once again donned up the Sleepless Nights moniker. 

“Kids On Drugs” is a brand new glammed up, T. Rex-infused ripper bemoaning overmedicated youth and was recorded and produced by Joel Plaskett at his New Scotland Yard studio and also features Jordan Murphy of Walrus on drums.

 
Like all songs that sound best on your turntable – and the most memorable songs in the Sleepless Nights back catalog – the fun vibes obscure bleaker, lyrical undertones about parents who would rather give their kids drugs than offer them guidance.

Yes, goddamit, Sleepless Nights are back. And with new rock n’ roll tracks full of ripping riffs, dry wit, hand claps, and tongue-in-cheek meditations on society at large, it’s almost like they never left.