Hollerado – “Eloise”

If you’re in the market for a Punkzz show, Halderado is the hot ticket. Or is that Halorodo? They’re hard to pin down. Best seen in intimate venues, with a sloppy bartender and pizza breaks.

The “Eloise” in question is Menno Versteeg’s cousin—the A&R rep. That singer stands out, too—big emotions coming from the stage.

Hollerado’s latest is last year’s Born Yesterday.

-Scott Bryson

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Nightseeker – “Shotgun Beer”

No one tells the Deaner he drinks too much.

He may be a fictional character but his band is real enough, and he’s the one to go to if you want to learn how to drink beer like it’s 1975 (or you need help smashing random objects).

Looks like he’s shotgunning Pilsner. Not our first choice, but it’s better than Coors Light. Nightseeker release their debut album, 3069: A Space Sex Odyssey, on 4/20.

-Scott Bryson

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Nap Eyes – “I’m Bad”

Where to begin? This is directed by Dog Day’s Seth Smith, which probably explains the otherworldliness.

It’s not far off from an episode of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: the line between normal and wacko is little more than a door frame. On the kooky side here, our temperamental artist has arranged an extravagant scene; let’s hope the finished painting is worth the effort.

“I’m Bad” comes from the latest Nap Eyes record, I’m Bad Now.

-Scott Bryson

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Mauno – “Other Bad”

Sure, we’ve all seen some strange things while on a bike ride, but this? Halifax is a weird place.

And what are we to make of this video ending at its start? The daily grind is meaningless? We’re all going ’round in circles? At least we get bright orange jumpers.

“Other Bad” comes from Mauno’s 2017 album, Tuning.

-Scott Bryson

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Casper Skulls – “Primeval”

Nothing says Toronto like construction. And nothing says creepy like four musicians hovering in a row with blank expressions on their faces. When you hover in the woods on an overcast day, it’s extra disturbing. Ditto, in waist-deep water (let’s hope that’s not the Don River).

“Primeval” comes from Casper Skulls’ 2017 record Mercy Works, which probably would have been on our Albums of the Year list had we gotten to it sooner.

-Scott Bryson

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Forth Wanderers – “Slop”

So what if they’re in no hurry to grow up. So what if their wardrobes consist entirely of outfits from John Hughes movies.

True, they should really work on that awkward dancing if they want to avoid ridicule. And that station wagon does not scream rock ’n’ roll.

“Slop” comes from the Forth Wanderers’ Slop EP, out in 2016. They have a full-length coming in April.

-Scott Bryson

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Bridal Party – “Fruitless”

British Columbia’s Bridal Party (their Suzannah Raudaschl also performs as Sussy) are dropping a few not-so-subtle hints that they’re Clerks fans, in this vid for the lead track on their Negative Space EP.

This location—Casey’s Market—apparently closed in 2017, after an 80-year run.

Lyric of the year candidate: “I can’t love anyone, OH, not in this economy!”

-Scott Bryson

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