Welcome to the fifteenth post in a weekly series on new Canadian music! This week it is nu-wavy weird rock pop punk with a review of Hermetic’s first full length self released long player ‘Civilized City’.
This is what Hermetic is saying about themselves:
“Hermetic is a 2-piece from Vancouver, consisting of Eric Axen (baritone guitar, vocals) and Bart Newman (drums). Inspired equally by 90s Canadian indie rock (Inbreds, Plumtree) and 80s American post-punk (Mission of Burma, Minutemen), the duo typically creates a racket that surpasses the sum of its parts. Axen and Newman both grew up in the small Northern BC town of Smithers, and have been playing music together since before they hit puberty. After having toured Canada and played countless shows in and around Vancouver, Hermetic finally released its first full-length LP, “Civilized City,” in April 2012.”
Sorry, what ? Imbreds, Plumtree, Mission of Burma, Minutemen ? … Ok, ok some bells ring, but not all, so I went off and explored the new names. From all that I found I wanted to share this Plumtree video of ‘Scott Pilgrim‘. While the first time I watched it I was a bit – WTF? – after watching it a few more times the catchy tunes got stuck in my head and I began to appreciate the Canadianism the video is portraying. It is really just missing a hockey stick somewhere in the background.
Anyways, in a world full of boundaries and rules sometimes it feels like there is no way to get things done, but for the dedicated there is always a way to get it done. ‘Civilized City’ is completely self released by Hermetic and the vinyl pressings were done at Gotta Groove Records. Personal favs on ‘Civilized City’ are poppy upbeat ‘Preventative Arrest’ and temp changer with harmonica and strings ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’.
Watch the 2010 video of Hermetic live at Nayla, Vancouver performing ‘Goodnes Greatness / Murder Ballad’ a song just released on their Bandcamp site.
… Watch this space for next weeks’ update !
Fuzz On !