Video(s) of the Day, Canadian Music Week Edition: hHead

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You remember the 90s.  The sludgy guitars, the alienation, the certain je ne sais quois covered in plaid and Doc Marten-sporting ennui.  Oh, yes….it was called grunge. Canada wasn’t immune to this development, and a number of indie bands developed (in that and other genres) whose impact is felt today.  hHead, for example, featured Noah Mintz and Brendan Canning.  Mintz became known for his Toronto-based studio engineering work with artists like Stars, Death From Above 1979, The Dears and Hayden (who, incidentally, directed the video for “Flower”) and Canning is best-known for founding Broken Social Scene with Kevin Drew.

In “Flower” you’ll hear that this wasn’t simply cookie cutter grunge, as Mintz offers up Jim Morrison-esque / “The End” vocals over top of that sludgy sound around the 3:15 mark.  Yes, hHead is clearly a band of the 90s.  And yes, it took a village of musicians cooperating then to set the stage for the tremendous output of today’s Toronto scene.



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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.

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