Today we feature , The Hypnotics from Windsor Ontario and I know you’re going to love this band, it’s like Green on Red meeting up with The Stones with a touch of The Stooges . These tracks are solid, well written and musicianship is kicking. Cool beats that will demand heavy rotation.
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
MIKE: Dave and I wanted to start a band, so we looked for a drummer and formed in the summer of 2009. We released our first EP in November 2010 and started playing shows more seriously after that. Our first album Static Fuzz Radio was released in December of 2011. Our most recent album Modern Art Entertainment was just released.
DAVE: We wanted to play in a rock n’ roll band in the spirit of some of our favorite bands, so we decided to start a band around 2009 and in 2010 started playing live shows. Eventually we recorded our first EP and have now released two full-length albums.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
MIKE: The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Velvet Underground, The Replacements, The Beatles, The Ramones (especially their first four albums), The Stooges, Iggy Pop. The list could go on and on. I like and am inspired by artists that have their own sound and are unique, so a lot of other things too from The Beach Boys to The Kinks to Bob Dylan to Neil Young to David Bowie. Keith Richards is probably my favorite musician. I like great songwriting. I have a big record collection and am inspired by all the greats.
DAVE: I listen to a lot of stuff like The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, but I’m also into artists such as The Clash, Ramones, The Replacements, The Stooges/Iggy Pop, The Hives, Johnny Thunders, Alex Chilton, Link Wray, Johnny Cash and Neil Young. I listen to a lot of different types of things, mostly in the rock categories.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
MIKE: I would say just making records and actually doing it, being in a band. Not many people can do it. It can be hard work at times, but it’s worth it. Both our albums are on vinyl (Modern Art Entertainment is coming soon), so the fact I can put our records in my vinyl record collection beside all of my favorite bands can be interesting.
DAVE: Recording our albums. When we recorded our first album (Static Fuzz Radio) we tracked it live to analog tape at Chemical Sound Studios in Toronto. Capturing the sound of a band live in a room is cool because it sounds real. We did a similar thing with our new album Modern Art Entertainment too. Another thing that I can think of is the fact that college radio stations seem to dig our music and play it. It’s gotten airplay across campus stations in Canada and has started to get airplay at some college stations in the US.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
MIKE: Just to keep doing it, write some more songs, record some more.
DAVE: I’d like to make some more albums and play more live shows.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
MIKE: To be honest, I don’t listen to new and modern music. But I do get the reissues and the box sets of older albums by artists I like. Even though I already have the originals, a lot of them are releasing expanded anniversary editions these days with all sorts of bonus tracks from the original sessions. Actually, I did enjoy Jack White’s album Blunderbuss that came out in 2012, and also Iggy Pop’s recent album Post Pop Depression that he just did with Josh Homme, because it reminds me of the two albums Iggy Pop did with David Bowie in Berlin in 1977, The Idiot and Lust For Life, which I am a big fan of.
DAVE: Some of my favorites recently from the past few years have been Teenanger – EPLP; Dead Ghosts – Love And Death And All The Rest; White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent; Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream; anything by The Black Lips.
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
MIKE: I think if you’re in a band that social media is important and necessary in today’s music world. It’s the way for bands to stay in touch with people, especially for an independent band. But it’s not everything.
DAVE: Social media is necessary I think. It can be very annoying sometimes because there’s so much of it and people might not see your post or whatever. But if you have a show coming up or a new release, or any news, it’s a good way to get the word out to people.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
MIKE: I don’t pay any attention. Although good reviews are nice, obviously.
DAVE: I pay attention, but I don’t really care what people think. Everyone has their own opinions of everything, especially on the internet.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
MIKE: Anywhere really. Although since a lot of my favorite rock’n’roll bands came from the UK, maybe there. Or somewhere warm and sunny.
DAVE: I think it would be really cool to play shows in New York. It’s a place that has a lot going on at all times, whether it is music, film or art.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
MIKE: I think everyone should allow music into their lives. At its best, it can be very uplifting and encouraging. And for me as a musician, songwriting and recording and playing live is one of the most fun things to do. I’m doing something related to music every day, even if the band isn’t doing anything or on a break or whatever and I’m just listening to it.
DAVE: A good song can make you jump around or just feel good in general. Music can be pretty powerful. So, I think it can save you so to speak from the boredom of an everyday routine. Music keeps things interesting.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
MIKE: Thanks to everyone who has supported us in any way. We took a break for a bit, but we are looking forward to getting out and playing some live shows soon.
DAVE: Our new album Modern Art Entertainment is going to be available on vinyl very soon. You can get a copy from our Bandcamp page or at one of our shows.