By Mat Wilkins
Local experimental blues legends The History of Gunpowder is back and more brazen than ever with a video for their latest single, “Greased Up in the Port.” Shot on 16mm colour reversal film and directed by Daniel Oniszeczko, the film features frontman Alex Morison amidst a gaggle of burlesque dancers and other entertainers as they wander the streets of Montreal. When their seemingly never-ending party is suddenly interrupted by a gigantic thieving ostrich (yes, seriously), the video takes a further dive towards the delightfully absurd.
True to the band’s reputation for heavily affected blues, the track serves as a satisfyingly psychedelic blending of sounds both familiar and unorthodox for the genre. Organs, saxophones and guitars come crashing out of the speakers in fits and bursts of anthemic hugeness and organized chaos, while Morrison’s powerful and ragged vocals soar overhead.
The History of Gunpowder is currently in the midst of completing their fourth LP, The Epileptic, which builds on Morison’s writing while living in India, Vancouver and Montreal. To support their upcoming full length, they are departing on a European and cross-Canada tour in May. If you’re looking to see the band before they head overseas, you can catch them May 2 at The Museum of Anthropology.Video Premiere