Toronto alt-rock anthem-makers, Birds of Bellwoods share Videotape, the first taste of new music from their forthcoming long-awaited sophomore album. Fuelled by earworm melody, high-energy rhythm and raucous harmony-drenched vocals, Videotape is a tongue-in-cheek ode to bad habits and the mistakes that seem just a little too hard to stop making.
“This song is one of the more frenetic and hard-hitting on the album,” the band says of the track, which was produced with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dave Schiffman (Vampire Weekend, Haim, PUP). “It’s anxious, it’s desperate, it’s irreverent. We’re talking about bad habits and worse coping mechanisms. That moment when you see the mistakes you keep making but can’t seem to change the pattern like the lyrics say, ‘with all the lights above me, I only see that shadow cast below.’ The song doesn’t ask for sympathy; it laughs at itself with blood on its lip.”
Since their award-winning 2018 debut album, Victoria, the group has topped Spotify’s Canada Viral 50 Chart and been a top 40 fixture on Canadian Alternative, with over 10 million combined streams. Completed by Adrian Morningstar (guitar), Chris Blades (guitar), and Dylan Gowan (drums), they’ve organically evolved from frenetic folk to a harder-hitting yet profoundly healing alternative rock sound.
A 2019 Canadian arena tour saw Birds of Bellwoods perform to more than 100,000 people, with their rep further enhanced by sets at major fests, including Osheaga, NXNE, and Festival D’été. These experiences echo in Everything You Want’s outsized choruses and cinematic sensibilities.
With more new music on the horizon, Birds of Bellwoods are ready to take 2023 by storm!