Published Sep 21, 2017Members of Grounders, Twist and Hooded Fang have joined forces under the moniker No Frills, and Exclaim! is giving you the first listen to their debut track.
Keeping the grocery store-inspired aesthetic in check, the new band's first song is called "Vegetable Tray." A low-key, melodic jangle-pop number, the new tune may give listeners the impression that the group is outlet for sunshine and cheer — but it's actually totally the opposite.
Daniel Busheikin went through old home recordings, and turned them into "bummed-out pop songs about my depression, social anxiety, uncertainty, and other fun neurosis that I had been keeping private." He teamed up with fellow Grounders member Mike Searle, Jon Pappo (Hooded Fang, Whimm) and Matt 'Bucky' Buckberrough (Twist, Beds) to flesh out the tracks and craft them into an album.
Speaking specifically about the first single, Busheikin elaborated: "A vegetable tray is a really funny image to me. A tray of neatly cut vegetables is this oddly agreeable staple of amiable social functions. And, as the song alludes to, vegetables are commonly used for creating horrible violent sounds for various media (squishing, ripping, snapping). So the song began by thinking about this weird consumable object, and this grotesque connection, and became a cynical and defeated reflection on social interaction. Bon appetit!"
Get acquainted with the veteran musicians' latest effort by streaming "Vegetable Tray" below. If you like what you hear, be sure to catch them live in Toronto on September 23 at the Smiling Buddha.