Published Jun 01, 2017Tim Fletcher may be known to most as the former frontman of Montreal indie rock outfit the Stills, but he's ready to introduce us to his latest project, Megative. The group brings together Fletcher with producer Gus Van Go (Arkells, Whitehorse, Hollerado), songwriting duo Like Minds (consisting of Jesse Singer and Chris Soper) and Jamaican-born dancehall vet (and yodeller) Screechy Dan — and Exclaim! is giving you the exclusive first look at their debut video for "More Time."
The group members go way back, with Van Go having produced for the Stills in the early 2000s, bonding with Fletcher over a shared appreciation for the Clash's Combat Rock. Massive Attack is cited as another of their shared influences — not to mention the even further-reaching back universal theme of alienated youth.
"They spent years discussing how they would one day assemble a group that would bring together all of these influences into a new setting, in a way that would transcend people's ideas about what such music should be like," Fletcher tells Exclaim! "Sounds that are relevant, themes that are relevant, dark, dystopian, apocalyptic soundscapes and moods are drawn out of these influences."
The fusion of all of the members' collective talents can first be heard on "More Time," which has been described as a "a call for brave living in dark ages." It merges early UK punk and reggae sounds to create a sonic defense against "inescapable modern angst."
That existential dread — plus equally cheery themes of "denial, greed, fear of death, and the fear of introspection" — has been set to brooding dub and given the 16mm film treatment by director Sean Cartwright.
Check out the brand new video for "More Time" in the player below.