WHOOP-Szo "Niizhwaaswo" (video)
Published Oct 09, 2014Guelph experimenters WHOOP-Szo polished off their album Niizhwaaswo while running a screen-printing program for Inuit youth in Arctic Canada, and now they've released a video for the collection's title track.
"Niizhwaaswo" uses familiar instrumentation, with the arrangement centred around vocals, drums and guitar. This isn't your average rock song, however: the angular guitars are often run through buzz-bomb effects, while the drums are jazzy and mixed low, and the vocals are abstract and distant.
The video is similarly inventive, since it pieces together 8mm footage that a friend's grandparents made in northern Ontario. We see hunting expeditions, a mix of snow and summer, and lots of scratchy visual noise.
Scroll past WHOOP-Szo's tour schedule to check it out. Nearly all of the dates are with WTCHS, and the bands will be releasing a tour-only split cassette.
10/16 Hull, QC - Le Temporaire *
10/17 Quebec City, QC - Le Pantoume *
10/18 Fredericton, NB - Connexion ARC *
10/19 Moncton, NB - Claude's House *
10/20 Port Greville, NS - secret show *
10/23 Halifax, NS - Halifax Pop Explosion
10/24 Truro, NS - Douglas Street School *
10/25 Saint John, NB - Taco Pica *
10/26 Sackville, NB - Legion *
10/27 Charlottetown, PEI - Baba's *
10/28 Quebec City, QC - Cafe Oxymiel *
10/29 Montreal, QC - Cabaret Playhouse *
10/30 London, ON - Forest City Gallery *
10/31 Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood *
11/01 Guelph, ON - Jimmy Jazz *
* with WTCHS