Hiroshima Hearts burn rubber in their hard-diving new video and single Smoke — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
Fuelled by a high-octane guitar riff and a cowbell-smacking beat, the London, Ont. outfit’s latest pedal-to-the-metal track stands as a testament to all things rock ’n’ roll — past, present, and future. It is a culmination of the band’s nearly decade-long quest for a modern rock sound that pays homage to the greatness of the past without becoming derivative.
Hiroshima Hearts’ journey began in 2012, when guitarist Tyler Turek and bassist Michael Del Vecchio joined forces while shirking their responsibilities as graduate students in the History Department at Western University. Powerhouse frontwoman Jenn Marino signed on in 2014 and infused the group with pure energy. Renowned drummer Mark Swan came aboard in 2019, completing the picture.
All four members contributed to the throwback throwdown of Smoke. The original tune was conceived by Swan in his basement studio. Turek added his signature guitar stylings, simultaneously calculated and wild. Marino and Del Vecchio lead the charge on writing lyrics during a round table that saw input from all members. Swan refined his drumlines with a medical-like precision that would cure even the hottest cowbell fever. Marino’s vocals command attention from the listener.
After tireless hours of workshopping, the band set off to Siegfied Meier (Face to Face, Kittie, The Salads) and Beach Road Studios just north of Goderich, Ont. Over the course of one mammoth 12-hour session, they curated a creative atmosphere that allowed for carefully shaped tones and truly refined production. The song was shipped off to Toronto’s Alfio Annibalini (Arkells, Greta Van Fleet, Lights) for mixing before heading back to Meier for mastering. Created by 331arts, a multimedia collective co-founded and operated by bassist Del Vecchio, the official music video uses vintage public domain video clips to create a visual journey that is as intense as the musical one.