Hot Mondy give you something to sink your teeth into with their latest single and video Vampire — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Sexy, stylish, and a bit spine-tingling, the Canadian country-rockers’ captivating, cautionary tale of innocence falling prey to dark desires combines the boom-chikka outlaw sound of classic Cash with the chills and thrills of a hair-raising, spine-tingling late-night horror flick. Like happy trails that lead you through a haunted forest, Vampire takes a darker turn than you expect. Then again, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from this Halifax quintet. Their debut single Pale Ember was a dramatic, epic tale of burned-out romance, while their second release Desert Moonlight was a roadhouse rocker about a bagman on the run.
In this cinematic clip, Marnee McLellan shines in her eat-your-heart-out lead role as a glamorous, blood sucking babe who lures an unsuspecting gentleman caller (Tyler Phillips) to her living — or rather, dying — room before she feasts on his misfortune. Then, she retires to her coffin to sleep it off from dawn to dusk. The video was directed by filmmaker Brad Tobler of Imagine That Films. The band has partnered with them to create videos for every song on their upcoming six-song Pale Ember. They have unveil three more singles and videos to come until their EP is released.
Pale Ember was produced by Juno-winning producer Michael Philip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics, Great Big Sea); the band and Wojewoda came together at Toronto’s Revolution Recording in early 2020 to track songs, and had just returned to Halifax after an initial session when the pandemic hit. “It was both fun and challenging figuring out how to finish the EP during Covid,” the band recalls, “but it informed many of our choices in a really interesting way.”
The band called on a variety of top talent to complete the album — drummer Loel Campbell of Wintersleep, lap steel player Christine Bougie of Bahamas, singer-songwriter Claire Coupland, fiddler Kendel Carson (Matt Mays, Alan Doyle), pianist Rob Preuss (Spoons, Honeymoon Suite) and violinist/arranger Drew Jurecka (Jeff Healey, Dua Lipa) added their talents.