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Offbeat Toronto quintet The Holy Gasp describe themselves as "a damn-the-Man beatnik revival conga revolution, a boxcar and a jug of wine, a groove, daddy, and the farthest thing from a king sized bust!"
On Feb. 24, they're releasing a new album, The Last Generation of Love. They recorded it last year over multiple sessions with in-demand producer Josh Korody (The Dirty Nil, Dilly Dally, Beliefs) at Candle Recording in Toronto.
The band has just released a video for their latest single, "A Daily Affirmation", and it sure caught our eye. It is something of a parody of the viral video (over 15 million views) of "Jessica's Daily Affirmation", in which a four year old recites a list of things she feels positive about.
In The Holy Gasp take, vocalist and conga/bongo player Benjamin Hackman is filmed going about his daily morning ritual of ablutions (nosehair clipping, teeth brushing eyebrow, plucking etc) while chanting out his own affirmations: "I can do anything good...my whole life is great". Two minutes in, the scene switches to the whole band going gonzo, playing raucously in a balloon-filled room.
In a press release, the group accurately term the video "a masterclass in hygiene and self-motivation, with a debaucherous interlude thrown in for good measure!". Great fun. A neat twist is that the creator of "Jessica's Daily Affirmation" has seen and loved The Holy Gasp video,
We dig their other tracks too, and the positive message of the new album, one they claim "re-contextualizes beatnik aesthetics for the modern listener, and makes a desperate cry for humanity, for change--for people to not only care, but to see that to give a shit is profound".
Check out The Holy Gasp on their upcoming Ontario (and Montreal) tour. It begins with a Toronto Wavelength show on Feb. 7, followed by March gigs in Windsor, Sarnia, Kingston, Montreal, Peterborough and Toronto. Check their Bandcamp page for details.