Video of the moment
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The news that Toronto roots rocker James Burrows was calling his upcoming debut album Paradise Cinema caught my attention, for this scribe lives close to the sadly now-shuttered building. A shot of the theatre is included amongst the footage imaginatively integrated into the eye-catching new video for "Disco", the just-released first single from the album (which surfaces in April).
Don't let the song title fool you. No robotic rhythms here, just a well-written (Burrows has been a working journalist) and sung driving rocker that is more than a mite Springsteen-esque in flavour. Two female backing singers add colour, and one of them, Aliah McDonough, does double duty as cinematographer and camera operator on the clip. It skilfully mixes black and white and color stills and footage, switching from historic events (a dressmakers strike, war-time demonstrations) to present-day scenes. Projecting the images onto the bodies of Burrows and his two backing vocalists is a nice touch.
The sound and look of "Disco" seems to confirm a press releases claim that "Heavily influenced by the sounds and spirit of early rock 'n' roll, the characters on Paradise Cinema deal with all the uncertainties of twenty-first century life while struggling to remember what life should feel like and, when possible, dance to spite the odds."
We look forward to the full album. Burrows will preview its material at these upcoming gigs: Jan. 21, The Mansion, Kingston, Jan. 22, Raw Sugar Cafe, Ottawa, Jan 23, Grumpy’s, Montreal, Jan. 24, The Garnet, Peterborough, and Jan. 29, The Monarch Tavern, Toronto.