Thursday, June 8, 2023

TEKE::TEKE - "Hoppe"

Photo via TEKE::TEKE

Montreal based Japanese psych-rockers TEKE::TEKE are giving us one more taste of their new album before it is released Friday. "Hoppe" has more of an edge to it than their previous singles. It's still psych-rock, but there's a punk edge to the new song that we haven't heard before. It's still a trippy song with a lot going on that is somehow crammed into four and a half minutes, and calling something both punk and trippy seems antithetical, but that's the beauty of a band like TEKE::TEKE. They're always going to release the unexpected, and even if it's not what we expected it's still going to fit right into their repertoire. 

Guitarist Sei Nakauci Pelletier says of the band's new song and video:

"I always thought of ‘Hoppe’ as having a bit of a 90’s vibe, maybe the Fugazi in me (but with Maya’s delirious tale about an old man who’s cheeks fall off after eating a rice cake… ha, ha) so we tried to simply capture the raw and punk energy of the song and keep the camera moving, with a fish-eye type lens. The video was shot express '2-3 take-style' on a Sunday afternoon in a space above the infamous Bar l'Escogriffe in Montreal that was kindly made available to us by the good folks who run it. Our dear friend and sound engineer Samuel Woywitka helped film it, Maya added some animation, and I edited it."

You can watch the video for "Hoppe" below. Hagata is due out June 9 via Kill Rock Stars, and is available for pre-order here. For more on TEKE::TEKE, check out the band's website.

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