Blending 70s punk, new wave, and 80s garage with elements of breakbeat & hip hop might sound difficult; but Canadian basement punks The OBGMs have taken it in their stride and shared their explosive new track ‘Torpedo’ with an accompanying video directed by Ryan Enn Hughes. It’s the first single to be taken from the band’s upcoming debut album (mixed by Dave Schiffman), which will be available later this summer via Black Box.
Formed in 2008 by Densil McFarlane (guitar/vocals) and Colanthony Humphrey (drums/percussion), the band completed their line-up with with Joe Brosnan (bass) and Jemuel Roberts (keys) later in 2011. Unlike most rock band beginnings, the group first emerged as a rap trio on Toronto’s hip hop scene. Soon after discovering the world of punk music, McFarlane began teaching himself guitar, determined to create a band that fused the lyrical creativity of his hip hop roots and the raw energy of the punk rock underground.
The four-piece have previously shared the stage with notable artists such as Bad Brains, Anti-Flag and Thee Oh Sees, as well as gaining slots at notable festivals such as: Made in America, Riot Fest, Osheaga, Ottawa BluesFest, and the inimitable SXSW. The OBGMs will be playing a string of dates later this year, including an appearance at the Afropunk Festival’s London instalment.
Watch the video for ‘Torpedo’ below, and follow The OBGMs on Facebook for more updates.
Photo Credit: Vanessa Heins