Black Market Hard-Tack
Electronica \ Punk \ Rock
Nan-core pioneers fueled by Purity Syrup and Jam Jams, Black Market Hard-Tack are a four piece electronic post-punk-pop group from St. John’s Newfoundland. Nintendo DS beats collide with keytar licks, thumping bass and a stickysweet melody to create a lurching seasick racket.
Video debut Blanket Fort imagines post-apocalyptic playtime in a crocheted backyard bunker, granny squares providing perfect protection from the irradiated atmosphere. It’s the lead track from their four-song Impurity EP, rounded out by Nancy April, a synthpop lament for the last of the Beothuk; Hall of Mirrors, arpeggiated bloops bouncing down a corridor to nowhere; and Drowning in Berlin, a cover of the Mobiles classic that amplifies the slinky noirish shades of the original.
Full-length follow-up Mass for Shut-Ins was written and recorded entirely in the month of February for the annual RPM Challenge. Named after the long-running CTV church broadcast, it’s an album for the agoraphobic, paranoid and insular: people now ghosts and people who might as well be. It includes songs inspired by septuagenarian fundamentalist hermits in the Russian hinterland; YouTube Urban Exploration and the haunted empty spaces of industrial decline; censorious moral guardians and The Comics Code Authority; the glossy tween mag heartthrobs of yesteryear; and the echo chamber reality of the era of Fake News.
This Fall will see the simultaneous release of two EPs, one themed around the darker side of Newfoundland culture and politics; and the other a Hallowe’en tribute to 80s exploitation horror. Two accompanying videos will be produced:one a spoof of the surreal fever dream of late night NTV; the other a DIY slasher film in the 80s VHS tradition.