The 'Future Nostalgia' of the Sheepdogs' 'Downtown'
  • FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

I could write an entire book about what's right and what's wrong with 1960s nostalgia. The things that are good are still great: freedom of self-identity, a rejection of homogenized corporate America, an understanding that a life spent without communal pleasures isn't one worth living. But those are rarely the key parts of 1960s nostalgia and so the focus tends to be aesthetic: hippie garb, free love, endless drugs, etc. In their lyric video for "Downtown" (which we're premiering), Canadian retro rockers the Sheepdogs find the right sort of 1960s nostalgia while still looking foward with their sound.

With a sound that is highly influenced by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and Cream, the Sheepdogs twist classic psychedelic rock with hints of folk and turn it into music that is pure ear candy for anybody raised on the music of the 60s and 70s. And the lyric video itself is a panorama of footage of hippies and mods in the swinging 60s doing their thing. This awareness makes even more sense when you realize that "Downtown" will be on the Sheepdogs' next album, cleverly titled Future Nostalgia. Check out the video and an exclusive quote from drummer Sam Corbett below.

Sam Corbett: "The original idea was to was to make something that looked like the video for "Crosstown Traffic" by Jimi Hendrix. Jason Levangie did a great job of adding in some visuals that tie in with the artwork for our upcoming album, Future Nostalgia which you can pre-order here.

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