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- Posted on Dec 18th 2009 6:00PM by Drew Berner
Electro duo Woodhands expressed their love for their hometown of Toronto on their upcoming record, 'Remorsecapade' -- due out Jan. 26 on Paper Bag Records -- with an insiders-only reference to a certain omnipresent Toronto television channel. 'CP24' refers to CablePulse 24, a 24-hour news network focusing on the minutiae of day-to-day life in Toronto -- car accidents, house fires, etc.
"Our last album really wasn't geographically located at all -- and I have a hard time writing about anything but girls and relationships -- so I was trying my hardest to write something about Toronto," Woodhands frontman Dan Werb tells Spinner. "It's my adopted city and I really like it here, I just feel like I wanted to 'locate' us specifically. I'm proud of the scene that we're a part of here, I'm proud of all my friends and the music here. I'm proud of the silly things that make this city the way it is."
CP24 is a perfect example of one of those silly, idiosyncratic parts of Toronto that residents take for granted. No matter where you are, be it a doctor's office, a subway station or a restaurant, odds are you'll find a TV tuned to the the channel. Their video mimics the appearance of the station, with its eye-in-the-sky traffic camera, cartoon weather forecast and endlessly scrolling ticker -- but more than that, it attempts to capture the gravitas the station lends to mundane local events. Still, Werb insists it's more than just an inside joke.
"[The video] is sort of like a parallel universe where my tendency to be an emotional exhibitionist has become a very negative concern," Werb explains. "Woodhands is a way for me to sensationalize my emotions in a really positive way. If I didn't have this kind of outlet in my life, the crazy ways I would react to things if I wasn't able to write songs about them..."
Take a look at Woodhands' video for 'CP24':