Published Oct 11, 2016Having previously fronted the Vancouver bands Sprïng and SSRIs, Joseph Hirabayashi now goes by the solo moniker Jo Passed. He issued an EP called Up this summer via Golden Brown, and he's now supporting that release with both a video and a North American tour.
The song is an angular rock song in which spiky guitar chords intersect with sparse drum hits and melodic psych-pop melodies. The whole thing gets noisier and more intricate as it goes along, and this is mirrored by the self directed video: it begins with upwards-gazing shots of trees and is gradually snazzed up with VHS static and disorienting image layering.
The songwriter said in a statement, "I wanted to make a video in a Haiku form: nature oriented with no reference to humans and in three lines."
Watch the video below. Scroll past Jo Passed's upcoming tour schedule to check it out. The fall outing includes a number of U.S. West Coast dates, plus a couple of hometown shows in Vancouver.
10/14 Vancouver, BC - 333
10/15 Olympia, WA - The Dug Out
10/16 Portland, OR - The Liquor Store
10/17 Sacramento, CA - Starlite
10/18 Santa Barbara, CA - Funzone
10/19 Los Angeles, CA - Harvard & Stone
10/20 Los Angeles, CA - The Emerald House
10/21 Los Angeles, CA - Gardena Utopia
10/22 San Diego, CA - Bar Pink
10/23 San Francisco, CA - Pleasure Cove Yard
10/24 Oakland, CA - Oakland Secret
10/25 Eugene, OR - Black Forest
10/26 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
11/11 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
* with Bully