By: Staff –
Toronto-based pop band The Holy Gasp is back with their new single “Simple Pleasures”, which you can stream exclusively on Aesthetic Magazine below.
“I wrote “Simple Pleasures” drunk as a goddamn sailor in the back of a cab after my brother’s wedding,” says frontman Benjamin Hackman. “It was in the wee hours of the morning, and my suit was sweat-stuck to my body from the dancing I’d done. As the car picked up speed I opened the window and surrendered to the breeze, which poured over my face and neck and cooled me. It just felt so good after all that dancing. I started singing. I couldn’t help it. And the driver… he was loving it, so I kept at it, the ham that I am… and my ex-wife, God bless her, had the foresight to record it all on her phone. In the morning, she played it for me over coffee, and I spent the next few days crystallizing the narrative, building its subtext. I was looking at the moral responsibility of the mentally ill, how hurt people hurt people, and how our loved ones suffer as a result of our own suffering.”
The track, which will be featured on their new album, The Love Songs of Oedipus Rex, which is set for release on Sept. 7th, is a concept record written for 27 musicians and vocalists. It tells the bombastic, masochistic story of a troubled marriage further burdened by the death of the husband’s father, and further burdened still by the death of his therapist. It is best filed amongst the music of James Bond, Beat era jazz, and the freaky shenanigans of folks like Tom Waits and Frank Zappa. The album is accompanied by a short documentary by director Luke Sargent on the making of the record.