We’ve long had a crush on Ottawa’s garage punk scene thanks, largely, to torchbearers like Steve Adamyk, mainstays like Mother’s Children, and expats like Mass and Peach Kelli Pop. For the heaps of bands from the city, though, few balance sugar-shocked pop and buzzsaw punk quite like Average Times, who cut their self-titled debut last year via Toronto-Vancouver imprint Hosehead Records. That LP essentially had us at hello, largely thanks to its effervescent opener, “Popsicle,” whose video we’re stoked to premiere today.
Unlike many of Average Times’ songs—whose scuzz compare favourably to Jay Reatard—”Popsicle” is an unabashed summer anthem. So, too, is its video: Directed by and starring the band themselves, the video is a beer-soaked backyard bash, with plenty of frozen treats to go around. Check the video above, and get your sticky fingers on a copy of Average Times’ LP at the Hosehead Records store.