Following their debut album, Static Fuzz Radio in 2011, local garage rock darlings The Hypnotics have returned after a brief hiatus with a stronger, newer and more in tune with a dirtier rock n’ roll style. The new album, Modern Art Entertainment draws more from their beloved 70’s influences throughout.
Brothers David and Mike Konstantino have been playing music together for a number of years now and are excited to share their hard-work on their new album locally and nationally.
“In 2011 we made our first album in Toronto at Chemical Sounds where Sloan and Death From Above recorded,” said David. “We didn’t have much time [on the first record] so this time we spent more on little things.”
Then in 2013, The Hypnotics took some time off to write more songs. Out of the 20 songs they have written, they admittedly picked the best 14 for Modern Art Entertainment.
“You listen to them enough times and you get a feel for what flows together well,” said David.
The new record was produced, engineered and mixed by Josh Kaiser at Kaiser Sounds Productions in Windsor. The Konstantino brothers admit they wanted a dirtier sound for this album, recalling the 70’s era of Rolling Stones and The Clash. Songs like “Lost in the Details” and “Inside Pop Revolution” are reminiscent of classic garage rock, but with a modern twist.
“It was nice because we could take our time and try a few different things to see what sounds better,” said Mike. The recording studio is located in Walkerville, which resulted in good sounds since it is an older home.
According to David, Kaiser has a good understanding of what musicians want.
“He’s not afraid to say do it like this it sounds better or no that doesn’t sound good,” said David. Despite their common brotherly quarrels, Mike said the songwriting process is pretty seamless.
“Basically we both come up with ideas and we bring them to each other, play them and see how they work.”
The brothers usually write their songs individually and then bring it to each other - and sometimes they collaborate. Whoever sings a particular song is the person who most likely wrote it, according to Mike.
As the band grew since their last record, Mike and David have seen the process change overtime as they learned the ropes of being a band. They are also thankful for the positive reception they have received so far, and call Windsor’s music scene diverse. The band is also pleased with campus-community radio reception.
“We’re getting airplay in places like Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton - you mail it out and you don’t know what’s going to happen but we charted #11 in the country so it feels good,” said Mike.
Staying true to 70’s rock n’ roll style, The Hypnotics will be releasing their album on vinyl, Friday, Nov. 18 at The Rondo with This Machine Kills Robots and Tea Leaves. Modern Art Entertainment is currently available online at hypnotics.bandcamp.com