Independent Toronto, Canada-based alternative rock four-piece The Crooked have released their new single “Tarot Cards” and we’re stoked to help them premiere the video! The punky track is, as the band puts it, their “…tribute to dancehall music.”

Written and produced by J.C. Sandoval, the musician hit us up to comment on the tune: “We recorded and produced it ourselves at a little studio in Parkdale. It began with the unorthodox idea of basing a heavy rock song over a soca/Caribbean beat. This eventually grew into a grungy, dancehall-tribute song, that we then overlay with hooky vocals.

“The song’s themes revolve around cartomancy, black magic, predestination and love spells. These themes were inspired by the unusual drumbeat itself – which tapped open a new side of our musicality.

“We also decided to take a risk by using an air horn to open the track – you can’t have a dancehall song without it. Love it or not, it’s literally designed to grab the listener’s attention. True to our crooked selves, we trick the audience by what follows: pumping bass, loud drums and incendiary guitar work.

“For the video, we shot a performance video in a dark art gallery, with a stop-motion candle video projected onto us and the whitewall behind. It was an awesome experience, and we had some help from our friend Ryan Abramowitz from Uptrack Media, as well as friends and family.”

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