Video Premiere: "Worth It"

North County San Diego band Taken by Canadians’ new video is a little strange, a bit fun and a lot rock ‘n’ roll – which pretty much sums up the band.

“Worth It” is the second single to come from the blues-rock group’s forthcoming self-titled release. With a couple albums under their belt, the group, comprised of Ben Ambrosini, Anna Zinova, Marco Savoia and Tristan Faulk-Webster, is taking a bit of a different approach with this release.

They’re starting with doling out a couple of videos (including the premiere of “Worth It” here on TW) and pre-selling albums – with some interesting perks –  as they build excitement for a January release of the new album.

As for their newest video, the quirky concept goes along well with the simple, yet catchy tune. The band’s classic rock sound is punched up with organ elements that play well with Ambrosini’s forceful vocals. Warning: the video might  make you want a cigarette – or a pickle.

The band’s fun-loving demeanor also shines through on the video for the first single from the upcoming record. “Do You Believe Me?” is a party anthem in the making with visuals to match as the band recreates a classic kids-left-home-alone scenario complete with glue-sniffing and pizza devouring. The song’s playful piano careens behind Ambrosini’s gritty voice along with Zinova’s sweeter singing.

If you’re just getting familiar with Taken By Canadians, you should check out the smoking smooth track “Revolution Girl” from their last album, We Eat You Like a Person. This showcase of the band’s softer side is aptly categorized as “spooky blues” on SoundCloud. The song’s moaning guitars are an ideal match for Ambrosini’s mournful vocals.

As TBC prepares to release the new album on Blind Owl Records – recorded, engineered and mixed by Mike Butler at Lost Ark –  on Jan. 26, they are also in the planning stages for a proper release show; in the meantime they won’t be strangers in the San Diego scene.

They have another video release next month for “The River” and at least one killer show before year’s end.

TBC will play a show called “Rock & Roll Horror Picture Show II” on Oct. 21 with The Paragraphs and DJ Lexicon Devil at Thunderbird Analog Recording Studio in Oceanside. The show will be both recorded to tape and filmed plus there will be horror movies playing behind the bands.

Costumes are encouraged for this fun and festive night. Strange, fun and rock ‘n’ roll!

Review by: Jen Lothspeich [www.tourworthy.com]