As electronic/instrumental hip-hop/funk entity INTERESTING TIMES GANG prepares for the March release of its new EP, Are We OK, a video for its title track has been premiered through Everything Is Noise.
Ian Miller is the bassist for Kowloon Walled City, Less Art, Stangelight, and several other punk and metal bands. But INTERESTING TIMES GANG, the sobriquet for Miller’s solo experimentations, is a radical departure from those projects. Are We OK is the follow-up to 2021’s critically acclaimed Beats, Rhymes, No Life album, released in 2021 via Pax Aeternum. The new EP’s five songs run the gamut from grimy hip-hop beats to chillwave to turn-of-the-millennium big beat.
Miller writes of the single, “‘Are We OK’ is a significant departure from anything I’ve done before, and my first foray into … Big Beat? I love all that stuff, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Norman Cook, et al, so that’s in my DNA, I guess! But I’m pretty pumped on the end result. This is also my first attempt at making a video for any of my musical projects. I found a bunch of footage from the ’70s through the ’90s and cut it together to try and celebrate hip-hop and dance music. For me, the video is about the joy and catharsis we find in music and community. I’m really looking forward to that now that it looks like the end of the pandemic is in sight!”
Everything Is Noise writes with the video’s debut, “If you’re looking for a way to start your week off on a positive note, we have just the tune for you! I’d challenge you to listen to our new premiere, ‘Are We Ok’ by INTERESTING TIMES GANG, without feeling at least some urge to dance. The upbeat, funky instrumental was created by a perhaps unexpected composer – Ian Miller, the bassist for Kowloon Walled City, Less Art, Strangelight, and a number of other metal and punk acts.”
Watch INTERESTING TIMES GANG’s “Are We OK” video first through Everything Is Noise at THIS LOCATION.
Are We OK bridges the gap between full-length releases, as Pax Aeternum will release the new INTERESTING TIMES GANG full-length later this year.
Are we okay? Probably not, but this EP might be just what you need to get there.