Five Questions With Muskrat Meadows

Vancouver, BC-based rock band, Muskrat Meadows has unveiled their debut single, “Stoned Ape Theory” along with a psychedelic music video.

The band paired up with animator Benjamin Christensen on “Stoned Ape Theory” to elevate the track to a new level with chaotic visuals;

“The ‘stoned ape theory’ suggests apes’ consumption of psychoactive mushrooms and plants led to the rapid expansion of consciousness and cognitive ability in the evolutionary chain. This is just a comedic take on that, flipping it on its head as we watch two gentlemen finding mushrooms and turning into apes. It’s very open to interpretation, with no stringent meaning hidden away. Benjamin Christensen is the animator who took the half baked (maybe full baked) idea mentioned above and really ran with it. None of us knew what to expect, but he really nailed it on the head and gave the song a visceral feel.”

Check out the video below and find out more about Muskrat Meadows via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We are Muskrat Meadows and we’ve been disturbing our neighbours since 2016. We play loud, unruly psychedelic rock that ought to consider a straight-jacket.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

When we begin writing a song, its really hard to expect what its going to turn out like, whether it will be one of our heavier tracks, our weirder psychedelic songs, or syncopation and polyrhythms that just move our asses. However something consistent is we like to play fucking loud, and share a common belief that certain music requires a certain volume.


Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Oct. 25th we’ll be playing with RAG in Vancouver at the Avant Garden in Chinatown, and December 14th we’re headlining the Roxy downtown Vancouver.

We all like loud, visceral, ‘move-your-body, free-of-limits’ music. So we try to cultivate an atmosphere that’s just that. Not only for everyone else, but for ourselves too, and feel and hear what everyone in the room is. And grab a pair of earplugs, we leave a box at the front.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Stoned Ape Theory, to which we’re releasing a music video Oct. 4th. It’ll give you a taste without ruining the surprise…

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/artists?

Ben: Arcade Fire

Lucas: Nickleback and Michel Bublé

Nolan: Priestess and Rush

Stuart: Norah Jones and SUMAC

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