If you’ve ever had to experience a mundane job that simply pays the bills, Halifax indie rock act Heaven for Real can empathize with you. Their new single “Smooth Ops” is an ode to being apart of the working routine, while trying your best to get through the shift and commute in one piece.
From their latest full-length Kill Your Memory, “Smooth Ops” is a slow-moving post-punk style track that whistles along while you work. Never pushing too hard, it’s subtle time signature changes and vibrant, yet droning instrumentation makes for an easygoing indie rock tune. Capturing the often slow-moving nature of unappealing jobs, the new music video shows a lonely janitor going through the motions, as he gets his work done in an empty office. Co-frontman Mark Grundy, who works as a nighttime janitor explained the meaning behind the song and video:
“I wrote this song as a kind of 9-5 meditation on commuting and the feeling of trying to ‘own it’ while somehow also feeling totally owned by the workaday world. I made the video later after feeling way the same in a very different role and schedule in my job as a nighttime janitor. The shift/continuity with the two perspectives seemed like a worthy contrast I guess… so I snuck in my camera and tripod and shot a bunch of video of myself slowly cleaning up after a bunch of semi-tidy office employees. Don’t get me wrong though, sometimes they were also semi-messy.”
Enjoy the tune below, and head to their website for more music. You can catch them on tour now (dates below).
July 29 – Guelph, ON @ DSTRCT
July 30 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar Room
August 02 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
August 03 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Pharmacy
August 04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Trans-Pecos
August 05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
August 06 – Boston, MA @ Out of the Blue Gallery
August 11 – Halifax, NS @ Lost & Found (early all ages show)
August 11 – Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse Tavern