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Fungus follows its bliss

The rock trio debuts a pair of new singles and a trippy new video.


Fungus is Ben Matthews, Collin Canning and Vivika Ballard. - HELENA DARLING PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Fungus is Ben Matthews, Collin Canning and Vivika Ballard.

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Thursday, July 4, 8pm
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T he rock trio Fungus goes with the flow: When the music calls for something else, the band follows. When a music video isn't coming together, they throw some paint on the floor and start over. "When a new road opens up, you take it," says drummer Collin Canning.

Canning, the band's resident filmmaker—he just came off Seth Smith's Tin Can—directed and edited the video for the trio's new, incredibly '90s single "Waterboy." Footage of Fungus—Canning, singer/guitarist Vivika Ballard and bassist Ben Matthews—playing the song is cut out, flipped and moved around a background of constantly shifting waves of paint—teal, white shot through with yellow and purple, white/black/grey, bubbles visible.

"I was looking at the edit I had at 4am one night, and thought there had to be something different," says Canning. "I wanted to set it apart from other music videos I'd seen. I had paint and a green screen I set up. I brought on a fellow named Mark Sawatzky to shoot the footage with me. It looked good, so we just latched onto it. It was a happy accident."

"Waterboy" and "A Thing in Common" are the two new songs Fungus has released in the wake of its debut EP, D'well, out last July. Both of them changed dramatically in the recording process. "It was kind of a heavier beat to begin with," says Canning of the jaunty, languid "Waterboy." "Three takes into recording the song, we switched the beat up snd it became more of a surf thing. 'A Thing in Common,' we've been doing that for awhile, but it was found during mixing and mastering. Ben came in with keys that changed everything."

The trio is eyeing 2020 for a more substantive recording, he adds. "We are sitting on quite a few songs at the moment."

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