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"The band reduce themselves to a blubbering mess in their new video." - THE EAST

Come cry with The Olympic Symphonium in their official video for “Comedy”, the third single from their forthcoming album, Beauty In The Tension, out February 9 via Forward Music Group.

The song revolves around the idea of political correctness. What is acceptable to say to someone? What's not? Is that person going to think this joke is funny? Is this even a joke? It's about ignorance.

"It's about lack of respect. It's about the thickness of skin. It's about timing. It's about comedy. What's the joke and who's the joker? I've looked at jokes from both sides now" explains songwriter Nick Cobham.

Self-directed and produced for $40, the video is a collaborative piece with Fredericton-based filmmaker F. Chris Giles. The band knew when making this that crying on demand was going to be difficult with a crowd so they enlisted their friend Patrick Lewis, a local chef who also plays keyboards on the album, to make wings with some insanely hot sauce. Turns out their tolerance was higher than anticipated so the members of the band ended up chugging and snorting a variety of ghost pepper, habanero, and cayenne pepper sauces.

Due out next month, Beauty In The Tension is the result of rural isolation, small comforts, and the discovery of two pairs of Dark Side Of The Moon pajama pants.

For six days last winter, Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, Dennis Goodwin, and Graeme Walker holed up in the legendary Old Confidence Lodge studio in Riverport, Nova Scotia to focus on 13 new compositions. Working long days with the help and stamina of engineer Diego Medina, the band laid down a batch of songs that were road-tested and ready to be captured in this magical Oddfellows Hall-cum-studio.

Delicious home-cooked meals and harmony vocals were provided by Jennah Barry, a fellow resident of Nova Scotia's south shore, and additional instrumentation was provided by Michael Belyea (Jenn Grant), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors), and composer / arranger Drew Jurecka. Sonic inspiration came from Pink Floyd, guitarmonies, and Chicago power-ballads.

Jan 20 - Fredericton, NB: Shivering Songs Festival (SOLD OUT)
Feb 2 - Moncton, NB: Flash Moncton Festival
Mar 3 - Breadalbane, PEI: The Dunk