“Fascism” (from Beneath the Broadcast)

by Rob Dickson

May 14, 2019

Cryptozoologists are a three-piece rock band from Whitehorse. They make clever, off-kilter, quietly explosive songs filled with frenetic and provoking words. Writer-singer-guitarist Zach McCann-Armitage sings over the rollicking harmonic grind created by Christine Shaw on drums, Patrick Hamilton on bass and McCann-Armitage on electric guitar. They are known for their disarmingly direct performances, unconventional vocal delivery and dense poetic lyricism.

The band has released a new video for their song “Fascism”, a literate look at hate in politics. In the lyrics, McCann-Armitage references the essay A Time for Refusal by Teju Cole, warning that bewilderment can lead to complacency in a time marked by rising populism, and politics of fear. McCann-Armitage and Cole each make use of the allegory found in Albrecht Dürer’s “The Rhinoceros” where a group of people in a town continue to dismiss encounters with rhinos charging through the streets until they eventually begin to turn into rhinos themselves. When asked about the origins of the song, McCann-Armitage explained that it is sung by a naive narrator who is just realizing the urgency for and difficulty of real resistance: being clear and uncompromising against the politics of hate.

The video for “Fascism” was made as part of a new series shot in the basement of the CBC in Whitehorse, featuring nine local artists. The series, titled Beneath the Broadcast, works as both a feature-length film, as well as nine separate, stand-alone videos.

Rob Dickson

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Rob is a genuine Canadian music fan. Rob works as an environmental engineer in environmental site assessment, water treatment, and water supply. When he isn’t working on projects related to water and the environment, he focuses on writing and music.
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