White Hot Guilt is a project from July Talk’s Josh Warburton and Toronto-based producer Thomas D’Arcy (Small Sins/BROS./Tommy Hawkins). The duo released their self-titled debut EP today and they’ve unveiled a video for the first single, “Little Things.”
Warburton and D’Arcy paired their highly danceable first single with footage from the iconic MuchMusic dance television program Electric Circus, which ran on Friday nights from 1988-to-2003. It was a natural fit for Warburton, who grew up a massive fan of the station and its flagship dance show.
“Having spent a number of years growing up in rural Ontario, there was no better source for ‘cool’ than MuchMusic,” Warburton told Indie88. “Naturally, the station has evolved from its humble beginnings, but looking back on Much’s early programming it doesn’t take long to identify pure broadcasting gold.
“Electric Circus was always a program close to my heart, I actually appeared on a Halloween episode in the late 90s, and the fact that it was originally recorded during the afternoon allowed it to be this magic pot of gold that any Queen West pedestrian could stumble upon. To create a retrospective parody featuring a White Hot Guilt tune only felt natural.”
Check out the “Little Things” video below.
White Hot Guilt are donating all proceeds from sales of the EP to SKETCH – a Toronto-based community-arts-development initiative that creates equitable opportunities for young people homeless and on the margins from across Canada to experience the transformative power of the arts. Indie88 also works with ‘SKETCH’ as a charity partner.
You can purchase the EP here. Check out the artwork below.