Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Dan Mangan released his first set of EPs in 2003. Almost eight years later, with three LPs and two EPs to his name, the 28-year-old won two Juno awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album.
The video for “Post-War Blues,” off his Juno-winning album, Oh Fortune, is a jittery, adrenaline-fueled rush. Like the 1964 dark comedy, Dr. Strangelove, the video for “Post-War Blues” is comically apocalyptic. Its vintage filter contrasts the 21st-century topical relevancy—which includes clear funding cuts for schools, hospitals and roads, blocking out most of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and an image pasted on an overhead projector entitled, “The Enemy.”
On the lighter side, a number of recognized Canadian actors including Don McKellar, Tom Butler and Kevin MacDonald—as well as Kirsten Slenning, Raphael Kepinski, Sam Dornik—star in “Post-War Blues,” with McKellar doing his best impression of Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove, himself.
Watch the video for “Post-War Blues” and check out Mangan’s upcoming U.S. tour dates with Blind Pilot below (spoiler alert: like the cult classic, Mangan’s video also ends with a nuclear explosion).
5 - New York City, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
6 - Richmond, Va. @ The National
7 - Charlotte, N.C. @ Neighborhood Theater