The long-awaited followup to their Polaris-nominated “Happymatic” (2008), Commotion saw leader Michael Dubue return to Ottawa’s Bova Sound, working alone this time out with drummer/engineer Philip Shaw Bova. Fusing the recognizable influences of HILOTRONS past (Talking Heads, Devo, Talk Talk) with that of electro pop pioneers such as Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and TV-theme composer Mike Post, Dubue has emerged with a deep, hook-laden work, his best to date.
Commotion is also the most raw and personal album we’ve seen from HILOTRONS. The album’s storyline weaves from heartbreak to reconciliation, through the eyes of those who suffer from personality disorders, as well as their friends and lovers.
TRACK LIST for At Least There’s Commotion:
1. Venus at Your Backdoor
2. Runaway Heart
3. Not There Tonight
4. The Halifax Commotion
5. My Number
6. She Knows My Condition (Part 1)
7. She Knows My Condition (Part 2)
8. Uncontrollable Me / Uncontrollable You
9. Modern Way Woman
10. Danger World
Bonus Track (for LP/digital purchasers): Shouldice Road