by Mark Anthony Brennan
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer’s “A Real Fine Mess” get the video treatment. For the most part it looks like the credits to the next James Bond movie.
RAA’s new album ‘Mended With Gold’ drops this coming Tuesday (Sept. 30) and it’s a work of mature indie folk rock. Ably backed by drummer Paul Banwatt and the multi-talented Amy Cole, their music centres around the songwriting and distinctive voice of frontman Nis Edenloff. This track, “On the Rocks”, is probably my favourite, with its solid lyrics (the title references Newfoundland, as well as a crumbling relationship) and nice touches of keyboards and guitars. I also liked the two closing numbers, “Not Love or Death” and “…On the Run”, with their rolling drum beats. Aside from that, nothing here really hits it out of the park, but nevertheless it is satisfying, intelligent alternative folk.
by Tiana Feng
Release Date: February 18th, 2014
Label: Mammoth Cave Recordings
Lab Coast revolves around the talents of David Laing and Chris Dadge, who together put out guitar-based pop rock music with some nice hooks. With 16 songs, their latest album ‘Walking on Ayr’ is chock full of it, but you should keep in mind that the tracks average about 2 minutes in length and some of them are a lot shorter than that.