Last one for Weird Tuesday. I don’t even know how to begin describing this one. Yes, the song is as odd as the band’s name.
It would be easy to dismiss Cowards as just another lo-fi punk band from Vancouver. First of all, they’re not really punk, more like noise rock with a goth edge. Furthermore, listening to their album ‘World Champions in Male Chastity’ you get the sense there is some inspired madness beneath the sneering surface. This probably won’t be the last time I talk about them….
‘Health’ is the debut by a young trio from Abbotsford, BC. Lead singer Trevor Blaak’s vocal stylings will evoke memories of Jeff Buckley, but the music here is more jazzy and free-form. Given the band’s poise, inventiveness and lyrical depth it is rather startling that these three young lads just recently finished high school! This is a mature work for an artist of any age.
Mi’ens is a math-rock duo from Vancouver, with Evan Johansen on drums and Kim Glennie on guitar, loops and the occasional vocal. On their latest album they bring vibrancy, warmth and joy to a genre that is too often dismissed for being overly clinical. And it’s nice when a band gives you a title that pretty well sums it all up — ‘experimentalsparklenoisepop’. Yup.