Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Metal, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Gob- Apt. 13

No Comments 24 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: New Damage Records

Gob started their career over 20 years ago, so some of you may be simply too young to know who they are. Even if you were listening to music back in the ’90′s you could be forgiven for not recalling them; after all they’ve only put out one album in the past 10 years, and that one was way back in 2007. To make matters worse, they’ve been promising us a new album since 2009, so many of us just stopped paying attention. But anyway, here we are, it’s 2014 and we have a new Gob album on our hands. Was it worth the wait? Yes, probably. They may not be blazing any new trails into the 21st century, but at least they are doing us the great favour of not rehashing their own musical past.

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Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] PINNER – SAD LAMP

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Pinner could pretty well act as poster-boys for West Coast slacker noise pop. They are such slackers, in fact, that they can’t even be bothered to reset their clocks — for them it will always be 1995. Party on, Wayne. Fountains of Wayne, that is.

Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] DEAD SOFT – DEAD SOFT (LP)

No Comments 15 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The Vancouver grunge trio known as Dead Soft have a penchant for blistering fuzzed-out guitars and their vocal delivery often veers into screaming mode. However, that is not to say that their self-titled full-length debut is a simple balls-to-the-wall rock out. There are some catchy melodies, clever song structures and an overall artistry at play. This 9-track album drops August 30th.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Music, Pop

[Album Review] JPNSGRLS- Circulation

No Comments 13 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: July 15th, 2014
Label: Light Organ Records

JPNSGRLS (pronounced ‘Japanese Girls’) put together a batch of high energy punk-pop on their full-length debut, ‘Circulation‘, and there’s a lot to like here. There’s trashy punk outbursts and heavy metal power chords. There are grungy lows and power pop highs. The vocalists, who spins some quirky lyrics, has a singing style that falls somewhere between British ’70′s glitter and American ’90′s indifference, and he throws in some screams and falsetto for good measure. So the ingredients are all there, but the question is whether they can successfully pull all of the elements together. Continue Reading

Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music, Punk

[LISTEN] THE DIRTY NIL – CINNAMON

No Comments 09 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The Dirty Nil have released their latest single “Cinnamon” ahead of their fourth seven-inch, which is out August 19th on Fat Wreck Chords. Like things loud, raucous and in-your-face? The Dirty Nil is your band. “Cinnamon” is a noisy bit of garage punk delivered with 90′s grunge attitude.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Music

[Album Review] Cousins- The Halls of Wickwire

No Comments 04 June 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Label: Hand Drawn Dracula

It has the energy of punk, the distortion of noise pop and the angst of grunge. Such is the sound of Cousins, reputedly Halifax’s hardest-working band. And yet a listen to their latest release The Halls of Wickwire reveals more complexity than punk, more muscle than noise pop, and it offers more hope than grunge ever could.  The fact is Cousins carve out their own niche, creating their unique way of communicating through the medium of modern music. They are painfully aware that this ugly world can drag you down, but their music makes you jump up and yell back in defiance. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] HSY- Cyber Bully

No Comments 13 April 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Anna Mayberry is back with a new grimy tune called “Cyber Bully”. Press play right nowwwwwww.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Greys- Guy Picciotto

No Comments 31 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Greys dropped their pummelling first single “Guy Picciotto” today. Their LP If Anything will be available June 17th on Car Park Records. The group also opens for Cloud Nothings this Sunday at The Horseshoe.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Music, Punk

[Album Review] Solids- Blame Confusion

No Comments 17 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Release Date: February 18th, 2014
Label: Dine Alone Records / Fat Possum

Montreal’s Solids let loose their debut record, Blame Confusion in February and it’s definitely not what you would play if you were trying to have a calm and relaxing morning. Continue Reading

Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] LIGHTMARES – SOUP

No Comments 11 March 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

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Sudbury is becoming the go-to-scene if you are looking for nostalgic rock. First, it was The Almighty Rhombus! You can add Lightmares to that list as well. For the fans of Violent Femmes, Stooges or The Replacements, the trio’s in your face energy and rock with recklessness will make you wanna do radical things like bob your head violently!

Stream ‘Soup’, off the upcoming release Lightmares are Rich and Educated. While you are at it, check out their Violent Femme’s cover of ‘Add it Up’. Me oh my! I wanna cause a ruckus now!

Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Listen, Music

[Listen] San Marina- Gestell

No Comments 14 February 2014

by Tiana Feng


Another quick Bandcamp find from Toronto for you. Now back to editing those Wavelength photos.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Music, Punk, Watch

[Watch] The Beverleys- Bad Company

No Comments 13 February 2014

by Tiana Feng

To celebrate the release of their EP, The Beverleys have released a fuzzy jam vid for “Bad Company”. Their 3 song EP is available on Bandcamp and Buzz Records.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Music

[Album Review] Dog Day- Fade Out

No Comments 16 December 2013

by Tiana Feng
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Release Date: December, 10th, 2013
Label:Fun Dog

Dog Day are Halifax duo (and couple) Seth Smith  Nancy Urich. I always have to remind people that year end lists should never be written in November because who knows what can be released in December. Fade Out happened to be one of those albums. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music

[Listen] Cousins- River

No Comments 11 August 2013

by Tiana Feng
cousins
Cousins recently teamed up with fellow Nova Scotian’s Construction & Destruction on a 12″ split. Stream their 3 grungey contributions below.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music

[Listen] The Lying Cheats- Lovin On Me

No Comments 09 January 2013

by Tiana Feng
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A while back I posted about Blackpaw Society. Well The Lying Cheats is a newer band coming out with one of the members. Just like their name, their music is dirty and full on trashy 60s inspired garage-rock. Stream Lovin On Me below. It’s definitely got that “naughty” vibe.

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