Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Fucked Up- Year of the Dragon

No Comments 25 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
Drop everything for 18 minutes and listen to this pounding new track from Fucked Up. “Year of the Dragon” is the latest addition to their zodiac single series and the best one in my opinion and I’m not just saying that because I’m a dragon.

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Music, Punk

[Listen/Download] Fucked Up- Paper The House

No Comments 18 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
Fucked Up just announced the June 3rd release of their upcoming LP Glass Boys with Arts & Crafts. In case you missed it, I hung out with the band to shoot some photos for a Stereogum. There, frontman Damian Abraham spoke about the anxieties of growing up as a band and it is perfectly spewed out in this new single “Paper the House”.

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Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] Indian Handcrafts- Swamp Child

No Comments 12 February 2014

by Tiana Feng
Indian Handcrafts have teamed up with Scion Sessions to release a split 7″ with Dirty Spells. Their contribution is a new song called “Swamp Child” which you can grab below.

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] White Lung- Blow It South

No Comments 03 October 2013

by Tiana Feng
White Lung is one of my favourite Canadian female-fronted punk bands. Mostly because they’re not trying hard to be anything but themselves. “Blow it South” doesn’t differ, Mish Way takes charge right away with aggression. The song is an A-side from an upcoming 7″ to be released November 5th on Deranged Records.

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Industrial, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] Yamantaka // Sonic Titan- One

No Comments 08 August 2013

by Tiana Feng
Noise-rockers Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have announced the follow up to their Polaris nominated YT//ST. Uzu will be released October 29th. For now you can grab the song “One” below.

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen/Download] In Beliefs- EP

No Comments 05 August 2013

by Tiana Feng
Having a bit of a slow post day, but here’s something from Montreal post-punk band In Beliefs. Their “EP” is available for free download at the moment on Bandcamp.

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Animal Faces / Solids – Give in / Hold On

No Comments 09 March 2013

by Nash Bussieres
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I’ve seen Animal Faces more times than I have fingers to count on and, if I’m being quite honest, recent shows have left me wanting something different from them. That’s why I’m so excited about their split with Solids that came out yesterday. Their first song on the release, “Give In,” is an instrumental piece that revolves around an electric guitar melody drowning in verb and chorus atop heavily resonant synth and minimal drums. The most incredible thing about the track is the fact that there are sleigh bells in it but it doesn’t sound wintery. What is this black magic? I didn’t know that was possible. The second track, “Hold On,” sounds a lot more like Stalwart Sons or Daylight playing in an empty stadium: emotive, energetic and with an impossible feeling of distance.

This was my first listen to Solids. Their contribution to the split is a great companion piece to the two AF tracks. It is as energetic as “Hold On” but also incorporates a lot of the emptiness felt in “Give In” simultaneously. I’m a fan. Will listen to more.

Animal Faces seems to get a lot of credit just for being Animal Faces, but it is definitely well earned on this new split.

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Music, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Metz- Wasted

No Comments 09 March 2013

by Tiana Feng

Metz have released this strange video for “Wasted”. Some parts seem like they were on more than just alcohol.

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Single Mothers- Christian Girls

No Comments 11 January 2013

by Tiana Feng
London, Ontario punk rockers Single Mothers recently signed to Dine Alone Records. They’ll debut a full length some time this year but for now here is their latest single Christian Girls.

And the accompanying video:

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Music, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Fucked Up- Inside A Frame

No Comments 12 December 2012

by Tiana Feng

Watch some dance crew do their thing in Fucked Up’s video for Inside A Frame from David Comes To Life.

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Stalwart Sons- Stay Cold

No Comments 18 October 2012

by Nash Bussieres

Stalwart Sons is one of my favourite Canadian acts at the moment. Their entire label is pretty fantastic and you’d be doing yourself a massive disservice by not acknowledging the existence of one of the hardest working and consistently spectacular mini-labels Canada has to offer.

The easiest way to describe Stalwart Sons is Canada’s answer to early Hot Water Music. The vocal similarities and bass tone between their new release and HWM’s “Fuel For the Hate Game” are unmistakeable, but that by no means is a bad thing. This is not one of the myriad bands trying to copy HWM and doing things that were relevant only a decade ago, this is a band that is 100% comfortable with their sound and just happen to sound similar to another band. Nothing sounds half-assed; everything on the album is a fully flushed out song with its own life and personality. Stalwart Sons play second fiddle to no one.

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Electronic, Experimental, Hardcore, Music

[NXNE] Braves @ Of A Kind 06/13/2012

No Comments 17 June 2012

by Tiana Feng

Finally, NXNE is over and I have some time to post! My first stop of the week was the Of a Kind party. I managed to catch Toronto’s Braves. A two-piece that played some hardcore electronic rock stuff that was a little like DFA. I wanted to post you a track, but I can’t seem to find them on the web.

Grunge, Hardcore, House, Metal, Music, Uncategorized

[Listen/Download] Scab Smoker- Butcher of Daemons

1 Comment 12 May 2012

by Nash Bussieres

I think we can all agree that that picture is awesome. Scab Smoker and this song are pretty awesome too. Vocally, it’s equal parts Iron Age and The Sweet with a Phil Collins-esque level of reverb. I never thought that’s a sentence I’d ever write. I’m still not 100% sure what it means.

An extremely long and subdued (relative to the rest of the song, at least) middle section breaks up a pseudo-thrash intro and outro and works even though it shouldn’t. Definitely one of the more interesting songs I’ve heard in the last few months.
Scab Smoker- Butcher of Daemons

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen/Download] Duchess Says- Narcisse

No Comments 05 May 2012

by Tiana Feng

Duchess Says are a group of thrashy punk rockers from Montreal, Quebec. What I enjoy most about their music is that production doesn’t suck. Even though they have a slightly lo-fi feel it’s very purposeful. I got to love what they describe as “doubtful noises”. Check out Narcisse from their 2011 release In a Fung Day T!
Duchess Says- Narcisse

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen/Download] Bloodhouse- Please Don’t Meet Me

No Comments 07 April 2012

by Tiana Feng

Here’s one for all you who like music on the heavier side. This is Halifax’s Bloodhouse. Their heavy pop punk has jarring guitars with vocals that are mixed in on the softer side.
Bloodhouse- Please Don’t Meet Me

Concert Reviews, Hardcore, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[CMW] Cloud Nothings @ Lee’s Palace 03/23/2012

No Comments 29 March 2012

by Tiana Feng
Cloud Nothings @ Lee's Palace 03/23/2012
The last band I saw that night was Cloud Nothings. Thank you all the blogs I follow for talking immensely about them because I actually really enjoyed myself. They play a combination of punk/noise rock but there’s something about the sound that captivates you in a sort of trance. If you took a look at the audience everybody was in their own sort of Cloud Nothings daze. I wasn’t even on anything (didn’t drink, don’t do drugs) and I felt the experience. The live set is something that their recorded albums can’t even compare to. My photos of the band aren’t very good because me and Photogmusic were trying not to get squished by the mosh pit behind us (we were front and centre). At one point we had to protect our cameras by keeping them on stage. It was so much fun though!

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Alternative, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen/Download] We Fled Cairo- Stealing Stolen Bikes

No Comments 24 February 2012

by Tiana Feng

We Fled Cairo is a group of people who write some angry sounding music. Although they didn’t always. They seemed much happier in their first album which I enjoyed much more. Among some of the new stuff I dig Stealing Stolen Bikes, it’s a piece of instrumental flailing that has some graspable hooks that seem oh so simple. Then it’s all over in a minute and you’re like damn.
We Fled Cairo- Stealing Stolen Bikes

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Metal, Music, Under 2000

[Listen/Download] Failure Epics- Soothsayer

No Comments 15 February 2012

I post a ton of pop stuff but how about somebody who’s inspired by metal names such as Meshuggah and Converge? It’s not nearly as hard but that sense of sound catastrophe is there. Check out Soothsayer from their upcoming album to be released February 28th.
Failure Epics- Soothsayer

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen/Download] Animal Faces- Follow Faster

No Comments 05 November 2011

by Tiana Feng

My boyfriend and I have a really different taste of music and yesterday he took me to a concert that was more his scene. We arrived at Siesta Nouveau which wasn’t like a traditional venue. It was more of a loft that held concerts and booze was BYOB. I loved the friendly vibe of the scene. The music of the night was hardcore noise rock, a lot different than what I normally listen to but I still had a rad time. The one band that did catch my attention was Toronto’s own Animal Faces. They do this really random thing where they set up lamps for their sets. For a band who’s vocals was all screaming, I really didn’t expect the frontman Ryan Naray to be a little Asian guy. I was rather impressed by their fast paced playing. It almost reminded me of a faster paced version of some of the indie garage rock I listen to like The Pack AD. Check out this track called Follow Faster.
Animal Faces- Follow Faster
If you’re interested in hearing more, their EP is available FREE on Bandcamp.

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Psychedelic, Watch

[Listen/Download] Bad Vibrations- Black Train

No Comments 06 October 2011

by Tiana Feng

Let’s listen to something a little bit “darker”. Halifax’s Bad Vibration brings to us a sort of dark rock with riffs that sound quite evil. I feel like I’m in a movie scene walking away from an explosion when I listen to What Now. The track comes off their latest Black Train which will have a limited vinyl pressing of only 300.
Bad Vibrations- What Now
Check out the video. I was too scared to finish the whole thing though because needles creep me out.

What Now? Bad Vibrations from heather rappard on Vimeo.

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen/Download] Keep Tidy- Goochie Main

No Comments 17 May 2011

by Tiana Feng

Stuck in class until 9:45, so it’s a pretty hardcore day, time for some hardcore punk music from Vancouver’s Keep Tidy. It’s a short track from their 7 song EP that lasts 8 minutes. Love or hate’em you can grab their EP on their Bandcamp.
Keep Tidy- Goochie Main

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Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen/Download] Fucked Up- Queen of Hearts

No Comments 12 May 2011

by Tiana Feng

Toronto’s Fucked Up had won the honor of the Polaris Prize of Music in 2009 which will propelled their music further. Damian’s even the host of Much Music’s the Wedge. Check out Queen of Hearts from their pretty rad rock opera David Comes to Live. Although they are often considered a hardcore/punk band, they’re still pretty listenable to people who don’t normally listen to that type of music. Queen of Hearts has some really pop/alternative guitar parts throughout as well as an almost cute female vocal solo mid-song.
Fucked Up- Queen of Hearts

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Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] Sharks and Ladders- Imposters

No Comments 05 May 2011

by Tiana Feng

Let’s take it to something a little bit more hardcore. I know I post a ton of pretty alternative and folky stuff but let’s turn it up a notch. This takes me to Ottawa band Sharks and Ladders. They’re sort of funny looking in that they’re quite young and led by 16 year old Zach Rubens. The group released their debut EP Wild Containment back in March. They have an emo but psych-rock vibe with guitar parts that make them sound like they should be older than they are. For a group of people so young, I wonder how they’ll sound a few years down the road.
Sharks and Ladders- Imposters

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