Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Metal, Music, Punk

[Album Review] Anchoress- Crime & Compass

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Label: File Under: Music

Despite the themes of social decay and destruction, and despite the spit-in-your-eye punk onslaught of the music, ‘Crime/Compass’ is not a work of pure nihilism. The lyrics tackle issues such as ecological disaster, societal breakdown, alcohol abuse, self-loathing and disaffection with poetic phrasing and reflective thought. These guys actually care about these issues. Anchoress may not be the first intellectual punk band in history, but you’ll be hard pressed to find such a stark contrast between the blistering, steel-edged assault of the music and the beautiful intelligence of the prose.

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Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Hardcore, Pop, Watch

[Watch] WHOOP-Szo – Niizhwaaswi

No Comments 09 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

This one is definitely different. It’s post rock, but also experimental in its unconventional pacing and odd mixing down of the vocals.

Hey, Guelph seems to be a hotbed for non-conventional rock bands. Is that a thing?

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

[Album Review] Single Mothers- Negative Qualities

No Comments 09 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
singlemothers

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Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Label: Dine Alone Records
Single Mothers have had a history of fighting, turmoil, hiring, firing, rehiring, property damage, flaring tempers and equipment damage. Just what every punk/hardcore band wants to have on its resume. Fortunately, the guys have staved off self-destruction just long enough to put out their full-length debut. However, ‘Negative Qualities’ is such a pressure cooker of pent-up anger and disgust that you want to hold it at arm’s length in case the whole thing just blows up in your face. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, lo-fi, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Woolworm/Grown-Ups (Split 7″)

No Comments 05 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
woolworm

A nice little sampler from Debt Offensive Records. Vancouver’s Woolworm are a noise pop outfit, but they do like some distorted guitar abrasion. Calgary’s Grown-Ups, on the other hand, are more hardcore, with “Pigpen” being a slice of alt noise rock, while “Walmart” is straight up lo-fi punk. Good way to start your Sunday.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Hardcore, Watch

[WATCH] NAPALMPOM – GUIDED BY VOLUME

No Comments 02 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Calgary’s Napalmpom. Wait, that looks a lot like Mumford and Sons, doesn’t it? Hahahaha. I haven’t stopped laughing since I first watched this.

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[LISTEN] ANCHORESS – TORRENTIAL

No Comments 21 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
compass

Anchoress puts out some hard-driving post-punk. “Torrential” is no exception, although it starts off with some twangy bass and a spoken word passage, followed by an instrumental interlude, before it finally just kicks you in the nuts and has done with it.

Album Reviews, Canadian, Hardcore, Metal, Music

[Album Review] USA Out of Vietnam- Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

usaoutofvietnam

Release Date: May 5th, 2014
Label: New Damage Records / Aurora Borealis

‘Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes’ is an impressive effort, to say the least. Recorded at Montreal’s renowned Hotel2Tango with a gaggle of guest musicians, the album is a richly layered cornucopia of musical sounds. It’s progressive drone metal, but that’s a label that is more limiting than illuminating.

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Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Animal Faces- Half Asleep

No Comments 13 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
animalfaces
Half Asleep is the latest EP from Toronto post-hardcore band Animal Faces. If you’d like your face smashed even more, they play the Smiling Buddah tonight in Toronto.

Canadian, Hardcore, News/Tours, Punk

COUNTDOWN TO RIFFLANDIA! SIXTEEN “MUST SEE” ACTS: TWELFTH INSTALLMENT (Victoria, BC Sept. 11th – 14th)

No Comments 09 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
And…….the twelfth band is:

SINGLE MOTHERS (London, Ont)
single-mothers

There is something to be said for in-your-face, unbridled, feral punk. That’s what Single Mothers dish up in style. A while back there they put out a couple of EP’s and then seemed set to disappear. But, no, here they are with their debut full-length record about to come out. That’s good news for all of us. Bring it on.

Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Watch

[WATCH] FUCKED UP – THE ART OF PATRONS

No Comments 05 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Fucked Up shot this video while touring in Brazil. Those Brazilians seem to love Canadian music! I always knew they had good taste.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Grunge, Hardcore, News/Tours, Pop

COUNTDOWN TO RIFFLANDIA! SIXTEEN “MUST SEE” ACTS: THIRD INSTALLMENT (Victoria, BC Sept. 11th – 14th)

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
Now, the third band you cannot afford to miss:

P.S. I LOVE YOU (Kingston)
ps I love you

P. S. I Love You has just released its third album of boisterous but nuanced noise pop. According to All Music Guide the duo of Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson “conjure up a captivating web of sound, pairing thunderous percussion and gossamer-like acoustic guitars with gargantuan, heavily distorted electrics”. Their performance should be loud, sinister, engaging and exciting when they take the late night slot on Saturday night.

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop, Punk

[LISTEN] THE CREEPSHOW – SEE YOU IN HELL

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
creepshow2

“See You in Hell” is from the latest album by psychobilly maestros The Creepshow, and it features their new lead singer, Kenda Legaspi.

See You In Hell by The Creepshow on Grooveshark

Canadian, Garage, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Psychedelic, Punk

[LISTEN] PYPY – PAGAN DAY

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
pypy

PyPy is a “supergroup” formed by members of CPC Gangbangs, Red Mass and Duchess Says. Their 7-track album ‘Pagan Day’ is a non-stop blistering psych-punk freakout. The pace ranges from driving hardcore through dance punk to slowcore grind, but at all times it is both sinister and enticing. A great record.

Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[LISTEN] ANCHORESS – FOR A SOFT HEART

No Comments 27 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
compass

Vancouver’s Anchoress go all hardcore “For a Soft Heart”. It’s not simple punk, though — there’s an interesting song structure and some metal chugging.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Hardcore, Music, Watch

[WATCH] THE MOTORLEAGUE – OH, HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Atlantic-flavoured rock from The Motorleague. Plus, you can download the actual game if you want!

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