by Mark Anthony Brennan
The video to “Belly Button” by Sherbrooke’s Orange O’Clock is a b/w 1960’s pastiche, which is fitting given the heavy ’60’s influence in the song itself. Love that hammond organ.
Rifflandia is primarily intended to showcase Canadian indie artists, so the festival is pretty selective when it comes to booking acts from other countries. Dum Dum Girls could not be a more inspired choice. There ARE an all-girl band, but they are far from dumb. They are, in fact, one of the brightness and most creative forces on the contemporary indie scene. Although I am stoked about the entire line-up (and disappointed that it is impossible for any one individual to see every performance) Dum Dum Girls are one of two acts that I was just over the moon about (I will reveal the other dead last).
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.
A slow burn gem from Edmonton’s The Secretaries. It has the earmarks of some of Jefferson Airplane’s trippier trips, but this one keeps things on an even keel, and the brass instruments give it a distinctive touch. Dreamy female vocals, grinding fuzz guitar and a loose Haight Ashbury style bass-line are all cooked up with a contemporary indie outlook. A wonderful way to spend 6 minutes.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: Hidden Pony Records
I approached this review with a certain amount of trepidation. I enjoy psychedelic pop rock as much as the next guy (probably more, in fact) and Elephant Stone’s first two outings were great examples of the genre. But that market is getting pretty saturated and interest is starting to wane. Without even looking to other countries such as the US, UK and Australia, there have already been numerous psych pop albums in Canada this year (including superlative efforts by Shimmering Stars and Monomyth), so what else needs to be said, or should I say played? As it turns out, I shouldn’t have worried – Elephant Stone kick their own game up a notch and in doing so they raise the ante on all the other psychedelic rockers out there. ‘The Three Poisons’ is a flat-out killer groove-fest. Continue Reading