Alternative, Canadian, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Ought – New Calm Pt.2

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Good news, kids. Ought has some new music on the way in the form an EP. In the meantime, they offer this teaser video which celebrates the shimmering sounds of ennui. Yes, Tim Beeler’s dance moves are hard to take, but it’s all part of their ‘f$ck you, this is all stupid’ charm.

Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Reverb Bomb – Downer

No Comments 14 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
reverb bomb

On Weird Tuesday we will hit every corner of this great country eventually. Yes, we will. This is “Downer” from Thunder Bay’s Reverb Bomb. This one is more of a spiralling implosion than an explosion.

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

[Album Review] Anchoress- Crime & Compass

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan



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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Canadian, Garage, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Pet Sun – Gimme Your Soul

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A classic garage rock video from Hamilton’s Pet Sun, complete with fake blood splatters, bats, eyeballs and brains. Yeah.

Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Dilly Dally – Green

No Comments 09 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dilly dally

A few weeks ago we featured the single “Candy Mountain”, and now we have the b-side. This is another great grunge/pop number. You’ll be drawn in by the lively guitar work, but you’ll leave marveling at singer Katie Monk’s unique delivery.

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

[Album Review] Single Mothers- Negative Qualities

No Comments 09 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


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, Pop, Punk, Watch

[Watch] JPNSGRLS – smalls

No Comments 08 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Vancouver’s JPNSGRLS present a hoppin’ video of their song “Smalls” from their album ‘Circulation’.

Alternative, Canadian, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Single Mothers – Half-Lit

No Comments 08 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Single Mothers almost disappeared there for a while, but fortunately for all of us they kept it together and have finally released their debut full-length album ‘Negative Qualities’. The video to “Half-Lit” gives you some idea what to expect.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs – Gates of Hell

No Comments 07 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
sam coffey

“Gates of Hell” is more fun than it sounds. Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs are a punk pop garage band, not a black metal group.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Greys- Adderall

No Comments 06 October 2014

Watch Greys skateboard in their video for “Adderall”.

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

[Listen] Cousins – Other Ocean

No Comments 06 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything by Cousins, and that just will not do. Here’s “Other Ocean”, which is probably my favourite track from the album.

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

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

No Comments 05 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Feral Trash – Obey

No Comments 03 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
feral trash

The Moncton/Ottawa group Feral Trash are set to drop a new album later this month. As a taste they offer up “Obey”, which is much in keeping with their pop punk style.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk


No Comments 02 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
slow learners

“When I Was Fun” from Vancouver slackers Slow Learners. Pick your poison: punk pop, noise rock, slacker garage, fuzzed-out pop rock. Well, it ain’t Mozart.

Canadian, Garage, Listen, lo-fi, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Skinny Kids – Skinny Kids (EP)

No Comments 30 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The self-titled EP by Vancouver’s Skinny Kids is garage rock perfection. Into the mix they throw glitter rock (“All Gold” and “Cool Fetish Girls”), surf guitar (“Love Cult”), psychedelia (“Sandal and Peppermint”) and even a touch of goth (“Greek Women”).

The Good: “Sandal and Peppermint”. Garage rock with a punk snarl. Think The Kingsmen with dog collars.
The Bad: Part of their charm is their DIY, lo-fi approach, so can it last?
The Skinny: Give these guys a full album and they’ll give the likes of Shimmering Stars and Monomyth a run for their money.

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