Alternative, Ambient music, Art rock, Blues, Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Garage, House, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Punk, Shoegaze, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Various Artists – Fourteen for Fourteen: Indie Victoria 2014

No Comments 27 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dalek cover

Just to prove that not all great Canadian indie music comes from Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, here’s a nifty collection by indie artists based in Victoria, BC. And a varied collection it is, featuring dark folk, psychedelic rock, art rock, dream pop, EDM, ambient yacht rock and stuff we don’t know how to categorize. RTT regulars will recognize a couple of bands that have made our Top Ten of the week, such as Black Valley Gospel and Deep Sea Gypsies. All proceeds go the local food bank in Victoria (Mustard Seed). And, hey, who’s not up for a good Doctor Who album cover?

Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] The Mants – Destroyed By Fuzz

No Comments 19 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
the mants

Part man, part ant, the Mants have to be seen to be believed. They perform wearing rubber insect heads and suits from Men In Black. Needless to say they are influenced by sci-fi b-movies, by way of punk. “Destroyed By Fuzz” is fairly typical of their crazy garage rock.

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

[Listen] The Dying Arts – Snake in the Grass

No Comments 16 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dying arts

Indie garage rockers The Dying Arts treat us to a Arctic Monkeys-style number. “Snake in the Grass” is from their self-titled EP.

Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Century Palm – New Creation

No Comments 11 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
century

The name, Century Palm, may be new but the members are from bands such as Zebrassieres, Ketamines, Mean Tikes, Cell Memory and Jay Holy. The sound is post-new wave, and this particular track has some garage, punk and psychedelia thrown in for good measure.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Like a Motorcycle – Hands

No Comments 06 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Halifax’s Like a Motorcycle is an all-female punk pop band. In their video “Hands” a bunch of people get really annoying by being too grabby.

Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] The Pack A.D. – Cellophane

No Comments 04 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Crunch rock duo The Pack A.D. drop a new single, “Cellophane”. This time out they offer up a noisy but melodic punk garage number with a hint of psychedelia.

Canadian, French, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Jesuslesfilles – Gentil

No Comments 02 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
jesuslesfilles

Melodic punk en francais from Montreal’s Jesuslesfilles. “Gentil” is from their full-length album ‘Le grain d’or’.

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

[Listen] The Mouthbreathers – Fancy

No Comments 31 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
mouthbreathers

Sackville slackers The Mouthbreathers continue to put out their brand of punk/garage/alt pop. On “Fancy” the downbeat rhythm is so grinding that you worry they’re gonna put a hole in the floor. In the meantime, on the surface Lucy Niles’ vocals are more plucky, but in that college ’90’s smirking way. You know?

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Invasives – Postmodern Prometheus

No Comments 28 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
robot stink

Surprisingly, heavy metal guitars drive this song by Vancouver’s Invasives, who are better known for their alternative punk.

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

crime

Rating:

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
singlemothers

Rating:

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

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