A band that you need to look out for in 2018.
It is the San Francisco punk band Spiritual Cramp.
You got to love that band name.
Here is a description:
“The sounds borrow from the past, echoes of late 70’s / early 80’s working class rock and punk, which function on the upbeat, showcasing very bright guitars yet generating darker vocal rhythms and darker patterning.”
Their debut EP is Mass Hysteria.
As mention in the description, it four tracks of that music.
Play it very loud and enjoy it!
Best tracks: All MY Friends Are Out Tonight (Alright), Tenderloin and Wrecking Machine.
I’d give the EP:
Check out this Toronto act called Tree Speak.
It is the brainchild of Josh Horner.
Releasing a two-track single back in late December.
Indie pop rock music similiar to Vancouver’s Peach Pit.
You may not know Area Resident but you may know the name of the performer.
Doug Hempstead is currently on CBC Ottawa as a traffic reporter.
Delano is the second album and follow-up to the self-titled album which came out last year.
Mix of alternative rock with that 90s sound, experimental-rock, and country-rock.
Think of it as a mix of Camp Radio, Expanda Fuzz, Jim Bryson and Octoberman.
Part of the album has that Ottawa-esque vibe with tracks like Riverside, Lanark Double Soaker and MacDonald Park.
Great rocking album to listen to before 2017 ends!
Also Area Resident’s album to be on vinyl via The Record Centre Records.
- Pray for Wendell
- Show No One
- Living Like I’m Going Away
I’d give Delano:
Here is the info about the song:
The first single off from their forthcoming second record. It’s written for a heck of a lot of musicians. They have been calling it “big band punk.”
Sebastian prefers “orchestral hardcore.” Kinda like the disgruntled millennial response to Green Day’s “Longview.”
They wrote it on Toronto Island, where they moved after Benjamin Hackman’s split with his ex-wife. Very depressed and real lonely at the time.
Most days Benjamin couldn’t get out of bed.
He lay there on stinked-up sheets, weeping… wishing for his old life back…
Benjamin needed to write it out, laugh at himself, take the edge off.
Divorce shocks the system, y’know.
It makes you ask a whole lotta questions about how you’re gonna live your life and who you’re gonna be in your post-married world.
You set out to build a future with someone, and when you call it quits on a marriage, you call it quits on that future too.
So you gotta rewrite yourself entirely.
Sebastian was real supportive. He just kept saying, “Write it out… make it as big as you need to… Benjamin figured out how to arrange it.” And he did. He found a way to get a big ol’ chambre ensemble to play punk, which is pretty funny if you think about it–in a Bugs-Bunny-in-tails kinda way.
You can call Chad VanGaalen crazy and quirky, but he sure puts out a fine record.
Light Information which is his sixth album on Subpop for the USA and Flemish Eye for Canada.
It follows the same formula from previous albums like Shrink Dust and Diaper Island with its lo-fi, glitchy and psychedelic pop rock music with lyrics that can masquerade as something dark.
Does it break any ground? I don’t know, Chad is Chad.
Light Information is listening through a journey of what the future brings us into this bleak and crazy world we are living.
- Mind Hijackers Curse
- Mystery Elements
- Old Heads
- Faces Lit
- Pine and Clover
I’d give Light Information:
It’s been a year since Ottawa’s Telecomo came out in the scene with their EP “Promo EP”.
Here is a description of the band:
Telecomo is a new three-piece garage rock outfit from Canada.
The group is high energy and the music is earnest.
Each song comes in quick bursts and with a beguiling melodic depth.
Trading metaphors for direct action, Adam Saikaley (Vocals, Guitar) brings a message of sincerity. Backed by longtime friends and collaborators Pat Johnson (Drums) and Gary Franks (Bass), Telecomo is succinct and eager.
Those that weren’t aware, the album was recorded, mastered and mixed by Jonathan Schenke.
He has worked with such acts like Parquet Courts, The Drums, Liturgy, PC Worship, The Men, Dirty Beaches, Frankie Rose and Girl Talk.
Which can explain it has that New York City gritty garage rock vibe to it.
10 tracks (3 from Promo EP got re-recorded) of high energetic garage-grungey rock music with some raw intense lyrics.
Gets you into a rocking dancing mood during the summer time.
- Long Gone
- I Met You
- No Answer
I’d give For Sale:
Montreal Tops seems the be the most underrated band at the moment.
Having three albums under their belt through Arbutus Records.
Their recent being Sugar at the Gate which was recorded in California than in Montreal.
Sugar at the Gates is 10 tracks of moody laid-back 80s poppy rock vibe.
I felt like this album had a sadder tone lyrically since some of the songs had a break-up feel to it.
While their last album Picture You Staring had a mix up of upbeat and slowness of Pop music.
Since they don’t have a track similar to Outside where you want to do some dance and think Top Gun.
Sugar at the Gate is a stronger album with it’s output with their musicality and lyrics.
One of my favorite albums to get in a sunny dreamy mood.
- Dayglo Bimbo
- Cutlass Cruiser
- I Just Wanna Make You Real
I’d give Sugar at the Gate: