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SONS OF REVELRY-BORN WITH A BIGGA GOAL

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

I am not certain what has come out of Brantford, Ontario other than Wayne Gretzky and Phil Hartman, but Sons Of Revelry may just be their greatest export since the Great One himself. Their recently released debut EP, “Born With A Bigga Goal” is getting the band exposure beyond their local fan base.

SOR2Born With A Bigga Goal“, has an incredibly powerful riff that avoids being overbearing. The steady rhythm section contrasts the screaming guitars. The song transforms itself in the last 30 seconds into an in your face anthem. “Time” is a great pop song.  The powerful vocal  and the great melody line make this the album’ s single.  It is danceable, singable and enjoyable. It is simply played yet complex in its construction and arrangement. A very cool song with nice harmonies and a Beatlesque ending.  The bluesy feel to “Whiskey” allows us to hear Toby’s vocals at their best while choppy guitar chords are played under very stylish picking’  This song has a much slower tempo and I kept waiting for it to burst open. When it does,  just after the first chorus, it explodes into a much rockier song. It has a 1967, San Francisco music scene, guitar thing going on. There are UK sensibilities here as well, and you can hear just how much fun these guys are really having. My pick as best song on the EP.

These guys are young. Thee guys are enthusiastic and energetic. They are grateful to be able to make music and have people listen. There is no attitude, no ego and I find it  refreshing. This is how music is supposed to be;  all about the music, and the music speaks for itself. The only issue I have with Born With A Bigga Goal is that there are not more tracks on it. This band writes good songs and makes them sound great. And they have a whole lot of fun doing it.

To see Sons Of Revelry, they will be playing at Two Doors Down in Brantford on July 13, 2013.

To listen to them, follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zX02AarzdE

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MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS-June 2013

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

As we approach the end of June, with summer upon us, the time for driving with the top down and the stereo cranked has arrived. Whether sitting by the pool, hanging out at the beach or driving around, nothing make summer like music. We, at I Can’t Believe My Earz have compiled our list of the best Canadian Independent Albums for you. Here are the  Must Have Indie Albums for the month of June, 2013. And remember, please support independent musicians. Buy the music, if you like it.

INNERSPACE

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This Quebec band delivered the goods with the release of “The Village“. A concept album chronicling the growth of child to man, the music is rich with synthesizer, guitar and classical music themes. With shades of King Crimson, Yes and Pink Floyd,  this work is a must have for all Progressive Rock fans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hhRHd4rPJoY#t=0s

THE MICRONITE FILTERS

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The blues-rock played by this Oshawa, Ontario band, is raw, gritty, powerful and soulful. “Chasing Ghosts” is filled with great songs and great musical moments.  This is not your granddaddy’s blues! One for the collection.

http://themicronitefilters.bandcamp.com/

THE CREEKSIDE STRAYS

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This London, Ontario band released a classy and fun album  of exceptional songs. The Strays have a unique sound, a blend of rock, soul and pop which could best be described as Stray Rock. The self titled EP contains five wonderfully crafted songs that you will not be able to stop singing. Unforgivable not to have this gem in your collection.

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2LraVwM0wB0

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REDAMBERGREEN-Through All The Days

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

I am not sure what is going on in London, Ontario, but the proliferation of talented,  young bands springing up in this city is staggering. Redambergreen another party-town band with a penchant for pop-rock music, released their EP, “Through All The Days” in 2012.

rag1The title track has slick guitar work and some very cool drum rolls and shots. With running guitar riffs and tempo changes, this up beat tune has a great melody with an alternative rock edge. “With You”  has a new wave flavor with its choppy guitar, and the opening blast of power chords is surprisingly fitting. The dual guitars on “Lost“,  coupled with a continuous riff,  give this song an almost ethereal feel. “Puppy Wars” is a harder hitting tune that captures the 1980s New Wave sound with exciting guitar work playing over wonderfully precise drumming. Although a rockier song, “Reach” continues to deliver a similar sound. The highlight, the acoustic version of “With You“, has clean and crisp vocals, a beautifully constructed melody and incredible, light harmonies. The simplicity of the arrangement makes this a great pop ballad.  By far the best track on the album.

Prior to listening to this EP, I heard the band’s song “Cobwebs And Cardigans“, released in 2013. This rock song opens with a flurry of power chords and drum rolls, and captures the listener with a vocal melody that lags just slightly behind the music. The vocals are true to the mood and the music. There is an instrumental bridge with an amazing tempo and time change at about 3 minutes, that has a great guitar riff with heavy drums and then, shifts back to the chorus. This song caught my attention.

rag2Through All The Days” is a collection of pop/rock songs that will have you dancing to the catchy melodies. The style is reminiscent of  the  pop-wave band Modern English. I was, however a little disappointed with it.  It sounds under produced.  A good first effort, but I expected more from these five seasoned players. These guys have talent and they have great potential. They write good songs and are exciting to see live.  I anticipate good things from this band moving forward, and I will be listening.

To hear Redambergreen, follow the link below:

http://www.redambergreenband.bandcamp.com/

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HIRED GUNS-The Shape Of Things To Come?

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The state of the music industry has changed dramatically. In order to survive in this business that thrills and kills, artists must be able to find new and creative methods of marketing their music.  With the advent of new and improved technology, almost anything is possible.
G4HAnd so, F.S. Fine, a song writer born in Fort Knox, Indiana, raised in Chicago and now living in Phoenix, Arizona has been working his plan. F.S. has no band to speak of.  There is no touring, no playing the bar circuit and no travelling. There are almost no expenses, and he spends his time doing what he loves, writing and recording his songs.Guns For Hire, Fine’s “band”, are a group of seasoned, professional musicians living in Nashville and Phoenix. Fine writes songs and forwards them to his musician pals who record their tracks. Everything is sent to Nashville for production and mixing. Once the song is completed, Fine is set to market his creation. He credits computer technology with making it possible for him to be in Phoenix and complete demos in Nashville. “Technology has made it possible for me to go worldwide. I don’t have to be where I record and send my songs.”

The idea, while unique, is not new. Fine admits that the concept was influenced by Steely Dan, noting that Becker and Fagan were primarily songwriters who used hired guns to play and record their music. There was very little touring, with most of their time being spent in studios. While Steely Dan had a major record deal, Fine has had to become a creative marketer as well. He has a web site where songs can be purchased via download directly from him  using major credit cards and paypal. He has joined social networking sites to promote his music and regularly submits his songs to industry executives in the hopes of landing a deal.

Driven to succeed, this stogie smoking, beer drinking writer has composed over 50 amazing country, blues, rock and bluegrass tunes.  He has songs on file in three countries and is working towards having his music picked up for film or television. The man is entrepreneurial, tenacious and self assured. Perhaps, along with the technological changes impacting the industry, this may very well be the future if one is to survive as an independent artist.

To check out Guns For Hire, follow this link: https://www.musicxray.com/xrays/904165

To view the Guns For Hire webpage: http://www.guns4hire.us/

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THE MICRONITE FILTERS-Chasing Ghosts

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There are blues bands, and then there are The Micronite Filters. As a follow up to their 2012 Ep,” The Wrong Side Of The Tracks“, this Oshawa, Ontario band went to the Mississippi hills to record their album. Produced by the legendary Jimbo Mathus and released on the independent label, Get Bent Records, “Chasing Ghosts” contains 10 tracks that redefine blues music.

The Ballad Of The Banker’s Son” has stand out vocals, slide guitar and an unforgettable bridge immersed in rock overtones . “Here She Comes Runnin’“, a Mississippi blues song if ever there was one, has herky-jerky instrumentation during the verse and then settles in the chorous. The band’s ability to play with time signatures is distinctly evident in this song. The title track, “Chasing Ghosts“, incorporates horns with guitar underlays. The saxophone is perfectly placed within the battalion style drumming.  The  bluesy vocals and eloquent melody line of “Ladies Man Blues” are accompanied only by harmonica, trombone and bass drum, and it sounds amazing.  In “Rambler’s Lament“, the rock melody is contrasted by blues guitar with echo effects and feedback. “Train Robbers”, another rock song, swirls amid blues music with a melody line that reminds me of T-Rex’s 20th Century Boy a great guitar solo and beautifully incorporated saxophone. The live recording feel of “When The Lonesome Whistle Blows” creates the perfect backdrop for the twangy steel guitar which emulates the vocal melody line. ” Hit The Hammer On The Nail“, gives us rock chords and blues rhythms, an amazing female vocal line, piano riffs and spectacular drum runs. “Walking Dead Man” has beautiful bell tones playing in the background. The drums are used to accentuate the vocal phrasing, while the fullness of the production creates a very powerful track. My vote for best song on the mf1album: “The Exile And The Canary“, a remarkable rock/blues/psychedelic journey into the Mississippi hills. The electric organ and drums make me think of The Doors until the song changes tempo and direction. The screaming guitars with rock riffs, the echo effect and the haunting vocals made me realize that this isn’t just any ordinary album.

The Micronite Filters are not just another blues band.  The music is raw, gritty, powerful, soulful and infectious. The songs are masterfully crafted. “Chasing Ghosts” is an exceptional album, which should be a contender for Indie Album Of The Year.

To listen to The Micronite Filters, follow the link below:

http://themicronitefilters.bandcamp.com/

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ELLIOTT BROOD:Days Into Years

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

eb1 Since their inception in 2002, Elliott Brood has defined their style with Tin Type (2004), Ambassador (2005), and Mountain Meadows (2008).  Following their signing with Paper Bag Records in 2011, Days Into Years was released.

The album opens with “Lindsay“, a simple song that seems complex with the exceptional musicality of the band, a classic rock guitar riff and beautifully arranged pop harmonies. “Lines“, with its railroad sounds, blues/rock guitar and acoustic opening captures the theme of the song and has me wondering why wasn’t this on Mellancamp’s Scarecrow? “If I Get Old”  has a blues/rock feel, and a rock guitar riff all supporting Casey’s vocals with  Arlo Guthrie inflections. The banjo focus on “Hold You” coupled with Marc’s country styled vocals and the use of brushes on the drums, give this song a creative, rustic feel. The rock beat of  “Will They Bury Us” opens up this song for heavier vocals, repeating guitar riffs, harmonies, tempo changes and piano that seems to slow the song down briefly until it winds up again. An amazing piece of music.  “West End Sky” is a mellow song, played with acoustic guitar, banjo and brushes on a suitcase. “Northern Air” delivers great harmonies, an amazing bridge and harmonica to create the transitions. The harmonized vocals, ukulele and pedals used to create some amazing sounds, make “Owen Sound“. The eb3haunting intro of “Their Will“, which slowly builds into great melodic guitar sounds,almost  turns this  into a rock song. This is Elliott Brood rock; with great harmonies, distortion and special effects guitar. “My Mother’s Side” is a blues/rock song, utilizing slide guitar effects, guitar changes and drum shots, powerful vocals and the use of power chords throughout. The subtle guitar faintly playing in the background just puts this over the top. By far, the best track on the album.

With 10 solid tracks, Days Into Years is a must have album. The instrumentation is simple, yet the music is as creative as any I have heard. The songs are wonderful, personal narratives that invite you into the world of Elliott Brood. The music is addictive. It both soothes and excites at the same time. Not surprising that the album won the 2013 Juno for Roots and Traditional Album Of The Year.  Days Into Years is a classic piece of Canadianna that blows me away with every listen.

To listen to Elliott Brood, use the link below.

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THE TONIKS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

Another U.K. band that has been granted honorary Canadian status, The Toniks, are currently touring Europe and Canada promoting their  new album set for release in August of this year.  I have not listened to the entire album, nor do I know the title, but the five songs I was able to pull off the internet have blown me away.

toniks2Secret’s Safe“, a hard driving pop song with amazing harmonies, an unforgettable hook and a remarkable bridge has you dancing along from beginning to end. The The light keyboards of “Rise And Shine” give way to the soft yet noticeable horns, while the guitars echo the melody to create the sense of additional layers of harmony. “Simple Things” is a slower song in which the instruments are kept back in order to make the vocals prominent. The emphasis on the vocals is further enhanced by the creative and unusual phrasing. There is an underlying, haunting riff throughout with harmonic layers and the gentle influence of strings and horns. “You And I” is a strangely sentimental number. with choppy chords and drum shots, horns and an amazing transition to the bridge that includes a change in tempo and tone. In the video, all of this is done to a Charlie Chaplin dance sequence. The best of the tracks I have heard to date is “Weather“, a fun song with a great chorus and hook that keeps you singing long after the music has stopped. The acoustic guitar creates a mood that is quickly shattered by the horns and harmonies,while a subtle lead solo plays amid the storm. The video sets this to the dancing in the thunderstorm scene in the film “Singin’ In The Rain”. The lines “come inside my head you’ll see, I don’t want to talk about the weather; I don’t want to talk about whatever.” sing as the rain falls. The song fades out as Gene Kelly walks away from us, down the street. Brilliant!

These five musicians from Guildford U.K., have created a sound uniquely their own by infusing Squeeze with The Searchers. And it Toniks1works.The songs are innocent. The songs are fun. These guys are exciting. When they come to Toronto, get tickets and go. These guys are that good.  These guys are great!

To hear The Toniks, use the link below:

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/fb_share/3345498

 

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