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MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS-May 2014

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To kickstart your summer, here are 2 great albums from exceptionally talented Canadian bands, both hailing from Ottawa…Nice to hear something good coming out of the Nation’s Capital…

 

The Red Rails-‘A Living Fiction

 

theredrailsno2The Red Rails’ A Living Fiction, offer a classic rock sound immersed in blues.  A sort of Cream meets The Black Crowes. With a 21st century edge. I like it! This is not background music. This is an album you play in its entirety. In your car. While taking a 40 minute drive down a highway. Make sure it is a highway. You cannot drive slow while listening. A serious contender for Canadian Indie Album Of The Year.

Check out the 1st single off ‘A Living Fiction’:  https://soundcloud.com/theredrails/on-the-line

 

 

 

The Superlative-‘Numero Deux

superlativeno2Numero Deux is a wonderful treat. It is a change from their first release, ‘Chester‘: It is grittier, edgier, and it has bite. There is a wonderfully full sound, with layers of instrumentation that blend together in magical, musical mayhem. And once again, the album cover is way cool. Give this a few listens, as it gets better every time. And purchase a copy. An exceptionally thrilling adventure.

http://thesuperlativeband.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

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THE RED RAILS-A Living Fiction

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Something is happening in Ottawa, besides the usual graft and deceit propagated by politicians and bureaucrats. The local music scene in Canada‘s capital just keep delivering music from some wonderfully talented bands.

theredrailsno3A Living Fiction“, the new album by Ottawa’s The Red Rails, is scheduled for release on Wolf Stomp Records in July, 2014. I have previewed the 10 track album, and was not disappointed. The album rocks from start to finish, beginning and ending with way cool reverb on “Prisoner” and “Fill My Hands“. I found wonderful ‘fuzz’  in “On The Line“, and a 1970’s melodic rock feel while listening to “In A Whisper“. There are great effects, and a western style guitar/tex-mex sentiment to “One In The Attack“, and beautiful acoustic guitar in “The Ocean“. “Lions” offers a way cool mini drum solo, and I dig the  funk bass line, and way cool guitar found in “Beast“. I heard great changes and transitions throughout, but I particularly enjoyed the changes in tempo and time signature evident in “Save Her Soul“.

 

 

theredrailsno2The Red Rails offer a classic rock sound immersed in blues.  A sort of Cream meets The Black Crowes. With a 21st century edge. I like it! This is not background music. This is an album you play in its entirety. In your car. While taking a 40 minute drive down a highway. Make sure it is a highway. You cannot drive slow while listening. A serious contender for Canadian Indie Album Of The Year.

Check out the 1st single off ‘A Living Fiction’:  https://soundcloud.com/theredrails/on-the-line

 

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THE SUPERLATIVE-Numero Deux

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One year following the release of their debut album, ‘Chester‘, The Superlative, one of the coolest bands to come out of Ottawa, Canada, have done it again with ‘Numero Deux‘.

superlativeno3The 8 tracks show the band’s flair for incorporating different musical styles into their body of work. “Forget To Remember“, a punk-pop tune, opens with cool effects, and displays wonderful changes and acoustic guitar. “Life Is Good” offers great drum fills, a dynamite vocal track, and a way cool guitar solo, with effects. “Fallout” delivers a solid chorus, amazing guitar within a punky instrumental arrangement. “Keep It Here” with its blues feel, has a great bass riff to end the track. “JAMaca” offers up a rock song that shifts in and out of reggae. The powerful guitar, and cool use of effects, are an added bonus. “Glory” offers beautifully, subtle harmonies with some jazz elements. The guitar and vocals make this an interesting track, while “Dad Rock” displays a very sweet guitar riff and some exceptional drumming. “Homewrecker” contains a reggae beat with pop flavor. There are psych-rock guitar effects, and a dynamite rock solo over power chords. All of that, plus the great riffs, vocal track, and wonderful ending, make this my favorite track on the album.

 

 

superlativeno2Numero Deux is a wonderful treat. It is a change from ‘Chester‘: It is grittier, edgier, and it has bite. There is a wonderfully full sound, with layers of instrumentation that blend together in magical, musical mayhem. And once again, the album cover is way cool. Give this a few listens, as it gets better every time. And purchase a copy. An exceptionally thrilling adventure.

http://thesuperlativeband.bandcamp.com/

 

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WOLVES AS FRIENDS-Small Goodbyes

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wolvesasfriends1I had arranged to meet Rodolfo Caceres, front man for Wolves As Friends at Stout’s Irish Pub, on Carlton St. Sitting there, waiting for him to arrive, I was unsure of what to expect. Hell, I wasn’t even certain if this Peruvian musician spoke English. He arrived looking very much the North American, and his English, dusted with an accent, was excellent. We talked. This wasn’t an interview, we just talked. We talked about the music scene in Lima, Peru, the fate of indie bands in his home country, and his new found love for Toronto. We discussed the music industry, his recent trip to Austin to attend SXSW, and his collaboration with Tim Palmer.

The 5 tracks on the Small Goodbyes ep have an acoustic sound, with incredible strings, albeit electronic. They are beautifully arranged, with wonderful instrumentation. The melodies are intoxicating, drawing you in by the heart and soul. Each song engages the listener, enveloping you with the passion of the composer. The songs are simple, using acoustic guitar and very little else. And then, there will be a flurry of wolvesasfriends3strings, piano, and cymbals that seem to come out of nowhere, and once heard, you realize it needed to be there. The vocals are exceptionally melancholic, dark and brooding, and at times, incredibly powerful. This guy, most importantly, can write songs.  Songs that are brilliantly melodic, with wonderful changes and bridges.

I had listened to the ep prior to our meeting, and then listened to it again when i got back to my office. I remembered Rodolfo telling me that he had thought of “quitting” the business, and just heading to the mountains with his guitar. He stated that he just needs to write and play. It is evident on Small Goodbyes. The 5 tracks are real, personal, and introspective. They speak of life, pain, and hope. There are elements of folk, pop, and rock.  Every song is exceptional. Pay particular attention to “Slip Away“, and “20 Years“.  Hell, the entire album is wonderfully moving. Not so bad having Wolves As Friends.

Wolves As Friends will be performing during Canada Music Week in Toronto on May 9/14 at The Marriott Hotel (downtown), and on May 10/14 at Free Times Cafe. The ep can be streamed and purchased on the band’s website. You can even get a free download!!

 

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