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THE CORSETS-Are You Lonely, Are You Scared

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The Corsets released “Are You Lonely, Are You Scared” in July 2014. The album contains 9 tracks of alternative blues-rock that had me wondering why I hadn’t heard of this Toronto band earlier.

corsets2Hit The Ground” opens the album with a great blues riff, and wonderfully haunting vocals. The changes and the effects are way cool. The drums and bass line of “Changing With The Weather“, carry the song. The changes rock, and the bridge is dynamite. I think I heard an organ in there, as well! The funk feel of “You Only Wish”  adds texture to the wonderful melody, and great vocal track. The blues come to town in “I Don’t Need You“,  with its sweet guitar riff and exceptionally cool changes in tempo, that occur effortlessly.  The short, yet sweet “Lady“, offers amazing corsets1drumming, and wonderful changes in tempo and melody line, while “Do What Moves You” offers a cool reggae influence with rock and blues highlights. Very interesting track. “Can I Get A Piece Of You?” with its sweet blues-rock guitar, nice changes and transitions, and great melody, has a cool Cream feel to it. Two tracks are standouts. “My Show“, has a great melody, exceptional drums and bass line, and wonderful changes, all within a aura of melancholia. It ends the album with a single strum of  acoustic guitar. Very fitting, Very Cool. My favorite track, “Take It Easy, Baby“, delivers a great rhythm section, and a way cool riff. The melody is wonderful, and I enjoy the use of distortion here. A dynamite track that just plain rocks.

 

 

 

“Are You Lonely, Are You Scared” is a wonderful adventure. The Corsets manage to harness their individual talents into a harmonic whole that is indeed the sum of its parts. Each is easily identifiable, yet needs the other parts to be heard. The energy level is wonderfully exciting, and the songs well, incredibly creative. Add this to your collection. It is that good.  Check it out and get your copy here: http://the-corsets.bandcamp.com/album/are-you-lonely-are-you-scared

 

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THE HOT SPROCKETS-Brother Nature

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by TheManicBlogger

hs6I have been following The Hot Sprockets since their 2011 release of ‘Honey Skippin. I was fortunate enough to catch this Dublin, Ireland band at Canada Indie Week, part of a North American Tour to promote the June, 2014 release of their latest album, ‘Brother Nature‘.

The album opens with “Quarter Roam“, with its powerful vocals, great changes, and choral harmonies. The combination of acoustic and electric guitars is wonderfully melodic, and I think I heard some slide guitar in this track. The melody rocks, the effects are cool, and I dig the drumming. The early rock and roll influences on “Boogie Woogie“, are almost Rockabilly. This song delivers a high energy tempo, with dynamite and unexpected changes, some dynamite harmonica, and a great vocal track. “Shake Me Off” brings great harmonies, cool changes, and wonderful hs3instrumentation. The country-blues sound of “Comin’ On‘ offers some sweet guitar picking, a dynamite bass line, and a great melody. A wonderfully lively track. “Lay Me Down“, a beautifully sweet song, with acoustic guitar, nice harmonies, wonderful vocals, and, as an added bonus, some way cool banjo. The western style of “El Torro“, an instrumental, comes across like a cowboy tune, a great song to listen to on a cattle drive! It brings wonderful guitar, and great harmonica. The powerfully “Show Me The Weight” gives up dynamite guitar and great harmonies.  “Women & Chile”  delivers some R & B vibes, incorporating great guitar effects, wonderful drumming, a cool melody, and perfectly placed harmonica. One great track! The melody of “Someday” joins the acoustic guitar picking to create a simply serene track. “Soul Brother” just plain rocks. A wonderful tempo brings this blues-rock track to life. There are great guitar riffs and a way cool solo, wonderful harmonies, dynamite changes and insanely good vocal effects. The bluesy, acid hs2rock sentiment of “Heavy On My Mind“,  reminds me of Steppenwolf. With a cool guitar riff that drives the great melody, and incredible drumming, what else could I ask for? Well, The Hot Sprockets thought that flute would be a good idea. They were right. Amazing! The incredibly wonderful “Homeslice” offers a great melody, coupled with sweet harmonies, over what sounds like strings and a mandolin. My favorite track on the album, “The Worried Kind“, brings a great melody delivered by a wicked vocal track. The changes and harmonies are wonderful, and I hear strings! The song has a John Lennon thing going on, both in melody and vocals, and I like it. A beautifully written and performed song!

 

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Well, there you have it. Brother Nature. 13 tracks, and not a bad one to be found. I have listened to this album for the 4th time, and it just keeps getting better. The songs are insanely good. The production, wonderful. These guys can write. These guys can play. The album has a ‘live off the floor’ feel to it. I haven’t heard this much energy in an album in a long time. The Hot Sprockets refer to their music as ‘country dirt”. I prefer to call it Irish Soul! Brother Nature is one of the most powerful albums I have heard in 2014, filled with the unusual, and the unexpected.  A definite must have for your collection, and a definite contender for I Can’t Believe My Earz’  Album Of The Year. Don’t just take my word for it, listen here: http://thehotsprockets.bandcamp.com/album/brother-nature

 

 

 

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SURF KITTIES

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skDuring one of my trips to music streaming sites, I came across Surf Kitties, a Calgary, Alberta band that released a self titled album in March 2013. As their name suggests, this trio is way into surf music.

The 7 track album is an instrumental journey back to the days of Frankie & Annette movies, and The Ventures.The songs are 2-3 minutes in duration, and are filled with way cool guitar riffs, dynamite bass lines, solid drumming, and tremolo. The band may be a little rough around the edges, but I am just so liking the Surf Kitties. The album is available as ‘pay any price’ on Bandcamp. Definitely worth checking out.

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STAN SIMON AND THE HOTEL BIBLE/JJ AND THE PILLARS-Toronto Roots Music

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So, I have discovered two  Toronto area bands who play an interesting blend of folk, pop, rock, and western. I suppose it is as close to Toronto folk/roots music as one could get. Both of these bands were on my “must see” list at Canada Indie Week, however  I was unable to catch either due to scheduling issues.Pretty excited by the sound, though.

sshbHailing from Toronto, Stan Simon and The Hotel Bible released an album in July 2013. ‘Escaping The Madhouse‘ shines with 10 wonderfully written songs with wonderful melodies. There are some cool guitar riffs, wonderful harmonica, clarinet, and violin thrown in with incredibly satisfying results. The vocals are soothing, coupled with sweet harmonies. The album comes off with a singer/songwriter focus, which Stan Simon clearly is. A very cool album, with great songs and creative instrumentation. A sort of alternative folk-pop-rock with a western bite. Check out the way cool guitar on “Into Nowhere“, and the clarinet on “My Drunk Heart“. Definitely one for the collection. You can have a listen here: http://stansimon.bandcamp.com/album/escaping-the-madhouse

 

 

jj1Another Toronto based band,  JJ & The Pillars are originally from Peterborough, Ontario. Winners of The Edge’s Next Big Thing competition, the band released their 7 track album, ‘Wolves“, in August 2014.  Each song is filled with wonderfully soothing acoustic guitar, exciting melodies, and exceptional harmonies. There are dynamic changes, some great drumming, and cool harmonica. The vocals are insanely good as they deliver poignant lyrics.   The songs are hypnotic, offering great melodies, wonderful harmonies, and way cool changes and transitions. Pay particular attention to “Ship Away“, “Gone With Me“, and “I’m On Fire“. A wonderful folk-pop sound, highlighted by amazing harmonies. A must have for your collection. Beautiful. Check it out here: http://jjandthepillars.bandcamp.com/album/wolves-2

 

 

 

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CRAB BUBBLES-“Fool For Your Love”

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I was fortunate to receive an advance listen to the new single by Crab Bubbles. Written by Gar Francis, “Fool For Your Love” is scheduled for a November 2014 release on New Jersey Indie label, Bongo Boy Records.

unnamedThe song has a wonderful 1960’s feel, a sort of Paul Revere & The Raiders thing going on, with its dynamite pop melody, and way cool psychedelic effects. There are great riffs, a terrific guitar solo, and a fabulous bridge. Dale Lee Richards‘ vocals are  incredibly powerful, as they sail along with some very cool harmonies. Dynamite song. Definitely one to sing along with. I could go on and on, but I think you should just go check it out for yourselves. And then come November, get yourself a copy or 2. A 1960’s classic merged with 1980’s garage.I don’t believe it gets much better than this!!  I hope there is a Crab Bubbles album!

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SATISFACTORS-The Satisfactors

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Well, its finally here. Referred to as New Jersey‘s 1st SUPERGROUP, Bongo Boy Records recording artist, The Satifactors released their long awaited debut album on October 9, 2014. John Lennon’s birthday. Not a coincidence. The rock heritage of this New Jersey band staggers the mind. You can check out Bruce Ferguson, Kurt Reil, Gar Francis, & Kenny Aaronson here while I finish the review.

satis01The 12 track, self titled album opens with “She Got Charm“, a great punk/garage song with a dynamite melody, wonderful harmonies, and a way cool hook. The acapella harmonies as the song ends are simply impeccable. “I Love Girls” delivers a wonderful bass line, and a way cool riff. The solo and the chorus standout. The up tempo “You’re So Crazy“, has great changes, cool guitar and sweet harmonies. The track exudes energy and emotion. The organ in “Hey Mama” is a dynamite bonus amid the great guitar, and a cool vocal track. A wonderful song with a blues edge. “Sweet Sunshine” rocks with power chords, and wonderful harmonies. I dig the chorus, and the piano rings with old school rock ‘n’ roll. The ultimate punk tune, “Johnny Commando“, grabs you right from the outset. There are so many things to be said about this track, it is easier just to listen to it. Then, listen again. Hey Ho, Johnny Commando!  The rhythm section shines in “Hit Me, Hit Me, Hit Me” , a straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll track with satis05a way cool 1950’s vibe. I dig the intro to “Gimme My Rock ‘n’ Roll“, and the wonderful way it morphs into a 1980’s New York City rock song. The harmonies and guitar are wonderful. “Girl Just Wants To Dance” offers a dynamite bass line, and a great vocal track. The changes, and harmonies are wonderful, and the guitar effects give this song a sweet 1960’s feel. The organ is almost magical, highlighted by killer guitar, “My Baby Got It” delivers perfect harmonies, and great changes. There is wonderful acoustic guitar, and some way cool psych effects thrown in for good measure. “Had It With You” is pure, high octane rock ‘n’ roll. A wonderful song. My favorite track on the album, “Take Your Troubles Away“, still plays in my head, and occupies a prominent position on all of my playlists. A spectacular garage-pop-surf song. Sort of Beach Boy punk! The drumming is perfectly wonderful, The guitar solo kills, and the keyboards, sweet. The instrumentation, in its subtlety, allows the melody, harmonies, and dynamite vocal track to be the focus. It works! A beautifully seductive song.

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So, there you have it. The Satisfactors debut album. It rocks from beginning to end with a wonderful garage groove. The songs are amazing.Written by Bruce Ferguson & Gar Francis, they are wonderfully crafted, and played with a beat that just doesn’t stop. satis02Bruce’s vocals are great. Cool to see him fronting Jersey’s Fantastic 4! Kenny’s bass lines, and Gar’s guitar riffs are insanely good, and I like the less is more approach to Kurt’s drumming. The album, produced by Kurt Reil & Gar Francis. leaves me feeling that each song is an adventure in musical improvisation, filled with something wonderfully unexpected. This is rock ‘n’ roll the way it is meant to be played! This is Rock Til You Drop! This is The Satisfactors!

 

 

 

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BLOODY DIAMONDS-“Nightmare”

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bloodydiamonds2On the heels of their 2012 album “They’ve Got Secrets” and 2013’s 7″ single “Monsters“,  Halifax, Nova Scotia band Bloody Diamonds released their new single “Nightmare” earlier this month. With a funky, Pink Floyd bass line, the song floats within an alternative/melancholy rock vibe. There are way cool drums shots, some great guitar effects, and powerful, bluesy vocals. The melody, both calming and eerily exciting at the same time, perfectly counterbalances the heavy guitar riffs. A wonderful song that has left me wanting to hear more from this band. If you haven’t heard Bloody Diamonds yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out. You can check out all of their music at http://bloodydiamonds.bandcamp.com/

 

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