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ANDREW WAITE & THE FIRM-Burning Through The Night

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Andrew Waite & The Firm were, until recently, unknown to me. What I heard on “Burning Through The Night“,  released in Septemeber 2015, has made me a fan. A wonderful blend of Roots, Pop, and Prince Edward Island Folk music, this band has created a sound that is intoxicating and addictive.

AW & The Firm2The way cool organ, and saxophone on ‘Someone To Hold Me‘, is a wonderfully pleasant addition to a great melody, and sweet acoustic guitar. ‘Burning Through The Night‘ offers a killer vocal track with cool harmonies, and some great changes. The mandolin on ‘Immaterial World‘ is beautifully placed among the incredibly touching lyric, subtle horns, and dynamite keys. The cool effects during the intro don’t hurt! This is the song I will be dancing with my wife to as we sway around the house!! ‘Little Bird‘ gives us wonderful organ throughout, laying just under the melody. The guitar is wonderfully acoustic, and the harmonies,  perfect. ‘Alone Apart‘ offers more saxophone among cool guitar effects, a wonderful chorus, and exceptional harmonies & backing vocals. My favorite track, ‘There’s A Light On‘ has dynamite horns, a way cool riff, and great organ. The song is insanely melodic, with a wonderful chorus. Reminiscent of Mellancamp’s “Scarecrow” days.

AWand The FirmBurning Through The Night is wonderfully soothing & melodic. A return to the singer-songwriter days, with songs filled with heartfelt stories that resonate with me. The vocals are unique, and I dig the raspiness in Andrew Waite’s voice. The arrangements rock, and the horns & organ are a delightful. Andrew Waite & The Firm could very well be the next Blue Rodeo!! A band to watch. A band to listen to!! The album is a wonderfully satisfying journey that I plan on taking regularly. I suspect that I will have to make an endless loop as I can’t see myself getting tired of this. Check it out for yourself.

 

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YOUNG RUNNING-Coming Home

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YR2I truly enjoy receiving unsolicited music. Usually the best music I will be hearing in any given week. This turned out to be true again, when a friend of Toronto band, Young Running sent me the band’s new EP release, Coming Home.

The title track, opens with acoustic guitar and vocals and sets the tone for the rest of the album. There is a great melody, and wonderful transitions. Great song! “Oh My“, a roots/folk song, gives us some very cool guitar picking, brushes on the drums, and a nice bridge.  “Quiver Of Smoke“, with its more upbeat tempo, has an early Blue YR1Rodeo feel, a sort of cowboy-country-pop thing going on. There are great harmonies, wonderful transitions, and a very catchy musical hook. The vocals are remarkable. I am not sure, but I think I heard a washboard. The harmonies of “Rise Up“, give it an almost dirge feeling. The melody is amazing as it rides across some very solid drumming. There is a very nice tempo change and isolated vocals and drums in the final verse.  “Waiting For You” is a roots song, with banjo and, really, is that a washboard? The bass line is great and the drums, well, you need to listen for yourself. This is Canadiana, with lyrical reference to Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Yes Thunder Bay!

yr3Young Running are a Canadian folk-alt country-roots band. Their music is simplistic yet the songs are wonderfully crafted. Their sound is unique and original, something like Blue Rodeo meets Murray McLaughlin meets Ian Tyson. It is pure Canadian roots music. There are no electric guitars here, and they are not missed. The vocals are amazingly soothing and Liam Kearny‘s songs are masterful. Not surprising as The Beatles and The Beach Boys are cited as influences. The strength of this band is in the songs, in their ability to tell a story. This is an album you should listen to, more than once. It is fun and wonderfully executed. Look out for these guys.

You can hear Young Running at this link:        http://youngrunning.bandcamp.com/

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Radio That Doesn’t Suck. All The Time.

SWILLBILLY HEROES-The Lamentable Tragedy Of The…

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sh1I don’t know where the guys at Get Bent Records find these bands, but the Swillbilly Heroes have just released their debut album, The Lamentable Tragedy Of The…. This Toronto band refers to their music as Alternative Country/Rock but I hear so much more. The 9 tracks share country influences with rock, southern rock, pop and blues.

sh2The opening track, “Big Red Ford“, has a nice melody with great transitions and an incredible fullness. The slide guitar and guitar solo remain true to country, but this song rocks. “All The Ghosts You Exorcise” has a slower tempo, a great bridge, and a very cool acoustic guitar solo.  The distant harmonies meshed with keys that make me think accordion, give this song a wonderfully airy feel. The echo effect vocals of “Lucky Mind” add to the uniqueness of this track which includes wonderfully placed stops and starts, a beautiful acoustic guitar solo, and bells which provide a perfect backdrop for the melancholy mood. “Swillbilly Heroes” begins softly and then cracks open with slide guitar, cool offbeat drumming, and a nice guitar “twang” throughout. The dual guitars are reminiscent of The Allman Brothers. Lyric like “love me forever, love me to death” add to the dark beauty of the song.  “Bent On Battered Days”  a rock song, with a great bass line has great effects and psych-rock guitar. Love the cool isolation on the drums, amazing guitar solo and a melody that never quits.. The driving rocker, “Tear It Up” comes with  great bass work, guitar effects, spectacular vocal harmonies and a clean, crisp guitar solo. “‘Til You Broke Some Bones” begins with a drum solo. The melody framed by faint harmonies, and the countrified guitar solo emphasizes an amazing sh3transition to the bridge. “Chlorhexidine Dreams“, a moody tune, is played without drums and bass. The acoustic guitar strumming and the electric guitar lead are accompanied only by chimes and the brooding vocals, within a very haunting melody. My favorite track, “Shipwreck” has great effects and a rockin’ guitar solo.  Driven by the rhythm section, quieter at the verses it fills in at the chorus. The incredible melody cradles brilliant lyric such as “you haven’t lived until you’ve tried, you haven’t lived until you’ve died”, all within a song that could very well be an amazing arena rock song. Just need some dry ice and strobe lights. A song I really want to see live. An amazingly beautiful track with a spectacular ending and shades of Blue Rodeo.

gb1The Lamentable Tragedy Of The… is far from tragic. Great songs with amazing melodies that are simple and complex at the same time, layered within sounds that fill the senses.  Franco Care has an amazing voice, deep, dark, and dynamic. The band is tight and incredibly talented. I was surprised at first to see Abel Renton‘s name as guitarist in the credits. He is also the guitarist for The Micronite Filters. But then I remembered that this is, after all, Get Bent Records. And a killer album.  Epic fun.  Epic cool. Epic Music.

You can listen to this album here:    http://swillbillyheroes.bandcamp.com/album/the-lamentable-tragedy-of-the

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MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS-August 2013

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Well, this summer proved to be one of exceptional bands releasing incredible music. Here is I Can’t Believe My Earz picks for August.

comedy1THE COMEDY

The Montreal  band released Deadlights, a dark album with haunting melodies images of alienation and social desolation. The brooding music conjure up eerie images of disenchantment. With shade of King Crimson and Pink Floyd, The Comedy are a Progressive Rock band with an edge, and maybe an axe to grind. Melancholy and beautiful. A must have selection.

You can listen to Deadlights here:  http://thecomedymusic.bandcamp.com/

aotg2ARMS OF THE GIRL

Versions of Happiness, this Ottawa band’s latest EP, provides amazing vocals, great rock riffs, and wonderful melodies. Pop/Rock with a subtle country twang, gives this album a feeling of warmth. A fun and easy listen with great songs. Blue Rodeo meets Poco. Love this.

You can listen to Arms Of The Girl here: http://armsofthegirl.bandcamp.com/

ss2SOCIAL STRIFE

It took a long time for Social Strife to release their self titled EP, but it was worth the wait. In your face rock with pop sensibilities makes this hard rock album uniquely listenable. Strong songs, with great melodies and socially relevant lyrics give the music an edge beyond traditional heavy rock. Great guitar solos, driving drums and thundering bass create a totally full sound. Tremendously fun and energetic rock for the taking. Pay particular attention to “Aliens And Freaks“. Get yours now.

You can hear Social Strife here:   http://www.reverbnation.com/socialstrife

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ARMS OF THE GIRL-Versions Of Happiness

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aotg1The Ottawa based Arms Of The Girl released their third EP in late 2012. As a follow up to Recipe For Living (2008) and Warning Signs (2010),, Versions Of Happiness emerges as a slightly heavier project than the earlier recordings.

The EP is filled with power chords and clean, crisp guitar riffs. The songs have great hooks and melodies. The vocals are strong and are the focus of each song. There are country elements, but they are not overpowering, and are held in check by the rock riffs and strategically placed drum shots. “Going Down” has a subtle country twang to it, but David Cutler’s guitar keeps it rocking. The resulting sound works. In “Falling“,  a folk melody is sung over rock music. In “Easiest Hangover” , slide guitar appears, and the vocals are melodic and  soothing, singing “The easiest hangover I ever cured was you.” Great line.

aotg2Versions Of Happiness is a wonderful listen. Cathy Cote can sing. The band can play. The songs are well written and fun. The lyrics are insightful and ironic.  These are talented musicians with a cool EP.  Entertaining and enjoyable.  Alternative folk-rock, with a subtle country influence. A sort of Blue Rodeo bumping into Poco. Pretty cool.

You can hear Arms Of The Girl here: http://armsofthegirl.bandcamp.com/

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