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FUR EEL-Perhaps Another Time

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fureel1There are bands that I know I  like and there are bands that I know I do not like. Once in a while I hear a band,  and I just can’t decide. Fur Eel, the Regina, Saskatchewan band, released their 10 track album, Perhaps Another Time in 2012, and it has me swimming in uncertainty.

The album opens with “The Blues“, a rock/blues/funk mix with nice harmonies, a cool guitar riff, and nice, easy guitar solo. “Elephant Summer” offers a funky bass line, horns and sweet guitar work. The blues/rock of “Ain’t Got The Time” is countered by the funkified guitar amid a great melody. “The Dance” emulates the Philadelphia blue eyed soul sound of    Hall & Oates, while “Sangria” is interestingly weird.  The funky “Smooth City” has nice guitar work and horns, “All Over Me” is reminiscent of a funk/soul tune by Prince. “The Rhythm” is a funky-rock song with a great melody, stand out vocals and some very cool guitar. While I was not impressed by “Zoo“, the highlight was “Black Mountain“, with great guitar, great drumming, and wonderful changes in tempo and mood. It has a stand out melody and tremendous energy. A song I did not want to end.

fureel2And so the dilemma. Justin Sheppard and Thomas St. Onge write good songs. The sound is unique and interesting. It encompasses rock, blues, funk and soul. James Belle provides steady drumming and with Travis Reshaur, create a wonderful rhythm section. And yet, I find that parts of the album are repetitive. The project needs production work. This band has great potential and they can write songs. I am still tossing it over. Worth a listen.

You can hear Fur Eel here:   http://www.fureelmusic.com/free_album

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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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A music scene in Buffalo?

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From out of Buffalo,New York, the home of The Goo Goo Dolls and Rick James, comes something old and new.  Two bands, with vastly different sounds have come to our attention and we believe they are worthy of a few listens.

simplexitySimplexity, a Progressive-Rock/Fusion band, formed in 1980. They play instrumental music that creates wonderful images. The songs are long and contain several different movements in one piece. With great off beat drumming, incredible guitar riffs and a fullness created by keyboards, the sound is reminiscent of King Crimson and Yes. The changes in tempo and time signature are so intriguing, that I didn’t mind that there were no vocals. The tracks that I listened to were from their Event Horizon CD, nearly 10 years old.  Currently working on a new project, Black And White, these guys are amazingly talented musicians.  A great listen and inspiring music.

To listen to Simplexity:http://www.reverbnation.com/blinky

crc&haumsCRC & Haums, a new Buffalo band play what they refer to as Rock/Alternative Americana music. I listened to 3 tracks off a demo and was surprisingly glad I did. The instrumentation is simple, with only Haums’ guitar and electronic drums, keys, steel drums and horns. CRC (C.R. Couche) has a great voice. Intense yet sublime, falling somewhere between Johnny Cash and Jerry Garcia. There are great guitar riffs and solos and interesting melodies. These guys  make the kind of music they are interested in making. Original and very cool. Great songs and fun to listen to.

To listen to CRC & Haums:  https://soundcloud.com/#crc-haums

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JANE’S PARTY: Hot Noise

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Home grown Toronto band, and Cameron House regulars Jane’s Party have recently completed their album, “Hot Noise” as the follow up to their 2009  debut, “The Garage Sessions” and the 2011 EP, “Jane’s Party EP“.  Released on Cameron House Records, this Indie band  reminds us what 1960’s pop-rock sounds like.

jane's partyThe opening track, “Palm Reading“, is a wonderful summer patio sitting or driving with the top down song. The light, willowy keys and emphatic drum shots highlight this track. . “Dutch Blue Sky” has a subtle country feel, with twangy vocals and guitars that conjure images of the railroad. The Young Rascals could have recorded “Loose Ends” in a 1960’s New York session. The bluesy tone and carnival feel of “Miles Away” and the subtle funk of “Reds and Blues” demonstrates the band’s ability to write in different genres while staying true to their roots. “Anytime Now” is a classic pop song, encouraging you to clap your hands and tap your feet. “Seasons” has  time signature changes, ethereal keyboards and a very heavy guitar riff, and asks the question, When did The Kinks meet The Beach Boys?  “Meet Me Halfway” shines as the best track on the album. This tune embraces a guitar solo that should be on a Lovin’ Spoonful album, excitingly simple drumming, basic production values and a Beatlesque ending .  What more could anyone want in an album? Every song has wonderfully full and simple harmonies. Not a bad one to be found here.

jane's party1I don’t know where I have been for the past four years and why I was not invited, but Jane’s Party is the event of the season. These guys can write songs with intricate melodies and sophisticated harmonies and make it seem simple. They understand that less is more. They value the song.They have an innate sense of classic pop and have a whole lot of fun making music. With influences such as The Beatles, The Band and The Kinks, what else should we have been expecting?

You can see Jane’s Party playing everywhere as they head out to promote their album. To listen to them, follow the link below:

http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Janes-Party

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