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THE QUIET THINGS-The Fall

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thequietthings2Toronto pop-rocksters, The Quiet Things released ‘The Fall‘ in March 2015. An amazing album, filled with incredible power pop songs from one of my new favorite bands. The tracks contain wonderful melodies, great changes, and dynamite arrangements. The vocals and harmonies rock, and I was impressed with the acoustic/electric mix throughout. Highlights include ‘Charmer“, with great changes, way cool guitar effects, and sweet harmonies; the energy of ‘Kiss On The Mouth‘; ‘One‘, with its brilliant acoustic-electric blend; and my favorite track, ‘The Fall ll‘, offers wonderful tempo changes, dynamite vocals, and a guitar solo, that will make you get your lighters out! And don’t forget to check out the riff on the extended version of ‘Secrets‘.

the quiet things1I am liking this album. The vocals are wonderful, and the songs are exceptional. Incredibly original music, with the ability to create mood. The songs are wonderfully original, unique, and way cool. From beginning to end, it will have you tapping your feet, and trying to sing along. It gets inside you, and you just can’t get it out! Not a bad thing though, since The Fall is insanely good!  Definitely a must have album, and certainly in contention for the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of The Year for 2015. Check out and like The Quiet Things on facebook,  and listen to and order 3 or 4 copies of The Fall.  http://thequietthingsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-fall Give a few to your friends. They will appreciate it!!!

 

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THE CREEKSIDE STRAYS-Blacklisted

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It has been long time since The Creekside Strays released an album. Almost 2 years. After listening to their January, 2015 release, ‘Blacklisted‘, it was worth the wait. Which ever one of the Strays came up with the idea to release an album with an acoustic side, I am eternally grateful. Brilliant idea.

cs6The ‘A’ side is the electric side . The cool jazz-funk beat of “Ms. Hunter” is overshadowed only by the wonderful melody. The blues-rock “Hey, Grave Digger“, has an amazing fuzz bass line, and a little Stevie Ray Vaughan  thing going on. “Guilty Parties” delivers way cool vocals, and some double tracking. The changes in “Live This Down” rock, and “Begin To Heal” offers a dynamite melody. “Sucker Boy Blues” gives up great blues riffs, and exciting changes.

 

cs22The acoustic ‘B’ side surprised and impressed me. I heard strings, and a cello in “Blacklisted Interlude“, and maracas and possibly bongos in “Wet Palms“. The wonderful change of key in “Took A While“, and the cool effects in “Let Him Go“, amazing. “Once Again” offers sweet harmonies, and a great riff and solo in an incredibly beautiful song. “Recycled Man” gives us some of the best female vocals I have heard in a long, long time, while”Unfold” has a way cool 1980’s folk-pop-rock, sort of Sugar Ray feel. Stand out track.

 

 

cs2I am trying to figure out why The Creekside Strays are not a household name. They should be!! Blacklisted is an eclectic collection of incredible songs, with blues, jazz, funk, pop, rock, and folk elements. And they just keep getting better. This album demonstrates their maturity as songwriters, arrangers, and producers, and highlights the sophisticated simplicity of their songs. A dynamite album, and a wonderful time. A definite early contender for the I Can’t Believe My Earz 2015 Indie Album Of The Year. I suggested you grab yourself a copy, or 2. You should also check earlier The Creekside Strays releases.

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THE STANDSTILLS: Pushing Electric

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standstillsThe concept is simple! Write great songs, play like you mean it, and a two man band can sound, well, like a band, With the release of their new album “Pushing Electric“,  Oshawa, Ontario’s The Standstills have done just that. Johnny Fox (guitar, vocals) and Renee Couture (drums) have created a sound that they refer to as “The White Stripes getting body slammed by Queens Of The Stone Age”. This is not your ordinary duo. This is not The Carpenters. This is The Standstills. With two other albums to their credit, “The Standstills” (2009) and “The Human Element” (2011), their alternative/rock/blues  sound has led them to the edge of greatness.

standstills3The Standstills have managed to create the illusion of a full, four piece band. The drums play the entire rhythm section so demonstrably that the bass is not missed. The vocals are strong and Johnny Fox has great range. The album, produced by the band, contains good, solid production values which bring out the best the band has to offer. The drumming of Renee Couture is over the top. This girl can drum. Influenced by The Tea Party, Incubus and Queens Of The Stone Age, she is probably the best female drummer in Canada. The album contains eleven tracks of strong, hard hitting rock songs with infectious melodies and heavy riff hooks. The title track is a  driving rock tune that sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Good God Damn” , one of the two videos taken from this album contains biting guitars and the band’s great sense of harmony. “Junkie” is a wonderfully poignant tune with the best lyric of the album. “Done” could be a Cult song with its eerily pounding guitars and prominent drums. The whimsical “Jesus“, with its Middle-East influence is reminiscent, at times, of Fleetwood Mac. The last track, “Gone” is the best track on the album with its melodic guitar, powerful drums and strong vocals.

There is not a bad song on “Pushing Electric“. Each makes you wonder “How do they do this with only two instruments?”. It doesn’t matter. It rocks!  Add this to your must have list.

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