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BOMBARGO-Back On Main

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bombargo1Bombargo,  an incredibly talented band from Saskatoon, Canada,  recently released a 5 track EP entitled Back On Main. Filled with wonderful melodies,great riffs, and layers of rock, pop, blues, soul and funk influences, this album has me wondering why I haven’t heard of these guys before! . The opening track, ‘I Need Help‘, is a beautiful ballad, with a blues-pop vibe, and a way cool vocal track. ‘Make It Mine‘ offers a dynamite fuzz sound, while ‘Let It Grow‘ delivers a soulful blues vibe. The blues-rock-funk feel of ‘That Sound‘ reminds me of The Black Crowes, and the changes are outstanding. My favorite track, ‘The Wave‘ gives up a wonderful melody, with great changes, an unforgettable chorus and hook, and some incredibly sweet, cool guitar.

 

 

bombargo3Bombargo have nailed it. A wonderful blend of rock, blues, and soul, captured in incredibly well written songs, that deliver a devastatingly full sound. The ballads are dramatic as hell, and the vocals, which drive the album, just kill. I have listened to this several times, and can’t see myself stopping. I am addicted. I am a fan. You need to check this out: http://bombargo.bandcamp.com/album/back-on-main, and please support the cause-all proceeds will be given to the Saskatchewan Fire Relief. Pretty cool. Definitely on the list for consideration as the 2015, I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album Of The Year.

 

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THE SOLE PURSUIT

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solepursuit2It seems that there are times when you just can’t catch everything. A great band often slips by whilst searching for great Indie Music. The Sole Pursuit, from right here in Toronto, are a band that I missed. It was my good fortune to have links to their albums forwarded to me, and so, I can breathe easy. Better late than never.

I started by listening to 4 track EP, ‘Ocean Floor’, released in May, 2014. “The Approaching Wavesolepursuit1offered great riffs, cool changes, and a dynamite bridge. I enjoyed the guitar solo, and the double guitar sound. and adored the harmonies. The sweet melody of “Ocean Floor” is accentuated by some way cool guitar effects, and a wonderful vocal track. The acoustic “Light Overhead” delivers incredible harmonies throughout a beautiful melody. A powerful song. The last track, a way cool cover of Springsteen‘s “Dancing In The Dark“, blew me away. They nailed it! The kick ass harmonies help make this a wonderfully original cover. These guys punched it up, and delivered a driving, heavier version, that is the best best cover of this song you will ever hear!

 

 

Moving on, I listened to the 7 track ‘Opposing Force’, released in 2013.  The opening track, “Unabashedly Unafraid”  begins with a wonderful military drum roll. The vocals and harmonies are great, and the melody is catchy as hell. And check out those piercing guitars! “Sedan” offers some cool solepursuit3effects, a great melody, and dynamite changes. The drumming rocks, the acoustic intro is sweet, and I really like the simple guitar solo. There is an almost Zydeco feel to “Tunnel Metaphysics“, and it works. The acoustic guitar & mandolin serve as a wonderful backdrop to an amazing melody, and I know I heard piano. “The Second Renaissance” has some amazing effects, which demonstrates the band’s willingness to play with sounds. This is so cool! The melody, and changes are amazing, and I really enjoyed the sound of strings. The funkified “It Waves” delivers amazing keys, and a dynamite bass line, wrapped up with sweet vocals, great changes, nice harmonies, and tambourine. There are 2 stand out tracks. “I Devised A Plan” has a wonderfully sweet melody, carried by acoustic guitar and mandolin. Paired with electronics and strings, the sound is simply beautiful. An Amazing track! My favorite track on the album is “A Post Modern Blue“. Cool drumming, a wonderful guitar solo, and great effects highlight this track. The harmonies are sweet, and the double guitar sound, rocks. An incredibly beautiful composition and arrangement.

 

 

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The Sole Pursuit deliver the goods with a wonderfully original and creative take on power-pop. There are shades of progressive rock, noticeable in the intricate changes that  fuse several musical themes together. The result is incredibly melodic and moving music. The songs are musical journeys, taking me places I did not expect to go, and then bringing me back to where I started. Like being on a road trip. They are well crafted, filled with honesty and depth. Listen carefully to the lyrics. Very clever. Very cool! I am a fan, patiently waiting for a 2015 release.

You can check out The Sole Pursuit here: http://thesolepursuit.bandcamp.com/album/ocean-floor

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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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Psych’d Out In The U.K.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by TheManicBlogger

 

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The British Empire has always managed to export groundbreaking music that transcends not only international borders, but cultural barriers as well. After tracking the wonderful wave of British Pop for the past year, I have wandered into an amazing array of psychedelica that is guaranteed to blow your mind! Some of my favorite mind altering music makers are shared below.

 

 

l&lLois & The Love

This London band delivers a hybrid of rock, ska, and psych. There are great vocals, and way cool harmonies drifting across a driving rhythm section. The songs are well constructed, and wonderfully melodic, and there are way cool keyboards. Performing what they refer to as dirty, psychedelic sleaze, I really like this band. Check out “Eye Of The Storm“.   https://www.facebook.com/loisandthelove

 

 

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Best described as psych-funk, this band delivers an interesting take on the genre. The songs are uniquely wonderful, with heavy bass, nice guitar effects, great changes, and wild transitions between musical themes. The vocals are originally divine, and divinely original. A wonderful blend of psych and jazz influences. I am particularly fond of “How Do You Cope, Hope?”.  https://www.facebook.com/blondebunnyband

 

 

Purple Heart Parade

php2Hailing from Manchester, this shoegaze/psych/fuzz rock band professes Cosmic Love. There are great guitar effects, and I really dig the dreamy, distant vocals. The songs are beautifully melodic, with great changes and transitions. The guitar is cool, and the drums, heavy. Check out the organ on “Star**cker Blues“. A wonderful blend of psych with pop melodies! My favorite tracks: “The Room“, and “Painting Pictures“. Dynamite psych with pop melodies!   https://www.facebook.com/PurpleHeartParade

 

 

Loaded

loadedThis London band offers some very cool guitar effects, with great vocals layered beneath the insanely melodic instrumentation. There are nice changes and transitions, heavy bass and drums, and a free flowing jam at the end of the songs. A raw, edgy take on psychedelic rock, a kind of Velvet UndergroundLou Reed thing. Check out the reverb on “Little Girl” .  https://www.facebook.com/thebandloaded

 

 

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I was only able to find 1 track to listen to, but this London band delivered a pop song with punk-psych elements. Raw with nice changes and transitions, sweet guitar, and a wickedly great melody. “You Look Like Something I Killed” is a wonderful song. I really like what I heard, and can’t wait to hear more.  https://www.facebook.com/feelmytangerines

 

 

 

Black Market Karma

BMK1Another London band, these guys have recently released their 5th album on Flower Power Records (yes, even the label name is cool). “Upside Out, Inside Down“, self described as supersonic psychedelic, has great effects, and wonderfully musical melodies. The vocal effects are dynamite, layered beneath the instrumentation, and the guitar solos are amazing, with a whack of reverb. There are cool transitions and changes in tempo. I hear sitar and tabla. Not your traditional songwriting formula, a sort of psych free for all. A consistantly good psych album, heavy on the psych. Like being on an 11 track acid trip. Pay particular attention to “Semper Fi“, “I Am Life“, and “The Whites Of Your Eyes“.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Market-Karma/29367551190

 

 

 

So, there you have it. Way cool. Lay back, turn on, and tune in!!

 

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LUCKY WIDMORE-Howling At The Moon

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DSC_9210-1As follow up to their 2012 EP, Long Time Coming, the London, Ontario band, Lucky Widmore, recently released Howling At The Moon. The 6 track album embraces several genres and themes, but remains true to the band’s pop/reggae origins.

Entertainment” has a cool guitar riff and effects, with nice drum rolls, a rockier chorus, and smooth changes. The bass line of “Alex” supports the melody perfectly. The wonderful harmonies in the chorus serve as a counterbalance for the reggae bridge, and the dynamite ending. “You And Me Tonight” offers funk guitar around a way cool pop melody. The harmonies illustrate the pop sentiments floating through some unique instrumentation, and the guitar lw4solo, well, perfectly simple. I particularly like the way the song ends. Pure pop. I hear an island flavor in “Good Day To Die“, highlighted by nice vocal tracks, good changes and a sweet melody. “Give It Up“, plays as a reggae song with rock guitar. The solo rocks, and there are these wonderful riffs throughout the chorus, laying just under the vocal track. Very cool. The Title track, “Howling At The Moon” is the most interesting song on the album. Infused with terrific psych-rock effects and reverb guitar, this song gives up a great chorus, and some nice changes. I particularly enjoyed the ending.

lw2Lucky Widmore continues to write good songs. They have developed a knack for writing amazingly good choruses. The songs continue to show a reggae influence, but the pop sentiments are becoming more and more evident. They write 3 minute tunes with pop melodies, cool arrangements, and wonderfully simple instrumentation. As a result, I was able to listen to more of the song as a whole, and less of any particular element. A good album, and a cool listen. Lucky Widmore is definitely on the right track.

Check it out. Listen and download: http://www.reverbnation.com/luckywidmore/album/75010-howling-at-the-moon

 

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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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LISCORE

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Liscore, a quirky band from Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, recently released their debut, self-titled album. Their original and unique sound immediately caught my attention.

liscore1The songs are short and simple, filled with great riffs, cool melodies and harmonies, and nice transitions. Nothing is overpowering here. The bass lines are dead on, and the guitar is sweet. The sound, sort of  story-teller pop/folk, incorporates funk, jam and world music influences. There are harmonics, great background vocals and interesting guitar solos. The vocals are nice, but the focus remains with the guitar. Most noticeable, is the band’s sense of humor. In “1 Wet Foot“, we hear Corey Small sing, “1 wet foot is 1 foot too many. Duct tape just won’t make your shoes complete. Duct tape only leads to soggy feet.” 

The album is a cool, little trip to Liscore’s psyche. Worth listening to. Overall, a fun time, but could use some additional production.

Check it out for yourself:    http://www.reverbnation.com/liscore

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THE SUPERLATIVE-Chester

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tsup2The Superlative released their 6 track debut album, Chester, in March 2013. I was pretty upset that I didn’t find out about it until December, 2013. Influenced by the likes of The Who, The Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Allman Brothers, and I Mother Earth, among others, had me interested. This 5 piece band from Ottawa, On., delivers a sound I can best describe as rockgae.

tsup1Inner Muse” has great fuzz guitar over a reggae beat. There are great changes and a wonderful guitar solo that lies just under the power rock vocal track. In “Anthem Of A Degenerate” we are treated to nice transitions from reggae to rock and back again, a great melody and very cool guitar riffs and solo. The wonderfully creative vocals at the end of “Dancing In My Mind“, take nothing away from the great guitar solo, nice change in tempo and a way cool blues riff. I really like  “Hot Summer Dub“, with its sweet melody,  and cool changes. There are some interesting psych rock guitar effects here that make me think of Tommy James & The Shondells. tsup3 “Dark Nights (Don’t Look So Pretty)” nails it. A great pop melody and harmonies, with  wonderful  guitar work underneath, amazing transitions, and a kick ass ending. Yep. Nails it! There is a way cool bass line in” The Beast Within“, as well as, a great vocal track and a dynamite riff.

These guys are definitely talented. They rock, and they rock hard. The songs contain a reggae beat, layered with a pop melody, rock guitar, and hints of blues and psych rock. The album is dynamite, providing a guitar driven sound with a wonderful rhythm section. And if that is not enough, the album artwork is very cool. Definitely 1 for the collection and a band to keep your eyes on.

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THE RED RAILS

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rr2I found The Red Rails lurking in the shadows of my internet travels. shortly after the Ottawa, On.  power trio released their self titled,6 track debut EP. After learning they are influenced by Them Crooked Vultures, Jack White, Death From Above 1979, Bright Light Social Hour, and The Beatles, yes, The Beatles, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was an exceptional blend of Pop, Rock, Blues, and Funk.

rr4El Dorado” has a great melody, and a great 70’s rock feel. There are wonderful changes and very cool guitar played over great drumming and a funky bass line. The guitar riffs and fuzz bass sound make “Hustlin’ Queen“, while “Night Owl” gives up a great blues guitar solo, amazing vocals and a great bass line. The harmonies are nicely placed, and the key change made my day. “Soft Face” has very heavy bass and a great rock riff. The vocals here are outstanding. The great blues guitar solo of “Why” just adds to the in your face vocals and shear power of this song. There is a little bit of The Black Crows in here. My favorite track,  “Chapter 9“, opens the album with amazing vocals, great bass and drums, a wonderful chorus and some very cool guitar effects.

rr3These guys know how to rock. Kim Vincent (guitar, vocals), Chris Slaney (bass, backing vocals), and Steve Brogno (drums)  play noting but great music. Power-rock/blues at its best. Every song elicits shade of Cream. It is evident in the Jack Bruce vocals and bass line, the bluesy riffs,  and the Ginger Baker drumming. The songs are wonderfully written and executed to perfection. Just when you think you’ve got the song figured out, there is a change, a transition, something you don’t expect. And it fits. Power rock cool. Definitely on the short list for best album of 2013.

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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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