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Sedge-‘Psychochondriac’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2018 by TheManicBlogger

 

Its been 2 1/2 years since the release of ‘Selective Reasoning‘, but after listening to ‘Psychochrondria’, the latest album from Toronto band Sedge, I can assure you it was well worth the wait.

There are incredibly cool riffs and solos, courtesy of the guitar triad of James Heron, Rob Coffey & Dean Crone that linger long after they have been played. Brian Regan‘s wonderful bass lines, coupled with Mitch Heron‘s kick ass drums provided a killer low end that accentuates James Heron’s powerful vocals. The songs are melodic and powerful with exciting changes. There are hints of blues, rock,  garage and psych rock all melded into one glorious trip, with dynamite effects. The album plays like a psychodrama, covered in a layer of fuzz, with so much going on that one listen is just not enough. The wonderfully full sound pushes limits and seems to touch the primal core, reverberating in my head like a ping pong ball, a sort of nervous breakdown in song. A wonderful time that needs to played loud. Exceptionally loud. Favorite tracks include ‘Somnolent Surrender‘, ‘Death Bed Proposal‘, ‘Fuzzy Pictures‘ and the unanimous favorite around ICBME, ‘Farewell Horizontal‘. You can check Psychochondriac yourself on Bandcamp, and I recommend you catch them live whenever possible. They will be at the Bovine in Toronto on April 22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rise Of Dead Walker Records

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Everybody and their Aunt Mildred seems to have a record label these days. Wendy Ferguson, manager, promoter and resident goddess of New Jersey’s live music scene has kick started her own label, Dead Walker Records with the release of ‘Hot Mess’, Jersey garage band, The Easy Outs latest release.

The independently owned east coast label is on a mission to provide their artists global digital distribution. Ferguson states that the label has plans to expand internationally, and will be hosting major events throughout the East Coast and surrounding regions, seeking to offer the highest caliber in live music. If you’re looking for a label, and to take part in one hell of a rock and roll party, connect with Dead Walker Records at one of the links below.

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The Easy Outs-‘Hot Mess’

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With the release of The Easy Outs new album, Hot Mess, on Dead Walker Records, the band has secured their spot in the annals of legendary Jersey garage bands. With a kick ass Jersey rock beat, this album adds many layers that bring the in your face rock sound to new heights and recreates the band’s raw energy on a studio recording.  ‘Hot Mess‘ is a powerful album from a rock solid band, with wonderful 1960s harmonies, exceptional melodies and unforgettable hooks that are layered over dynamite guitar riffs and solos, great vocal tracks, and a way cool rhythm section. There are blues, power-pop, and 1970s California vibes sprinkled throughout, but the kick ass Jersey garage comes rockin’ through. This is The Easy Outs, and they have delivered one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. Beautifully written, arranged and produced. Definitely one for the collection, and a contender for Indie Album of The Year. A solid album filled with songs that will make you want to be an Easy Out too, so go on and get yourself a couple copies of ‘Hot Mess’. Released March 16/18, and found on Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Googleplay, cdbaby, and others. Favorite tracks include “(I’ll Be) Long Gone“, “Ephrata“, “Dirt City“, and “Wake Up“. Check out The Easy Outs on Facebook, and visit their website here.

 

 

 

 

 

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MORE FROM THE EASY OUTS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 28, 2016 by TheManicBlogger

easyouts1Back in the studio, The Easy Outs continue to work on a new album. Set for release in late 2016 or early 2017, the quintessential New Jersey garage rockers are busy laying down tracks for a uniquely original album. Their sound, influenced by the likes of The Stooges, The New York Dolls, and The Ramones, has them receiving international radio play, and a deluge of interview requests. Follow them on facebook, and keep up to date on all gigs, and news. And watch for a new music video. The Easy Outs.

 

 

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GET TO KNOW THE EASY OUTS….

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easyoutsSince the release of their 2015 album, Desolate Row, New Jersey garage rockers, The Easy Outs, have been making quite a name for themselves. And rightfully so. With tracks that breathe life back into rock ‘n’ roll, and guest appearances on the album by the likes of Kurt Reil (The Grip Weeds), Dave DeSantos (The Grip Weeds, Secret Syde), and Kenny Aaronson (Joan Jett, New York Dolls, Derringer), the band has earned some credibility. Forming in 2008, The Easy Outs released a self titled debut album in 2009, to some critical acclaim. In 2010, their single ‘Come On Come On’ was released, and appeared on ESPN NASCAR.  Desolate Row has been receiving regular airplay across the United States, Canada, and The Easy Out virus has most recently spread to Europe. This could very well become a world wide pandemic! One listen, and you will catch it! Currently the band has returned to the studio, recording tracks for their next album, to be released in 2017.

 

And so, after fielding requests for information about the band, and its members, it is time to get to know The Easy Outs.

 

easyouts30BRUCE FERGUSON—-Vocals

The singer/songwriter was born in New Jersey, with Rock ‘n’ Roll coursing through his veins, in 4/4 time. Bruce began his music career in 1986, with the band The Garden Insane. In 2001, he formed Trench, who released 2 albums to some critical acclaim. He appeared in the 2007 blockbuster film, Fans Anonymous, and was the vocalist for the New Jersey super group, The Satisfactors, with Kenny Aaronson, and Kurt Reil. The Satisfactors released an album in 2014. Bruce plans on releasing a solo project sometime in the future.

 

easyouts37JOHN DIVUOLO——-Bass/Backing Vocals

Another Jersey native, John was born into a musical family: His mother was a classically trained pianist, and his father, an A-Capella singer. John has been involved in the Jersey Shore cover band scene since 2001, and has played in several bands including The Cheap & Easy Band, The Stop Hear Band, Lode, and Slow Kids At Play. John joined The Easy Outs in 2012.

 

easyouts34PAUL LAMBERT——–Drums

Paul is a native of Brooklyn, New York, the son of a professional trumpet player, and began playing drums at age 15. His straight forward, hard hitting style allows him to lay down a rock solid rhythmic foundation for The Easy Outs. Who are we to argue?

 

easyouts36MIKE DEPASQUALE—-Guitar

Mike is Jersey born and bred, and began playing in bands while he was in High School. While playing covers, Mike secretly desired to play original music. A call from The Easy Outs made his dream come true, and the rest, well, is history.

 

easyouts33STEVE DEVITO———-Guitar

Another son of New Jersey, Steve began his venture into music by singing in church choirs while in elementary school. At age 18, Steve joined The Secret Syde, whose album Hidden Secrets received airplay on several college radio stations. Averaging over 100 live performances per year, Steve has shared the stage with Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Rick Danko (The Band), and Toy Caldwell (The Marshall Turker Band). He joined The Easy Outs in 2011.

 

Well, there they are. The Easy Outs!  If you don’t have a copy of BOTH of The Easy Outs albums, you can get them here. Do yourself, and your friends, and neighbors a favor. GET THE EASY OUTS HERE! And while you’re at it, you should probably pick up a way cool t shirt or 2.

 

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SIDEWATCHER-Otra Vez

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sidewatcherDetroit based pop-garage-punk band, Sidewatcher, has come up with a novel idea for the release of their new album, Otra Vez. The 14 track project will be released as 7 color coded singles. The 1st 2 singles are out, released in January and February, 2016 respectively, and I like what I hear.

Keys To Your Heart‘, and ‘I Really Like You‘ appear on Otra Vez l. While Otra Vez ll, contains the songs ‘ Hey You‘, and ‘Have Love Will Travel‘. There are wonderful melodies, cool changes, and sweet vocals. I heard dynamite piano and organ, and nice riffs. The songs are pop, with a punk edge and elements of surf, garage, and psych rock. The sound is excitingly addictive. A very cool band with a very cool sound. Looking forward to the next single release! You can check SideWatcher out for yourself on their bandcamp page. 

 

 

 

 

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CRASHDOLLZ-‘Punks In Amerika’

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crashdollzI had a chance to listen to the new CrashDollz cd, ‘Punks In Amerika‘, several times. The Detroit rockers deliver 11 tracks of hardcore, High Octane Punk, that incorporates elements of both metal, and garage. The songs are filled with captivating melodies,  dynamite riffs, and a way cool rhythm section. There are wonderful changes, some cool effects, rocking vocals, and blisteringly sweet guitar licks and solos.  The album is a powerful, guitarcentric trip through anarchy, and anti-establishment sentiments, delivered with wonderfully angst riddled vocals. CrashDollz offer some insanely exciting, in your face, power punk. Its good to know that there are Punks In Amerika! Favorite tracks: “Murder A Go-Go“, and “Activate“. You really need to check this out here, and buy a couple of cds. And, if you are ever see them playing in your home town, go and see them live. Really.

 

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WATERSHED HOUR-From Your Best Friend

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WH4The recently released album by Watershed Hour, the Peterborough, Ontario alternative band, contains 6 uniquely original tracks. Filled with elements of garage, punk, and rock, From Your Best Friend offers cool melodies, nice changes and transition, and some wonderful riffs. The angst ridden songs deliver driving rhythms, pounding guitars, and wild drumming, highlighted with sweet guitar and bass solos, cool effects and dynamite vocals. There is a wonderfully dark and disturbing vibe that will pull you in. A punked up garage sound, with each track a musical free for all, a sort of well constructed jam. Favorite tracks include ‘Kristi Is My Drinking Buddy‘ , and ‘The Lone Paraders‘. Check them out on their bandcamp page, and then buy yourself a digital download, or cassette. Go on, take a walk on the wild and eerie side.

 

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THE BLANK TAPES-Geodesic Dome Piece

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blanktapes1California’s The Blank Tapes released ‘Geodesic Dome Piece‘ in January 2015 with 12 tracks of 1960’s pop that sounds like it stepped out of another dimension. Sort of Paul Revere & The Raiders meet The Twilight Zone! The sound is infectious.  From the opening chords of “Way Too Stoned“, with its ethereal,  dream like vibe, I was taken away by 60’s pop melodies, great harmonies, cool effects, and insanely exciting riffs (check out “For Breakfast” and “Buff“). There are wonderful changes, particularly in “Brown Chicken Brown Cow“, and way cool mandolin on “To Your Dome Piece“. The album is filled with surprises, including wonderful guitar and saxophone solos on “Slippin’ Slide“, and a jangly surf-pop vibe to “Oh My Muzak“. Favorite track “Do You Wanna Get High“, with its dynamite pop chorus, an amazing change in key, and lyrics that include ‘do you wanna get high, just like Chucky and me, cause we’re likely to be all the time’.

 

 

 

bt1I could listen to this for days on end, and have spent the better part of 2 weeks digesting the entire The Blanks Tape catalog. The songs make me feel like I did in 1969. The album is wonderfully arranged and produced. The vocals are wonderful, and the lyrics, sardonic and witty. There is an acoustic demo version of “Do You Wanna Get High” as a bonus, and “To Your Dome Piece” is worth a few listens just for the lyrical phrasing.. This is one of those must have albums. The kind that you have to have in your collection, just because it was done. Bizarro-garage-psychedelic-stoner-surf-pop at its best.

 

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2014 INDIE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

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With a significant number of quality Indie releases this year, narrowing a list down to 10 albums, worthy of I Can’t Believe My Earz‘  2014 Indie Album Of The Year, was no easy task. There are some honorable mentions: Neverfriend-‘Evolve‘, The Everywheres-‘Habitualism‘, Harbour-‘Grade School Summer‘ & Social Strife-‘With Friends Like These…’.  We listened to them all, and here is our pick for the top 10 Indie Albums of 2014.

 

#10     DRUCKFARBEN————–‘Second Sound’

druck I am not certain why Druckfarben has been a mystery. These Toronto based musicians are insanely talented. It is an impressive work.   ‘Second Sound offers wonderful musical themes in an array of movements that are woven together in layers to create an incredible musical journey. This is way cool arena rock, out of the 1970s, with a 21st century bite. If you like Progressive-Rock, Druckfarben is the real deal.

 

 

#9     THE RED RAILS———-A Living Fiction

theredrailsno2The Red Rails offer ‘A Living Fiction‘, a classic rock sound immersed in blues.  The Ottawa band has a sound that reminds me 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.

 

 

 

#8     THE SATISFACTORS——–‘The Satisfactors’

the satisThe Satisfactors self titled debut album. It rocks from beginning to end with a wonderful garage groove. The songs are amazing. They are wonderfully crafted, and played with a beat that just doesn’t stop. Bruce’s vocals are great. Cool to hear from  Jersey’s Fantastic 4! The bass lines, and  guitar riffs are insanely good, and I like the less is more approach to the drumming.  This is rock ‘n’ roll the way it is meant to be played! This is Rock Til You Drop! This is The Satisfactors!

 

 

#7     SOUTH OF BLOOR——‘The Street’

south of bloorThis Toronto band has re-generated my lust for pop with the release of ‘The Street‘. The songs are exquisite 2-3 minute masterpieces. Their ability to write wonderful bridges and changes has me almost awe struck. The vocals are spectacular. The melodies, wonderful. This album delivers 5 terrific pop songs with alternative rock influences. And it works. A wonderful album. A fun time.

 

 

 

#6     TOXIC MELONS———‘Bus Therapy’

tm ‘Bus Therapy‘ is my kind of therapy. This album by Northern England’s Toxic Melons is inspiring, soul touching, and mind altering. The album plays like a journey through a toxic mind, but that’s ok. The songs are pop heaven, with shades of folk, blues, electronic, and some western influences. This Paul Fairbairn can write songs. The melodies are out of this world, and the harmonies, well, remind me of The Beach Boys. The music is wonderfully eccentric.The album is insanely addictive. It has me singing along and I haven’t figured out all of the lyrics yet!  An amazing compilation of great songs that has been placed on my must have list. Very cool.

 

 

#5     THE MINNOWS———‘Live At The Belfast Barge’

the minnowsAside from Yessongs, Waiting For Columbus and The Last Waltz, I have never been a big fan of live albums, but I have to add this Irish band’s ‘Live At The Belfast Barge to the list of great live albums. The songs are as wonderful as I remember them, and they stand up to the passage of time. The band is insanely cohesive, and the musicianship, extraordinary. I have spent the better part of the year immersed in The Minnows and I can tell you that swimming with the fishes is not a bad thing. This is a must for your collection.

 

 

#4     THE CORSETS———–‘Are You Lonely, Are You Scared’

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Are You Lonely, Are You Scared is a wonderful adventure. Toronto’s 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.

 

 

 

#3     XPRIME——–‘The Album’

xprimeXprime should be big. Hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, they write incredibly melodic songs with amazing harmonies and unforgettable hooks. These are talented musicians who seem to be having fun with every note played. ‘The Album‘ is a must have album. Give it 4 or 5 listens. At least. Pay particular attention to “To See You Here“, a 70′s pop-folk tune that reminds me of Poco, “Feels Like I’m The Only One“, a way cool song with R & B overtones, and “Early To The Sun“.

 

 

#2     THE AFTER HOURS——-‘Shaken, Not Stirred’

the after hoursI really like Los Angeles’ The After Hours. I am a fan! They cite among their many influences The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Zombies, The Hollies and The Turtles. Is it any wonder their music has wonderful 1960′s melodies, harmonies and riffs?  The vocals and the guitar work stand out. ‘Shaken, Not Stirred captures the essence of 60′s music. The songs are wonderfully written, and demonstrate a remarkable ability to integrate all of their influences into one cohesive and coherent sound. This is a must have album.

 

And, finally, the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album Of The Year for 2014…

 

#1     THE HOT SPROCKETS——‘Brother Nature’

hsBrother Nature‘ by Ireland’s The Hot Sprockets. 13 tracks, and not a bad one to be found. I have listened to this album over and over, 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.

 

And there you have it. 10 exceptional albums. The I Can’t Believe My Earz picks for 2014. Give them a listen. Purchase them. Support Indie Music, and Indie bands.

 

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