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FRACTAL REVERB-Quattro

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It’s been 3 years since the release of ‘How To Overcome The Ego Mind‘, and frankly, it was well worth the wait. Fractal Reverb‘s new release, ‘Quattro‘ showcases the Italian band’s coming of age. The 4 tracks are filled with exciting riffs, powerful drums, and insanely good bass lines. The band has added a 2nd guitarist, giving the album a wonderfully full sound. The songs are exquisitely arranged, with beautiful melodies and flawless changes, emphasizing the maturation of the band’s talents as musicians & songwriters. The vocals are entirely in Italian, and while I do not understand the words, their feeling is driven home by Carolina Locateli‘s emotionally charged voice. Progressive Grunge-Rock at its best. A wonderful listen. Quattro is set for release September 22/17, and in the meantime, check out the band’s website and Facebook page for any notices, and sneak previews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SEDGE-Selective Reasoning

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sedge1So, there is a way cool Toronto band, Sedge, who released ‘Selective Reasoning‘ in August 2015. The pop, punk, and grunge elements of this album are wonderfully interwoven. The songs deliver great melodies, way cool guitar riffs and solos, and dynamite changes & transitions. There are nice harmonies, layered over dynamic bass lines and drums that just don’t seem to quit. The use of feedback is wonderfully reminiscent of psych-rock, while the bridges, choruses and hooks are delightfully pop.

sedgeThe album is melodic as hell, filled with tracks that  incorporate several genres and themes into 1 song, and make it work incredibly well. Wonderful album. Wonderful band. Favorite tracks: ‘Running For Days‘, ‘On My Own‘, and ‘Up All Night‘ with its insanely good Beach Boys feel. Check it out here and then order yourself a copy or 2. A contender to be in  the top 10 Indie Albums on the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of 2015.

 

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GREEN MONKEY RECORDS-Underground Seattle Rock

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There is a network of great music minds that I admiringly refer to as The 3 Wise Men Of The Pacific Northwest. Frank Gutch, Jr., Tom Dyer, and Howie Wahlen, Sr. have introduced me to more great music coming out of this region of The United States that I could ever write about. Green Monkey Records, as underground as my 3 sources, continues to amaze and entertain me with music indigenous to this area. I have yet to be introduced to one that I did not like! Really! There are a few, however, that are standouts for me.

gary minklerGary Minkler’s promo notes describe his music as garage rock, or underground. I listened to Little Trailer Ruby, and  suspect that Minkler’s music is best described as Minkler Music. The song writing follows no formula. It is unconventional, and unique. It is Gary Minkler. With a voice somewhere between Tom Waitts and Van Morrison, Minkler tells amazing stories within great melodies, sweet harmonies, and dynamite arrangements. There are wonderful changes and transitions, way cool organ, nice guitar riffs, and horns. Completely original, Minkler has created a wonderful collection of songs. Particular attention should be paid to “Red Hot Face“, “Where I Am“, and “Somewhere Between The Come & Go“. Definitely one for the collection.

Check out Gary Minkler’s Little Trailer Ruby:http://http://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/little-trailer-ruby

 

the queen annesThe Queen Annes released Something Quick in 1986. Thanks to Green Monkey Records, it has been remastered and released with a Space Needle full of bonus tracks. Recorded before the grunge movement, this album captures a raw, underground, power-pop sound. There are great melodies, wonderfully interesting harmonies, and great guitar riffs and solos. The songs are amazing, with way cool changes and transitions, lasting 2-4 minutes on average. There are elements of rock, psych-rock, punk, and 1960’s pop. The arrangements are simply perfection. The sound goes beyond guitar driven, entering the realm of guitar overdrive. Something Quick has the feel of a live recording, completed in one take. I was impressed with the drumming-a sort of Keith Moon meets Bill Bruford style. A standout track, “You Will Cry”, has a dynamite psych-rock feel, with wonderful effects on the harmonies and guitars. There is also an amazing cover of Little Richard‘s “Lucille“. This album is a free for all. A wonderful time. I have listened to it 3 times, and it gets better with each listen. Get your hands on a copy before it vanishes. It is that good. Wish I knew about this 30 years ago.

Spend some time with The Queen Annes: http://http://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/something-quick

thegpOriginally released in 1988, November, by The Green Pajamas, is a collection of 19 tracks recorded live. The album contains amazing songs, with cool riffs, great melodies and harmonies, and interesting changes/transitions. There are clear influences to 1960’s Psych-Rock, both American, and British. The guitar orientated sound brings with it some dynamite organ and fuzz guitar. Somewhere in this collection of songs I heard shades Bowie, and The Greatful Dead, among others. Very cool. Songs of noteable mention include “What In The World“, with its great vocal track, “Just Like Seeing God“, and “Green Pajamas“. This album is non stop 1960’s pop on hallucinogens.We’ll call it Psych-Pop.

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I CAN’T BELIEVE MY EARZ-INDIE ALBUM OF THE YEAR, 2013

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newlogoAnd so, as 2013 draws to a close, we at I Can’t Believe My Earz have been weighing in on our Indie Album Of The Year.  We have listened to hundreds and hundreds of albums, written about 50 or 60 of our favorites, and created a short list of potential Album Of The Year winners. We would like to thank and congratulate all of the artists that we had the good fortune to listen to this past year. We enjoyed all of your music, and are proud to be involved in the Canadian Indie Music scene.

j&f1Jenny And The FelinesDon’t Look Back-Not Canadian, but the music is so amazingly good, I don’t care. This band rocks. This band rolls. Jenny And The Felines does it all. Don’t Look Back is a wondrous compilation of memorable tunes with catchy hooks and melodies. They have created a unique blend of 1960’s and 1970’s music with an alternative edge. Simple music. Great songs. Nothing forced and nothing overwhelming. Don’t Look Back is a way cool 60’s feel good journey.

nursery1The NurseryCarnival Nature-The Nursery have incorporated several styles and arrived at a sound that can best be described as acid/rock/soul/synth-folk/pop. Let’s be honest. Its just plain weird! Eccentric. But it is simply incredible. The songs are  unconventionally spectacular. The arrangements are weirdly wonderful and I’m having the time of my life listening. This is an album you won’t want to miss.

cs1The Creekside StraysThe Creekside Strays-This London, Ontario band released a classy and fun album  of exceptional songs. The Strays have a unique sound, a blend of rock, soul and pop which could best be described as Stray Rock. The self titled EP contains five wonderfully crafted songs that you will not be able to stop singing. Unforgivable not to have this gem in your collection.

pig1The PygmiesInside Your Mind-The Pygmies have nailed it. The sound is captivating and the songs are brilliantly written.  I enjoy the 2 1/2 minute tunes, which are written in a pop style-short and simple, and give me the sense that these were recorded live in one take. These guys are adept at dropping garage melodies into 1960’s pop, and 60’s pop melodies into garage music. They have a distinct knack for vocal melodies and harmonies, and a great sense of humor.

yb2Young BenjaminsLess Argue-These Saskatoon natives write amazingly well crafted songs and execute them to perfection. Incorporating pop rock, blues and middle eastern influences, Less Argue delivers. Strong vocals, great melodies and tremendous musical insight allows this young band to make the kind of album they want to make. Esoteric, eclectic and entertaining..  Ten tracks take you places you never knew you could get to. A must for every collection.  

The task then turned to selecting the Indie Album Of The Year from the 6 semi-finalists. It was not easy. There was yelling and screaming, some name calling, drinking, and, on one occasion, fisticuffs. After several days and nights of deliberation, postulation and  trepidation, here is the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of The Year for 2013:

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THE TONIKS-RISE & SHINE–Rise And Shine is Pop perfection. Not a bad track on the album. It will make you dance. It will make you sing. Best of all, it will make you happy. The song writing is exquisite, with simple lyrics about life and love and human interactions that take one to a more innocent and simple place.  These guys are amazingly talented. The music is insanely great The album is a wonderful timeNot just the top Indie album of 2013, but one of the most incredible albums we have heard. Exceptional song writing, brilliant melodies, wonderful harmonies and a way cool 1960’s British feel make this our Indie Album of The Year for 2013. Check it out for yourself. Congratulations to Mark, Jez, Tom, Jessica, and Colin.

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THE TONIKS-Rise And Shine

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It was May 2013, that I first “reviewedThe Toniks. I had stumbled upon this UK band  while traversing the assorted music sites that I regularly search, looking for new music. At the time, they were working on completing their debut album and touring Europe and Canada. I did not get to see them on the Canadian leg of their tour, but I have been following them very closely after making contact with drummer, Colin Marshall.

toniks2And then, two days ago, thanks to Colin, I received my advance copy of the completed album, Rise And Shine. Produced by Graham Dominy and released on the Indie label Smile Records, the album contains ten tracks, six of which I had not heard before.

The title track has been re-mixed. With an almost acapella introduction and the addition of horns and strings, the song has taken on additional layers of pop poetry. The great trademark harmonies, wonderful hook and flawless drumming, had me wondering where the Go Go dancers were. “Won’t Let You Down” , brings subtle keyboards and a great use of harmonics. The catchy melody, augmented by hand clapping,  make this one of the better tunes on the album. The slower tempo of “Figure It Out” maintains an almost ethereal atmosphere when the strings and harmonies are added. The arrangements are wonderfully done as the eternal question “how am I supposed to make you happy, now” is asked. “Weather“, an upbeat number, pokes fun at interpersonal relationships while demonstrating the vocal range of vocalist/bassist, Mark Taylor. A light guitar solo and amazing horns are impeccably placed within the dynamic melody. “Simple Things“, shines with its stand out harmonies and production techniques that appear at unsuspecting moments throughout the tune.  “Never Real“, more of a power pop song, has a grunge feeling but maintains its pop harmonies amid a subtle keyboard influence. The screaming guitar riffs of “Secret’s Safe” create a punk rock song out of a pop melody. toniks3The great drum shots and driving guitars of Jez Parish and Tom Yates give this song the sense of urgency the lyric conveys. “There You Go“, another venture into power pop, uses heavy guitar riffs to drive the melody and counter balance the harmonies.  The 80’s feel of “Scapegoat” allows the band to play with production techniques. With great guitar riffs and a powerful bass line this tune is the darkest song on the album. My favorite track, “Wonderful Then” brings the band back to it classic pop sound. Jessica English‘s subtle keyboards drift throughout the great melody and trademark harmonies. The vocals are standout and the orchestral arrangements are magnificent. The song is a blast. Sort of Squeeze’s Pulling Mussells meets Badfinger’s No Matter What.

Toniks1Rise And Shine is Pop perfection. Not a bad track on the album. It will make you dance. It will make you sing. Best of all, it will make you happy. The song writing is exquisite, with simple lyrics about life and love and human interactions that take one to a more innocent and simple place.  These guys are amazingly talented. The music is insanely great The album is a wonderful time. Slated for a September release, Rise And Shine will be available on itunes and the band’s website.

The Toniks will be in Canada next on September 5, 2013 when they play The Shores of Erie International Wine Festival with The Walkervilles and The Sheepdogs in Amherstburg, On.

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