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STAN SIMON AND THE HOTEL BIBLE/JJ AND THE PILLARS-Toronto Roots Music

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So, I have discovered two  Toronto area bands who play an interesting blend of folk, pop, rock, and western. I suppose it is as close to Toronto folk/roots music as one could get. Both of these bands were on my “must see” list at Canada Indie Week, however  I was unable to catch either due to scheduling issues.Pretty excited by the sound, though.

sshbHailing from Toronto, Stan Simon and The Hotel Bible released an album in July 2013. ‘Escaping The Madhouse‘ shines with 10 wonderfully written songs with wonderful melodies. There are some cool guitar riffs, wonderful harmonica, clarinet, and violin thrown in with incredibly satisfying results. The vocals are soothing, coupled with sweet harmonies. The album comes off with a singer/songwriter focus, which Stan Simon clearly is. A very cool album, with great songs and creative instrumentation. A sort of alternative folk-pop-rock with a western bite. Check out the way cool guitar on “Into Nowhere“, and the clarinet on “My Drunk Heart“. Definitely one for the collection. You can have a listen here: http://stansimon.bandcamp.com/album/escaping-the-madhouse

 

 

jj1Another Toronto based band,  JJ & The Pillars are originally from Peterborough, Ontario. Winners of The Edge’s Next Big Thing competition, the band released their 7 track album, ‘Wolves“, in August 2014.  Each song is filled with wonderfully soothing acoustic guitar, exciting melodies, and exceptional harmonies. There are dynamic changes, some great drumming, and cool harmonica. The vocals are insanely good as they deliver poignant lyrics.   The songs are hypnotic, offering great melodies, wonderful harmonies, and way cool changes and transitions. Pay particular attention to “Ship Away“, “Gone With Me“, and “I’m On Fire“. A wonderful folk-pop sound, highlighted by amazing harmonies. A must have for your collection. Beautiful. Check it out here: http://jjandthepillars.bandcamp.com/album/wolves-2

 

 

 

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EURASIANEYES-Silent Cries

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eeIt’s been a long time since I’ve listened to Synth-rock, and Eurasianeyes, the duo from Sunderland, U.K., have piqued my interest with their debut EP, Silent Cries. released in July 2013.

The opening track, “Afterworld“, has a wonderfully full sound, reminiscent of 1980’s synth-rock, and yet remains original. The vocals are great. The melody, superb. The effects and transitions, brilliant. “Chaos In Your Mind” has a beautifully, ethereal opening as it erupts into a great melody with strong vocals. The instrumentation of “Guardian Angel“, follows the vocal melody line and provides a great beat, incredible production techniques, and a kick ass ending.” Jealousy” is more upbeat than the other tracks, but continues to provide a great melody. The very cool, but somewhat off kilter melody of “Silent Cries“, make it the highlight of the album for me. With a great beginning and ending, spectacular transitions and the use of scales in between, this song is what synth-rock is about.

ee2Eurasianeyes are Paul Russell and Mel Bell. They developed their love for synth music in the 1980s, listening to Ultravox, Gary Neuman, and Depeche Mode. Their music is melodic and full.  Their songs are well crafted and well executed. If you are a synth-rock fan, this could be what you’ve been looking for.

You can listen to Eurasianeyes here:   http://www.reverbnation.com/eurasianeyes

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Eurasianeyes will be featured on New Music Mondays on  Radio That Doesn’t Suck on October 21, 2013 at 12pm, 6pm and 10pm, EST. Listen in for interview and music.

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