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THE TONIKS

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Another U.K. band that has been granted honorary Canadian status, The Toniks, are currently touring Europe and Canada promoting their  new album set for release in August of this year.  I have not listened to the entire album, nor do I know the title, but the five songs I was able to pull off the internet have blown me away.

toniks2Secret’s Safe“, a hard driving pop song with amazing harmonies, an unforgettable hook and a remarkable bridge has you dancing along from beginning to end. The The light keyboards of “Rise And Shine” give way to the soft yet noticeable horns, while the guitars echo the melody to create the sense of additional layers of harmony. “Simple Things” is a slower song in which the instruments are kept back in order to make the vocals prominent. The emphasis on the vocals is further enhanced by the creative and unusual phrasing. There is an underlying, haunting riff throughout with harmonic layers and the gentle influence of strings and horns. “You And I” is a strangely sentimental number. with choppy chords and drum shots, horns and an amazing transition to the bridge that includes a change in tempo and tone. In the video, all of this is done to a Charlie Chaplin dance sequence. The best of the tracks I have heard to date is “Weather“, a fun song with a great chorus and hook that keeps you singing long after the music has stopped. The acoustic guitar creates a mood that is quickly shattered by the horns and harmonies,while a subtle lead solo plays amid the storm. The video sets this to the dancing in the thunderstorm scene in the film “Singin’ In The Rain”. The lines “come inside my head you’ll see, I don’t want to talk about the weather; I don’t want to talk about whatever.” sing as the rain falls. The song fades out as Gene Kelly walks away from us, down the street. Brilliant!

These five musicians from Guildford U.K., have created a sound uniquely their own by infusing Squeeze with The Searchers. And it Toniks1works.The songs are innocent. The songs are fun. These guys are exciting. When they come to Toronto, get tickets and go. These guys are that good.  These guys are great!

To hear The Toniks, use the link below:

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/fb_share/3345498

 

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INNERSPACE: To Boldly Go Where No Band Has Gone Before!

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Its been 30 years since I’ve heard any really good, original progressive rock. Finally ,  there is Innerspace, This Montreal band’s members were not even born when I was listening to King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd and Flash. Yet these are the bands they cite as musical influences.

Their album, “The Village” released in 2012 took 3 years to complete, and  was well worth the wait. This concept album, detailing life from the perspective of a child and  the man he becomes, was written and produced by Simon Arsenault and Phil Burton. The album plays like a suite, with each song a unique piece yet somehow intertwined into the greater whole. The “Intro” sets the tone with its unsettling keyboards, while “Wildflower”, the longest song on the album at over 11 minutes, brings us vocals that seem to cry for help amid the desperation created by the keys until the drums kick in and the song takes on an entirely different life. “Old Wreck” is as feel good as Innerspace gets with  Arsenault’s crisp and clean guitar work. “Slippery Case” parts l & ll, heavy with synthesizer are mini suites within themselves, changing tempo , melody and time signature almost at will, They incorporate saxophone in “Jack” and record the melody just slightly behind the music. They nailed it!. “Mister Mayor” echos shades of  Dark Side of the Moon with the haunting guitar and  Burton’s ethereal vocals.  These guys know how to make Progressive Rock, rock!

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“The Village” is a place I have traveled  to over and over again. It is a journey through not just music , but emotion and time as well.  It will take you back 30 years and then move you ahead 30 more. Might they be the second coming of Floyd? It may be too early to tell, but  Innerspace are the real deal!   You can see them at the 7th annual Fieldfest in Manotick, Ontario on August 2. If you can get there, go!

To hear a sample of Innerspace, click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hhRHd4rPJoY#t=0s

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