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MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS-February 2014

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Having lived through one of the coldest Februarys on record, Here are 3 incredible albums that will keep you smiling and warm your soul.

tsup1THE SUPERLATIVE-Chester

This Ottawa, On band have developed a unique a sound that combines elements from several genres.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.

mf11THE MICRONITE FILTERS-Wizard Blood

11 months after the release of Chasing Ghosts, this Oshawa, On, band released Wizard Blood. With all of the alternative blues-rock stylings I had heard on Ghosts, I assumed that I was in for more of the same on this new release. Sometimes it is nice to be mistaken. This 9 track album on Get Bent Records, produced by the bent brothers, who I suspect are Abel Renton and Dan Reiff, takes the music to places it has not been before. I like The Micronite Filters. This album seems to be a continuation of the themes of their previous release, showcasing the band’s growth and maturation. I really dig it. Each track feels like an experiment in pushing the limits of their sound. While Chasing Ghosts had me experimenting with this band, Wizard Blood has me addicted.

tm11TOXIC MELONS-Bus Therapy

Not Canadian, but it doesn’t matter. Bus Therapy is my kind of therapy. Truly 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.

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THE MICRONITE FILTERS-Wizard Blood

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11 months after the release of Chasing Ghosts, this Oshawa, On, band released Wizard Blood. With all of the alternative blues-rock stylings I had heard on Ghosts, I assumed that I was in for more of the same on this new release. Sometimes it is nice to be mistaken. This 9 track album on Get Bent Records, produced by the bent brothers, who I suspect are Abel Renton and Dan Reiff, takes the music to places it has not been before.

mf12Keep The Fire Burning Bright“, has a great blues riff and amazing vocals. What a great opening track. It grabs you hard and just won’t let go. The fuzz guitar, and cool harmonica of “Roll On“,  help to create a Mississippi blues tune with a hint of Southern gospel. “Blood On The Flowers” offers a dynamite electric piano solo, great effects, solid drumming, and a very interesting layering of vocals and guitar. The changes and transitions are unexpected and very cool. The haunting vocal track of “Breadcrumbs” enhances the great melody, while the guitar picking and electric piano are wonderful. The rock-blues song “Death Leather Blues” gives us power chords, slide guitar, horns, and an amazing guitar solo. The sound touches on Southern Rock, with its rock beat and blues influences, and I really dig the all-star blues finish. “Whiskey Bottle” is a rock-blues frenzy with psych-rock elements. There are great echo guitar effects, and changes in tempo and time signature. The lyric, “another broken down, bubble gum princess singing out of tune” adds poignancy to the album. Very cool song. The wonderfully melodic instrumentation of “Hellhound On My Trail“, opens up a diverse and complex track. There are great harmonies, beautiful saxophone, and a simple yet powerful solo that, with amazing shades of The Doors, at times. “Po’ Black Maddie” delivers another great blues riff. This song is more mf11up tempo, with nice harmonies. There is a deep south blues coupled with rock elements, that give this a live recording feel.  Despite the somewhat disturbing title, “Blood In My Eyes For You” plays as a rollicking, rocking blues tune that goes on for almost 7 minutes. A sort of Micronite Filters opus! The track has a great rock melody. A well constructed rock song with blues influences. Great drumming, wonderful transitions, and a way cool power rock riff, all combine to make this my favorite track on the album. The electric piano rocks, and the song slows into a dynamite sax solo. A great track with some way cool elements of psych-rock. The song has elements of everything I have listened to over the past 50 years, and it keeps taking me back there. Blood In My Eyes For You should come with a warning: May cause flashbacks.

Ballad Of The Banker’s Son from the Chasing Ghosts album

I like The Micronite Filters. This album seems to be a continuation of the themes of their previous release, showcasing the band’s growth and maturation. I really dig it. Each track feels like an experiment in pushing the limits of their sound. While Chasing Ghosts had me experimenting with this band, Wizard Blood has me addicted.

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MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS-September 2013

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Now that the kids have gone back to school, you may find yourself with more time to sit back and listen to something you haven’t heard before. Here is I Can’t Believe My Earz best bets for September, 2013.

sh2The Swillbilly Heroes

This Oshawa, On band released The Lamentable  Tragedy Of The… this summer on the upstart Get Bent Records. The band’s debut album contains 9 tracks that are influenced by country, rock, pop, southern rock and blues music. The album is filled with great song, layered with sounds and strong melodies. This is a killer album. Great music. Great fun.

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M&MMesses & Miracles

The Captain Surely Drowns, is the latest release by London, On band, Messes & Miracles. A folk-rock band at heart, these guys write amazing songs that evoke images and tell wonderful stories. Their acoustic rock sound is refreshingly appealing  and I have been listening to this album on a daily basis. One for the collection.

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1divOne Divided

Long overdue, but not overlooked, One Divided, the Oshawa On trio, released the 5 song EP, Good Reasons in 2013. With a sound influenced by Green Day, Sloan, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, I should have known I would get a raw, in your face power-pop/punk sound. The energy is electrifying. The songs melodic. Great effort and a whack of fun.

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THE MICRONITE FILTERS-Chasing Ghosts

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There are blues bands, and then there are The Micronite Filters. As a follow up to their 2012 Ep,” The Wrong Side Of The Tracks“, this Oshawa, Ontario band went to the Mississippi hills to record their album. Produced by the legendary Jimbo Mathus and released on the independent label, Get Bent Records, “Chasing Ghosts” contains 10 tracks that redefine blues music.

The Ballad Of The Banker’s Son” has stand out vocals, slide guitar and an unforgettable bridge immersed in rock overtones . “Here She Comes Runnin’“, a Mississippi blues song if ever there was one, has herky-jerky instrumentation during the verse and then settles in the chorous. The band’s ability to play with time signatures is distinctly evident in this song. The title track, “Chasing Ghosts“, incorporates horns with guitar underlays. The saxophone is perfectly placed within the battalion style drumming.  The  bluesy vocals and eloquent melody line of “Ladies Man Blues” are accompanied only by harmonica, trombone and bass drum, and it sounds amazing.  In “Rambler’s Lament“, the rock melody is contrasted by blues guitar with echo effects and feedback. “Train Robbers”, another rock song, swirls amid blues music with a melody line that reminds me of T-Rex’s 20th Century Boy a great guitar solo and beautifully incorporated saxophone. The live recording feel of “When The Lonesome Whistle Blows” creates the perfect backdrop for the twangy steel guitar which emulates the vocal melody line. ” Hit The Hammer On The Nail“, gives us rock chords and blues rhythms, an amazing female vocal line, piano riffs and spectacular drum runs. “Walking Dead Man” has beautiful bell tones playing in the background. The drums are used to accentuate the vocal phrasing, while the fullness of the production creates a very powerful track. My vote for best song on the mf1album: “The Exile And The Canary“, a remarkable rock/blues/psychedelic journey into the Mississippi hills. The electric organ and drums make me think of The Doors until the song changes tempo and direction. The screaming guitars with rock riffs, the echo effect and the haunting vocals made me realize that this isn’t just any ordinary album.

The Micronite Filters are not just another blues band.  The music is raw, gritty, powerful, soulful and infectious. The songs are masterfully crafted. “Chasing Ghosts” is an exceptional album, which should be a contender for Indie Album Of The Year.

To listen to The Micronite Filters, follow the link below:

http://themicronitefilters.bandcamp.com/

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THE STANDSTILLS: Pushing Electric

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standstillsThe concept is simple! Write great songs, play like you mean it, and a two man band can sound, well, like a band, With the release of their new album “Pushing Electric“,  Oshawa, Ontario’s The Standstills have done just that. Johnny Fox (guitar, vocals) and Renee Couture (drums) have created a sound that they refer to as “The White Stripes getting body slammed by Queens Of The Stone Age”. This is not your ordinary duo. This is not The Carpenters. This is The Standstills. With two other albums to their credit, “The Standstills” (2009) and “The Human Element” (2011), their alternative/rock/blues  sound has led them to the edge of greatness.

standstills3The Standstills have managed to create the illusion of a full, four piece band. The drums play the entire rhythm section so demonstrably that the bass is not missed. The vocals are strong and Johnny Fox has great range. The album, produced by the band, contains good, solid production values which bring out the best the band has to offer. The drumming of Renee Couture is over the top. This girl can drum. Influenced by The Tea Party, Incubus and Queens Of The Stone Age, she is probably the best female drummer in Canada. The album contains eleven tracks of strong, hard hitting rock songs with infectious melodies and heavy riff hooks. The title track is a  driving rock tune that sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Good God Damn” , one of the two videos taken from this album contains biting guitars and the band’s great sense of harmony. “Junkie” is a wonderfully poignant tune with the best lyric of the album. “Done” could be a Cult song with its eerily pounding guitars and prominent drums. The whimsical “Jesus“, with its Middle-East influence is reminiscent, at times, of Fleetwood Mac. The last track, “Gone” is the best track on the album with its melodic guitar, powerful drums and strong vocals.

There is not a bad song on “Pushing Electric“. Each makes you wonder “How do they do this with only two instruments?”. It doesn’t matter. It rocks!  Add this to your must have list.

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One Divided: The Boys Are Back!

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Wonder what happened to in your face rock? It’s back with a vengeance, and its called One Divided,  Following the release of  their debut EP “One Divided” (2008),  the album “Shape Your Life” (2010), spawned two singles which received local radio play. The Oshawa, Ontario band’s new EP, “Good Reasons” demonstrates their growth as songwriters. The five tracks were written collaboratively by the three band members who share influences as diverse as Green Day, Sloan, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Depeche Mode.onedivided

Start Again” opens the EP as a pop song with a sense of urgency, as the melody and harmonies pull you in. The subtle instrumentation of “All The Way” allows the vocals to be the focus and delivers a kick-ass ending. “Let It Go” has a punk/grunge edge to it and could be on any Green Day album.  The title track is as close to a ballad as One Divided can get, but then it takes on a new life as a straight ahead rock song. The hard driving “Retitled” is a crafty song that starts you out on a slow river cruise and then shoves you over the rapids. Matt Silver finally brings his guitar to life and while his vocals seem forced and strained, it works. Great song! Great EP!

The EP is under produced . It doesn’t matter. It works. What we get is a product that comes as close as possible to a One Divided live performance; a raw, in your face attack. Filled with flaws, it is One Divided. The songs are filled with energy. They have catchy melodies and tight harmonies. They make you want to tap your feet. Does there really have to be anything else?  One Divided will be at Sgt. Peppers in Ajax, Ontario performing at The Molson Canadian Live! Peppers Patio Tour on June 7, 2013.

1divTo listen to One Divided, click on the link below:

http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/artist/1808568?1336410755

 

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