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MEEKO CHEECH-Miss Bolivia

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meeko2Another wonderfully talented Toronto band, Meeko Cheech released the 6 track Miss Bolivia, in June 2015. Incredibly diverse, the album incorporates several music styles, delivering an eclectic, and somewhat eccentric sound, that works. The songs are filled with wonderful riffs, moody keys, cool effects, dynamite changes, and brooding vocals. The trumpet and organ are wonderful additions, and the background vocals are perfectly sublimemeeko1. This is dark pop, with an weirdly eerie vibe. Mood altering, and mind blowing. Wonderfully original, with a dramatic, full sound that attaches itself to every brain cell. An insanely good time! Something you definitely must check out, and add to your collection. Stream Miss Bolivia here:  http://meekocheech.bandcamp.com/  and then purchase 1 for yourself, and get 1 for a friend.  Favorite tracks: ‘Miss Bolivia‘, ‘Shock Unit‘.

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CRASHDOLLZ

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2015 by TheManicBlogger

cd2I had no idea that this was going on in Detroit! I am referring to CrashDollz, whose 2013 self titled release landed in my lap last week.  Way cool riffs, great vocals, and a solid rhythm section fill the 12 tracks. The songs are wonderful, with dynamite changes, cool effects, hard rock guitar, and  a punk attitude. The sound attacks from the 1st note, grabbing you by the throat, and never letting go. There are no bad tracks here, but pay particular attention to ‘Novocaine‘, with its great riff, cool changes, and cd1almost psych-rock guitar solo. ‘Sugar Rocket‘ delivers great guitar, cool effects, and nice changes. ‘I Will Not Be Ignored‘ has a dynamite vocal track, great guitar effects, and stands out as the anthem for a new generation of punk. My favorite track, ‘Dollhouse‘ has a surprisingly interesting intro, and some way cool effects, tripping me back to the psychedelica of the late 1960s.

 

 

 

This is no holds barred, pure unadulterated Power-Punk. The songs are great, and the album features production techniques I do not usually associate with punk. The energy level is off the chart. CrashDollz has forever changed my image of punk, and now I am thinking of heading down to Detroit to catch a live show. Or, maybe I could entice them to come up to Toronto for a few gigs. This album just plain kicks ass. cd3Excitingly innovative and inventive, I only wish that I found it sooner. Play it loud. Play it often.

You can check out & purchase the album here. The band is offering a ‘pay what you can’ download, so be sure to pay something. Please also check out & LIKE them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrashDollz?fref=ts

 

 

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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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SOCIAL STRIFE-With Friends Like These…

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ss2Well, it is no secret that I like  Social Strife. Not just the music, but the band members as well. In the time I have known them, I have had the honor of calling Sean Farro and Terry Doucette, The Bedlam Brothers, friends. This Toronto quartet released “With Friends Like These…” in September 2014. And now, after a long, hard look, and listen of the album, I am ready to provide a review.

If you like kick in the face rock, this album delivers. Fueled by power chords, driving guitar solos, and ss1heavy drums, ‘With Friends Like These…’  jumps out, bites you in the ass, and doesn’t let go. I still have the teeth marks! This band incorporates several influences in its music. There are pop , punk, and reggae themes, and of course hard rock. Through it all, there are incredibly sweet melody lines, and harmonies, that are never overpowered by the instrumentation. The album pounds away at your social consciousness, opening up your mind for the message that Social Strife  delivers. If  not clear to you,  don’t sweat it; the band thoughtfully included lyrics with the hard copy CD.

There are a few standout tracks.The reggae influence of “MDMA”, merged with the power rock strife65transitions create a unique sound for this band. The cool melody and tempo changes enhance the angst in the vocals. “Aliens And Freaks“, one of the more melodic songs on the album allows Farro’s voice to stand out. The song incorporates strings and I swear I heard pizzicato violins! Steady drums, quieter guitar and great changes, make this a wonderful thing. The album opens with “Denied“, a raucous tune that kick starts the STRIFE with great guitar riffs, a sweet solo, cool changes, and dynamite harmonies and vocal effects. “Wish I Could Be” is melodic as hell. A sweet track with a way cool melody, nice effects, and great harmonies and changes. The riffs and licks are wonderful, giving way to a dynamite solo. The strife27classic punk vibe of “You Were Nothing“, gives the album another dimension. With amazing guitar, a dynamite melody, and a chorus that kills, this song rocks! There is another track on ‘With Friends Like These…”, a hidden song, if you will. Track 12. “Chasing” is found only on the hard copy CD.  My favorite track on the album, this song has it all. A great melody, solid drumming, some amazing guitar, and a dynamite hook. The bridge kicks ass, and the effects are brilliant. I hear elements of Van Halen, but Social Strife make it their own. “I’ve got my own demons, and I don’t need yours along for the ride” epitomizes the STRIFE message. Insanely good song. Do I hear a hit single?

ss‘With Friends Like These…’ is one hell of a ride. Social Strife have made good on their attempt to  bring the strife back to rock and roll. The songs. written by Farro-Doucette, are disturbingly insightful. Executed to perfection. the message reminds me of what rock ‘n’ roll is all about: if you dont like the way things are, do something about it…because you can. A solid debut album and well worth a listen or two.  The time has come for you to get Striffed! You’re going to want this.  You’re going to need this.  Get it now at: http://www.socialstriferock.com/

 

 

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STUPIDITY-Move

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2014 by TheManicBlogger

stupidity3Sometime in the mid to late 1970s, I spent 2 or 3 months in Sweden. All I knew about this vastly blonde country: Abba, Volvo, and Ikea. My image of Sweden changed with my discovery of Stupidity. This garage rock band from Stockholm, formed in 2005 out of the ashes of  Eager Beaver, and The Cool Jerks.  Taking their name from the classic Solomon Burke song, they released their latest album, Move in 2011. Where the hell was I when this came out?

The fact is, I have found it, and this is an amazing album. A sort of neo-punk/garage sound going on here. The album contains great melodies, wonderful changes and transitions, and some very cool harmonies. The vocals are perfectly suited, the bass lines are dynamite, and the guitar riffs and solos, well, just plain rock. The inclusion of harmonica and organ put this album over the top.

stupidity1There are 3 standout tracks. “Linda’s Eyes“, with a great solo, cool drumming and spectacular chorus, is a must listen to. Over and over again. The changes are nice and the hook still plays in my head. The great guitar effects of “Reflections” are insanely cool. The song has a great pop melody, and I hear horns and choppy strings. The vocal track and the heavy drums give this a Lou Reed feel. Amazing track. The guitar into to “You“, the organ, the way cool riff and effects, help provide a 1960’s feel to the music and melody. Another stellar song.

stupidity2Stupidity have mastered the marriage of punk, rock, and pop. This album serves up incredible songs with interesting instumentation. and a few very cool surprises. This is definitely not Ikea. This album is boundless energy. This is one for the collection. And the car.  Catch them live, whenever you can. As often as you can. Incredible band.

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TESS PARKS-Work All Day/Up All Night

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

tp3I am not really sure what happened, but I suppose that I must have been asleep for the past few years. When I woke, there was Toronto’s own Tess Parks, with an EP, Work All Day/Up All Night released in February 2013, and an LP to be released November 2013. Not certain how I missed this, but boy, am I glad that I found it.

tp1The EP contains 6 incredible tracks destined to soothe your soul and blow your mind. From “Life Is But A Dream“, with its great vocal effects and ethereal guitar, and “Fork Tongue” which gives us an amazing 1967-1969 San Francisco sound with echo and reverb, taking me back to “Psychotic Reaction”. There is a cover of the PsychoticsIf You Don’t Believe Me, Don’t“, which has some of the best reverb guitar I have heard in a long time. “High School” delivers Leonard Cohen like vocals-more spoken than sung, and a sound that seems to have been recorded under water. No, really. Check it out!. “Ego Killer” continues with wonderful vocal and guitar effects, and a very cool riff. In “Spaced On The Commons“, the vocals seem to emanate from under the instrumentation, like a weird dream or a very cool trip. The guitar is again devestatingly cool and there are elements of The Doors, “The End.

tp4Tess Parks & The Good People will be releasing an album, Blood Hot, November 18, 2013. i can’t wait. She is the real deal! Incredibly talented and hot as hell.  I was able to hear “Open Your Mind” from the album and it does not disappoint.  A little rockier than Work All Day/Up All Night, but continuing with the psych-rock sound. More melodic, it has great harmonies and amazing transitions.

The album will be released on Alan McGee’s 359 Music, in association with Cherry Hill Records. For those of you who don’t know, McGee was formerly head of Creation Records and was involved with Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, and Oasis.  Not bad credentials.

Work All Day/Up All Night is amazing 1960’s Psych-Rock. With an edge. Sort of Psych-Punk. Every track is like a substance induced jam session, and I love it. The layered vocal tracks, shared by Tess and Thom Huhtala, and the varied musical textures create a feeling of weightlessness, of floating. This EP is a flashback for those who were there the 1st time. If you missed it, well, you have another chance. So go ahead. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…

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ARMS OF THE GIRL-Versions Of Happiness

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aotg1The Ottawa based Arms Of The Girl released their third EP in late 2012. As a follow up to Recipe For Living (2008) and Warning Signs (2010),, Versions Of Happiness emerges as a slightly heavier project than the earlier recordings.

The EP is filled with power chords and clean, crisp guitar riffs. The songs have great hooks and melodies. The vocals are strong and are the focus of each song. There are country elements, but they are not overpowering, and are held in check by the rock riffs and strategically placed drum shots. “Going Down” has a subtle country twang to it, but David Cutler’s guitar keeps it rocking. The resulting sound works. In “Falling“,  a folk melody is sung over rock music. In “Easiest Hangover” , slide guitar appears, and the vocals are melodic and  soothing, singing “The easiest hangover I ever cured was you.” Great line.

aotg2Versions Of Happiness is a wonderful listen. Cathy Cote can sing. The band can play. The songs are well written and fun. The lyrics are insightful and ironic.  These are talented musicians with a cool EP.  Entertaining and enjoyable.  Alternative folk-rock, with a subtle country influence. A sort of Blue Rodeo bumping into Poco. Pretty cool.

You can hear Arms Of The Girl here: http://armsofthegirl.bandcamp.com/

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