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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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MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS-July 2013

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With the somewhat disturbing and unpredictable weather we  experienced in July, there was ample opportunity to stay indoors and listen to some amazing music created by Independent artists. Here are our picks for the MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS for July 2013.

yb2YOUNG BENJAMINS

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. You can purchase Less Argue at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/less-argue/id646416786 and http://www.dollartone.com/store

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JANE’S PARTYjane's party1

This Toronto quartet released their album, Hot Noise just in time for summer. Loaded with pop-rock songs, the album is highlighted by the intricate melodies and sophisticated harmonies. Dance-able, singable and enjoyable. Somewhere between The Kinks and The Beach Boys, Jane’s Party is an event not to be missed. Purchase at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/hot-noise/id647398702

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Toniks1THE TONIKS.

About to be released in September,  Rise And Shine is a trip back to 1965, London. Influenced by The Beatles, Badfinger and Squeeze, this UK band has perfected the sound that filled the airwaves 47 years ago. Packed with tracks that deal with life, love and human relations, this is a fun filled trip to a simpler time. Amazing melodies, wonderful harmonies combined with horns and strings, each song is pop perfection. If you purchase nothing else this year, purchase this. A definite must have. The album will be available through iTunes and directly through The Toniks website.

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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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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!

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