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THE AURAS-Saturn Day

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the auras1Just finished listening to The Auras latest release, Saturn Day, again. The Toronto band’s January 2016 release continues to impress and excite me. The songs resonate with a wonderfully moody atmosphere, filled with cool melodies, great vocal tracks and the auras2harmonies, and exceptional production. There are great riffs, and yes, tremolo, all which create a 1967 San Francisco vibe. Wonderfully popedelic, generating all kinds of insanely good flashbacks. Favorite tracks: ‘Sure Shot‘, with its dynamite bluesy riff; ‘I Don’t Want To Know You‘, with its way cool organ. If you feel like taking a trip back to 1967, catch The Auras live.

You can check out this, and all of The Auras releases on bandcamp. And look for the single ‘I Believe In Everything‘, they recorded with the incomparable Tess Parks. Popedelic perfection!

 

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B & NOT B-Popular Pastimes

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bandnotbSan Francisco‘s B And Not B recently released an album that is both Pop, And Not Pop. Popular Pastimes contains 8 tracks filled with wonderful pop melodies, infused with psychedelic effects, soul, horns, and dynamite harmonies. There are great riffs, nice changes, and a wonderful rhythm section. The vocals have a way cool Brit pop feel. The emphasis is on the songs, simply constructed and arranged, with saxophone and trombone thrown in as a bonus. And the reverb on the title b and not b2track is dynamite. An all around fun 1960’s pop event. Not a bad song on the album. Favorite track, ‘Think I’m Falling‘, has to be listened to over and over again! This is one of those albums that you play at home to impress the hell out of your friends when they come over. It is available to download at a “name your price” purchase. Be sure to pay whatever you can afford. It is worth it!  A wonderful pop party in your home album. I just wish that there were more than 8 tracks! Listen & purchase your copy here: http://music.bandnotb.com/ , and like them on facebook:  http://facebook.com/bandnotb

 

 

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TESS PARKS-Work All Day/Up All Night

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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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SONS OF REVELRY-BORN WITH A BIGGA GOAL

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I am not certain what has come out of Brantford, Ontario other than Wayne Gretzky and Phil Hartman, but Sons Of Revelry may just be their greatest export since the Great One himself. Their recently released debut EP, “Born With A Bigga Goal” is getting the band exposure beyond their local fan base.

SOR2Born With A Bigga Goal“, has an incredibly powerful riff that avoids being overbearing. The steady rhythm section contrasts the screaming guitars. The song transforms itself in the last 30 seconds into an in your face anthem. “Time” is a great pop song.  The powerful vocal  and the great melody line make this the album’ s single.  It is danceable, singable and enjoyable. It is simply played yet complex in its construction and arrangement. A very cool song with nice harmonies and a Beatlesque ending.  The bluesy feel to “Whiskey” allows us to hear Toby’s vocals at their best while choppy guitar chords are played under very stylish picking’  This song has a much slower tempo and I kept waiting for it to burst open. When it does,  just after the first chorus, it explodes into a much rockier song. It has a 1967, San Francisco music scene, guitar thing going on. There are UK sensibilities here as well, and you can hear just how much fun these guys are really having. My pick as best song on the EP.

These guys are young. Thee guys are enthusiastic and energetic. They are grateful to be able to make music and have people listen. There is no attitude, no ego and I find it  refreshing. This is how music is supposed to be;  all about the music, and the music speaks for itself. The only issue I have with Born With A Bigga Goal is that there are not more tracks on it. This band writes good songs and makes them sound great. And they have a whole lot of fun doing it.

To see Sons Of Revelry, they will be playing at Two Doors Down in Brantford on July 13, 2013.

To listen to them, follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zX02AarzdE

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