The best songwriters manage to acknowledge the darkness in the world while trying to see the light at the end of all the grief and inevitable despair; if they think we can make the world a better place, it’s okay for us to think that too. John K. Samson remains optimistic and politely suggests we do the same.
I’m not sure exactly what Adrian Teacher and the Subs are singing about in “Forget America”, but the sentiment strikes a chord. For Canadian musicians–and most certainly for their fans, there has never been a better time to act on their advice.
SHITTY LOSER RIFFS by WORST GIFT Describing a band as ‘loud’ these days is a trendy and often misleading trope. Any band that features an electric guitar is susceptible to this label but not many truly deserve it. Toronto’s Worst Gift, however, is without a doubt loud. Shitty Loser Riffs is their first release and the four-song […]
Mosey by Daniel Romano The year: 2016. While many thousands are rewriting 20th century classics (blatantly or otherwise), some artists aspire to look forward. For an example of this underground breed of artist, we go deep into a home-recording studio in Fenwick, Ontario. Away from the bustling city and the ‘Music Man’ he grew tired […]
King Of Gold 7″ by Casper Skulls Being too ambitious with your sound can be dangerous for a post-punk band. Personal flare is essential but the groundwork laid by Joy Division, Sonic Youth and the like is particularly solid. Toronto’s Casper Skulls knows this well and they showcase that knowledge expertly. Just one listen to the […]
The Dream Is Over by PUP I’d known of Topanga and found their early releases catchy, and I also knew the band had recently changed their name to PUP – but that was about it. Immediately on the heels of the name change, PUP opened for The Dirty Nil one night in Hamilton. My friend Geoff and I […]
The Party by Andy Shauf We’ve all been to “the party”. A special occasion (or no occasion at all), with friends (or a bunch of strangers), mini ecosystems where anything and everything can happen. Any gathering where a gaggle of people Reach varying levels of intoxication has the potential for ugliness or beauty, but one […]