I can’t help but be the eternal optimist, though, hopeful that as we progress as a nation and people, we’ll find enough common ground to feel a celebration is in order. Maybe it’s time Canada had “Something To Sing About” again. Here’s hoping we find that something soon.
Every one of us has the wherewithal to join the Halluci Nation; there’s no entrance exam or oath that needs to be memorized. You just need to open your mind to the truth. You need to open your eyes to reality. And you need to open your heart to love.
But eyes are opening. Minds are waking. Nations are rising, and rising again. A Tribe Called Red is wiping away borders, dismantling barriers that have stood between justice and ignorance for generations, and signing up recruits to the Halluci Nation.
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 […]
With the minimalist of beats, Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray make maximum impact on Find Safety, the latest release from their ongoing musical collaboration, LAL. Murray describes the album as a return to their roots to a sample based, two-bar loop aesthetic, stripping away music industry expectations and focussing on LAL’s strength and “…what we wanted […]
Though Doomsquad may have started life as a tongue-in-cheek, inside joke between the Blumas siblings, with their second full length, Total Time, the band has morphed into a mystical, semi-religious, multi-sensory experience that’s garnering devoted followers with every beat and note of music they produce. The soundbite story around Total Time is that Trevor, Jaclyn […]
Spooky Action at a Distance by Frederick Squire (2016) Listen to “Bike Thief” and you’ll hear the way Frederick Squire build’s a song from the outside in, cracking a tough outer shell, exposing the tender fruit within in search of the seed, the essence at the core. It’s a song over ten years old, written […]
Spooky Action at a Distance by Frederick Squire (2016) Physics was never my strong suit in secondary school. Mind you, secondary school in general wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for me either, but suffice to say my focus in those formative years was on the arts more than science. No surprise then, that […]