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New Canadiana :: Crosss // Astral Gunk – Split 7″

Crosss // Astral Gunk - Split 7"

Darkness envelopes a barren landscape as cloaked figures surround their fallen chapter. Though trembling, we are euphoric as the beast they’ve summoned welcomes us into its arms. Crosss seamlessly combine doom and post-punk with the disorienting pop sensibilities that we’ve come to expect from Halifax. And they’re destined to the throne. On the flipside, chain-gun percussion accompanies the proclamation that punk is not dead. In their own maniacal language, Sackville’s Astral Gunk abandon convention and leave the capitol in search of unpredictable territory.

L’obscurité enveloppe un paysage aride alors que des personnages cagoulés entourent leur acolyte tombé. Malgré les tremblements, nous sommes euphoriques : la bête qui a été invoquée nous accueille dans ses bras. Crosss combinent sans couture le doom et le post-punk avec la sensibilité pop désorientante d’Halifax. Ils sont destinés au trône. De l’autre côté, des rythmes de mitraillette accompagnent la proclamation que le punk n’est pas mort. Dans leur propre langue maniaque, Astral Gunk, de Sackville, abandonnent les conventions et quittent le Capitole à la recherche de territoires imprévisibles.


Crosss – Spectre


Astral Gunk – Seven

New Canadiana :: Crosss – Obsidian Spectre

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“Look now, it’s past twelve. The witching hour is nigh. Use the evil eye.” Left-handed guitarist Andy March leads this disc into the chalked-up garage for a solemn ritual to open portals between two worlds: sludge doom and punk giddiness. Once invoked, the obsidian spectre is both punishing and playful, teaching tricks and reminding us of the golden fight. The stripped-down trio Crosss play along, bouncing reverb-drenched licks off the walls to make their mantra-verse-mantra songs pop. But when the 20-minute B-side “Will-o’-The-Wisp” hits, there’s no structure in sight. It’s like you’ve gotten lost in the dark, psychically gripping for any familiar sensation, eventually relieved to encounter mysterious light.

“Regarde, il est minuit passé. L’heure des sorcières approche. Utilise le mauvais œil.” Le guitariste gaucher Andy March mène cet album dans le garage au pentacle de craie pour un rituel solennel afin d’ouvrir les portails entre deux mondes : le sludge doom et le punk vertigineux. Une fois invoqué, le spectre de l’obsidienne s’avère à la fois cruel et ludique, nous enseigne des tours tout en nous rappelant la bataille flavescente. Le trio minimaliste Crosss envoie rebondir contre les murs ses riffs noyés d’écho pour que surgissent leurs chansons mantra-refrain-mantra. Or quand s’abat “Will-o’-The-Wisp”, la face B de 20 minutes, il n’y a plus de structure à l’horizon. Perdu dans les ténèbres, à tenter de vous accrocher mentalement à quelque sensation familière, vous serez enfin libéré au moment de pénétrer la lumière mystérieuse.

Crosss – Smoke

Crosss – Witching Hour

New Canadiana :: Un Blonde // Crosss – Split

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Night-time rituals conducted inside obsidian caverns. Crosss play on with trembling rhythms and buzzing guitars that challenge and guide the uninitiated to the psychedelic unknown. The haunted six string melodies of a prolific Calgarian echo deep into the walls. Un Blonde’s ceremonial chants delivered like a prairie druid leading us into rock and roll revival. This is transformation through reverberation.

Des rituels nocturnes sont menés à l’intérieur de cavernes d’obsidiennes. Crosss continue à jouer avec des rythmes tremblants et des guitares bourdonnantes qui défient et guident les non-initiés vers l’inconnu psychédélique. Les mélodies hantées à six cordes d’un Calgarien prolifique résonnent dans la profondeur des murs. Les chants cérémoniels d’Un Blonde sont émis comme un druide des Prairies qui nous mène vers un renouveau rock and roll. Voici une transformation par la réverbération.

Un Blonde – For You To Drink

Crosss – Saccharine

New Canadiana :: Crosss – Bones Brigade b/w Mountain King

Craft Singles chief exec Andy March puts his best flower power foot forward on this scorched denim vest jambone. Anglofied undulations linger in the myst of heart-shaped hooks and the algebraic pterodactyl armed stick work of a Haligonian stalwart, which is all just an ostentatious way of saying that these songs totally rock.

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Crosss – Bones Brigade

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Crosss – Mountain King

New Canadiana :: Various Artists – Khyber Compilation

Halifax’s premier fringe-art playhouse has pulled together a mammoth compilation capturing the recent wave of do-it-with-everyone artists roaming the Haligonian landscape. Where other cities devolve into scene sectarianism, Halifax bursts with cross-genre vigor, laying the streetwork for steadfast artifacts like the Khyber Compilation. Similar in spirit to the Emergency Room comp., Khyber wins for the sheer spread of pressure-waves; from the red-lined raw-fi of Fuck Montreal to the casio-blown R&B of Pastoralia, it seems that every buckeyed freak managed to explode with colour beneath the Khyber’s magnificent arches. Includes many new-jacks to the scene, too! Proceeds from the tape go to future renovations at the Khyber. Bands included: Cousins, Soaking Up Jagged, Fresh Flesh, Special Noise, Cactus Flower, It Kills, Secret Colours, Fuck Montreal, DUZHEKNEW, Bloodhouse, Trash Heap, Play Guitar, Mean Wind, Bad Vibrations, Datacave, CROSSS, Catbag, The Rhythm Method, and Pastoralia.

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Cousins – Khyber

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Mean Wind – Down for the Count

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Fuck Montreal – Anchors