Tag: hard rock

New Canadiana :: The Silver Skeleton Band – Snake Highs

The Silver Snake Band - Snake HIghs

Nick Dirksen and the gang have returned with another collection of ghoulish shanties that cast spells on your corporeal functions and drive you to dance. Next thing you know, you’re throwing back strange brews with Dante at his Inferno beach party to welcome the recently deceased. These dudes surely surf the same lysergic waves as Dennis Wilson and the dark side of the Beach Boys, as their cult of nostalgia worships and apotheosizes the shadowy transgressions of the venerated past.

Nick Dirksen et sa bande sont de retour avec une nouvelle collection de chansons de marin macabres qui jettent un sort sur vos fonctions corporelles et qui vous poussent à danser. Tout à coup, vous êtes sur la plage en train de boire des boissons étranges avec Dante, à un party de bienvenue pour les récemment défunts. Ces gars surfent sans doute sur les mêmes vagues lysergiques que Dennis Wilson et le côté sombre des Beach Boys, alors que leur culte nostalgique adore et glorifie les transgressions obscures d’un passé vénérable.

The Silver Skeleton Band – Isolation

The Silver Skeleton Band – Silver Samba

New Canadiana :: UBT – Ego Orientation

UBT - Ego Orientation

Following his reign as riff-wielding high Priestess, Mikey Heppner has left the kingdom of metal for the paisley-punk patch. As UBT (née Uncle Bad Touch) the trio thumbs a ride to the intersection of Bolan, Lynott and McGuinn, but this is Psychedelic Psunday taken over by the brats. That damn flute is sure to steal the limelight, but credit is due to the cowbell, the handclaps and the effortless hooks. Two lighters up. Crucial grip. Psychic Handshake EFF TEE DOUBLE YEW.

Après avoir manié le sceptre du riff chez Priestess, Mikey Heppner a quitté le royaume du métal pour élire domicile dans les pâturages du punk aux motifs cachemire. Le trio UBT (anciennement Uncle Bad Touch) se dirige vers l’intersection de Bolan, Lynott et McGuinn sur le pouce, mais ici, c’est comme si les jeunes morveux avaient pris le contrôle de Psychedelic Psunday. La maudite flûte va probablement voler la vedette, mais il faut aussi souligner l’apport de la cloche à vache, des claps et des mélodies accrocheuses à souhait. Sortez vos lighters et de grâce, saisissez cette soucoupe. Psychic Handshake FTW.


UBT – The Boys Are Out For Blood

UBT – John The Painter

New Canadiana :: Babysitter – Tape IV

The latest chapter in the Babysitter’s club saga finds Victoria’s finest sticking to the plot with a few fresh twists. Tape IV’s revolution rock riff-o-rama is as gloriously busted as ever, teeming with teenage lobotomy jangle and howled manifestos to tear down the walls. Yet this time around, the band also dims the lights for a jellybean slow dance with your junior high squeeze, then smokes out the gym for the eight-minute blazer jam “Marijuana Overdrive.” Lock up your daughters and look for these hooligans crossing Canada in the fall.

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Babysitter – Born Superior

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Babysitter – 1000 Girls

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Babysitter – Waste

New Canadiana :: Babysitter – Tape III

Babysitting is a rite of passage for many suburban teens, much like drinking covert beer and jamming the Stooges is for many more a rebellious youth. It’s not a stretch to think that the dudes of Babysitter spent their formative years doing just that – listening to beer-drenched shreddery built from minimal beats, lacerating riffs and howling vocals. Thankfully, they play it all with enough recklessness and discipline to make it seem genuinely wild, permeating your mind with brilliant teenage nostalgia.

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Babysitter – Summer of Luv

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Babysitter – Paralyzer Ponch

New Canadiana :: Babysitter – Babysitter II

Leaping over formidable heaps of genre-fuckery, Victoria’s Babysitter have eclipsed the cresting waves of our modern pop singularity. Babysitter II is an enslaving excursion into hybridized pop-punk and thrash-it-yourself hard-rock with the wildest hook-filled gruntfoolery that-side of anywhere. Tuneless jangles permeate the anthemic hooks (“never gonna die! never gonna die! never gonna die!“) while ripping leads, busted solos, and unmitigated rhythmania hurl Babysitter II through your aural ethosphere. A real favorite around Weird Canada HQ, spawning multiple e-mail threads and putting into question my e-mail organization skills (lesson: if you don’t hear back, try again). GRIPORDIE!!!!

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Babysitter – Nineteen Sixty Nineties

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Babysitter – Talkin’ ‘Bout the New Generation

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Babysitter – Angel of Death

Departures :: Christmas – Heritage

Christmas
Heritage
(Daffodil)
Oshawa, ON
Originally Released: 1970


From the spirited christmas of Aaron Levin:
Bob Bryden‘s recorded legacy is a humbling testament to the zenith of teenage creative potential. At the age of eighteen, Bob walked into a studio to record his fourth LP, the second under the banner of his hand-picked band Christmas (having already recorded two LPs as a leading member of Reign Ghost). Heritage remains a brilliant synthesis of lysergic hard-rock and the emerging streams of progressive shreddery. Crisp, punchy drums burst through the continuous leads, crunchy guitar, and trademark machine-gun bass lines to reveal an imaginative, surprising, and radiant vision of pop musics’ future. One of the best and most creative records released in Canada and a great way to start adventuring within Byrden’s amazing career.

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Christmas – April Mountain

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Christmas – Heritage

New Canadiana :: Mess Folk – Modern Man 7″

Mess Folk
Modern Man 7″
(Plastic Spoon Records)
Sydney, NS
::web/sounds::


From the modern methods of Aaron Levin:
Another strange tangent for Sydney’s unruly mastodon whose flagrant exposé into rock’s genetic grammar will drop needles and crank heads. The tar-pond ensemble jumped into the studio for a deluxe release on France’s Plastic Spoon Records, resulting in a strangely clear vision into the damaged mind of lead songwriter Philip Tarr; blistering hard-rock riding a drug-laced 70s high cut with modern nihilism and philosophical solos. RIPPIN’.

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Mess Folk – Modern Man

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Mess Folk – Damaged Babe

Review :: Omon Ra II / Dirty Beaches – Omon Ra II / Dirty Beaches

Omon Ra II / Dirty Beaches
Omon Ra II / Dirty Beaches
(Campaign For Infinity)
Montreal, QC // Vancouver, BC
::web/sounds::


From the staff of (omon) Ra, as wielded by Aaron Levin:
Omon Ra II lands in Montreal and immediately unleashes a seething explosion of post-hyperbole psych-punk: relentless equalizer rejection and blazing guitar shreddery battling for every magnetic millimeter. Meanwhile, Dirty Beaches departs Montreal for sunny Vancouver and metamorphoses into wild nullophonic mystic rockisms; wasted, minimally-greased rockabilly for deadbeat cowboys and vintage thuggery. An odd paring, but this isn’t the first time the Omon moniker sat beside something equally disparate. Mind = blown.

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Dirty Beaches – Black Horses Take 1

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Omon Ra II – Jimmy

Departure :: Various Artists – Dove Project No. 9

Various Artists
Dove Project No. 9
(Self Released)
Calgary, AB
Originally Released: 1970


From the partially-ordered, semi-continuous grippage of Aaron Levin:
We have witnessed the possessed meanderings of teenagers pushed to the creative fringe for years. It’s not uncommon these days for some residential weirdo to emerge from their suburban cave with a MySpace full of damaged sounds teetering on the edge of unsanity. This was not the case for Canada’s underground rock scene of the 60s, whose output pales numerically to our American counterparts, owing to a lack of custom pressing plants and home-recording equipment. Which is why it’s incredible that Calgarian Doug Wong, at the tail end of 1969, when psychedelic music delivered its last blow to the world’s unsuspecting youth, decided to package the last issue of his high-school newspaper with a 7″ of school “rock bands” (I’ve posted the full story here). The resulting 7″ has become a truly bewildering artifact of Canada’s marginalized fringe music community: a compilation of unfettered teenage expression; trashy, face-melting, fuzz-drenched glorious hard-rock mingling amongst Dylan-inspired folk and sunshine pop. A beautiful peak into the small lives of folk-club weirdos at a time when their sounds usually withered and vanished. Amazing and incredibly rare. This is the third time I’ve written about this record and it still astounds me.

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Wrinkled Pumpkin – Hello

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Sundance Reunion – I’m Leaving

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Dusk – Three Thirty Two

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