Tag: lantern

New Canadiana :: Lantern – I Don’t Know b/w Out of Our Heads

Lantern - I Don’t Know b/w Out of Our Heads
Cheaper than a leather jacket but equally effective at scaring your parents, Lantern’s new single takes them to new levels of speaker-blowing oblivion. “I Don’t Know” resurfaces from this summer’s tape on Night People, jabbed with adrenaline by drummer Sophie White’s Maclise-via-hambone beat. But B-side “Out of Our Heads” is the true highlight—nearly five minutes of relentless bass-as-extra-tom-tom, high pitched smears of sneers, and a final solo of celestial murk. For Cuban heels only.

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Lantern – I Don’t Know

New Canadiana :: Lantern // The Ether – Lantern // The Ether

Lantern and The Ether Split Cassette Cover
Lantern’s burning proto-punk and wah-wah workouts provide a much needed headbang session to strengthen those aging neck tendons. Their cover of this trashcan anthem further proves the cutting-edge theory that silverface fuzz blows away synth-banjo, any day. Meanwhile, The Ether’s destructo-wave ripples into black holes, a dense mass constantly on the verge of implosion. Here and there, a sparse guitar lead escapes the confines, a split-second before the void pulls you back head first into its crushing fury. Must grip!

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The Ether – Permanent State of Grace

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Lantern – America is my Zoo

Imprint :: Electric Voice

Matt Samways is a young upstart from Truro, the so-called ‘hub’ of Nova Scotia. Before touching the age of 20 he led the pitiless doom punk of Pig, started the Electric Voice imprint, and played sideman to Scribbler and the Friendly Dimension. He has once again departed on another musical continuum with his latest project, Transfixed, a more sinister and contemplative vision of the futuristic isolation and robotic vocals of Kraftwerk and Gary Numan.

Electric Voice is not exclusive to the regional talent of the 902, but has entertained releases from across Canada, with ambitions to release music from around the globe. Up next is a 12” from Jeff & Jane Hudson, who were part of the New York No Wave movement during the late ’70s and early ’80s, arguably one of the greatest incubators for creative music of all genres, ever. Matt kindly took the time to answer some questions.

Zachary Fairbrother
Contributor
Weird Canada // Lantern
http://weirdcanada.com // http://lantern.bandcamp.com

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Transfixed – Coaxial Mirage

What inspired you to start a label?
It was conceived as a vanity label in 2008 with a partner I was collaborating with at the time, who actually titled the label. It was suggested by a peer that we began documenting our releases to enhance professionalism. We had no intentions of channeling anything other than our own material. As our group was disbanding a personal desire to continue the archive still existed. My friends are all making extremely good music and I can’t suppress supporting it materialize.
Since Pig split, you’ve devoted much of your attention to Electric Voice. Are you taking a break from music or do you prefer running label?
I wasn’t really interested in performing or releasing my own music at the time, but I wanted to keep contributing to the physical production of it. I hold a strong value in the aesthetic of sound and its presentation, and the idea of being able to manipulate it is appealing to me. About a year ago I started receiving funding from the Government of Nova Scotia via the Emerging Business Music Program on behalf of Electric Voice. That defiantly provided me with a lot of motivation to get the label off the ground and start working outside the current community in Halifax and Montreal. Though I am becoming passionate about the label, I am a musician first and still focus on writing and recording with aspirations of touring the material. Putting a lot of energy into the label in turn benefits my musical endeavors.
Transfixed is quite a departure from your previous musical adventures. How is it related/un-related to other projects?
The formation of Transfixed was completely organic. It is a collaborative project between myself, Ian Phillips and a number of rotating musicians. We had no intentions of forming a group when we first started playing together, but when we discovered that the house we had been jamming in was previously owned by Ian’s grandparents in the early ’60s, and that his grandfather grew up in the house, we decided to channel our time spent there with Transfixed. It has become an interesting and rapidly progressing project that there’s no reason to stop. Our ideas are constantly abstracting themselves and moving faster than we create the music. It’s exciting and with the lack of expectation we have become more prolific than any other project I’ve been involved with.

With my other projects/collaborations there has been a lot more premeditation on the sounds and how they should be presented. It becomes tough when a collective of people share the same visions without matching the logistics. The extrasensory parts of music can be difficult to communicate. I also work with Troy Richter and the Friendly Dimension in molding his sounds.

Synthesizers or guitars?
Guitars that sound like synthesizers. I think the combination can be a masterful force when properly conducted. I am ultimately a guitar player, but I’ve been spending a lot of time learning the keyboard. For the last few months I’ve hardly touched my guitar.
You hitchhike between Truro and Halifax. It seems like hitchhiking is a fading activity. Do you enjoy it, and do you have any good stories? Have you met some interesting people? Where is the farthest you’ve hitched?
It’s never really been something I enjoyed, but it’s done out of necessity. When I cannot afford to be bussing back and forth, it’s usually my only means to get to practices/gatherings, as all of the bands I play in are based in Halifax. I live back and forth from Halifax and Truro, which are about an hour’s drive apart. Truro is very isolated and is a great environment to work in, though can be compromising with my schedule.

I’ve only been hitching through Nova Scotia and Newfoundland for the last five years. I’ve been consistently traveling this way and have never encountered any trouble. Dress nice with a clean appearance. A lot of mothers have picked me up, also on- and off-duty police officers. The only questionable encounter was a lady who spoke in a thick rural Nova Scotian tongue. She picked my friend and I up in the dark and was drinking Faxe 10 (strong beer). She had what looked like 3-4 empty cans on the floor of her side of the car. It was a little unsetting but she was considerably collected and coherent. She had a bizarre way of twisting her words together that was oddly poetic.

You seem like an ambitious young man. What are your dreams for the Electric Voice Label?

I don’t class my visions with the label as dreams, because I don’t think they are anything we can’t achieve. The people I surround myself with are individually gifted at what they do. Thankfully all of the resources are presented, making it simple to have a pragmatic sense of work. I certainly am young; therefore I am not looking to execute the foundation process in short time. I will keep experimenting with formats and presentation, and try not to exhaust our resources. In time I will spend time refining the label and as expected with any small business or hobby, sustainability is key.

What other labels do you find inspiring and/or really dig and why?
To those who know me this may sound biased because Brett is a good friend, but I really like what he has done with Campaign For Infinity. He has released some of my favourite cassettes in the last few years (notable: Teenage Panzerkorps, Horrid Red, Grand Trine, Rape Faction). I also have a lot of respect for Darcy Spidle and Divorce Records, as it was a prominent influence of my origins in the community of Halifax. He is really passionate about what he does and it shows in his work. OBEY Convention is a festival he puts on every year or so and is the highlight of the year in Halifax, in my opinion. I am happy to be helping him with the festival in 2012.

I have some collaborative release coming out with Danish label Skrot Up as well as works with Montreal’s Hobo Cult. Some other notable active labels: Bruised Tongue, Captured Tracks, Dark Entries Records, FLA Tapes & Records and Arbutus Records. I also really dig the consistency in the aesthetic of labels like Sacred Bones and Night People.

Electric Voice Discography (to date)

  • EV001
  • ::
  • Albino Slug II
  • EP
  • (Cassette, 2008)
  • EV002
  • ::
  • Pig
  • Everything Isn’t EP
  • (CD-R, 2009)
  • EV003
  • ::
  • Vacuum
  • Tormented Bear EP
  • (Cassette, 2009)
  • EV004
  • ::
  • Pig
  • Elbow Witch
  • (Cassette, 2009)
  • EV005
  • ::
  • Church Hammer
  • Vol. I
  • (Cassette, 2010)
  • EV006
  • ::
  • Church Hammer
  • Vol. II
  • (Cassette, 2010)
  • EV007
  • ::
  • Church Hammer/Vacuum
  • Split
  • (Cassette, 2010)
  • EV008
  • ::
  • Pig
  • I’ve seen the future and it’s no place for me Compilation
  • (Cassette, 2010)
  • EV009
  • ::
  • Various Artists
  • Electric Voice Compilation Vol I
  • (Cassette, 2010)
  • EV010
  • ::
  • Milksnake
  • EP
  • (Cassette, 2010)
  • EV011
  • ::
  • Friendly Dimension
  • Live: In the Pleasant Horrors of Space EP
  • (Cass., 2010)
  • EV012
  • ::
  • Lantern
  • Deliver me from Nowhere
  • (Cassette, 2010)
  • EV013
  • ::
  • Gigas
  • Tied Down to the Ones You Love LP
  • (Cassette, 2010)
  • EV014
  • ::
  • Friendly Dimension
  • Bath Tub EP
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV015
  • ::
  • Duzheknew
  • LOL HELL EP
  • (Cancelled)
  • EV016
  • ::
  • Wicked Crafts
  • “No Cure” EP
  • (Cass. (split w/ Campaign for Infinity, 2011)
  • EV017
  • ::
  • U.S. Girls
  • EP
  • (7″, 2011)
  • EV018
  • ::
  • The Friendly Dimension // 30 Year Old City Hex
  • “Poltergeist City”
  • (Cass., 2011)
  • EV019
  • ::
  • Babysitter
  • “Paul’s Cab” Single
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV020
  • ::
  • Monroeville Music Center
  • Les Defauts des Fabrication EP
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV021
  • ::
  • Milksnake
  • Lenny Bruce EP
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV022
  • ::
  • Membrain
  • EP
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV023
  • ::
  • Lantern // The Ether
  • Split
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV024
  • ::
  • Play Guitar
  • Single
  • (Cassette, split release w/ Craft Singles, 2011)
  • EV025
  • ::
  • Grand Trine
  • Single
  • (Cassette, split release w/ Craft Singles, 2011)
  • EV026
  • ::
  • Bad Vibrations
  • Single
  • (Cassette, split release w/ Craft Singles, 2011)
  • EV027
  • ::
  • Transfixed
  • Single
  • (Cassette, split release w/ Craft Singles, 2011)
  • EV028
  • ::
  • Crosss
  • Single
  • (Cassette, split release w/ Craft Singles, 2011)
  • EV029
  • ::
  • Bloodhouse
  • Single
  • (Cassette, split release w/ Craft Singles, 2011)
  • EV030
  • ::
  • Hand Cream // Crosss
  • Split
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV031
  • ::
  • Passion Party
  • EP
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV032
  • ::
  • Cat Bag // Transfixed
  • Bunker // Body Language
  • (12″ w/ Claire Dragon, 2011)
  • EV033
  • ::
  • Rape Faction // Chevalier Avant Garde
  • Split
  • (Cassette, 2011)
  • EV034
  • ::
  • Various Artists
  • Electric Voice Compilation Vol. II
  • (12″ Cassette, 2011)
  • EV035
  • ::
  • Jeff & Jane Hudson
  • In My Car // Computer Jungle (+ Club mixes)
  • (12″, 2011)
  • EV036
  • ::
  • Visual works by Jacqueline Lachance
  • (VHS, 2012)

(Editor’s Note: Certain titles from this discography were not released by Electric Voice proper. As history’s nature is to continually re-write itself, so, too, shall we gaze pastward at Matt’s creative efforts and understand his temporal stream within the vision of Electric Voice.)

Transfusion :: Wyrd MTL

With less than a week until Wyrd MTL we’re excited to offer a quickie sampler mix spotlighting the 10 artists from this year’s inaugural lineup. All have been previously featured on Weird Canada, and will appear in the flesh on Monday, June 20 at La Sala Rossa. Grip your tickets!

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Wyrd MTL 2011 Mix

Track-listing

[00:00] :: Lantern – “I Don’t Know”
[03:50] :: Ultrathin – “Glass City”
[06:40] :: Dreamcatcher – “Dr. Clawk”
[10:15] :: Hobo Cubes – “Through The Ages”
[12:57] :: Dirty Beaches – “Coast to Coast”
[17:17] :: The Friendly Dimension – “Executive Koala”
[20:25] :: Shortpants Romance – “Heatwave”
[21:15] :: Man Made Hill – “Er Her”
[23:20] :: D’eon – “Thousand Mile Trench”
[29:08] :: Headaches – “Poor Decisions”

New Canadiana :: Lantern – Stranger I Come. Stranger I Leave.

With this newest offering, Lantern have fully harvested their Hasil Adkins hee-haw while continuing to bury themselves alive in a blizzard of Bo’s beats. What am I talking about? A refreshing bad-breath, proto-punk, Rat Fink mud bath in which you can finally erase your pockmarked Chevy Chase face. You the listener are transported via the filth to the absolute crispiest and most burnt ends of the fuzz n’ buzz spectrum. There are too many notes in the solos to say they sound like The Cramps, but you get the idea. The opening title track steers the clearest, with an instrumental dub-stomp my co-workers agree is trippy. Lantern is the best band in North America.

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Lantern – Stranger I Come. Stranger I Leave.

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Lantern – I Don’t Know

Wyrd MTL :: Realities Emerge on Monday June 20, 2011!

We’re proud to officially announce the eastern expansion of the Wyrd cosmos. Thanks to the exceptionally hard-work of Jesse Locke, Gabriel de Jasmin, and Suoni Per Il Popolo, Wyrd MTL will invade Montreal on Monday June 20, 2011. The format and philosophy remain pure; a double-stage frenzy of fringe adjectives will blaze through an evening stacked with over ten performers. With a secondary stage built specifically for Wyrd MTL, the folks at La Sala Rossa have gone the extra-extra mile and are housing a “MEGA BAZARR” of merch featuring visual art, purveyors of printed matter and Canada’s finest record labels. There is also tell of a taco truck hitting the pavement at 7pm. Full line-up and set-times below! For further information, visit here.

8:00 :: HEADACHES (Toronto, ON)
— Cortex dream jams from the cyborg mind of Landon Speers
— why we love them: here.

8:30 :: SHORTPANTS ROMANCE (Montreal, QC)
— Blitzkrieg garage punk and femme fatale charms
— why we love them: here.

9:00 :: ULTRATHIN (Montreal, QC)
— Scab-blasting noise-rock from three skinny dudes
— why we love them: here.

9:30 :: THE FRIENDLY DIMENSION (Halifax, NS)
— The black holy vortex into total freak-rock oblivion
— why we love them: here.

10:00 :: MAN MADE HILL (Toronto, ON)
— Dungeon dwelling one-man funk machine
— why we love them: here.

10:30 :: HOBO EXPANDING CULT BAND (Montreal, QC)
— A one-off collaboration from Hobo Cubes, Femminieli, JLK, Sundrips, Element Kuuda and more!
— why we love them: here.

11:00 :: DREAMCATCHER (Montreal, QC)
— Mind-smudging experimental spookery
— why we love them: here.

11:30 :: LANTERN (Montreal // Halifax // Philadelphia)
— Psych-blues freak-outs from the Zachary Fairbrother smoke ring
— why we love them: here.

12:00 :: DIRTY BEACHES (Vancouver, BC)
— Film noir nomad riding on a lonely highway
— why we love them: here.

12:30 :: D’EON (Montreal, QC)
— Terry meets Teddy Riley on a g-funk rollercoaster
— why we love them: here.

Wyrd MTL :: Official Announcement!!!

This month, Montreal’s seminal experimental music festival Suoni Per Il Popolo announced a partial lineup for 2011, including the first wave of WYRD MTL. Today, we open the floodgates for a full announcement, including information on the MEGA MERCH BAZAAR.

Much like our daily operation and its Western Canadian festival counterparts, this year’s inauguration of Wyrd’s expansion into Montreal will spotlight a coast-spanning cross-section of the Northernly subterranean. Over the course of a single jam-packed evening, 11 artists will bounce back and forth between the main stage and a special floor stage built specifically for this show. The infamous Grumman Taco Truck will be on-site all night after doors open at 7 pm, so come early and chow down on the best tacos in town!

WYRD MTL will also include a MEGA MERCH BAZAAR featuring visual art, purveyors of printed matter and Canada’s finest record labels. These will include Arbutus, Divorce, Fixture, Scotch Tapes, Bruised Tongue, Campaign For Infinity, Fluorescent Friends, Electric Voice, Hobo Cult, Fadeaway Tapes, Los Discos Enfantasmos, They Live We Sleep, Vintage Violence, Totally Disconnected, Planet of the Tapes, Dream Sequence and many more TBA.

p.s. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of TWO MORE SURPRISE ARTISTS in the coming weeks!

///// français /////

La semaine dernière, le festival de musique expérimentale Suoni Per Il Popolo a lancé sa programmation partielle pour l’édition de 2011, incluant une brève mention à propos du WYRD MTL. Aujourd’hui, nous levons le voile sur la programmation entière de l’événement, incluant le MEGA BAZAAR. Dans l’esprit de weirdcanada.com et des WYRD FEST de la côte pacifique, cette édition inaugurale montréalaise mettra l’accent sur un éventail de sonorités underground nordiques, d’un océan à l’autre. Le WYRD MTL, c’est onze artistes qui se succéderont en un soir seulement, alternant entre la scène principale et une scène de parterre spécialement conçue pour l’événement. De plus, l’excellente taqueria ambulante Grumman sera aussi sur place toute la soirée, dès l’ouverture des portes à 19h. Arrivez tôt et profitez des meilleurs tacos en ville !

p.s. Gardez les yeux ouverts pour DEUX AUTRES ARTISTES incontournables qui seront annoncés d’ici les prochaines semaines.

/////////////////// WYRD MTL ///////////////////

Weird Canada et Suoni Per Il Popolo

… présentent…

WYRD MTL
June 20, 2011
La Sala Rossa
Montréal, QC

D’EON (Montreal, QC)
—> Terry meets Teddy Riley on a g-funk rollercoaster

Lantern (Montreal/Halifax/Philadelphia)
—> Psych-blues freak-outs from the Zachary Fairbrother smoke ring

Dreamcatcher (Montreal, QC)
—> Mind-smudging experimental spookery

Duzheknew (Halifax, NS)
—> Jittery pop charisma and fourth world whirligigs

Ultrathin (Montreal, QC)
—> Scab-blasting noise-rock from three skinny dudes

Feral Children (Saskatoon, SK)
—> Lysergic bounce to the ounce and full-throated croons

Hobo Expanding Cult Band (Montreal, QC)
—> A one-off collaboration from Hobo Cubes, Femminieli, JLK, Sundrips, Element Kuuda and more

Headaches (Toronto, ON)
—> Cortex dream jams from the cyborg mind of Landon Speers

Shortpants Romance (Montreal, QC)
—> Blitzkrieg garage punk and femme fatale charms

Rob Feulner (Montreal, QC)
—> Will be providing his signature VHS warped visuals throughout the show.

New Canadiana :: Lantern – Deliver Me From Nowhere…

Lantern, c’est le duo Zachary Fairbrother et Emily Robb, deux expatriés canadiens partis vers la Ville de l’Amour Fraternel. Mais pardieu, brisons-nous vraiment les règles de Weird Canada ? Oui, peut-être, mais ils ont encore leur passeports canadiens. Aussi faut-il savoir que cette première cassette est trop savoureuse pour rester silencieux. Six compositions qui empruntent au folk et au vieux blues américain, où l’on passe de la solitude désolante à l’harmonica jusqu’au fuzz-wah anéantissant de << Crude Vessels of Sound >>. Carburant à la guitare, c’est un beau retour aux sources du proto-punk et du blues sauce psychédélique, cover de Hasil Adkins inclus.

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Lantern – Crude Vessels of Sound

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Lantern – Let’s Take a Trip