Category: Wyrd

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 III :: Eternal Gratitude b/w Thanks!!!

At the climax of Wyrd III, during a liquor-license shut-down of Red Mass’ super-collab shred-fest, a crowd of maniac fans carried Famines-drummer Garrett Kruger out of Vancouver’s Waldorf Hotel chanting “We’re never gonna stop!” And while Garrett in-flight solo’d onto the world’s most dangerous street, we kept thinking: we will truly never stop.

There were so many highlights and so many amazing moments, each one buoyed by so many wonderful people. With such bountiful bodies of positive Wyrd reformation, we’d like to simply thank you. Thanks to every person who came and had a marvelous time. Thanks to every performer for being on the level and so supportive. And a huge thanks to the volunteers who carried the weight of Wyrd on their shoulder from city-to-city.

We commend and thank all who participated. As the moon fades, so the sun rises again. For all those who missed Wyrd III, we look forward to your vibrations in 2012. Wyrd IV is coming. As is Wyrd MTL in the next month. Help us carry the torch beyond the end of time.

PS – please post your favorite Wyrd III moments in the comments section below. We’ll start with ours.

PPS – if you have any photos, please send them to [email protected]

Hearts,

Paul Lawton & Aaron Levin
Mammoth Cave / Weird Canada
mammothcaverecording.com / weirdcanada.com

Wyrd III :: Your Guide to Wyrd

We are five days until Wyrd III, so I figured it was time to unleash this beast of a playlist. Below is the proverbial “sip of the juice.” A sprinkling of audible treats from each artist playing Wyrd III. However, like all great maps, the details are not exact. Your final destination is only truly experienced by traveling. We can’t wait to see you at Wyrd III.

Long, Long, Long (Halifax, NS)

File-under: Haligonia.
Why we love them: Halifax’s hypernetic double-pop quarter ceaselessly pushes all the limits of catch. They’re deep-ear diving into a power-pop tornado, channeling chaotic waves into torrential harmonies and six-string rhythmania. Definitely the most exciting thing happening east of Montreal!
Long Long Long – Ponytail Ambition

Wyrd Visions (Toronto, ON)

File-under: Slooooooow.
Why we love them: They call him the bog lord for good reason. Meditative journey’s through finger-picked oblivion, Wyrd Visions holds the title for best acoustic Black Metal cover and longest song featuring a Canadian signing in Swedish.
Wyrd Visions – Freezing Moon

Red Mass (Montreal, QC)

File-under: weird.punk
Why we love them: Legendary collective from Montreal birthed from the ashes of the great CPC Gangbangs. Blistering walls of psychedelic punk with terrifying levels of Danzigian vocal delay and gyrating bass-lines. Hands down one of the best phenomena currently recordable.
Red Mass – Terrorizer

GOBBLE GOBBLE (Edmonton, AB)

File-under: Neon explosion.
Why we love them: Immutable neon barnacles bursting infinite within every spurt of creative marvel. GOBBLE GOBBLE are without a doubt the most singular dance sensation to be experienced by humankind.
GOBBLE GOBBLE – Wrinklecarver

Famines (Edmonton, AB)

File-under: Bezerker garage.
Why we love them: Berserker garage duo Famines lay a relentless drum-pattern rampage paired with split-guitar mayhem. Intenseintenseintenseintenseintense.
Famines – Syllables

Hobo Cubes (Montreal, QC)

File-under: NASA.
Why we love them: Existing within the submerged foldable of a hyper dimension psychedelic jungle, Hobo Cubes capture the untamed reverberations emanating from the core of unknowable places.
Hobo Cubes – Onde Astrali (w/ Bernardino Femminielli)

Dirty Beaches (Vancouver, BC)

File-under: Smoke.
Why we love them: Dirty Beaches’ low-bit explorations through reverb hell have reached an all-time high on the synesthesia scale. Bubbling, smokey pulses of burnt low-end colour his spectrum of hazy crooning and rolling bass lines. Rockabilly for an entirely new generation of smoke.
Dirty Beaches – 16 Coaches Long Akai Tape

Femminielli (Montreal, QC)

File-under: SEX.
Why we love them: Bernardino Femminielli has completed his transformation from a levitating shaman to the sexiest man in subterranean showbiz. Whispering, crooning, and commanding, Femminielli’s signature lusty leer follows in the Gainsbourg tradition of aged lechery set against an alien chorus of skin-chilling pulsating synths. SEXY.
Femminielli – Estados Alterados

Tonstartssbandht (Montreal, QC)

File-under: Druid brotherhood.
Why we love them: With a choralic thunder unmatched by any stream of sinusoids, Tonstartssbandht have crossed every genre-boundary, bringing gifts from musical forms yet to be imagined. From a psychedelic accapella to throws of droning guitar wrenchery, Tonstartssbandht are not for the weak of heart.
Tonstartssbandht – Hymn Our Garden

Feral Children (Saskatoon, SK)

File-under: Prairie psych.
Why we love them: A forward-thinking, genre-hybridization of trends existing in the ethers of our musical consciousness.
Feral Children – Safe Language

Silver Dapple (Calgary, AB // Montreal, QC)

File-under: 90s adora-pop.
Why we love them: In our infinite adoration of mellotude emerges a trio so pure the mere letters that spill their name tell tall tales of a majestic sky.
Silver Dapple – Slip Stitch

Ketamines (Lethbridge, AB)

File-under: Cocaine.
Why we love them: Line, by line, by line. Line, by line, by line. It’s my world. Pretty much the greatest pop song ever.
Ketamines – Line by Line

Velvet Chrome (Montreal, QC)

File-under: Dual-masked readymades!
Why we love them: Desolation, litter, and decrepit rides breaking through our mourning light; a psychedelic vision from oracles and witches brewed for your stereo.
Velvet Chrome – Drowning in Space

Manic Attracts (Vancouver, BC)

File-under: Grippin’ and flipping’ garage-punk.
Why we love them: Drenched in the high-fi red-line popitude we’re only capable of conjuring in the depths of a creative zenith, Manic Attracts multiply this intense wave of grage-punk into a veritable factory of sound.
Manic Attracts – Death Of Your Heart

Role Mach (Vancouver, BC)

File-under: There’s 9 people in this band.
Why we love them: There are nine people in this band, but the most important part is the full horn section. Horn-rock is back. Throw away your Grand Funk Railroad albums and get ready to embrace the new wave of fonk.
Role Mach – Black Manhattan

Il nous reste cinq jours jusqu’à Wyrd III, alors je pense qu’il est grand temps qu’on lance cette bête d’une liste de chansons. En ci-dessous, vous pouvez siroter le jus proverbial. Un sapoudrage de cadeaux audibles de chaque artiste qui joue à Wyrd III. Cependant, comme toutes les grandes cartes, les détails sont pas précis. Votre destination finale sera seulement vraiment vécu par voyager. On a hâte de vous voir nombreux à Wyrd III.

Long, Long, Long (Halifax, N-É)

Classification: Haligonia.
Pourquoi on les aime: Le quartette double-pop hypernétique de Halifax continue de repousser sans cesse les limites des accroches. Ils plongent en oreille profonde dans une tornade de power-pop, en puisant les ondes chaotiques dans les harmonies torrentielles et la rythmanie de six cordes. C’est certainement la chose la plus palpitante qui se passe à l’est de Montréal!
Long Long Long – Ponytail Ambition

Wyrd Visions (Toronto, ON)

Classification: Leeeeennnntttttt.
Pourquoi on les aime: Il y une bonne raison pour laquelle on l’appelle le maître du marécage. Avec les voyages méditatifs à travers l’oubli gratté à doigt, Wyrd Visions a produit la meilleure reprise acoustique de Black Metal ainsi que la chanson la plus longue qui met en vedette un Canadien qui chante en suédois.
Wyrd Visions – Freezing Moon

Red Mass (Montreal, QC)

Classification: punk.bizarre
Pourquoi on les aime: Une coopérative légendaire de Montréal qui est née des cendres du grand CPC Gangbangs. Les murs torrides de punk psychédélique avec les niveaux éprouvants de retard du chant façon Danzig, et de mélodies tournoyantes de basse. Haut la main un des meilleurs phénomènes maintenant enregistrables.
Red Mass – Terrorizer

GOBBLE GOBBLE (Edmonton, AB)

Classification: Explosion fluo.
Pourquoi on les aime: Les barnaches fluo et immuables qui éclatent infiniment dans chaque giclée de merveille créative. Sans aucun doute, GOBBLE GOBBLE sont la sensation de danse la plus singulière que le monde ait jamais vu.
GOBBLE GOBBLE – Wrinklecarver

Famines (Edmonton, AB)

Classification: Garage fou furieux.
Pourquoi on les aime: Le duo de garage fou furieux Famines crée une fureur incessante de la batterie jumelée au pagaille de split-guitare. Intenseintenseintenseintenseintense.
Famines – Syllables

Hobo Cubes (Montreal, QC)

Classification: NASA.
Pourquoi on les aime: Dans le pliable submergé d’une jungle psychédélique et hyperdimensionale, Hobo Cubes saisissent les réverbérations sauvages qui émanent du cœur des espaces inconnaissables.
Hobo Cubes – Onde Astrali (w/ Bernardino Femminielli)

Dirty Beaches (Vancouver, BC)

Classification: La fumée.
Pourquoi on les aime: Les explorations low-bit de Dirty Beaches à travers l’enfer de réverbération ont atteint un record absolu sur l’échelle de synesthésie. Les pulsations pétillantes et enfumées de low-end brûlé faussent sa palette de chantonnements flous et de mélodies déferlantes de basse. C’est le rockabilly pour une toute nouvelle génération de fumée.
Dirty Beaches – 16 Coaches Long Akai Tape

Femminielli (Montreal, QC)

Classification: SEXE.
Pourquoi on les aime: Bernardino Femminielli a fini sa transformation du chaman lévitant en l’homme le plus sexy au showbiz souterrain. Soit qu’il chuchote, commande ou chantonne avec son régard caractèristique louche et chaud, le chant de Femminielli suit la tradition de Gainsbourg de la luxure âgée à côté d’un refrain extraterrestre et un paysage éthéré qui donne des frissons construit des synthés pulsants. SEXY.
Femminielli – Estados Alterados

Tonstartssbandht (Montreal, QC)

Classification: Fraternité druide.
Pourquoi on les aime: Avec un tonnerre chanté inégalé par aucun flot de sinusoïdes, Tonstartssbandht a dépassé chaque limite des genres, en apportant les cadeaux des genres qui ne sont pas encore imaginés. Depuis l’a capella psychédélique jusqu’aux lancers d’arrachements bourdonnants de guitare, Tonstartssbandht ne sont pas pour les cœurs sensibles.
Tonstartssbandht – Hymn Our Garden

Feral Children (Saskatoon, SK)

Classification: Prairie psych.
Pourquoi on les aime: Une hybridation progressiste de genres qui existe aux cieux de notre conscience musicale.
Feral Children – Safe Language

Silver Dapple (Calgary, AB // Montreal, QC)

Classification: Adora-pop des années 90.
Pourquoi on les aime: Dans notre adoration infinie de moellotude, un trio apparaît qui est si pur que les simples lettres de leur nom racontent les histoires d’un ciel majestueux.
Silver Dapple – Slip Stitch

Ketamines (Lethbridge, AB)

Classification: Cocaïne.
Pourquoi on les aime: Line, by line, by line. Line, by line, by line. C’est mon monde. C’est grosso modo la plus grande chanson pop de tous les temps.
Ketamines – Line by Line

Velvet Chrome (Montreal, QC)

Classification: Préparé et double-déguisé!
Pourquoi on les aime: Le désespoir, les déchets, et les voyages décrépits transperce notre aurore; une vision psychédélique des oracles et des sorcières brassée pour ta chaîne hi-fi.
Velvet Chrome – Drowning in Space

Manic Attracts (Vancouver, BC)

Classification: Garage-punk fou et loufoque.
Pourquoi on les aime: Trempé de la popitude hi-fi et ligné en rouge qu’on peut seulement faire apparaîtres dans les profondeurs d’un zénith créatif, Manic Attracts multiplient cette vague intense de garage-punk en une usine véritable du son.
Manic Attracts – Death Of Your Heart

Role Mach (Vancouver, BC)

Classification: Il y a neuf personnes dans ce groupe.
Pourquoi on les aime: Il y a neuf personnes dans ce groupe, mais la partie la plus importante est la section de cuivres au grand complet. Le cuivre-rock est de retour. Débarrasse-toi de tes albums Grand Funk Railroad et sois prêt à épouser la nouvelle vague de funk.
Role Mach – Black Manhattan

Wyrd III :: Win Free Sled Island Passes to See SLEEP!

Wyrd III is proud to forge bonds with Sled Island’s mind-boggling dive into festival brilliance. The sheer scope of Calgary’s premier music and art festival has been a huge inspiration behind taking Wyrd onto the intergalactic stage. In step this with partnership, Sled Island was generous enough to offer Wyrd III ticket-holders an opportunity to win a double-guest pass to Friday’s Main Stage where SLEEP is headlining. How the contest works:

1) Take a photo of your Wyrd Ticket or Eventbrite Print-out
2) Upload the photo to the Wyrd III Facebook Event.

That’s it! The winner will be selected randomly from pool of people submitting photos! If you don’t have a ticket, you can purchase a digital ticket here or visit: Blackbyrd Myoozik (Edmonton), Listen Records (Edmonton), Sloth Records (Calgary), Zoo Zhop (Vancouver), Zulu Records (Vancouver), Red Kat (Vancouver), or Waldorf Hotel (Vancouver)!

Hearts

Wyrd III :: Announcing Tonstartssbandht!

We are more than proud. We are more than excited. We inexplicably lack the hyperbole necessary to elucidate the subtle vibrations coursing through our bodies as we announce Wyrd III‘s very special guest. They are Tonstartssbandht. For the first time, Western Canada shall bear witness to a wild choralic thunder; irradiated psychedelic punk emanating from a gnarly brotherhood. Let the face-melting begin. Grip your wyrd tickets NOW.

Wyrd III :: Grown-Ups & B-Lines added to Vancouver bill!!

We’ve got some great news for Vancouverites planning on attending Wyrd III. As Weird Canada’s traveling festival makes its final destination in Vancouver on Sunday May 22, 2011, we’ll be making two very important additions to the bill. We’re excited to announce that both Grown-Ups and B-Lines as additions to the Vancouver show! This will put the final tally of bands in Vancouver at 20! Pictured above are the Wyrd III tickets (the Edmonton ticket is featured there), which are available at Blackbyrd Myoozik and Listen Records in Edmonton, Sloth Records in Calgary, and Zhoo Zop, Zulu, Red Cat, and the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver. If you feel like saving trees and the sanctity of never having touched a magic the gathering card, you can also purchase tickets online. For further scheduling and festival information, please visit the Wyrd III home.

On a de tellement bonne nouvelle pour les Vancouverois qui ont l’intention d’assister à Wyrd III. Quand le festival itinérant de Weird Canada arrive enfin à Vancouver le 22 mai 2011, on va ajouter deux arrivées super importantes au programme. On est ravi de vous annoncer que Grown-Ups ainsi que B-Lines seront ajouté au spectacle de Vancouver! Le décompte définitif de groupes à Vancouver est maintenant 20! Regardez la photo ci-dessus pour les billets de Wyrd III (ici c’est le billet d’Edmonton), qui sont disponibles à Blackbyrd Myoozik et Listen Records à Edmonton, Sloth Records à Calgary, et Zhoo Zop, Zulu, Red Cat, et le Waldorf Hotel à Vancouver. Si vous avez envie de sauvegarder les arbres et la sainteté de n’avoir jamais touché une carte de Magic: l’assemblée, vous pouvez également acheter les billets en ligne. Pour plus de programmation et d’informations du festival, veuillez consulter le site web de Wyrd III.

Wyrd III :: Schedule, Tickets, and full details!

We’re proud to announce the (almost) full schedule, ticket locations, and other full details for Wyrd III.

==== FULL WYRD III INFO HERE ====

(poster design by Gabriel Jasmin)

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!

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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.

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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.

Promotions :: WYRD FEST

Yes, Edmonton finally got its first underground music festival. It’s starting out small, with just 16 bands in one evening across two-stages, but I’m sure Wyrd Fest will become the revenue generating, gold-tank driving, investment masterpiece of Obey Convention, Sled Island, and Pop Montreal in no time!

In the meantime, see the full details here: WYRD FEST

Wyrd Fest 2009 :: Poster