Tag: jangle pop

New Canadiana :: Tough Age – Tough Age

Tough Age - Tough Age

It’s a strange feeling to have heard a band’s entire catalogue live before hearing a single recorded song. After touring with Tough Age I was afraid to listen to their debut on Mint Records as I thought it would be hard to carry the live energy — now as much a part of the songs for me as the impeccable songwriting itself — to vinyl. I was wrong. Chris Martell’s monster drumming, Lauren Smith’s neverending smile above driving basslines, Penny Clark’s shy mystique and Jarrett Samson’s boisterous personality can all be felt just fine on this slab of plastic. What a great pop record by some West Coast pals. Makes me want to eat a sack of ‘burgs and dance on some old exercise equipment.

C’est un sentiment étrange d’avoir entendu en concert le répertoire complet d’un groupe avant même d’avoir écouté un seul de leur enregistrement. Après avoir effectué une tournée avec Tough Age, j’appréhendais l’écoute de leur premier album sur Mint Records pensant qu’il serait difficile de transposer sur vinyle leur énergie live faisant, pour moi, tout autant partie intégrale des chansons que leur impeccable écriture. J’avais tort. Les percussions gargantuesques de Chris Martell, le sourire sans fin de Lauren Smith au contrôle de puissantes lignes de basse, le mystère timide de Penny Clark et la tumultueuse personnalité de Jarrett Samson se ressentent très bien sur cette galette de plastique. Quel grand album pop par quelques-uns de mes copains de la côte ouest. Ça me donne envie de manger un grand sac rempli de hamburgers et de danser sur de vieux appareils d’exercice.

Tough Age – Seahorse

Tough Age – Coffin Foam

Video :: Actual Water – La Violence sur Les Champs-Élysées [Director: Danielle Nemet]

Actual Water have been spitting out some freaky-deaky and/or brilliant low run tapes and lathes over the past few years. Now they’re finally gearing up for their first full-length LP, which comes out next month on Unfamiliar. I’m happy to report that the promo-video/single has just dropped and the weird ones have caught it. The group is working some happy, Flying Nun thing that’s a nice change of weather from all the goth-waves washing up our shores. Please don’t let me be misunderstood. I love all the depressing blizzard-queen/rave-witch stuff, but it’s great to take a short break from it as the weather starts to get colder. That’s how I’m feeling anyway.

I’ve always liked director Danielle Nemet’s photo-blog, Sombre Reptiles, so it’s nice her footage puts you in the same warm-world as the snapshots. Kinda had my fingers crossed the singer would bust out rapping by the end but he never did. It’s still the most fun video I’ve seen in a long time. Thanks Actual Water!