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Colter Wall Ticket Giveaway: The Horseshoe

On November 2nd Colter Wall is playing a sold-out show at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.

Colter is a young artist who sounds like he’s been around 100 years. Born in Saskatchewan his style is described as Americana, Folk, Country, Old Tyme, Blues, Bluegrass, and lastly traditional. He’s touring to support his debut self-titled album and to help you get ready for the show, you can hear it here.  Wanna see what you’re in for, check out Colter’s CBC First Play Live below.

Joining Colter is Blake Berglund, from rural Kennedy, Saskatchewan. What can you expect? Old style country music in an amazing venue. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page –  Colter Wall at The Horseshoe Tavern.

Here’s how the contest is going to work …

Use the form below to earn up to 9 entries, and add to your chances by tagging a friend on the contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll be giving double points for all social entries – and we’ll email you if you’re the winner.

Good luck!


Note:
 This is a 19+ event and the winner and guest must be of Ontario legal drinking age to claim the prize and attend the show.

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Something Like a Storm: Matthew Good Album Review

Coquitlam born solo artist, Matthew Good has released his eighth studio album, Something Like a Storm. Technically, if you count the albums released with The Matthew Good Band, it’s sixteen, but who’s counting. The singer/songwriter debuted much of the album live on YouTube on the night before the official release. Joined by Alan Cross, Matthew sang and talked about his history, the album, the songs, the writing process and more. Check out the video below, it’s pretty awesome.

It seems like the process of releasing albums has changed and we were given a video for Bad Guys Win in April of 2017, followed by a video for Decades in July, with two additional tracks on Spotify, Days Come Down and the title track Something Like a Storm. There’s a lot of tease and I was thrilled to be able to see Matthew performing some of the new tunes this summer at the Budweiser Stage. 
Matthew Good - Budweiser Stage 2017

Something Like a Storm is honest and pure Matthew Good. And I’m just going to say it, it’s not fun or lighthearted. I’m completely okay with that. The world is a scary place right now and that’s reflected in the songs.

These are not negatives, I really like this album. I like the songs, and I like the messages. I like the strings at the start of the title track, they’re dramatic and enticing, and the drums in Bad Guys Win are so good!

Matthew has been making records for over 20 years and while the process may have changed, the end result is still something Matthew Good fans can look forward to.

The album is out now, go buy one!
Matthew Good - Budweiser Stage 2017Note: I have to say that I love the way Matthew Good is able to joke about and talk about mental health issues.
Matthew Good - Budweiser Stage 2017

Matthew Good: Something Like A Storm Tracklist

1. Bad Guys Win
2. Decades
3. Men at the Door
4. There The First Time
5. Days Come Down
6. Something Like a Storm
7. She’s Got You Where She Wants You
8. This Is Night
9. Bullets in a Briefcase



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New Music Spotlight: Runaway Angel, Johnson Crook, ColinResponse, Birds of Bellwoods, and Danielle Bradbery

In our latest edition of the New Music Spotlight, we’ve got an almost exclusively Toronto list for your listening pleasure.

We have three bands plus one solo artist, who call Toronto home and one non-Toronto entry for your viewing pleasure.

Check out some new videos from Runaway Angel, Johnson Crook, Birds of Bellwoods, ColinResponse and Danielle Bradbery. Have a listen and feel free to check in with us, letting us know if you loved hem as much as we do.

Artist: Runaway Angel
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Meghan Patrick, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith
Single: Witness
Notes: This song is off their upcoming album ZERO which drops on October 27th and you can attend their CD Release launch party at Boots and Bourbon on November 4th for free!
Check out their event details here!


Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Johnson Crook
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Alternative Country
Related Artists: Joey Landreth, JJ Shiplett, Andrew Hyatt
Single: Minnedosa
Notes: One of our favourite Johnson Crook tracks, the video takes the story of Minnedosa to a whole other level. Great visual storytelling, awesome live shots, and of course beautiful harmonies from Johnson Crook.


Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Birds of Bellwoods
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Alt-Folk
Related Artists: The Northern Empty, Duncan Fellows, My Brothers and I
Single: Let You Go
Notes: The newest video release from Birds of Bellwoods has radio single written all over it for me. It’s fresh and relatable, and it’s also the third single from their upcoming 2018 release Victoria, which is set to drop on January 19th.


Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: ColinResponse
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Pop/Soul
Related Artists: Ivory Hours, Long Range Hustle, Nick Ferrio & His Feelings
Single: Something About Your Love
Notes: We came across this video on Bunz and had to share it. Colin reached out to the Bunz community asking to borrow their children. This is what he did with them. The music is sweet, upbeat and sultry and the video is adorable!


Links: Web / Facebook /  Instagram / Spotify / Apple

Artist: Danielle Bradbery
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Cassadee Pope, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini
Single: Sway
Notes: Sway is the lead single from Danielle’s upcoming release I Don’t Believe We’ve Met. The 21-year-old singer has matured since her The Voice win at the age of 16 and she’s telling us her stories, in her own voice. The singer has writing credits on seven out of ten tracks on the new album. The release date for I Don’t Believe We’ve Met is December 1st.


Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple

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The Drifter and the Preacher: Barney Bentall at The Dakota Tavern

On a beautiful October Thursday night, friends, family, and fans filled The Dakota Tavern for a sold-out show to hear Barney Bentall play songs from his newly released album The Drifter & The Preacher, with some old favourites thrown in for good measure.

It’s been thirty years since the Something to Live For video propelled Barney and his band into our living rooms. Throughout those thirty years, we’ve had the pleasure of six Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts albums, six solo albums and three albums released as Brandon Wolf.

Live, on stage, it didn’t feel like thirty years, it felt like yesterday. Smiling and looking very comfortable Bentall remarked how many familiar faces there were in the crowd.

“It’s very nice. There are a lot of familiar faces out there, wherever I turn. I think as an entertainer,  well it can do one of two things. It can make you kinda nervous, that’s not a bad thing but it can also make you feel very secure, so thank you for being here.”

Sipping a large glass of water between songs, Barney spun many stories for us. He gave us a real glimpse into the stories behind the songs, and it left me feeling privileged, and lucky.

Barney Bentall at Toronto's Dakota Tavern

Throughout the night we were treated to six of eleven songs from the freshly released album. The new music was well received and continues to highlight Bentall’s songwriting gift. He sings about real life, about love, and about sorrow. We’re very glad Jim Cuddy suggested Barney make another record and it’s a nice little bonus that we get to hear Jim sing on Won’t Change the World.

The Drifter & The Preacher feels like a Barney Bentall album and that’s pretty close to perfect. Barney is joined on the opening track, The Miner by his son Dustin, and during the show, he told a story about being nervous about the track. We think they’re spectacular together and I can only hope there are more collaborations in store.

It’s been five years since we’ve heard new music from Bentall, but he hasn’t been sitting on a beach somewhere, he’s been busy. When he’s not making music or otherwise enmeshed with the arts, he’s a cattle rancher. A profession which is very hard work and he’s the first to admit, it may have taught him to complain just a little bit less about the life of a musician.

I’ve been listening to the album for a little while now and to be honest, I still haven’t picked a favourite song.

The Drifter & The Preacher is available everywhere. You can get it on Apple Music here, on Amazon here and you can listen on Spotify here.

The Drifter and the Preacher Album Art

Barney Bentall Setlist: The Dakota Tavern

※ Hold My Heart
※ A Man IsThe Miner
※ Sending Out a Message
※ The Drifter
※ Dream of a Day
※ Life Could Be Worse
※ In The Morning
※ Come Back to Me
※ The Preacher
※ Long Lovely Love Affair
※ The Balad of Old Tom Jones
※ Something to Live For
※ Don’t Wait For Marie
※ Say Goodbye to Albert Comfort

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SounDrive Records Presents: Drivewire

Drivewire is a new live showcase presented by SounDrive Records. It’s a two-day event featuring six local bands who are poised to make it big. The showcases take place at the beautiful Rose Theatre Brampton on October 21st and December 9th.

Day 1 Bands

The first showcase includes Mississauga based Alt-Rock band Polarity. This five-piece band have been making music since 2008 and list Tool, Deftones and A Perfect Circle as influences and we can definitely hear that when we listen. Polarity is fronted by Jasmine, with Matt Hamilton on guitar, Mike Sitana on guitar, Adrian DeSousa on bass, and Eric Zimmermann on drums and percussion.

Polarity Soundrive
The Ocean Cure is an Oakville-based band features Pauline Taylor on vocals, Casius Wray-Muto – bass and Unclean Vocals, Mike Di Monte on guitar and vocals, Nicola Sudano on drums and programming. Featuring a post-hardcore/rock sound, they’re definitely a band to watch.

The Ocean Cure
Also appearing on  Day 1 is Words Like Wildfire, a pop punk, hardcore, emo band who are a GTA fixture. Think New Found Glory meets Alexis on Fire, this five-piece is high energy and a band to watch.

Words Like Wildfire
Stayed tuned to thereviewsarein.com for more details and Day 2 band profiles.

You can get tickets here and you can check out the Day 1 bands via their Facebook links below.

Polarity – Facebook: PolarityMusic

The Ocean Cure – Facebook: TheOceanCure

Words Like Wildfire – Facebook: wordslikewildfire

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Be You: Rory Gardiner Q&A

Ottawa-based Rory Gardiner is a successful music publisher, reality tv contestant, comedian and singer/songwriter. You may have heard his work playing in the background of your favourite tv show or television commercial or maybe you’ve been lucky enough to catch him playing a live show.

Rory’s had several singles on the radio, he has recorded three full-length albums out of Nashville, he’s even got a couple of co-writers that we’re super familiar with including Tim Hicks and River Town Saints, and he keeps a very busy touring schedule across Canada, the US and Australia.

We’ve been listening to his new record, Be You which was released on September 18th and we wanted to know more about him. So we asked a few questions and Rory kindly responded.

Rory Gardiner - Be You Album Cover Art

Q&A

Q) Tell us about yourself, where you were born, where you lived as a kid, what you do when you’re not making music and anything else you think our readers would like to know.

RG) Born in PEI, but grew up in Ottawa. When not making music I perform stand-up comedy. A few years ago I needed a break from writing songs, so I started writing jokes and turned out I was funnier than I thought. I still do stand-up weekly, but I’ll never stop writing and performing music.

Q) Let’s talk about the new album Be Youcan you tell us about the writing and recording process?

RG) The album Be You came out of years of trying to write songs that I thought would be popular at radio. I don’t own a pickup truck, so found it hard to relate with what is current. I decided to write an entire album of country music that I would want to hear. I found that when I wrote songs relate to my own real life, it would often resonate with other people in similar situations. “Be You”! This album is my first country album since 2013. Since then I have released a children’s album (We’re all Rockstars-2016) and Americana record(Roots-2015). It’s the direction my creativity took me, so I just rolled with it!

Q) Will you be touring through the fall to support the album?

RG) The tour will begin this winter, starting in Tampa Florida, then headed north.

Rory Gardiner on White backgroundQ)  What can fans expect from your live show?

RG) These days I can’t play a live show, without my comedic side sneaking into the mix….

Q) Tell us something about you that would couldn’t find with a Google search.

RG) I secretly avoid eating bread and other gluten because I’m afraid of getting a “yeast” infection…

Q)     Who are you listening to?

RG) I love anything with a good hook or clever lyrics. I am consumed so much by country music every day that, when I work out or drive around, I prefer listening to podcasts.

Q)   What’s the best advice you were ever given and what advice would you give to someone just starting out?

RG) Best advice I ever received was “make money while you sleep, so you can do what you want while you’re awake”. It encouraged me to start pushing my music into TV shows and commercials, which isn’t what I originally set out to do with my music, but as a result, turned out great. Something I’ve learned over the years is that if you try to be something or someone you’re not, it will cause frustration, disappointment, and you will never be truly satisfied. Sort of like the movie “Rockstar” with Mark Wahlberg. Just “Be You” and the rest will come organically.

Thanks to Rory for taking the time to answer our questions and if you want to know more about Rory, check out his website and socials.

Web: rorygardiner.com
Facebook: RoryGardinerMusic
Twitter: @rorygardiner
Instagram: @rorygardinermusic

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Tyler Childers Ticket Giveaway: The Drake Hotel – October 25, 2017

We’ve got another contest for you!!!

On October 25th Tyler Childers will be playing a sold-out show at The Drake in Toronto. Didn’t get your tickets in time? Well, you’re in luck, Collective Concerts have given us a pair of tickets to give away and they could be yours.

Tyler Childers is a Kentucky based singer/songwriter who is taking the country music world by storm. Taking his time to put together his first album, Tyler has created an amazing story that rings true infused with the sound of the deep south. Working with Grammy award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, Tyler has crafted a musical masterpiece.

We’re thrilled that he’s bringing his Purgatory tour to Toronto and did we mention this is a sold out show?

Joining Tyler will be William Matheny. William is a West Virginia storyteller with a brand new solo album. Constellations is an alt-country/rock album with a story to tell and we’re interested in hearing how the story ends.

So if you’re looking for amazing country music in the heart of the city, this could be your show.  Here’s a link to the Facebook event page – Tyler Childers at The Drake Hotel.

And now, contest details.

Use the form below to earn up to 9 entries, and add to your chances by tagging a friend on the contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll be giving double points for all social entries – and we’ll email you if you’re the winner.

Tyler Childers shot by David McClister Promo Photo

Photo by David McClister

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The Party: Max Webster Box Set Release Q&A

Max Webster. The late 70’s. A high school gym with low lighting. There may have been some shenanigans. At this point, I’m not 100% sure this memory is even real… but I’m pretty sure Max Webster played my high school dance. And of course the memory is awesome.

Fast forward to today and ole Label Group has released Max Webster’s – The Party. A Canadian box set to rival all box sets. The Party is being released on both vinyl and CD.  The set contains 8 albums or CDs and it has newly re-mastered albums, exclusive unreleased live and studio songs, plus the long-out-of-print Kim Mitchell self-titled EP and a comprehensive booklet packed with rare photos and memorabilia. All the Max Webster you could possibly want and more.

In anticipation of the release, we chatted with Mike Tilka, Max Webster’s original bassist about the box set, memories, and who he’s listening to right now. Thanks again to Mike, he’s a funny and talented guy.

Q&A

Q) We’re really excited about the upcoming The Party release on September 29, 2017, we’re wondering, why now?

MT) I assume it had to do with Anthem selling off their label masters to ole Media a while ago and the new label deciding they needed a plan to get their new investments working for them. Good timing, because if they had waited any longer we would have to go to our gigs & interviews with walkers (or not at all!). Also, our original audience would all be needing hearing aids just to enjoy the product.

Q) Do you have a favourite Max Webster track?

MT) “Gravity” — great tune. It was challenging to perform live — just try playing & singing that chorus at the same time. A fun deal all around!

Q) Would you mind sharing a tour memory with our readers?

MT) Of course not, but remember “what happens on the road stays on the road” or is that Vegas? When you are young and have a purpose as exciting as playing new music, touring is fantastic! Just walking into the Fillmore in San Francisco, knowing you are going to play there that evening is an amazing buzz. Lots of those moments when on tour.

Q) What differences will we hear on the newly remastered versions?

MT) Louder – more bottom! Mastering techniques have changed in the last ten years so things should sound better.

Q) Can you share with us anything about the previously unreleased tracks?

MT) Ten years ago, Q107 had a 30th birthday party at the Docks and Max did a reunion gig to help celebrate. A great night with lots of crazy fans. Kim and I mixed “Let Go The Line” from that show. It is one of the bootleg tracks for the Box Set.

Q) Name 3 bands that you’re currently listening to?

MT) I have been listening to Left a new CD by Monkey House, Don Breithaupt’s fabulous ode to Steely Dan – great tunes, amazing players, etc. One of my favourite guitar players, Kim Mitchell, is featured on one of the tracks. He does a great job but you will never be able to convince him of that. I got into Ryan Adams recently. His songwriting is wonderfully simple and understated. Nice voice as well. I am going through all his solo and band CD’s.

The new self-titled Odd Cue CD is also on my current playlist. It is my new project with guitarist Shane Cloutier, a fabulous singer/songwriter. We plan to release it this October so watch for it. Exciting stuff. In addition to these, lately I have been listening to: Jeff Beck’s LIVE+, Hamilton, Drug Plan, Avishai Cohen’s CD Continuo – the list never ends!

Q) For me, as a fan from day one (and owner of the original vinyls), I’m thrilled to see the vinyl box set included in the re-release, tell us about the extras that come along with the vinyl set.

MT) There are a bunch of new/old photos and great cover-art. Also, there is a “Bootleg” record with some live tracks and demos never released before. Not sure if the used drum-sticks and guitar picks made it to the package.

Q) Is there any chance we’ll see a live reunion performance?

MT) I’m in, but I really don’t know if there is a chance of another live reunion gig. Kim would be the one to ask.

Thanks to Mike for taking the time to answer our questions and we’re definitely hoping for that reunion gig. You can get your copy of The Party here: Vinyl or CD

Web: www.majorlyindie.com
Twitter: @olemajorlyindie
Instagram: @olemajorlyindie
Facebook: @oleismajorlyindie

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I’ll Never Know: Ty Baynton Video Premiere

Ty Baynton has been on our radar since we first came across him during the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Competition in 2014. And now he’s got a new single at country radio and we’ve got the world premiere of his brand new video for I’ll Never Know!

The Waterdown, Ontario native has a great country voice, he’s got a great attitude and he’s been spending some time honing his craft with some of the biggest names and festivals in country music.

Ty has performed with Blake Shelton, Chad Brownlee, Gord Bamford, High ValleyHunter Hayes and Tim Hicks to name a few as well as taking the stage at Boots and Hearts, Manitoulin Country Fest and he’s played the stage at multiple RAM Rodeos.

We got a chance to ask Ty about the new video and here’s how it went.

Q. Can you tell us about the song? A bit about the story and the writing process?

TB:  I co-wrote this song with a good friend of mine, Jordan Honsinger, from Cold Creek County. It’s about those relationships that end but you’re never given closure, are left wondering if they’re still thinking about you, if they miss you, etc., but know you’ll never know the answers to those questions.

Ty Baynton Photo Credit Mike Highfield

Q. What was it like making the video?

TB: Shooting the music video was a lot of fun. We recorded it live at Dallas Nightclub in Kitchener and just went out and put on a show like we always do. It’s not the record version on the video, it was recorded that day as we played it, which for me is really cool. My band and I have spent years perfecting our live show and I wanted the fans to get a glimpse of that with this video.

Q. The song’s been available to fans for almost a month, how excited are you to have a new single out to radio?

TB: It’s been a long time coming and a lot of hard work so I am thrilled to finally be able to start sharing new music with everyone. There will be no shortage of it from me for years to come!

You can find Ty Banyton at these fine internet outlets:

Web: tybaynton.com
Facebook: tybaynton
Twitter: @TyBanyton
Instagram: @TyBayntonMusic
YouTube: TyBaynton
iTunes: Ty Baynton

Ty Baynton

photo credit Mike Highfield

Ty Baynton

photo credit Scott Burns

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Blood Alley Youth Remix: The Matinée Video Premiere

Vancouver-based roots rock band The Matinée has just released a very cool remix of their song Blood Alley. If you take the original track, mix in some psychedelic beats, sprinkle in a little trance vibe, add a great video director and you get the updated version of the song and it’s magnificent.

The psychedelic, trance component comes from the legendary Martin “Youth” Glover, London, England based producer/remix master who has major credits in his catalogue including his work with Killing Joke, Guns and Roses, Paul McCartney, U2, and The Verve’s classic Bitter Sweet Symphony.

The video is directed by Johnny Jansen and it has a very cool Stranger Things feel. It’s very different from the original but it’s awesome!

Related: Stranger Things season 2 launches on October 27, 2017

When you’re done, check out the original.

You can find The Matinée’s music here and if you want to stream Dancing On Your Grave here you go.

 

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New Music Spotlight: Terra Lightfoot, Brett Kissel, Barney Bentall, Domeno and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

In our latest installment of the New Music Spotlight, we’re bringing you new music from Terra Lightfoot, Brett Kissel, Barney Bentall, Domeno and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Give them a listen and let us know what you think. And if you’re an artist who has new music coming up, get in touch!

Let’s do this!

Artist: Terra Lightfoot
Hometown: Waterdown, ON
Genre: Roots Rock
Related Artists: Joel Plaskett, Matt Mays, Amelia Curran
Single: Paradise
Notes: Paradise is the lead single from Terra’s upcoming album New Mistakes, which will be out on October 13th on the Sonic Unyon label.

“On stages in France, the UK and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside heavyweights like Emmylou Harris, Ron Sexsmith, Gordon Lightfoot, Blue Rodeo, The Rheostatics, Grace Potter, The Both, Built to Spill, Sloan, Arkells, Basia Bulat, Albert Lee, James Burton, The Sadies, Steve Strongman, Monster Truck and Daniel Lanois.”

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Brett Kissel
Hometown: Flat Lake, AB
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Chad Brownlee, Dean Brody, Dallas Smith, Jojo Mason
Single: We Were That Song
Notes: This song is classic Brett Kissel, making us want to sing along. The live performance was shot at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern.  The song is catchy and fun with a great story. Brett is on tour and you can find tour dates here. 

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Barney Bentall
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: Tom Cochrane, Blue Rodeo, The Odds
Single: The Miner (featuring Dustin Bentall)
Notes: Mark October 10th on your calendars, Barney is releasing his next studio recording The Drifter and The Preacher via True North Records. Want to get a preview of the album and maybe hear some favourites? Tickets are on sale for his October 12th performance at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern and you can get them here. Not in Toronto? Tour dates here!

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Domeno
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Genre: Dance/Pop
Related Artists: Dirty Ducks, Arston, Paris & Simo
Single: Lies (featuring Zagata)
Notes: Performing worldwide, Domeno has caught the attention of David Guetta, Tiesto Hardwell and more. Lies was released under Elisa Recordings/ Mama’s Boy Music Group / Believe Digital. Domeno has a fun energy and this track is a great collaboration with Zagata.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock
Related Artists:
Single: Little Thing Gone Wild
Notes: New music from BRMC. This is the first release from their upcoming studio album, Wrong Creatures. January 12th is the release date for the new LP, but the band heads out on a world tour on October 23. Tour dates here!

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

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Casualties: Break The Trend Album Review

It’s been two years since North Bay-based band Break The Trend released their three-song EP Talk is Cheap. In that time, bass player Pat Pharand left but they’ve continued to record music. On September 8th the band released their first full-length album, Casualties and we’ve been listening to it all week.

Before we dive into the music I wanted to quickly note how much I liked the cover art. Fortin Images has created a moody, dystopian eye-catching cover which is beautiful and disturbing at the same time. The amazing orange colour paired with the smoky gas masked clad individual is pretty memorable.

Break The Trend, Casualties Tracklist

1. Fight Another Day
2. Casualties
3. Control
4. Fight Your Reality
5. Machine
6. Cocaine
7. Stratosphere
8. Hey Darlin’

With eight tracks, Casualties comes in at just under 33 minutes and takes us through an emotional journey of survival, betrayal, addiction and more. My favourite tracks are Fight Your Reality and Fight Another Day, Cocaine and Hey Darlin’.

Finishing the record with the song, Hey Darlin’, a previously released track, was a great idea. It’s an energetic, positive, upbeat party track to end the album and it’s already grabbed the band some radio play. It’s the story of attraction, the dances we do when something is new and the promise of something to come. It’s got great guitars and a super catchy chorus.

Overall I like it, it’s got a positive message to keep going, the lyrics are relatable and it makes me want to move my head along while I’m listening. All good things.

Break The Trend are John Fournier on lead vocals and guitar, Alex Lajambe on percussion and vocals and Lucas Mullins on lead guitar. The guys have spent some time in many of our favourite Toronto haunts like The Horseshoe Tavern, The Bovine and Lee’s Palace where they’ll be performing on September 21st – it’s $7.00 at the door.

Break The Trend Casualties

Break The Trend - photo by Fortin Images

Photo Credit: Fortin Images from BTT’s Facebook Page

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WayHome is Pressing Pause

If you’re like us, you were already thinking about next year’s WayHome Music & Arts Festival. Did we wonder what was up when a “Save The Date” wasn’t displayed at the end of the festival? We did.

Today we received a press release that read “Republic Live will push pause on the 2018 edition of WayHome Music & Arts – Republic Live, producers of WayHome Music & Arts have announced that the 2018 edition will be put on hold.

However, it seems clear that this won’t be the end for the 3 year old festival, because also included in the release were the comforting words, “this isn’t goodbye, just see you later.
WayHome - Light Sculptures WayHome Stage Night

The most intriguing thing about the release for us, was the indication of more things to come –  “a series of concerts and events throughout the summer of 2018, and [we] will continue to expand on the functionality of the privately owned Burl’s Creek Event Grounds venue.”

Republic Live’s CFO, David Cuddy added “The custom-designed 600+ acre site is beyond comparison to others in this area. We have a huge opportunity to develop music and other events at Burl’s Creek and will focus on these prospects over the next year and into the future.”

WayHome 2017 - PUP crowd

While we’re sad that we won’t have a 2018 WayHome Festival, we’re excited to see what fun things Republic Live has in store for us.

The first three years of WayHome included headlining performances by Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Kendrick Lamar and Sam Smith,The Killers, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Flume, Imagine Dragons and the rare appearance of Frank Ocean. We also saw stand out performances by Arkells, Hozier, Vance Joy, Cage The ElephantSt. Vincent and more.

See all of our 2015, 2016, and 2017 WayHome coverage here.

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New Music Spotlight: Chris Lane, Freedom Baby, The Jessica Stuart Few, Spidey Jackson, and St. Vincent

Festival Season has been amazing and all encompassing. Because of that, It’s been a while since our last New Music Spotlight. We’re very happy to be back and this time we’re bringing you new music from Chris Lane, Freedom Baby, The Jessica Stuart Few, Spidey Jackson and St. Vincent.

Give them a listen and let us know what you think.

Let’s do this!

Artist: Chris Lane
Hometown: Kernersville, NC
Genre: Country Rock/Pop
Related Artists: Chase RiceTucker BeathardChase Bryant
Album: Girl Problems (Acoustic)
Notes: We’re loving the idea of a full album acoustic release.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Freedom Baby
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Ork Pop
Related Artists: IndulgeFresh Air
Single: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Notes: – Soothing pop songs from a Toronto boyfriend/girlfriend duo.

Links: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / SoundCloud

Artist: The Jessica Stuart Few
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: folk jazz
Related Artists: Katie WildeClaire Fowler
Single: Same Girl

Notes: The stop-motion music video was shot all over Toronto, featuring over 400 urban art pieces by local artists.
Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Spidey Jackson
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Rap / Hip Hop
Inspired by: Tupac, ScHoolboy Q, Flatbush Zombies with a unique sound blending old school and new.
Single: They Say

Notes: Toronto views, interesting lyrics and storytelling, great hooks, tempo and rhythm.
Links: Facebook / Instagram / SoundCloud

Artist: St. Vincent
Hometown: New York, NY
Genre: Indie Rock
Related Artists:Fiona Apple, Broken Social Scene
Single: New York
Notes: St. Vincent is always interesting. New York features Annie Clark up front and a little surreal.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

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Sam Outlaw Ticket Giveaway: Longboat Hall at The Great Hall – September 25, 2017

Hey country music lovers, this one’s for you!!!

On September 25th we’ll be attending the Sam Outlaw show at Toronto’s Longboat Hall at The Great Hall – and we want you to come too! Our friends at Collective Concerts have given us two pairs of tickets to give away and we can hardly wait to see your smiling faces.

Sam is on tour supporting his brand new album Tenderfoot, you can have a listen here!

Joining Sam will be Michaela Anne and The Rifle & The Writer (we did a Q&A with them in April). What can you expect? Great country music in the heart of the city. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page – Sam Outlaw at Longboat Hall at The Great Hall.

Here’s how the contest is going to work …

Use the form below to earn up to 9 entries, and add to your chances by tagging a friend on the contest post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll be giving double points for all social entries – and we’ll email you if you’re the winner.


Note:
 This is a 19+ event and the winner and guest must be of Ontario legal drinking age to claim the prize and attend the show.

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