Aussie Night Out

5 Quick Questions with The Dead Love

We’ve got another CMW 5 Quick Questions for you. This time we’re talking to Clint Ossington of The Dead Love. We came across this band last year at the Aussie BBQ and I fell hard for their music. It’s grunge, it’s rock, it’s loud except when it’s not. Some of my favourite tracks are the acoustic versions of Wastelands and This is a War. Their stage show is not to be missed, it’s intense and amazing.

The Dead Love have 4 scheduled shows during Canadian Music Week including  The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit Tour Showcase, The Aussie Night Out Showcase, the Black Lamb Music Launch Party and The Beaches Showcase. Check here for dates, places and times!

Let’s get to the questions!

Q1: What artist/band would you most love to have on a bill with you?

Small dirty venue with Biffy Clyro (Vertigo of Bliss period)

Q2: What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

CO: This will be our second time back to Canada since playing CMW 2016. We’ve made a lot of great friends, so besides the obvious shows, catching up with our Canadian pals is going to rule! Oh and the Caesars, those sweet sweet Caesars!
The Dead Love CMW 2016 HorseshoeQ3: What is the first concert you remember going to?

CO: Sorry I’ll have to expand on the question a little and add a band to this – Offshore Festival, a 3-day festival down near Bells Beach Australia (you know, the POINT BREAK one!?), this stuck with me for a few reasons. I was a grommet and it was my first interstate adventure for a camping festival. Sick of it All came on and I’d never heard of them, it also seemed that way for a huge majority of the 10,000 strong crowd! Like the majority I was trying to get a good spot for Primus (who ruled) and SOIA were on prior so had to watch – they came on and no one seemed to care but neither did they and fucking dominated. Within 1 song they’d converted the whole crowd, the energy was amazing! They schooled everyone, they didn’t give a fuck and just went mental – it was killer! Respect.

Q4: What Artist do you think we should be paying more attention to?

CO: The Lazys have just finished tracking their new album, it’s going to be a fucking monster – stay on that shit for sure!

Q5: What’s up next for you in 2017?

CO: We’re well into writing album 3, so you can expect new music….we’ll actually be hanging back for another week after CMW to record a tune! We’ve got one of your hometown greats, John-Angus from The Trews, producing. It’s going to be rad!

Thanks to Clint for taking the time to answer our questions. We’re looking forward to beers, Caesars and catching up.

You can find The Dead Love at these fine internet locations.

Facebook: The Dead Love Band
Twitter: @TheDeadLoveBand
Instagram: @thedeadlove
Soundcloud: thedeadlove
Spotify: The Dead Love
YouTube: thedeadloveband

The Dead Love

CMW 2017: Aussie Night Out Showcase

You may have noticed that there was no Aussie BBQ listed among the CMW Showcases this year. Well as of Thursday we’re thrilled to announce that there will be an Aussie Showcase after all. The Aussie Night Out Showcase will take place on Thursday, April 20th with doors at 6:00 pm at the newly relocated The Hideout!

We’ll be onsite interviewing bands and taking in the live music all night and we’d love to see you there.

First on the bill is  Aeora, electronic pop with an Aussie twist. Melbourne’s Lisa Spencer has been stirring things up in Australia and she’s bringing her unique sound to the Aussie Night Out.

You can also catch Aeora at the Painted Lady later Thursday night.

Alice Ivy the 23-year-old is a singer, guitarist and beat maker and she’s quickly developed a cult following in Australia. Come by and see what they’re excited about.

She’s doing a couple of sets during CMW and then heading to the US for a short tour.

Just after 9:00 pm  Quivers take the stage. This is their first visit to Canada and singer-songwriter, Sam J. Nicholson and his band bring a pop sound full of guitar and optimism.

This is the band’s first visit to Canada and we hope they feel like they’ve found a second home here and come back very soon.

Eliza & The Delusionals bring us Aussie indie-rock with a pop hint that gets stuck in your head. They’ll be on stage at 9:50 pm.

Founded in 2015 the band is interesting to watch but it’s the music that keeps our interest long term. Check them out online and then check them out live.

Next on the bill is Bad Pony. Brand new to me, I’m excited to see what the indie pop/rock band bring to their live performance.

The five-piece call Sydney home and they’ve been together since 2012. Their new album “Deficiency” is another step forward for the Aussie band.

Just after 11:00 Silver Love Club take the stage. The band, formerly known as Mabel are bringing a new name, a new band member and new music. I’m expecting all the energy and enthusiasm I’ve seen in the past and more. They’re one of my favourite bands period and I can hardly wait!

They’re playing four sets during the week so check the schedule and make sure you include this band on your “Must See” list.

Letters to Lions bio reads “Described as a concoction of swooning aggression and dance pop sensibility with comparisons to Kings of Leon, WU LYF, last Dinosaurs and Foals; the boys may just become your new favorite indie band.” We’re definitely in!

A 4-piece indie band from the Southern beaches of Sydney, the band consists of Curt- drums, Joel- Guitar/vox,
Jackson- bass and Adam- guitar/vox.

Heading past the midnight hour Heart Beach bring their #indiepop #oceanpop #skuzzpop #janglepop #postpunk #newwave #coolwave sound to Aussie Night Out. A fun, interesting, simple sound that draws you in. Heart Beach are from Hobart Australia and they are Claire McCarthy (vocals/bass), Jonathon McCarthy (guitar/vocals), Christopher Wessing (lead guitar/drums).

It’s going to be a late one and I’m thrilled that The Dead Love are going to be staying up late with me.  We met up with these guys last year at the Aussie BBQ and I fell hard for their music. Aussie rock at it’s best. They put on a show and always leave me wanting more. This year they’re playing four shows during CMW so you have no excuse for not seeing this band!

Rounding out the night is Pretty City. We just did a CMW 5 Quick Questions with the band and we’re looking forward to meeting and seeing them in person.

Their CMW bio describes their sound as psych indie rock and all we can say is, show up and see ’em!

We’ll keep you posted on any scheduling updates.



5 Quick Questions with Pretty City

It’s no secret that I have a special place in my heart for Aussie bands. So it should come as no surprise that my next “5 Quick Questions” is with Aussie band Pretty City. The boys call Melbourne home and their CMW bio describes their music like this… “combine Smashing Pumpkins-esque fuzzed out guitars with washy, reverb drenched vocals to produce a dreamy yet powerful rock sound”.

During CMW you can check out the band at the Mope Grooves Showcase on April 20th at Smiling Buddha at 11:00pm as well as the Aussie Night Out at The Hideout also on the 20th but at 1:50 am.

If you can’t wait for CMW, you can catch them this week in Montreal on  April 14 at M Bar, in Quebec City on April 15 at Trash Night/LE SOUS-SOL DU CERCLE and on  April 16 at The Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa.

Thanks to Drew Schapper, Pretty City’s drummer for taking the time to answer our questions. Let’s go!

Q1: What artist/band would you most love to have on a bill with you?

DS: I think our dream lineup would be a four band bill with us, Cream, Brian Jonestown Massacre and You am I. That would be raucous!

Q2: What’s your favourite thing about CMW?

DS: This is our first sojourn to Canada. But we’re incredibly excited to perform and hang out at CMW. We’re mostly excited to see Canadian bands strut their stuff but also to show Canadian audiences what we’re about, and meet some great new people.

What’s the first concert you remember going to?

DS: My sister took me to a U2 concert when I was all of about 8 years old. I don’t really remember the music that well, but it was a full stadium show with so many pyrotechnics and visuals. It was quite the spectacle and definitely showed me early on what a stadium show could look like if you’re Bono and have more cash than the World Bank in your back pocket.

Q4: What’s up next for you in 2017?

DS: 2017 is massive for us. We’ve got our second album coming out, as well as tours booked in Australia and a whopping tour of Europe in November. Very excited for the year ahead.

Q5: What Artist do you think we should be paying more attention to?

DS: There’s a band from Melbourne, and they are pretty much our world at the moment. They’re called Destrends, and I’d get on board before they take over the world.

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