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New Music Spotlight: Taylor Swift, James Barker Band, No Liars, Justin Timberlake, Oh Geronimo

This instalment of the New Music Spotlight offers a varied playlist to give you a taste of some of the tracks we’re into right now. From the top of the world’s playlists to a couple acts we think you should be discovering, we’ve got you covered.

In this spotlight, we’ve got five videos from pop, rock, and country. There are big label productions and indie offerings, and we are digging all of them.

Let’s do this!

Artist: Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran, Future
Hometown: Reading, PA
Genre: Pop
Related Artists: Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez
Single: End Game
Notes: One of my favourite tracks from the reputation era, T.Swift kills it with bff Ed Sheeran and Future on End Game. Honestly, if this is what it sounds like to have a big reputation, we’re in.

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

Artist: James Barker Band
Hometown: Woodville, ON
Genre: Country
Related: Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion, Kieth Urban
Single: Good Together
Notes: JBB has moved past their 2017 EP, Game On, with their new single, and it’s working. Fans are connecting with Good Together the same way they have to earlier releases – online, and live.

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

Artist: No Liars
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Genre: Punk
Related: Farewell Letter, MakeWar, Light Fire Down
Single: Guilt Trip
Notes: The second track off their forthcoming album, The Cause & The Cure, Guilt Trip reminds me of the hits and fan favourites I loved earlier in the 2000s from Brand New, The Used and more. Turn this one up.

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

Artist: Justin Timberlake
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Genre: Pop
Related: Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Beyoncé
Single: Supplies
Notes: This is the second single from the upcoming Man Of The Woods album, and it’s still not what we thought was coming based on the trailer. Timberlake is keeping everyone on their toes with Supplies, bringing some powerful imagery to the screen.

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

Artist: Oh Geronimo
Hometown: Burlington, ON
Genre: Rock/Folk
Related: Hey Rosetta!, Texas King, Ivory Hours
Single: Mountains
Notes: The band explains that Mountains is a song about wholeheartedly pursuing your passions, while straddling the fragile line between ambition and humility. The track comes from the 2018 album, The Sled, and serves as a teaser for what we should all be ready to hear.

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

New Music Spotlight: Birds of Bellwoods, Jack White, Our Lady Peace, Vance Joy and Wes Mack

In our second January New Music Spotlight, we’re highlighting three Canadian acts, one Australian act and one American act. Genre-wise we’re recommending some alt-folk, some rock, some folk-pop and a little country music.

In this spotlight, we’ve got five videos with some very different concepts. Sit back, have a watch, and a listen and let us know what you think.

Let’s do this!

Artist: Birds of Bellwoods
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Alt-Folk
Related: Duncan FellowsYoung in the CityThe Corcoran Brothers
Song: Feel It Still – Cover – Portugal. The Man
Notes: One of my favourite Toronto bands. I’ve been talking about their talent for a few years now. Birds of Bellwoods cover Portugal. The Man’s hit, which currenlty sits with over 94,000,000 views on YouTube. It’s a great song and an amazing cover.

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

Artist: Jack White
Hometown: Detroit / Nashville
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: The RaconteursThe White StripesThe Black Keys
Song: Connected by Love
Notes: The video, which was released on Wednesday, already has over 500,000 plays. The imagery is visually compelling and the music is dirty, synthy and bluesy all at the same time. Jack White gives us a great emotional performance and delivers lyrics we can all relate to with grace.

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

Artist: Our Lady Peace
Hometown: Toronto
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: Big WreckCollective SoulMatthew Good
Song: Falling Into Place
Notes: Our Lady Peace gives us a great story video. It’s classic sounding OLP with a positive message. I challenge you to watch it and not smile.

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

Artist: Vance Joy
Hometown: Melbourne
Genre: Folk-Pop
Related Artists:
Song: We’re Going Home
Notes: We’ve been fans of Vance Joy since we the first time we heard him. We’re Going Home is from his upcoming album Nation of Two which is out on February 23rd. The instantly recognizable voice is layered with beautiful backgrounds and real people. The chorus is catchy and I’m expecting to hear a lot of this track on the radio.

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

Artist: Wes Mack
Hometown: Calgary
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Jojo MasonAndrew HyattPetric
Song: House on Fire
Notes: First let us say that we’re very happy that there’s new music from Wes Mack. It’s a fun video, with a boys vs. girls story. House on Fire is fresh and summery and it’s something we can use a big helping of. I’ve already got the chorus stuck in my head and if country music is your thing, I think you’ll really like this one too.

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

Trish’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2017!

One of my favourite things to do, as we get to the end of a year is look back. It’s a great time to reflect, a great time to look forward and a great time for Top 10 lists.

Note: I suggest that you listen, while you read.

Recently, someone said to me, “I don’t know how you find time to listen to music.“. My response was, “I don’t know how you live without music in your life every day.”. For me, music is a constant. It lifts me when I’m down, it drowns out the noise of the world when it’s too much and it gives me hope.

2017 has been an interesting year for me music-wise, and I think my Most Listened to Albums list reflects this.

Following Joshua’s lead, my list isn’t in any order and I’ve added an honourable mention section at the bottom.

Let’s do this!

 Imagine Dragons: ƎVOLVE (2017)

Most played track: Thunder

I’ve been a huge fan of Imagine Dragons since the release of their debut album Night Visions. Having been lucky enough to have caught the band live for both the Smoke + Mirrors tour and the ƎVOLVE, it was an easy call to put this album on my list.

When they started teasing this album in 2016 I was excited and when they released Believer on February 1st, I listened and I was over the moon. It gives us the awesome signature drums we associate with the band, plus there are so many words in this song, and Dan sings them like it’s nothing (trust us, is a huge deal), and their use of “the drop” in this song is perfection.

The track Yesterday is one of my favourites and a big part of that is because of the experience of hearing this song live, with tens of thousands of people singing along. I still get goosebumps and tear up every time I hear this track.

And yet, when I head to Spotify, Thunder is always my first choice. There’s just something about it that I love.

ƎVOLVE debuted at number two on the US Billboard Top 200, ending up at number one in both Canada and on the US Rock chart. It’s gone platinum in the US and Austria and gold in France, Italy, Poland and Sweden. Singles Thunder and Believer both charted in the top 5 and Whatever it Takes has over 112 million views on YouTube.

Imagine Dragons also captured a spot on my Highlights and Top Memories of 2017 post.

Imagine Dragons - Evolve Cover Art

 Oddisee: The Iceberg (2017)

Most played track: Built by Pictures

The Iceberg opens with minimalist horns and finger snapping and just like that, you’re in.

Oddisee, with Good Compny behind him, has put together the perfect combination of a super talented live band paired with important political hip-hop.

I’m the first to admit that I’m late to the Oddisee party and I’m doing my best to catch up. The Iceberg has some of my favourite lyrics of the year including this one from Hold it Back.

I make more than my sister
Cause I was born as a mister
And I ain’t never been to college, and she graduated honors
Yet the bosses think that I’m a better fit, huh
– Oddisee

The album is funky, abundant with thoughtful lyrics and stories that give us a snapshot of life, and although I couldn’t find it on any Billboard charts, it struck a chord with me. Give this one a listen, there are 12 tracks and I can bet at least one of them will stick with you.

Oddisee - The Iceberg cover art

Johnson Crook: The Album (2017)

Most played track: Hardwired

This Toronto-based band is familiar to you if you’re a regular reader. We’ve been tracking the guys since we first came across them as Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist entrants. Since that time we’ve gotten to know Noel Johnson, Trevor Crook, Nathan Crook and Jared Craig pretty well. We’ve watched them hone their craft and come into their own.

The Album is the first full-length offering from Johnson Crook and it’s a rich collection of stories, harmonies, textures and melodies. It gives you a little bit of everything and wraps it up in a tidy package. You’ll find fun upbeat party tunes, anthemic songs and tender, soft and sometimes sad love songs.

Putting this album on the list was an easy choice, I have a copy in my car and I listen regularly on Spotify. Choosing a most-played track, now that was the tricky part. It’s rare that I put this album on and don’t listen straight through and my favourite song changes based on my mood. In the end, I went with Hardwired mostly because I feel it and I think you will too.

I’m going to say it again, you should be listening to Johnson Crook. The band got a nice little bump in their streaming numbers when Spotify included their dark and sorrowful song Shadows on the Folk 2017 Playlist. They’re in some pretty special company on that list.

Johnson Crook The Album cover

Midland: On The Rocks (2017)

Most played track: This Old Heart

There’s something campy about Midland. And by campy I mean great. They don’t take themselves too seriously, they’ve found a way to mix classic country with today’s more modern sound and it’s working.

With a September release date, you’d think it would be tough to get on a year-end list, but I’ve had a chance to hear Midland live twice this year, first at Toronto’s The Dakota and then again at Boots and Hearts. These guys are super talented and I’m glad that they’ve taken time from their busy schedules to work on music together. It’s amazing.

In case you didn’t know, Midland is lead singer Mark Wystrach who was an actor and underwear model, bass player Cameron Duddy who’s an MTV Video Music award-winning video director (Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars) and lead guitarist, Jess Carson. They come together with luscious harmonies and great guitar work and we get the feeling of a honky-tonk loud and clear.

On The Rocks has a beefy 13 tracks and after This Old Heart, I’d include Electric Rodeo, Drinkin’ Problem, Check Cashin’ Country and Burn Out to my list of favourites.

This Old Heart is a great story song and one that I embraced wholeheartedly.

Andrew Hyatt: Iron & Ashes (2017)

Most played track: Most of Me

I first saw Andrew Hyatt in 2015 at Burlington’s Sound of Music and I saw the spark of what was to come.

Since then Hyatt has gone on to release his first full-length album and he’s started a professional relationship with Dallas Smith, with Smith is now acting as Andrew’s manager. This change saw him heading out on tour with the Canadian Country star and releasing a brand new single, Do It With You, which is brand new music. This has us looking forward to even more new music.

Iron & Ashes is a record about changes and life. It includes three tracks from his EP Never Back Down including Goodbye Gone, Running on Empty and my most played track, Most of Me. There are twelve tracks and they run the spectrum including some heartbreaking stuff (She Ain’t You), some fun, upbeat party songs (MGR, That’s How I’m Livin’) and songs that are fresh and hopeful (On Me, Laid Back And Easy). 

If you’re a fan of country, rock or even pop, give this one a listen.

 Joey Bada$$: ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ (2017)

Most played track: ROCKABYE BABY (feat. ScHoolboy Q)

The latest offering from New York’s Joey Bada$$ dropped on April 7th, 2017. So far we’ve seen three singles – Devastated, Land of the Free and Temptation. If we’re looking at numbers, and we are, AABA peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart

There’s a distinct split on this album, the first half, that he refers to as “The Heroes Side,” is laid-back. It’s melodic and while the music is less dark, the subject matter is anything but. The second half, which Joey refers to as “The Vindictive Villainous Side,” is a collection of tenacious songs.

The album is rife with controversial topics including oppression and the consequences of that oppression, police brutality, and to my delight, Donald Trump. There are lots of other artists featured on AABA including J. Cole, Chronixx, ScHoolboy Q and more.

My favourite track on the album is Rockabye Baby featuring ScHoolboy Q, there’s something about the piano part that gets stuck in my head. The lyrics and yeah, there’s a “Fuck Donald Trump”. This song makes my body move, the chorus is impossible to ignore. I love his delivery and with this album, he’s created a fan in me.

Joey Badass - ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADASS Cover Art

USS: New World Alphabet (2017)

Most played track: Work Shoes

New World Alphabet is the fifth studio album for USS. It’s full of catchy choruses paired with thoughtful and provoking verses. It’s classic USS and the first single, Work Shoes, is my most listened to track. Jason and Ash have been making music together now for 10 years and there’s a maturity about this album.

The guys did a very cool kick off to their tour with six shows in the six. They started at the Cameron House followed by The Mod Club, The Opera House, Rivoli, Adelaide Hall and finished up the six at The Danforth Music Hall. It was a fun, exciting time and fans of USS were thrilled.

USS - New World Alphabet Album Art

Lindsay Ell: The Project (2017)

Most played track: Waiting On You

I love this album and I especially love Waiting On You. I find it impossible to not sing along when this song comes on. It’s rock and roll, it’s bluesy, but it’s still country.

The record, produced by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush is produced beautifully and it’s full of positive messages and love.

The Project is twelve songs and it includes previously released promo singles like Good, Criminal, Space, and Worth the Wait as well some brand new songs. It’s a put it on and leave it album. It’s a great listen anytime.

Lindsay Ell - The Project Cover Art

James Barker Band: Game On (2017)

Most played track: Chills

This EP and especially this song were impossible to ignore. It was everywhere and I played it a ton on Spotify. In fact, Chills was my most played song of 2017.

This is great songwriting paired with great delivery. James Barker wrote the song with Travis Wood, Gavin Slate and Donovan Woods who are kicking out country hits like nobody’s business. Chills was the third single released from Game On and the band’s first number one.

The band toured with Dean Brody during 2017 and they’re set to headline their own tour starting January 11th in Halifax with Meghan Patrick and Jojo Mason. We’ll be chatting with them soon and we’re expecting there will be new music coming!

James Barker Band - Game On cover art

Ferraro: Losing Sleep (2017)

Most played track: Losing Sleep

Losing Sleep is the first full-length album from the Cameron House’s Ferraro brothers. It’s got an old time rock and roll feel and while prepping for my interview with the band prior to this year’s NXNE, it got stuck in my head. And it stayed there. I’m a fan of 50’s music and there’s a hint of that here but the music doesn’t feel dated. It’s fresh, fun and full of amazing harmonies.

This record falls into the put it on and leave it category for me. Ten great tracks and while the title track Losing Sleep gets my most played track nod, Shake It Off and Coffee & Smokes are close behind.

Ferraro - Losing Sleep Cover Art

Honourable mentions

Barney Bentall: The Drifter and the Preacher, Cage the Elephant: Unpeeled, Crown Lands: Rise Over Run, Dallas Smith: Side Effects, JJ Shiplett: Something to Believe In, Jess Moskaluke: Past The Past, Lady Antebellum: Heart Break, Matthew Good: Something Like a Storm, and last but definitely not least a single, that I couldn’t leave off my year-end list – Goodnight, Sunrise: Remember Now.

Header photo by Edu Grande on Unsplash

Joshua’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2017!

As we get ready to put a wrap in 2017, it’s time to look back at some of the music that we loved most from the year. And while this post isn’t a ranking of best albums and likely won’t match your most played records of the year… it is a list of my 10 most listened to albums of 2017!

Like years past, these 10 albums aren’t listed in any order. I don’t have the spin numbers to rank them 1 to 10, and all of them deserve to be played over and over, so it’s honestly too hard for me to put them in order just for the sake of doing so.

Unlike years past, all of the albums on this list were released in 2017… in other years I’ve listed holdovers and classics, but this year I’m keeping it current.

It’s exciting for me to note that this list includes 6 debut full-length albums, 4 albums by Canadian arists, and breaks down in a 7/2/1 split for country/rock/pop.

The truth is that this list could have been way deeper, with more and more albums listed and shared and showed off… so at the bottom of the post you’ll find the honourable mention section. It might be cheating, but those albums deserve a listen too!

The truth as well is that this list could have been way deeper, with more and more albums listed and shared and showed off… so at the bottom of the post you’ll find the honourable mention section. It might be cheating, but those albums deserve a listen too!

Ready? Here we go!

Joshua’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2017!

 Taylor Swift: Reputation (2017)

Most played track: Don’t Blame Me

From the moment I woke up on release day, Reputation has been in high rotation. Taylor Swift showed everyone that she’s still capable of swinging for the fences, and connecting – just like she did on 1989.

Yes, she’s a divisive artist and personality – but I’ve been team T.Swift since day 1, and if she insists on releasing bangers like these, I’m not going anywhere.

Carly Pearce: Every Little Thing (2017)

Most played track: Every Little Thing

The breakout female country star of 2017 is Carly Pearce. And on her debut album, Pearce showed that Every Little Thing is just the start of what she’s going to bring to the country music world. Her follow up single, Hide The Wine is catchy as hell, and tracks like If My Name Was Whiskey get stuck in my head on a regular basis.

Midland: On The Rocks (2017)

Most played track: Drinkin’ Problem

I saw Midland live twice in 2017, and when they played songs from their debut album, my ears were happy.

These three dudes did good work breaking into the Nashville scene, and they’ve earned a Canadian following too, with Drinkin’ Problem going to #1 north of the border before it did in the US. Listen to songs like This Old Heart and Check Cashin’ Country for that semi-throwback vibe that I can’t get enough of.

Foo Fighters: Concrete & Gold (2017)

Most played track: Run

When I shared my review of Concrete & Gold earlier this year a friend replied that it could have been summed up in one word, “awesome”.

While I’m happy to have written a little more than that, he was right. With the release of this record, Foo Fighters showed that they’ve still got it. And while we highly encourage the growth of young rock and roll acts, it’s fantastic to have these guys still ripping things up in the studio and on the road.

Foo Fighters Concrete & Gold

Little Big Town: The Breaker (2017)

Most played track: Better Man

I’ve been a fan of Little Big Town since the beginning. I can tell you where I was when they followed me on Twitter. So when an album as good as The Breaker is available to me from a band I love, you can’t be surprised that I played the hell out of it.

With the song of the year (Better Man) included, this album served as a reminder that Little Big Town are major country music stars, belonging in the upper tier of acts when we talk about Nashville.

Little Big Town The Breaker album cover

Andrew Hyatt: Iron & Ashes (2017)

Most played track: She Ain’t You

Andrew Hyatt had a hell of a year in Canadian country music. In the spring we watched him play two shows in Toronto during Canadian music week, and nearer the end of the year we caught up with him on tour with Dallas Smith.

The Iron & Ashes album is packed with tracks that Hyatt needed to share with the world and country music fans. And with a little grungy rock and a little country sweetness mixed together in his heart, Andrew Hyatt showed everyone that listened that he’s got what it takes to hang.

The Beaches: Late Show (2017)

Most played track: Money

That thing we said about encouraging the growth of young rock and rollers – The Beaches embody all of it. These women from Toronto have been ripping it up on stage, and now fans have a chance to rock along at home while listening to Late Show.

With the release of the album, radio support for their single, Money – and a US/Canada tour opening for Death From Above, The Beaches introduced themselves to a lot of new fans this year… and if I had to bet, I’d say there are more fans to be made in 2018.

The Beaches Late Show Album Cover

Thomas Rhett: Life Changes (2017)

Most played track: Life Changes

This record earned its spins from me with catchy songs, great lyrics, and Thomas Rhett’s continued ability to capture my attention. It also became a memory that I’ll never forget when it attached itself to the story I tell about learning I’m going to be a dad in 2018.

I reviewed the Life Changes album for its September release, talked to friends, family, and industry folks about songs like Life Changes and Rhett’s journey of fatherhood – and then, a week later I found out that I’m going to be a first time dad.

I’ve listened to the album a bunch more since then, and when I do, I think of that.

JJ Shiplett: Something To Believe In (2017)

Most played track: Higher Ground

JJ Shiplett’s debut album didn’t surprise me, because we’d had the chance to see him play the songs live on a few occasions before the release – but wanting to hear them again on the record and playing them a bunch is a testament to their quality and how much I like them.

Shiplett’s voice is unique, his fans are all in, and Something To Believe In album serves as an introduction to what should be a career full of music and stories from one of our favourite redheads.

Johnson Crook : The Album (2017)

Most played track: Call Me Home

Johnson Crook may not be a household name, but they’re making people take notice playing shows in Toronto, across Canada at festivals, and by teaming up with the legendary Tom Cochrane on Mr. Nobody. Songs like Call Me Home and their debut single, Minnedosa, will get you moving… you’ll dig ’em.

We’ve been covering Johnson Crook for the last few years, and have watched as they’ve developed their live show, and the songs on their album. And with four part harmonies, a roots based sound, and a touch of rock and roll thrown in when it fits best, The Album is exactly what we hoped to get from the boys on their debut record.

Johnson Crook The Album cover

And now, as promised, the list of albums that I listened to a whole bunch, but not quite enough to crack the top 10…

Honourable mentions

Shania Twain: Now, Jess Moskaluke: Past The Past, Lady Antebellum: Heart Break, The Katherines: To Bring You My Heart, Joey Landreth: Whiskey, Lindsay Ell: The Project, Jojo Mason: Both Sides Of The Bar, River Town Saints: River Town Saints, The Cadillac Three: Legacy, James Barker Band: Game On, Arkells: Morning Report (Deluxe)

Last Bullet, Uforia and Break the Trend at Brampton’s Rose Theatre

SounDrive Records Presents: Drivewire

On Saturday night, after weeks of anticipation, we got to see Last Bullet, Uforia and Break the Trend take the stage at Brampton’s Rose Theatre for the final installment of Drivewire 2017.

It was an interesting atmosphere for a rock show. I would say they took the “All Ages” thing very literally. There were babes in strollers, kids breakdancing, white-haired men and women dancing and yes, headbanging. It was pretty cool. A good portion of the audience, at least early on in the evening, were family and friends of the bands and there is no support quite like family.

In case you were wondering, I can tell you that Brampton rocks and SounDrive Records will be back next year with three events instead of two!

If you missed this show, you can see Last Bullet on January 27th at The Horseshoe Tavern with one of our favourites, Crown Lands. Get your tickets here. 

Related: 2017 SoundDrive Coverage

Photos of Last Bullet

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Photos of Uforia

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Photos of Break the Trend

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Goodnight, Sunrise at The Bovine Photo Review

On Friday night Goodnight, Sunrise played the opening slot at Toronto’s Bovine Sex Club. It was everything I imagined and so much more.

It was warm inside and crowded for 9:15. The full room was pushing up against the front of the stage and the energy was palpable. There were plenty of friends and fans up front making it feel super familiar and comfortable.

I was expecting the band to be good, but what I got was great. There was way more intensity in the set than I’d anticipated and I guess the lesson here is to forget expectations and to go into shows with an open mind.

My favourite moment had to be when Goodnight, Sunrise started playing Remember Now. I love the official video but this was a performance at a completely other level.

Thanks so much to the band for the invite, it was truly a pleasure.

Related: Remember Now: Goodnight, Sunrise Video Release

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5 Quick Questions with Uforia: DRIVEWIRE Edition

Uforia are set to take the stage on December 9th as part of SounDrive Records DRIVEWIRE Day 2. The Alt-hard rock Toronto-based band is made up of Michael Ursini on lead vocals and guitar, Adam Brik on lead guitar and vocals, Daniel Salij on bass and vocals and Dylan Piercey on drums.

For the purpose of helping us to hone in on what you can expect, they list Royal Blood, Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hendrix, The Mars Volta, Sum 41, Green Day, Rush, Incubus, Floyd, Zeppelin, Boston, The Foo Fighters as influences on their Facebook page and after listening to their music, I can definitely hear those influences and more.

UFORIA is: Songs you wake up the next day humming. Howling guitar duets echoing a lost era. New noises that tear your face off. Killer vocals, killer harmonies. Happy words, sad words. Wild young musicians pounding out a heavy, sometimes-simple, sometimes-complex orchestration of power-rhythms, riffs, beautiful chord changes and melodies – and it feels like a party. (Uforia Facebook)

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about this performance. Let’s get to the Q&A!

Questions and Answers with Uforia

Q. In 50 words or so, can you tell everyone what to expect from your music and your live show?

A. Songs you wake up the next day humming. New noises that tear your face off. Killer vocals, killer harmonies. Happy words, sad words. Wild young musicians pounding out a heavy, sometimes-simple, sometimes-complex orchestration of power-rhythms, riffs, beautiful chord changes and melodies – and it feels like a party.

Q. Can you tell us about your influences?

A. Our influences come from a variety of heavy, melodic rock, punk & alternative. Bands like Billy Talent, Incubus, Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, Chili Peppers, Sum 41, Green Day, System of a Down… just to name a few. We all love classic rock as well.

Q. Do you have any Pre-show rituals?

A. Before every show, we like to get into a huddle and mouth the first song of our set. Dylan (drummer) will beatbox, Mike (vocals) will sing the lyrics, Dan & Adam will sing their guitar parts.

Each of us have a series of stretches and physical warm-ups as well. Mike likes to take a swig of honey before he sings.

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

A. Keep practicing & don’t let egos get in the way.

Q. How did you hear about DRIVEWIRE?

A. Drivewire found us

 

You can find Uforia all over the internet.

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5 Quick Questions with Break the Trend: DRIVEWIRE Edition

As we get closer to SounDrive‘s DRIVEWIRE day 2, at Brampton’s gorgeous Rose Theatre, we wanted to help you get to know the bands. In this edition, we bring you 5 Quick Questions with Break the Trend.

If the name looks familiar, it might be because we recently reviewed their album Casualties recently, you can check out that post for even more details about the band.

Most importantly, we’re pleased to share a little more about the band with you!

Questions and Answers with Break the Trend

Q. In 50 words or so, can you tell everyone what to expect from your music and your live show?

A. You can expect a genuine rock and roll experience with tons of feeling. Nothing electronic, all raw and powerful emotion straight from our hearts to yours.

Q. Can you tell us about your influences?

A. Our influences vary quite wildly…. Billy Talent to the Eagles to Stevie Wonder to Guns N Roses to Paramore.

Q. Do you have any Pre-show rituals?

A. Before every show we do an ” energy circle” to get pumped up. It sounds exciting, but in reality it’s four dudes standing in a circle humming at first then crescendoing into profanity.

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

A. “Continue to perfect your craft, and stay humble.”

Q. How did you hear about DRIVEWIRE?

A. We heard about Drivewire because our record label, SounDrive Records is putting it on…… we’d love to give a more exciting answer, but the facts are the facts!

You can find Break the Trend all over the internet.

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5 Quick Questions with Last Bullet: DRIVEWIRE Edition

It’s almost time for round two of SounDrive Records DRIVEWIRE and we’re happy to present to you, 5 Quick Questions with Last Bullet!

Last Bullet are a Toronto-based five-piece hard rock band made up of Bryan Fontez – frontman, Brenden Armstrong – guitar, Michael Silva – rhythm guitar, Will Shannon – bass, and Chris Galaz on drums. They’ve got a stellar reputation in Toronto as the hardest rocking band around and we’re looking forward to seeing their legendary live show.

We’ll be up front on Saturday night when they take the stage at Brampton’s beautiful Rose Theatre.

Questions and Answers with Last Bullet

Q. In 50 words or so, can you tell everyone what to expect from your music and your live show?

A. Heavy, aggressive, sexual, intense, high energy, filthy, nasty, dark, passionate, ass-shaking, fist-pumping, leather wearing, beer drinking, badass rock n roll music.

Q. Can you tell us about your influences?

A. We’re influenced by Rock bands and artists from all over the spectrum, but our music predominantly takes cues from bands like Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Black Sabbath among many others.

Q. Do you have any Pre-show rituals?

A. Warming up and drinking water lol. We don’t really have any weird or crazy rituals beyond whipping out our instruments and voices to get the fingers, body and heart going before we hit the stage so that we’re prepared to put on the best show we can for our fans.

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

A. 50% of success is just showing up.

Q. How did you hear about DRIVEWIRE?

A. We discovered DRIVEWIRE upon being booked for our Brampton show this December 9th!

You can find the Last Bullet all over the internet and you can get tickets for DRIVEWIRE here!

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Remember Now: Goodnight, Sunrise Video Release

Goodnight, Sunrise, the Toronto indie-rock trio, has just released a new video and we really like it.

The band was founded in 2011 by Vanessa Vakharia and David Kochberg who both played in the Toronto-based band The Big Deal. They’ve released 3 EPs (Fragments, D/V 1: Deaf Ears and D/V 2: Bridgeburner) and 2 albums (Create/Destroy/Create and Falling Awake), had a few lineup changes along the way, but the two of them has been a constant. Add Paul Weaver on drums to the mix and you’ve got today’s current Goodnight, Sunrise.

A little background for those of you who don’t know. Dave and Vanessa started out as friends, became a couple about 2 years into the band and recently (this summer) broke up. The song Remember Now pays homage to the friendship while remembering the pain and sadness that comes with a breakup. What they’ve been able to do is put the band, the music and the love first, to move through it and create something new. Something whole.

The video, directed by Ryan Brough, is a compilation of live performances and candid behind the scenes shots. And like the music, it’s energetic and engaging. I love the way their voices fit together, I like the driving feel and really like how well it tells the story.

Goodnight, Sunrise enlisted the help of producer Derek Hoffman (The Elwins, The Flatliners) with aim of giving the song a “joyful optimistic energy”. Mission accomplished.

If you like what you hear you can see them live soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Nov 24 – Guelph @ DSTRCT
Dec 1 – Windsor @ Phog Lounge
Dec 2 – Uxbridge @ Wixan’s Bridge
Dec 8 – Toronto @ Bovine Sex Club
Dec 9 – Montreal @ L’Escogriffe 

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New Music Spotlight: Gord Downie, Meghan Patrick, Foo Fighters, Vanessa Marie Carter, Andrew Hyatt

The chance to listen to and share new music is something that we don’t take for granted and that we love to do. So, here we are, back again with another edition of the New Music Spotlight.

This time through we’ve got a poet and rock & roll legend that left us too soon, one of the biggest bands in the world, and three Ontario country artists working their ways to the top.

Enjoy!

Artist: Gord Downie
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: Sam Roberts, Matt Good, The Tragically Hip
Single: Introduce Yerself
Notes: This is the title track of the new 23 song album from the late, great poet, Gord Downie. We highly recommend listening to this offering, remembering Gord, and remembering everything he stood for. It may be heavy. It may be an emotional journey. But we recommend it.


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Artist: Meghan Patrick
Hometown: Bowmanville, ON
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Jess Moskaluke, Madeline Merlo, Miranda Lambert
Single: Country Music Made Me Do It
Notes: After the success of her debut album, Grace & Grit, Meghan Patrick is back with new music with this single release. Country Music Made Me Do It is a solid follow-up to her previous work. The lyrics paint a country music story from start to finish, and we expect to hear this one a lot on Canadian country radio.

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Artist: Foo Fighters
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana
Single: Soldier
Notes: Released as part of a 33 track set in support of Planned Parenthood. The track was a little unexpected after the recent release of the Concrete and Gold album. However, this 5 minute and 11 second track is an excellent surprise and with a worthy cause at the root of its release, we’re all in.

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Artist: Vanessa Marie Carter
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Genre: Country
Related Artists: The Reklaws, Madeline Merlo, Meghan Patrick
Single: Bless My Heart
Notes: The first time we heard Bless My Heart, Vanessa Marie Carter was singing it on the Boots & Hearts stage this summer. And now, with the single out to radio, and the video live for the world, new folks are going to be able to hear it too. The track is a big step for VMC as she moves into her major label career… be ready, there’s more coming.

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Artist: Andrew Hyatt
Hometown: Sudbury, ON
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Dallas Smith, James Barker Band, Jojo Mason
Single: Do It With You
Notes: Much like the Foo Fighters, this single from Andrew Hyatt is a bit of a surprise. His album, Iron & Ashes is one of our 2017 favourites, and now we have a new track to add to our playlists. Do It With You is a sweet song that’s going to have people looking in their lovers’ eyes and singing along. So listen now and start learning the words.


Andrew Hyatt - Northern Comfort Saloon - CNE 2017

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CMW 2016: Tommy Stinson Showcase with Frankie Lee at The Horseshoe

With Canadian Music Week in full swing on Thursday night, we headed to The Horseshoe for the Tommy Stinson Showcase.

On stage when we arrived was Frankie Lee. Accompanied by drums and a bass player Frankie’s sound drew me to the back of the Horseshoe. He brings a kind of Neil Young alternative country vibe – which we love.

Frankie Lee The Horseshoe CMW 2016One of the things we love about CMW is finding amazing artists we’ve never heard of, Frankie falls in this category. Unassuming on stage, he sings with a smooth, quiet intensity. Originally from Mississippi, his family later moved to Minnesota. Losing his father at the age of 12, Frankie threw himself into music and was given the protection and nurturing of fellow artists.

Dropping out of college at 20 he headed to Nashville where he met the legendary Merle Haggard. Moving on to Austin, TX and then LA he’s picked up a few things along the road. Moving back home to Minnesota to be close to family Lee has put down some roots.

Frankie Lee The Horseshoe CMW 2016In 2013, he put out a studio EP, Middle West and caught the attention of influential local radio station KCMP/The Current. Lee has been working on a new full-length album, American Dreamer and it’s set to be released on July 8th. You can download the first single Where Do We Belong and the album is now available for pre-order.

For us, it felt like Frankie Lee had come home, The Horseshoe was the perfect spot for this set and it sounded to us like he could have played this set, here, anytime in the past 40 years.

Tommy Stinson The Horseshoe CMW 2016Next up was our Showcase Headliner, Tommy Stinson. With the 11PM time slot, and the energy coming from a big Raptors win, the crowd was up for this! The audience wasn’t shy, and Tommy didn’t need to encourage people to get up close and personal.

Decked out in an awesome black and grey striped suit, the guitar playing Stinson was a force to be reckoned with. Years of experience haven’t gone to waste, he started playing bass at the age of 11 and has played with Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses, Perfect, Bash & Pop, and The Replacements. It’s safe to say he’s picked up a few things along the way.

Tommy Stinson The Horseshoe CMW 2016Pulling songs from both Perfect and Bash & Pop, Tommy worked up the crowd, and a few songs in had to stop and take off his jacket, saying “We’re gonna slow down the pace, before I have a fucking heart attack”. We thought Tommy’s idea of slowed down was still a pretty quick pace and he’d keep up with any of the other bands we’d seen that night. At 49 years of age, Tommy shows no signs of slowly down, and we’re pretty happy about that.

We were also treated to a sweet acoustic mini set, sans amps and it was amazing how fast the crowd went quiet so they could hear. Tommy, an acoustic guitar, and a little red lighting set the mood very nicely. Great set to end out our Thursday night.

Tommy Stinson CMW 2016 Set List

Not This Time
Makes Me Happy (Perfect Cover)
It’s a Drag
Never Wanted to Know
Bad News
Anything Could Happen
Making Of An Asshole (Perfect Cover)
Jesus Loves You
Don’t Deserve You
Moment Too Soon
Breathing Room
Anybody Else
Zero to Stupid
Come What May
On The Rocks
Unfuck You

Nothin’
Light Of Day
Come To Hide
Alternative Monkey (Perfect Cover)
Motivation
Never Aim To Please (Bash & Pop song)
Friday Night Is Killing Me (Bash & Pop song)

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