Canada has never been known for producing jazz/funk bands, at least the average listener couldn’t name many, but the guys in Gorilla Tophat have brought the flavor of music down South from the Great White North on their debut LP “Unnatural Habitat.”
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Armed with will and determination…and grace, too. Gord Downie, lead of The Tragically Hip, embodies that line from the song Grace, Too. Those words have never been felt deeper than they were these last few weeks as the band takes the stage in multiple cities across Canada for what has been deemed their farewell tour.
I used to refer to Dallas Green as kind of whiny. His music always seemed so full of angst and kind of sad – as if he constantly had a broken heart. After seeing him and his all-star band, City and Colour, on the Halifax Waterfront during Jazz Fest though, my opinion has changed…slightly.
Blues rock has had something of a resurgence over the past decade with bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes and now Bleeker have followed in their footsteps with their self-titled EP.
After listening to it, what stands out most is not the music or the lyrics, but its initially misleading title. An Evil That Hides by Heavy Static implied that I would hear a downright morbid tune. My inner Goth was disappointed when a playful glam-rock song hit my eardrums after pressing the play button.
I know I say this often, but Nova Scotia, Canada has some serious musical talent. A lot of that talent comes from a tiny island – Cape Breton. Like The Town Heroes, Dave Sampson and Port Cities (all who I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing before), Regal Beagle hails from Cape Breton Island but with […]
The Strumbellas are a five piece indie/folk band from Ontario, Canada. They create catchy tunes very similar to The Lumineers and Cold War Kids, but with a bit more of a folk vibe. I’m ashamed to say that The Strumbellas are a band that I often forget that I love. I neglect them until I […]
The Town Heroes are a two piece band from a tiny island (Cape Breton) in Nova Scotia, Canada. They’re self-described as “the most noise two Cape Bretoners can make,” and they certainly deliver on that. By listening to their albums, Please, Everyone is their newest, you’d never know that it’s only two guys – Mike […]
Brutus Begins is a Canadian indie/alt-rock band that is still really fresh with just a three song EP (3P) under their belts so far. Those three songs are pretty great, though and filled with inspiration from some of my favourite alt-rock bands like Cage the Elephant, Rural Alberta Advantage and Born Ruffians.