It’s a great time for Canadian music, in particular the last five years with Canadians artists scattered across both the mainstream and independent scenes. And the Canadian music industry is still growing. Take for example two of the most celebrated post-punk, rock bands are from Canada and another one, while still finding its footing, has produced critically acclaimed albums. All three will make people think of The Pixies, The Dead Kennedys, or even a bit of The Black Keys.
Warm up your necks because this Mundo Musique will make you long for days of long hair to bang your head as you listen to Japandroids, METZ, and PS I Love You.
We close with Twitter Love, of course. This time, a Canadian pop band from a little city in Ontario. Not quite head banging music, but something entertaining, nonetheless.
Loud, rambunctious, and intense. That is Vancouver’s Brian King and David Prowse who make up Japandroids. While they’ve been playing together for 7 years, their breakthrough came last year with their stellar second LP, Celebration Rock. They were short-listed for Canadian indie prize the Polaris (which went to Feist), have played at Bonnaroo and SXSW to packed crowds, and were invited to play on Jimmy Fallon. Their live shows leave you breathless, so go see them if they’re playing in your city as this fall tour might be the last concerts they’ll play in a while (Japandroids tour dates).
Toronto-based trio, METZ, are following the path blazed by Japandroids with their brilliant noise punk. Alex Edkins, Hayden Menzies, and Chris Slorach make music that is frenetic, manic, yet somehow it all makes sense. The album explodes as if you were actually watching them live. They were short listed for the 2013 Polaris Prize (which went to Godspeed You! Black Emperor), and their performance at the award ceremony makes you realize that the band is on the verge of greatness. METZ will be playing a few shows with Japandroids as well as a few other dates in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand this fall (METZ tour dates)
PS I LOVE YOU
From picturesque Kingston, Ontario, PS I Love You makes loud garage rock music that verges on prog rock at times. Think the Black Keys meet Wolf Parade with the catchy hooks, danceable rock, but heavier and louder at times. Together since 2006, Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson have put together 2 LPs and several EPs and 7″ records. They’re in the midst of writing new music, so hopefully that means a tour in the near future. “Wooooo!” (watch the video and you’ll be yelling “Woooo!” too.)
TWITTER LOVE – THE ALMIGHTY RHOMBUS
The Almighty Rhombus are a five-piece, melodic pop band from Sudbury, Ontario. In some ways, they remind me of Moxy Fruvous – the satirical, folk band from Thornhill, Ontario with whom Jian Ghomeshi use to play. The Almighty Rhombus will release their first full-length album on October 29.
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