Tag: punk

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

Average Times…why is it only now that I’ve heard of you guys? Not since The Polymorphines have I immediately felt my punk rock muscles ache listening to a local rawk act like this. Listening to their self-titled (and brilliantly cover-photo’d) album is a pleasure. Musically inspired by equal parts Buzzcocks and Ramones, with vocals akin to Bad Cop (with the […]

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UnChained Interview: Caitlin from Bella Clava

UnChained Interview: Caitlin from Bella Clava

There was a time when having a female lead singer was note-worthy for a band like Bella Clava and made them stand out. Luckily for society, we have reached a point where more can be written about Bella Clava’s catchy riffs and energetic sound than about the gender of any of their band members. The music industry has evolved to […]

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Capital Revue: New Swears

Capital Revue: New Swears

Somewhere between The Beach Boys, The Gruesomes, and the far reaches of hell, lay New Swears.

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UnChained Interview: Tommy Hanson

UnChained Interview: Tommy Hanson

There are few things more synonymous with Canada than hockey and beer. Thus, how fitting is it for a Canadian band to brew its own beer and pay homage to the Hanson brothers (everyone’s favorite violent but lovable cinematic hockey goons). Consisting of Robbie and Johnny Hanson (brothers Rob and John Wright), Tommy Hanson (Tom Holliston) and ‘Some Guy’ Hanson, […]

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UnChained Reviews: “Pirate Radio” by The Electric Revival

UnChained Reviews: “Pirate Radio” by The Electric Revival

The famous saying is that with great power comes great responsibility. Well, with great talent come great expectations. When you hear a great riff, you get excited. When a songs jumps out at you with energy and ferocity, you get pumped. When talent is evident, you look forward to hearing something special. In the case of Pirate Radio by The […]

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Lost Durangos - Evil Town

Vintage Vinyl – Lost Durangos

 This blog describes Vancouver’s Lost Durangos as a cowpunk band, one example of a very ’80s mashup of country and punk which included bands like Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, Social Distortion and The Gun Club. And they’ve definitely got more than a touch of that, but there’s a sunnier, new wave edge to their sound that brings to mind bands […]

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Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Toronto’s Wildlife are rolling their bus into town on Friday night. Sonically speaking, they live somewhere between Family of the Year and Arcade Fire (which happen to be two of my favourite bands). However, they have something those two bands don’t really have (or emote, anyway): An unabashed vibe of fun and joy. Their latest release “On The Heart” is […]

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Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: The Hot Nasties

Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: The Hot Nasties

Don’t you just love vinyl reissues of vinyl treasures from the ancient past? Ugly Pop Records has made a business of reissuing a whack of old gems, including this one from the famed (well, if you were a punk in Calgary around 1980) The Hot Nasties. 3 songs, with the title track (Invasion of the Tribbles) being the one you […]

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Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Thought Beneath Film are the next big thing out of Hamilton. They’re pop, they’re punk, and they’re kinda in your face. They borrow a lot from their pop-punk peers (Blink 182, Green Day, etc), but they have a very classy Knack-style sheen and (frankly) some really great vocals. Here’s their latest single Cartographers. Now, if that wasn’t enough coolness for […]

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SNFU as Enlightenment, who knew?

SNFU as Enlightenment, who knew?

Nope, I didn’t expect this. Few did, I suspect. The recent re-emergence of Mr. Chi Pig and his SNFU brethren has been as much celebrated as it was considered an impossibility. The band, the fans, the labels, pretty much everyone considered SNFU gone. The recent tribulations of Chi himself were the main contributing factor in this. For the best part […]

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