Band of the Day
By: Sheena Lyonnais October 16, 2013
Montreal gets two things right every time: cappuccinos and synth pop. Electro synth is fabulous everywhere, but it has a certain je ne c'est quoi when it comes from the city of harmony. Heartcopy is no exception; pairing co-ed vocals with airy, simple songs that make you feel fuzzy inside. It's kind of like Stars, but much less depressing. At times you want to cuddle, but at others, such as the chorus of "Without Sound," they kick it up a notch and let you know it's time to dance…or at least to sway. They just released the video for their latest single "Redo," which features a sexy little romp on par with their suggestive style. They've moved into dreamier territory since they released their single "Tomorrow" last year and it's a welcome change. Good job Heartcopy. See you on the dance floor.
By: Sean Carsley October 15, 2013
Indie Week Canada approaches and on the horizon is Jojeto. When the music is good, and Jojeto's is very good, then you should have fun. Take a look at their website and you'll see for yourself. They're funny and original and genuine. They have a video for the fantastic song, "Amy Dances." But they also have an impromptu unplugged session caught on tape that includes a mandolin (and who doesn't love the mandolin?). For any other reason is their awesome, "Edgercise Video." Jojeto is a unique name for a band with a great sound, and seeing these guys will be an absolute blast.
By: Sheena Lyonnais October 14, 2013
There are few greater joys life can bring than the musical gems of experimental garage-rock girl bands. Colornoise is a duo from Costa Rica that consists of vocalist/guitarist Sonya Carmona and drummer Alison Alverado. They've got a darkness and a thickness to their tracks, emphasized in their video for "Time." It tells the story of a hitchhiker predicting end times. "Time is a mistake. It doesn't exist," the video says. This psychology is woven deep into their material, which is smart and comparable to the Dead Weather. They describe themselves as noise rock, but they have more melody than that. Noisy yes, but there's something magical about what this band is doing. A live performance may reveal exactly what that is.
By: Sean Carsley October 13, 2013
As you pick bands to see for Indie Week Canada and you stumble across Duck Duck Goose, I will tell you: don't judge a book by its cover. After all, their hip name shows how funny they can be, but it doesn't do justice to what they're capable of in the studio. When you listen to their EP, Shoot the Stork, you'll quickly learn that this band is the real deal. A strong, tight sound from five guys who can take the alternative/rock and provide great music from within the hooks they create - with unique vox as an added bonus. And that's always a good combination.
By: Sheena Lyonnais October 12, 2013
Toronto's the Beaches are an edgy all-girl rock band that has landed international attention even though they have yet to graduate from high school. They did a "Blurred Lines" influenced video for their track "Absolutely Nothing" that caught them some acclaim, but it's their new video for "Loner" (71,235 YouTube views and counting) that catches my eye. Sexual party scenes paired with shots taken around the city are backed by drum-driven imagery of the band tearing it up. The whole thing evokes a familiar Pretty Reckless vibe but with an improved Joan Jett attitude. They draw deserved comparisons to the Runaways for their youthful energy and fearlessness. Their debut EP was produced by Raine Maida and "Loner" is the campaign track for French Connection's fall/winter ad campaign. This is a band people are talking about and after catching them at Indie Week you will too.
Be sure to catch the Beaches perform at Toronto Music Scene Indie Week After Party on Oct 18 alongside TJ Hollywood, Wildheart and the Ascot Royals. https://www.facebook.com/events/179932262193711
By: Josh Parsons October 11, 2013
Sometimes, returning to a place of comfort is more appealing than venturing forth; a mantra that Philadelphia’s Satellite Hearts hold close to heart. This quartet plays unabashed, unfiltered and to-the-roots rock ‘n’ roll, equipped with attitude and Marshall stacks. Drawing influence from a plethora of hit-makers and smack-takers, these raucous Americans promise to bring the party North of the border. Without the gimmicks, these boys manage to skillfully reinterpret a platform that has been heavily diluted and are guaranteed to entertain you this Indie Week.
By: Sheena Lyonnais October 10, 2013
Montreal's Diamond Bones couple the dreamy elements of shoegazey pop with raw emotion. They call themselves a "tribal dream pop trio" and the description suits them well, as they combine claps with a woozy sadness that signals the end of summer. The music selection available online is small, in part because the group has spent August working on their debut album, but previews suggest listeners can expect a soft and smoky ambience. Comprised of Isabelle Banos, Michelle Bensimon and Lana Cooney, Diamond Bones provides lush soundscapes easily exemplified in their debut track, "Home Is Where." The band is a little bit like Toronto's Diana, but with slightly less 80's midtones and pop sensibilities. A dreamy performance should be expected.
By: Sheena Lyonnais October 9, 2013
Local band The C'Mons have their music down. Polished indie pop influenced by vocalist Stephanie Bosch's folk background and a delicate edge perhaps attributed to her roots as a hockey loving Albertan. They have a large repertoire of fun covers such as "Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé, which spices up their at times subdued sensibilities, a result of soft violins and poetic originals that weave throughout the duration of their catalogue. What's great is they put their own spin on things, perhaps best exemplified in their cover of "Semi Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind. It remains true to the C'Mons' style yet maintains the catchiness of the original. If the "do, do do's" don't prompt a drunken sing-a-long it would be a shame.