“Victoria’s Secret 2019” Live Revue. Copper Owl, August 15th, Victoria, BC


Like a travelling road-show coming into town, almost the entire cast of the compilation “Victoria’s Secret 2019” (Baffled Octopi Records) descended on the Copper Owl on August 15th for a heady night of diverse local music.

The early crowd were treated to a few sets of experimental music, starting with Always a Bad Thing (featuring Nick Roland). The duo spun an odd but enjoyable mixture of bass-driven eletronica and dark folk before giving over the stage to The Purveyors of Free Will who performed a bass’n’drum number with eerie vocals chanted through a megaphone.

Next up was the intriguing sounds of general gruff. The electronic musician blared out wild and unpredictable electronic sounds, while the singer (who looked like a ’60s beach guru) kept pace with equally wild vocalizations. Following them was the artist L.L, who held the room captive through her freeform violin and fascinating theremin work. The percussion grew more pronounced as the set progressed, culminating in a final song that featured fearsome vocals that rattled the soul.

Winnie Richards (more of a bandname than an actual person) presented a “stripped-down” backing group, with only two acoustic guitars accompanying “Richards” on vocals. Although willowy and sweet, her vocals were also strong and compelling, and more than enough to carry her exquisitely written songs with a minimal of accompaniment. Having said that, the guitar work was sweet and had some nice solos.

The room was full by the time The Hex hit the stage and the band gave them what they came for — loud, rollicking garage rock, with the emphasis on loud. The band was tight and they were clearly enjoying themselves. Lead singer David Chenery blasted out song after song, with a voice filled with both charismatic melody and grind-it-to-the-floor grit.

The evening closed (quite aptly) with the blues-rock duo Tremblers of Sevens. Guitarist-vocalist Wise filled the air with his atmospheric, wailing guitar, and gave a good growly bite to the lyrics. Meanwhile, Rad punctuated the entire affair with her thunderous drumming. A fitting end to a strangely eclectic night.


Premiere: “Different” by Eliza Niemi



Seen through a soft haze or reflective car window, the normal world takes on an almost surreal air in the video to Eliza Niemi’s “Different”. From Niemi’s solo album ‘Vinegar’ (she is a member of Mauno) the song flows like a hesitant and experimental stream-of-thought. But the song has sweet beauty and harmony, coming together as a satisfying work.


Interview with JP Lancaster of At Mission Dolores

Interview by Mark Anthony Brennan

At Mission Dolores are based in Kamloops, BC. Their latest album ‘Last Night Outside Her Apartment’ was released just weeks ago.




Why “At Mission Dolores”?

Mission Dolores is a park in San Francisco. This is going back a number of years. I was visiting San Francisco, and had a really cool couple of days, but in that neighbourhood in particular you’d see such huge swings between wealth and poverty. You’d be in this beautiful, surreal park full of palm trees and just to see that stark contrast. I think that’s influenced the band — observing how weird and strange things are in the world but we’ve sort of normalized them.

How it the band get started?

It started as my solo project. I attempted to record my songs alone but ended up recruiting drummer, Jared Wilman, and Jared Doherty who is co-vocalist and song-writer and additional guitar player. My wife, Maggie, was also included in the recordings. Afterwards, we decided we wanted to play those songs live and that’s when we came across our bassist Stu. Then we were able to form the band, learn those songs and start on the path that way.

Was it difficult, developing a band in Kamloops?

One advantage is that with a smaller scene it’s easier to go out and cut your teeth. Go through your growing pains without being on the big stage of a major city. However, it’s like the snow-globe effect — everybody knows you and everybody’s going to support you, regardless. When we started getting out to Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, the bigger cities, that was our big litmus test. So far, it’s been very well received. One of the cool things is that — using Vancouver for instance where there’s a pretty strong post-punk movement right now — we are considered a breath of fresh air because it’s not totally in line with what’s going on in their scenes.

Your songs are very well crafted.

I really like the story-telling aspect of songwriting. Once we have a nice story or narrative in place then it’s fun, treating your instruments like your paintbrush as to how you’ll alter the canvas behind that story.



 At Mission Dolores on tour:

July 4th / Victoria / Vinyl Envy
July 5th / Cumberland / Masonic Hall

Premiere: ‘Victoria’s Secret 2019’ compilation album

And here it is. To quote from the album notes:

Behind the sombre granite blocks and snaked in between the rows of tourist shops and Starbucks lies a different Victoria. Raw, eclectic, nasty and beautiful. It’s the beating heart of the city’s alternative music scene — pounding in an effort to break through the ancient ribs of a quaint and reserved town. 

“Victoria’s Secret 2019” is just a sampling of what there is to discover. Check out all-new recordings by 12 artists who represent the insistent, creative spirit that lives beyond the towers of The Empress.

All-new music from High Arctic, Teenage Violets, Winnie Richards, L.L, Elura, The Hex, Purveyors of Free Will, Amy Rose Hamelin, Psychic Pollution, Always a Bad Thing, general gruff, Tremblers of Sevens.

Premiere: “Kingdom Went” by Ilya Krivo



We are pleased to present to premiere of “Kingdom Went” by Ilya Krivo (now based in Vancouver).

A unique work of experiment folk, “Kingdom Went” is an epic allegory; a concept album about the human condition amidst war and religion, family history and immigration, love and misanthropy, and achievements and failures in acquiring knowledge and understanding.