Victoria/Montreal-based Freak Heat Waves are as darkly disturbing as ever, but now they wrap it up in a sleek groove.
On her latest album, ‘Mood Rock’, Glenham delivers on the title’s promise. Dreamy and atmospheric, “Barely Alive” epitomizes her unique style.
From the grimy, dire streets of East Vancouver comes Crack Cloud, epitomizing the very nature of post-punk.
Adam Cantor (aka general gruff) records from lock-down. He explores his folksy side, but his sense of weirdness is ever-present.
Crusty grind/punk cranked up to “lock-down” intensity.
From the Victoria band’s latest EP ‘Raise the Red Lanterns’.
Montreal’s Crying High spent some time in Victoria and will be releasing ‘Victory’ in September which celebrates their time in the westcoast city. Here’s a sneak preview: “All Summer Long” featuring their friends Bridal Party.
Vancouver’s Jayda G (now based in London, UK) brightens up your summer with a bouncy tune. She makes it look effortless, even though there are layers of texture here.
Cogan is known for her delicate vocals and insightful lyrics. She is also the queen of ethereal atmosphere. On the new track “Sleeping” she again proves this true.
From the new album ‘Bells in the Ruins’.
This Victoria artist is an odd delight. An electronic beat is incongruously accompanied by “warm” instruments. The result is a groovy vibe with warped highlights.
Review by Mark Anthony Brennan
Although now based in Toronto, Tough Age are from Vancouver and their West Coast sensibilities are very apparent. They have a folksy lyricism, despite being driven by garage rock/proto-punk energy (in clear evidence on tracks like the colourful ‘My Life’s a Joke & I’m Throwing It Away’). Their music can actually be beautiful (check out the lovely instrumental ‘Mathers Ave’), and is often bouncy and upbeat. However, this can be deceiving as their poppiness is heavily tempered by a grim outlook. They actually give a false sense of ’90s fun while delivering lyrics that reflect the dark reality of the 21st century.
Tough Age have the instant appeal that could attract almost anyone, but it is primarily the serious listener who will fully appreciate that they are following in the tradition of Television and Talking Heads by playing lively music that serves as a vehicle for their commentary on modern day life.