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.
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.
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.
One of our favourite westcoast bands, Mi’ens (Kim Glennie / Evan Heggen), is about to drop their latest album in September. As an exciting preview we have this cool vid of the pair pounding and shredding their way through this thrill ride of futuristic-sounding math-punk.
Like Deafheaven gone seriously prog, “Pass the Heavens” explores the post-metal landscape of light and dark.
WUT’s bubbly punk/garage pop is nicely complemented with colourful, child-like animation.
Bass Guitar and Vox – Tracey Vath
Axe and Vox – Georgina Fairweather
Drums and Vox – “Smithy” (Lauren Smith)
Vancouver’s Yung Heazy (aka Jordan Heaney) outdoes himself again with a warped pop tune that sounds like psych-tinted yacht rock.
“Magic Spice”! It’s poppy but somehow subversive thanks to off-kilter vocals.
Vancouver’s Heron do what they do best — sludgy doom rock with tons of cool atmosphere.