The time has come at last, peeps. Over the next few months, I will be reviewing ~wicked local~ artists and concerts from Boston, MA and the surrounding area to give Montrealers (and the awesome people who follow this blog) a taste of the music scene down the coast. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for some pretty sweet reviews starting in the next few weeks.
Stay chill MTL (but not too chill, enjoy that warmer weather!!),
It was a gorgeous long weekend here in Montreal: the sun & warmth called for multiple park hangouts, garden-tending, and long meandering bike rides. Felt pretty nice. And I’m really looking forward to trekking out east in a couple of days for the Obey Convention… it’ll be good to get out of the city for a bit and enjoy some of these great early summer vibes by the ocean. Plus, we’re playing an all ages punk show in the Halifax public library – come by and say hello if you’re in town for the festival!
ckut top 30 – may 24, 2016
1. kaytranada – 99.9% – xl CC *
2. the range – potential – domino
3. aj cornell & tim darcy – too significant to ignore – nna tapes CC *
4. bombino – azel – partisan
5. anohni – hopelessness – secretly canadian Continue reading
On their new album, Hold/Still, Suuns take darkness as their muse, filtering their post-punk creations through a dimly-lit room with industrial electronics and distorted rock grooves delivering heavy punches on the listener. The whole album finds uniqueness in its ability to combine dense production tactics with unpredictable songwriting. Certain moments value building tension as synthesizers crackle with distortion highlighting the driving beats. Rather than sending the subdued tension into the territory of raging, guitar-heavy choruses, the band seeks contrast in their ability to create visceral atmospheres for their lead singer’s enlightening falsetto. The band effortlessly combines guitar-based rock music with sounds of Montreal’s underground resulting in one of the most interesting contemporary releases of the first half of the year.
The genre of Chelsea Wolfe is a bit hard to put down. In 2015 she released Abyss, an album that epitomized her turn from a darkly tinged folk artist into a full-fledged member of the gothic rock community. Although the music was dark and powerful, her slow tempos and vocal delivery still hearkened back to the days of her more folk-related stylings. The title of this album serves as the best possible description of her music, Wolfe’s beautifully reverberated voice is the only source of light in her black sonic landscape forged by punching distortion and primal drumming. On May 16th at the Fairmount Theatre in Montreal, Wolfe showcased the ability of her music to translate to the live setting. The night was surreal. Wolfe effortlessly combined her creepy, Halloween themed vocal whisperings with the smashing capabilities of her band, switching between unsettling intimacy and apocalyptic destruction constantly. Continue reading