Who: Let’s Dance!A night of hip-swinging music in support of Easter Seals NL Music Therapy Program.
East of Empire: http://eastofempire.bandcamp.com/
… Those Lasers: http://thoselasers.bandcamp.com/
Secret Connection: http://secretconnection.bandcamp.com/
When: 1030PM, June 2
Where: The Levee. $10.
Easter Seals NL is a charitable organization that has operated in NL since 1937. It is dedicated to maximizing the abilities and enhancing the lives of more than 1500 children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador with physical disabilities.
For the past three years, Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador has operated a very successful Music Therapy Program. Music therapy is the use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
All proceeds from Let’s Dance will go towards replacing damaged musical equipment.
SCENE PICK OF THE WEEK!
PS I Love You is an up and coming duo from Kingston, ON consisting of Paul Saulnier’s vocals, guitar playing, and bass rhythms with Benjamin Nelson’s drum beats. They are currently on a North American tour and will be playing at Hunter’s Ale House on May 30. I got a chance to talk to Paul on the phone last week and he had the following to say.
1. What are the differences between your latest album “Death Dreams” and your breakout album “The Muster Station”?
Everything is almost the same but our new songs are a little bit longer and grander. There’s a lot more self-indulgence and extravagance in this new ensemble. The feeling is a little bit different too. On our first album all the songs are really anxious and urgent and now we’re more anxious and patient. It’s a different mood for us and that makes the music different.
2. We first heard Benjamin’s vocals on your latest single “Don’t Go.” How has his singing contributed to the band?
He’s a really good singer and we thought it would be a good idea to have him sing back up on a couple tunes. They sound good and hopefully we’ll have him sing more in the future. Actually, he’s a better singer than I am.
3. What’s the difference between your Canadian tours and your international ones?
Canada’s a lot more comfortable. The drives are longer but we know people in almost every city which is nice. In America or Europe, it’s scarier because we don’t know what to expect. We’ve been lucky because we’ve always had nice crowds who really dig us. So, it has to do with our comfort level and Canada is easier and America is more of a challenge, but it’s a good challenge.
4. What’s your favourite part of the recording process?
When we record the songs live it’s just the guitar and drums and then I add extra guitars, keyboards, and vocals. My favourite part is when I have this idea for what I want the song to sound like and then I pick what I like the most. But when it all comes together what it actually ends up sounding like is something different from what I was originally picturing in my mind. It’s really exciting because you think you’re making something but you’re actually making something different and it takes on a life of its own in a way.
5. How has your raising popularity affected your personal life?
Not very much. It hasn’t changed my relationships with my friends or anything. We try not to let it go to our heads. It’s a big deal but at the same time it’s not a big deal and we’re just going to keep going on.
6. If you could play on stage with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Gee, that’s a tough one. Well, my favourite Canadian band is “Swan Lake” and I’d like to play with them. It has Daniel Bejar from “Destroyer” and Carey Mercer and Spencer Krug from “Frog Eyes.”Â Their music is really powerful and epic so I feel like I would fit in well there. Those guys are modern day Canadian heroes in my eyes.
7. What can we expect from you in the future?
A lot more songs about love and shitty problems. We’re going to play a lot more shows. People say bands evolve as they keep making albums so we’re going to keep trying to do that.
By : Tamara Gravelle
Every time I step into the Trailside CafÃ© and Inn I am expecting an amazing night and May 24th was no exception. The headlining act for the night was Steven Bowers, who is touring to support his 2011 album, Buothuk Words.Â The opening acts were Brian Dunn, who is an Island singer songwriter and Keith Mullins, who just won ECMA World Recording.Â All three acts took their “A” game and left the crowd wanting more throughout each act. Every emotion was seen throughout the night. Brian’s touching song “Grace’s Lullaby” had the crowd in tears and Keith’s tune “Kijiji Christmas” had the crowd laughing and wanting to go buy some goods off the internet. The service and food was amazing. The crowd was pleased with not only the show, but the atmosphere the Trailside brings to each show.
Brian Dunn was the first act of the night. He was a charismatic singer songwriter from PEI. He was descriptive with his songs and the meaning to each tune. My favourite song was called “Only God Knows” which he described as “a song about love, it’s not about who wins or loses but who gets the last laugh”.Â Some of his songs were not about his life, but watching other people’s relationship from a far. He was an amazing talent and I really enjoyed listening to not only his music but the stories that went along with his music.
Next up was Keith Mullins. If you have not seen Keith Mullins live, you need to get out and watch him. Keith had the crowd participating from the moment he stepped on stage. The first song he sung was called “She Will Play”. It was about his Aunt Flo, who is his aunt and Gordie Sampson’s mom. Aunt Flo is the head of the family and would have them play music from sun up to sun down.Â It was quite evident that Keith had been around music his whole life and that Aunt Flo had a huge impact on his musical career.Â My favourite and the crowds as well, was his song called “Kijiji Christmas”. It was a song he wrote about Christmas and how he got all of Christmas gifts off Kijiji. It was a hilarious song, which was picked up by Kijiji. Keith was a great performer and I am really excited to see him again.
The headlining act was Steven Bowers, who I was very excited to see play for the first time.Â Keith Mullins was his drummer and he has been playing with him for more then ten years. Steven played the first three songs by himself and he was quite comfortable on stage alone. Keith the joined him on stage to play drums and they played extremely well together. Steven is the type of artist that you find yourself drawn into not only his songs but the stories that he tells with his songs. You can tell he is an artist that writes about the situations and people around him, through the passion in his songs. A great song of Steven’s, which was the last song of the night, was called “Migration”. The interesting thing about this song is he wrote the song as he recorded it, which shows the amazing talent I got to enjoy on May 24th.
Steven’s set list for the night was:
Bees in Jars
Song for Grown You
It Breaks you So
Chicago to Death
Gas Station Lullaby
Each of these songs was a story of Steven’s life or the lives of the people around him. He took situations from past and the present and mashed them into a set of beautiful songs. If Steven is in an area around you, you have to get out and see him, I promise he will not disappoint.
All three musicians were amazing and I was so impressed with not only their music but their stage presence. The crowd could not take their eyes off all three men and everyone at the Trailside fell in love with them. I highly suggest checking out all three acts when they are in an area near you!
By : Angie Toombs
Photo: Darrell Shelley
Album: Read or Naught (2012)
Influences: According to the man himself, “Explosions… Fire… Mildly upset Beluga Whales… People you don’t like, people you like that I punched in the ear.”
- Ready or Naught
- Real Bad Man
- I Like It
- Hip Hop
- GTFO (Going To F*ck Off)
- Play Ball
- One Mic
- Thugz Mansion
- Nobodies (Feat. Lil’Dre)
- Yours Truly
- No Escaping This (Feat. Ace, Mikey B, Element)
- Lemme Go (Feat. Royce Da 5’9 and Crooked I)
So, normally I’m not one to listen to rap music. It takes really good rap to get my attention. That’s where Daniel Kelly comes in. Name sound familiar? You may have heard of him from his role on the teen TV drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. Yeah yeah I know, you’re probably thinking “Another Degrassi rapper? Drake did it first. This guy probably isn’t as good.” Oh how wrong you are.
Daniel goes by the name Deph Naught and back in March released his mix tape entitled Ready or Naught. Being a fan of his character on Degrassi, I decided to check it out for myself. I was pleasantly surprised. Not because I didn’t think it would be good, but because I actually enjoyed it so much. Like I mentioned before, rap isn’t really a genre I listen to on a regular basis. But this guy is clever, and his flow is sick (sick in the positive sense, obviously.) Â Upon first listen, he reminded me of Eminen, yet at the same time he does a good job of differentiating himself from the comparison. What caught my ear the most is in the song “GTFO”, he states, “I can’t stand whack rappers, where’s your damn passion. Where’s your creativity, f**k off with all your flashin’. Put your 40 million carat grill down there in the trash and show me why you deserve to go platinum. Won’t happen.” I thought that line was brilliant, because it’s true. Put away all the bling, and rap about something relevant. Rappers can only rhyme “models” with “bottles” for so long. It’s starting to grow tiresome.
The Good: His rhymes are clever, and his flow is incredible. “Lemme Go” and “Words” are great examples of that.
The Bad: Leaves me wanting to hear more music from him.
The Ugly: No ugly! So instead, here’s the download link to his mix tape. It’s free, so why wouldn’t you check it out? http://www.datpiff.com/Deph-Naught-Ready-Or-Naught-mixtape.324972.html
Deph Naught’s Facebook:
By: Shayla Miller
From: Moncton, New Brunswick
Performed: 1am, Saturday May 26th, 2012. Distortion
Pre-show hype: The Motorleague recently won the 2012 Independent Music Awards punk song of the year for Good Men and will be releasing their 2nd studio full length album, “Acknowledge, Acknowledge,” in the fall.
Crowd: The bar wasn’t packed full, but it was no where near empty either. There were a few regulars, but it was pretty evident that most of the people in attendance were there to see The Motorleague.
Style: They have described themselves as “Thin Lizzy on speed,” which is a great comparison as these guys write catchy tunes that stick in your head for days, and always take on the stage with a ridiculous amount of energy.
Technicalities: The first three or four tunes presented a bunch of issues. They ran into drum troubles as the kick drum kept slipping forward, and the guitar amp blew shortly into the set as well, but Don decided to sing on through the songs without the guitar. Many people didn’t even seem to notice the commotion happening on stage as people scrambled to fix these issues.
Memorable moment: Don announcing that it was Nathan’s last show with the band. Despite several changes in bassists and drummers, Nathan has been playing guitar for the band since it’s formation and many were shocked to hear the news that he is leaving.
Mentionable song: “Hymn For The Newly Departed” is always the song that captures the most attention from the audience and of course, this night was no different. People who are unfamiliar with the song still feel compelled to sing along with the “ba ba ba” part of the chorus, and by the end of the song most of the crowd had ventured towards the stage to sing along with the band.
Total Rank: 8/10. They had a rough start, but yet still delivered a solid set and just seemed to get better and better as the set rolled on and the crowd got more involved.
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