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Oshawa punks Letdown release new EP ‘The Bottom’

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Three-piece Letdown released their second EP titled The Bottom yesterday. The four tracks fall somewhere between grime and pop punk with upbeat melodies and occasional breakdowns, building on a sound laid down by the band’s first release in March of 2015, Skin+Bones. The boys are currently leaving a little bit of Oshawa all over North America as they tour through the U.S. with the final two dates closing out the run in Montreal and Ottawa. Listen to the album above and check out the full list of tour dates below!

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PREMIERE: Ottawa’s Bearings release ‘Home Is…‘ EP

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The second release from the Capital City Quintet, Home Is… plays with an interesting pop punk composite, falling somewhere between the hair-flip days of the Mayday Parade generation and the newer finger-pointing, air-punching TSSF/Neck Deep sound. It’s aggressive yet understanding with an aired connotation of new wave lazy rock reminiscent of bands like Turnover and other Run For Cover choice picks. Bearings use their time wisely, checking all the proverbial boxes in only three tracks, with a quality production nod to Anton Delost. Doug Cousins, Collin Hanes, Jeremy Farkas, Ryan Culligan and Connor Kington have an EP release tour set for the end of the month and they are looking towards a a year full of pavement-pounding, ear-blasting, finger-blistering work.

Check out the stream below for Home Is… and Pay What You Can for the download. Jam away the winter blues or use them in your favour with this mean example of music-making. 

TRACK LISTING:

1. Indecision
2. What’s Best For You
3. Absent 

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TOUR DATES:

January 21 – Oshawa @ The Diezel Room
Januray 22 – Toronto @ Smiling Buddha
Januray 23 – Brampton @ Ellen’s Bar and Grill
January 24 – Windsor @ The Windsor Beer Exchange 
January 27 – Peterborough @ TBA
January 28 – Montreal @ Bar Pub St. Denis
January 29 – Ottawa @ House Show

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The UGLYS – High As Heaven, Drunk As Hell – Album Review

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High As Heaven, Drunk As Hell is a nonstop, fast-paced, wonderfully noisy rager, the likes of which you haven’t seen since your parents went out of town for the weekend and the 10 people you invited over turned into 50 in a hurry. The UGLYS are a stoner punk band from Denver, Colorado, it’s Victor Jadlow on guitar and Zach Kane on drums with both dudes belting their hearts out. After the album released Jared Kane joined on to play bass during live shows, one can only assume the relationship. High As Heaven, Drunk As Hell was released through indie label Red-Eyed Records and recorded at Mammoth Cave Studios by Tim Gerak in Denver.

The four-song album starts with menacing guitar riffs and antsy drumbeats from the track “Sweat’n Like A Pig / Sing’n Like An Angel”. The back and forth vocal parts between Jadlow and Kane sound like a call and response of the damned, reminiscent of early 2000s hardcore bands like Comeback Kid, while the instrumentation on the song stays truer to classic rock and metal bands with guitar shredding and grunge chords. “Bargain Bin” keeps the hard rock momentum going with some dark lyrics, “ Rotting flesh this burning stench you reap what you sow, The bargain bin of plastic skin is stretched to the bone.” The melodic guitar comes crashing with cymbals to a chaotic end. “P.F.C.” sounds like Quentin Tarantino’s take on a Brand New song about war. With the deepest lyrical content, it tells the unfortunate story of Private First Class Christie as he copes with his wartime experiences and trying to fit back into regular life, my personal favourite track on the album. “High Times, Low Lives” finishes off the record well. Screaming contrasts with clean singing to give a well-rounded example of the powerful UGLY sound. The final moments of High As Heaven, Drunk As Hell are killed off by a deathblow of wailing vocals and a raunchy but graceful guitar solo.

High As Heaven, Drunk As Hell is the debut album from The UGLYS but you would never guess it, the sound is practiced, albeit a bit confused. The UGLYS have taken parts from all the best rock bands in music history and interpreted them into their own brand of garage punk. The crossbreeding between genres has resulted in gnarly rock sang with a punk accent. Watch out world, things are about to get UGLY.

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RITUAL release new video ‘Pisces’

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Hamilton’s RITUAL released a new music video this week for the track “Pisces” the opening note of their pending full-length debut. The horrorcore outfit’s self-titled debut album will be released via Distort Inc. / Fontana North (Canada), Bullet Tooth (Worldwide) and Halfcut / Shock (Australia / New Zealand) on October 30, 2015.

RITUAL is the brainchild of former Dead and Divine vocalist, Matt Ryan Tobin. After the untimely demise of Dead and Divine’s decade long career, charting Billboard charts with multiple records; Tobin found himself far from finished. RITUAL is a band without guidelines or limitations, this was the band Tobin always set out to create. “We were born from waste. We are the product of broken bands, miles traveled and mistakes made. We are RITUAL”.

Pre-order RITUAL on iTunes and exclusive merchandise packages which feature limited edition colored vinyl versions of the new album, t-shirts, hoodies and other unique items available now

Track List:

1.Pisces
2. Gag Order
3. Americhrist
4. Rat Queen
5. Grim Part II
6. Hot Pink
7. Model Wife
8. White Blooded
9. Love Song
10. Ripe
11. Ataxia

RITUAL is:

Matt Ryan Tobin – Vocals
Matthew Rigg – Bass
Aaron Le Tual – Guitar
Tim Busa – Guitar
Dillon Forret – Drums

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Daisy announces ‘The Ones We Leave Behind’ debut LP

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12041755_10153588789656153_150128317_nGovernmental greed, post screamo revival and lots of anxiety. Daisy’s debut album is a homogeneous mixture of musical ingenuity and bodily discomfort, and they would not have it any other way.

Slated for an October 16 release, the album is titled The Ones We Leave Behind. Listen to a new track called “Hell” and preorder the album here.

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“It was definitely the record we wanted to make,” drummer Jordan Gauthier says. “If you can spare 30 minutes of your time start it and don’t press stop.”

Daisy has carefully crafted the record after a year and a half of experimenting with their live performance. The problem was converting the physical show into recorded music.

“We wanted to do it completely live off the floor,” guitarist Colin Jacques says. “Our live show and the energy, we wanted it to translate. That’s why we have no stopping, that’s why all the songs run into each other.”

Through all-night recording sessions, musical misfires and miscommunications, the band learned a lot during their first full-length recording experience and The Ones We Leave Behind is the fruit of their toils.

Below you can listen to my interview with Colin Jacques and Jordan Gauthier, guitar and drums of Daisy. I stopped by their new place in the heart of Ottawan Suburbia at two-o’clock in the morning for some beer and good discussion.

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