Edmonton-based Canadian rock darlings Rend release a stunning video for their new single “Winter to Summer”. The artwork featured in the video was made by the local artistÂ Lyndal Osborne.[youtube id=”Iz9V67pejm8″ width=”620″ height=”360″]
Ottawa Bluesfest Day Four – Mac DeMarco
Who: Mac DeMarco
From: Edmonton, AB
Where: River Stage, RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa
When: Day Four, July 6, 2014
Total Score: 8/10
Style: Mac DeMarco has been described as a range of styles, from “slacker rock” to “psychedelic pop.” He labels himself as, “jizz jazz.”
Crowd: These people were there to see Mac DeMarco and it showed. From the quick sightings of Mac smoking his Viceroys while the band was setting up, to the last melodies of Still Together, the crowd was wholly dedicated to and satisfied by everything offered to them.
Technicalities: Opening with Salad Days, it was obvious that something was up with the volume on Mac’s microphone. Luckily, this situation was solved early on in the show. Everything from each instrument to each person’s attitude was perfect. Each lingering riff, drumbeat and melodies were completely on point and had everyone’s head bopping and singing along. The show was a great mixture of musical ability and goofing around, which these guys seem to be notorious for.
Image: Mac and his friends seem to not give a shit and that’s pretty cool. They’re doing something they enjoy and having fun with it, which showed when a friend came on stage and did a cover of Bob Marley’s Jammin’ and Mac stood off to the side with the biggest smile I have ever seen. The only vibe I got from this performance was a genuine one.
Memorable Moments: When Mac launched into Ode to Viceroy, a significant amount of fans began smoking their own cigarettes — I think I would have been disappointed if they didn’t. During Let My Baby Stay, Peter Sagar (guitarist) and Pierce McGarry (bassist) hung around on stage while Mac belted it. It was a hilarious contrast of a heartfelt love song while Sagar walked around smoking a cigarette and McGarry walked comically up to the microphone with a shaker.
Overall: Mac DeMarco exceeded every expectation I had. The combination of their musical quality, hilarious stage banter and the amount of dust and smoke flying through the air made for an incredible set.
Written by Brianna Harris
Photos by Mac Dimanlig
Edmonton pop punk legends, Ten Second Epic have decided to call it quits.
On February 25th the band posted on Facebook:
“It has been the most amazing 12 years, but the time has come for us to call it quits, and announce that we won’t be an active band anymore. But before we go, we will be doing an abbreviated FINAL tour across nine Canadian cities this coming May. We will announce all the details next week. Also, we are going to release a special last album with some new songs & unreleased tracks…and a bunch more cool stuff to say thank-you. So get ready to hear from us a BUNCH starting now, and until the final tour in May. There are a lot of places we won’t get to play again, and that sucks, but this short tour is all that we could make work with our schedules…so we REALLY hope people can make some road-trips happen to be part of these amazing shows and the legendary parties that will follow them. But in the meantime…we just want to say thank you all so much for giving us the best years of our life. Let’s finish this thing right.Â #TSElastcall“
The final tour was announced today and will see support from longtime “superpals” Vancouver punks,Â Living With Lions.
The tour will be stopping in nine Canadian cities. Starting in Calgary on March 28th then continuing from Regina on May 3rd to Edmonton on May 24th.
Help send these Canadian pop punk icons into their careers and normal lives with regret! Do not miss your chance to witness the end of an era!
On January 19th Ottawa’s Ritual Nightclub was graced with a double header of immaculate Canadian indie talent with Rebekah Higgs and the Rural Alberta Advantage.
Who: Rebekah Higgs
From: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Total Score: 9/10
Ritual was packed with a mixture of ages for the practically sold out Sunday night show. The audience was dancing out of the door and watching from the side of the stage. No complaints were apparent from the overjoyed dancing, swaying and clapping audience. Rebekah Higgs has been absent for the past year, to what we now know was because of a new baby in her life, “Being a mom is so 2014, babies are great but they really ruin your life, sex life. I love my daughter.” The spectacular mother and one-woman band’s presence on stage commanded the overflowing audience immediately.Â Higgs is coming back to us with this stop on her tour and a new album Shalala. She reminded one of a beautiful love child of Alt-J and Ellie Goulding. Higgs took “one woman show” to a whole new level. Literally playing back each octave of her voice, accompanied with her use of looping pedals and her single guitar with affects and a beats machine. The crowd went wild for her old and new stuff alike. As the set progressed so did the beating of her music and when it was time for the RAA to come on the crowd was hyped and ready to go.
Who: The Rural Alberta Advantage
From: Central and Northern Alberta
Total Score: 9.5/10Â
The trio of Paul Banwatt, Amy Cole, and Nils Edenloff that makes up The Rural Alberta Advantage was one of the most talented indie acts I’ve seen live. With their mixed use of keyboard, tambourine, vocals, xylophone, drums, guitar and enthusiasm they kept the massive crowd full of excitement. Their style filled with drumbeats and long percussion set them apart from other indie acts giving them a unique sound and experience. The already packed Ritual managed to push more of the die-hard fans into the venue, but no one cared because there was still room to dance. Interacting with the crowd and making sure to remind us all that, “this one is really stomp and clappy”- which was possibly the best way to capture how the overall tone of the show. RAA played lots of clear favourites for the crowd, which made it hard to pin down which one exactly that they enjoyed the most, but Tornado ’87 really stuck out. Among the amazing oldies the band tested out many new tracks that were progressively more hyped than their old stuff, but still keeping up the style they are known and loved for. The show hit many speed bumps, a broken string playing their first new song of the set, which was covered up by improvised football chatter, a horrid stomach flu that was only known to the audience after Cole told us all “never eat catfish tacos in Chicago, we couldn’t play last night but are we ever happy we came,” letting us all know that the band were suffering from the stomach flu, but pulled through to perform a fantastic show and finished by coming back out for a double encore. Regardless of the glitches, this was one of the best live shows I’ve been to.
Review by Ali Wilson
Photos by Joey Fitzmaurice
The Infection Spreads Today! DEATH TOLL RISING Unleash New Album ‘Infection Legacy’ Out Now Oct 22nd
Edmonton, AB death metal bandÂ Death Toll RisingÂ is unleashing their sophomore assaultÂ ‘Infection Legacy’, out today, October 22nd. The release is the follow up toÂ 2010 debut album ‘Defecation Suffocation’Â andÂ 2008 EP ‘Spontaneous Decapitation’.Â
“We are truly stoked to finally be getting this album out to the public. It has been a long process, but we couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out, it was definitely worth the wait! Â We all put our heart and souls into this to give our fans and new listeners something thrashy/blasty/heavy/brutal and still catchy as fuck.” comments guitarist Drew Copland.
Featuring a combination of death and thrash metal, the Edmonton-basedÂ bandÂ are known to devastate their audiences with their high octane performances that has lead them to share the stage over the years with high profile names such as Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, The Haunted, and Aborted (to name a few).
Originally formed in 2003 in Stony Plain, AB, Canada,Â Death Toll RisingÂ have been grinding the Western Canadian metal scene steadily, gaining huge momentum over the last 3 years. New addition Tylor Dory on guitars has introduced a technical and progressive element to the band they have not had in the past. Add in the intense and relentless drumming provided by Bryan Newbury (recently recruited by Canadian prog/death powerhouseÂ INTO ETERNITY), as well as the well-rounded rhythm provided by Drew Copland on guitar and Mike Puff on bass, and you get a monster that is only now being unleashed upon the masses with vocalist Jesse Berube topping things off with a combination of brutal death growls and Tomas Lindberg-esqe high shrieks, which will be plenty noticeable on their new albumÂ ‘Infection Legacy’.
Track Listing: Infection Legacy
1. Infection Legacy [Youtube]
2. Judas Cradle
3. Scorched Earth Policy [Youtube] 4. Born To Defile
5. Malice Incarnate [Youtube] [Bandcamp] 6. Crack Open A Cold One
7. Slaughter To Survive
8. Revelation Despair
9. Septic Entity
Upcoming Show Dates:
For more info on Death Toll Rising, please visit the following links.
Official website:Â http://www.deathtollrising.net/