Category Archives: Discovered

Spotlight: Basement Revolver “Johnny”

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The song is something you’d expect to hear inside the mind of a freshly broken person. With their life falling downward, a contrast of happiness heard in the guitar, turns the song into a reminder of the temporary state. It’s a lush experience as Chrisy Hurn introduces herself though a sweetly tragic strum of guitar. An angsty mood builds as the sound from Basement Revolver finds a lovely harmony between grunge and indie rock with their debut single, Johnny.  The bandmates,  Brandon Munro (drums), Nimal Agalawatte (bass/synth) and singer Chrisy Hurn (guitar) perfectly pair mellow tune with distorted guitar offset by somber lyrics, making the first single off of their debut EP a memorable.  

Check out the single below!

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Have You Heard: Bleached “Welcome to The Worms”

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Into the real lives of three headstrong women from California. Bleaches, sisters Jennifer (vocals, guitar) and Jessie Clavin (guitar) as well as bassist Micayla Grace. Their sophomore album, Welcome the Worms, is a transparent look into the rowdy life of someone living in California. Finding their way through highs and lows, the album paints a picture that isn’t always pretty, nice or expected. The follow up to their previous album Ride Your Heart (2011) is a new turn. The strength of WTW solidifies their talent as musicians. If you haven’t checked out their latest album, do yourself a favour and give it a listen.

Bleached is currently on tour, and low and behold stopping by Toronto Sunday April 17th. Be sure not to miss all of the hair flipping action. DOC105-Bleached-FC-HR1425.jpeg

The Hypnotic Trace that is She Devils

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photo by Sarah O’Driscoll

Step inside a gloriously twisted world.  Saccharine and brightly-dark, She Devils, Audrey Ann & Kyle Jukka, are a band to get lost in. Their self-titled debut EP is a step into a dream. Guided by Ann, you’re shown a fantasy you can’t help but like instantly.  Come, is the most standout single on amid the four. You’re lulled into their sound with a 60’s pop influence paired with surfer rock. Provocatively lulling you deeper into the song are lyrics breathily submerging the warped sounds Jukka provides.    

If there is one track to fall in love with this week it’s this.

Take a listen.

 

Toronto’s Best Undergound

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There something about a sticky floor, over-stuffed venue and a lack of air circulation that makes a show more thrilling. The blackened stage lacks fancy lighting,decor or anything personal about the band playing. Their name may not be known to anyone not inside the venue, but that’s not what matters. Tonight, they’re owning the stage and without the gimmicks, they make the audience dance, sweat, and gasp for breath. They play covered in sweat, losing themselves in the moment, and hoping to take as many as they can with them. Welcome to the Toronto Underground. Discover 416 is a series of shows throughout the city that showcases the best Underground music around.  The latest show took place at The Garrison and showcased some must see bands and best new discoveries.

Dirty Frigs: You can’t live in the underground without knowing their name. From Toronto, the band is sin dipped in darkness.Their music is hypnotizing on it’s own, though, watching them live is an experience you shouldn’t miss. Known for their dark aura, gritty rock & roll and show stopping performances, Dirty Frigs are on the slow climb up.

 

Jaunt – Formed by a few members you may recognize from other projects in the city, Jaunt is a mellow sound of different genres and elements that shouldn’t go together, yet fit quite well.

 

Little Junior – A throwback to one of the first bands I’ve ever shot, Little Junior is quite an act to see. With a purple-hair lead, and whole lot of screaming, they’re a punk-pop band comparable to the greats like Fidlar. They don’t galavant on stage trying to be that hardcore band, instead they take you into one of their jam sessions where you can’t help but fall in love with them along with their sound.

 

Walrus– The hidden gem of the evening that demanded attention. Beginning their set like any true rock stars, by setting down beers and taking their places in front of the dwindling crowd. Standing on stage, the randomness of them was enticing enough to draw the crowd forward. Walrus, takes a step back in time to play psychedelic rock  with a maturity and perfection you wouldn’t quite expect from them. 

 

Shy Kids – A phenomenal dynamic between the two leads. They don’t fit into any category or genre. They make music with a meaning behind it, they don’t just play. They’re a band that truly connects with their music through and through.

All different, all up and coming, all can’t miss musicians that can turn the smallest shows into the most memorable.

* Photos by the lovely, Shahnoor Ijaz*

Interviewed | Caveboy

Caveboy is a band driven by the past, future and determination. Their music is a raw emotional world that commands attention. The trio have mastered how to merge real life experiences into their indie dream-pop. In every song you hear each struggle and triumph it took to get their elevating sound. Formally known as Diamond Bones, Caveboy shifted their dynamic and encompassed their new start with their self titled debut EP released just last month.

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Made up of Michelle Bensimon (vocals), Isabelle Banos (bass) and drummer Lana Cooney, Caveboy is a band that plays with the idea of strange, while showcasing what’s good about being on the other side of normal. After a listen, you’ll be right there with them.  

After falling in love with their track,Something Like Summer, there was so much I wanted to know. Simply, about them finding their new sound and new personas as Caveboy. Before their previous show in Toronto, Michelle, Isabelle and Lana and I took to a coffee shop to talk about their new band, sound and how the response has been.

The band represents who you are now, who are you guys now?

Michelle: I think who we are now is a representation of what Caveboy is. Before we were called Diamond Bones.  We changed our name and revamped the band a little bit. Caveboy is who we are, it’s this primal, raw, passionate, getting your hands dirty kinda people who love music and love what we’re doing.

Lana: Diamond Bones was kind of a start for us, to hone in on what we wanted to do with our sound, with our performance and image. Once we felt like we’d outgrown that we shifted to Caveboy, it was a fresh start for us to focus in on what we were intending to do with our music.

How come you felt as if you didn’t relate to Diamond Bones anymore?

Michelle: I think Diamond Bones was just something we came up with, to be honest, very quickly. Not necessarily with any true meaning.  When we came up with the name we liked how to sounded and we did find the meaning in it. But it didn’t come from any meaning. I think with Caveboy, like Lana said, is that “fresh start” and that need to connect to every part of what we were doing. Not just the music, but how we look, and the name is such a huge part.

Lana: It’s the identity.

Let’s talk a little about the EP, how long was the EP in the works?

Lana: The EP was a combination of a lot of work. Originally it was supposed to be a full length album and we set out to start working on that a good two years ago, maybe more. So it has been a long process, but every moment of it really counted. It allowed us to really figure out what we wanted to do. Even though it took a few forms, we went through a lot of changes with it.

Is there a particular song that you find relates to you all the most?

Michelle: I would say, Something like Summer. Its been written for a bit now, but it’s something that’s really fun and it really represents Caveboy. It’s [Something Like Summer]  about growing up and growing out of things. We often play it last and it’s this hype moment, where we give everything that we have left in us. It’s the punctuation of our set. We love the feeling and it gets us to the finish line.

How has the response been to the change?

Lana: With the name change came a new kind of response than from what we were doing. First off, we changed our name so we had to tell everybody what we were doing. People were pretty receptive and accepting of what we were doing and now that we’re Caveboy and playing as Caveboy, people are really understanding what we’re doing, what we’ve been working towards and what we were going for.

What do you like seeing when you look into the crowds at Caveboy shows?

Isabelle:  I’m fortunate enough to not have to be focusing on singing lead the whole time. So I get to really have little moments and look out, those moments when I can sneak a stare into the crowd and see what’s going on. I just love seeing people as lost in it as we are. Whether their eyes are open or closed. If they’re looking at us or looking at the ground, just in it.  Just having a great time. If we had anything to do with that it’s just the best feeling.

After seeing them perform they do just that. They draw the audience in and make them remember their name. If you haven’t yet, check out Something Like Summer. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Newest Jittery, Fast-Pace Amazing Discovery: Shopping

How much fun do you think you can experience in about two and a half minutes? What about frustration, anguish or social resistance riddled in punk sound perfected in such a way you’ll think the album came straight from a post ’80s era…all in just over two minutes? Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

With the upcoming release of, Why Choose, by the UK-bound band Shopping, it turns out that there is quite a lot one can experience in such a short timeframe. Let’s keep this short and sweet because instead of reading this, you could be listening to them.

Who are they?

Shopping is a three piece band from London made up of Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums) that simply say, fuck the standard, let’s make our own.

Why should you listen?

Well, because it’s good music. But if you need more read on.  Mixing edginess, androgyny, and political opinion with some post-punk surf rock, the trio quickly caught the attention of fans around the world with their first album, Consumer Complaints.  With the well-received record showcasing a step into the jittering fast-paced headspace of Shopping, the anticipated second album, Why Choose is everything you want to hear without being repetitive. Shouting out their thoughts one song at a time, each member takes a turn passing the mic around creating an uneven flow of voices.  The shifting dynamic the voices pass on carries throughout their sound and adds a sense of unplanned, planned chaos. With each track that ends a new voice takes on the next and the focus is never one a single member and they’re truly seen as a whole.

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For a rush of energy, and a surge of attitude, check out their first album Consumer Complaints, and prepare to be obsessed until they drop their new album this October.