Hello there, readers. Lane and I came up with the idea to do a Bandcamp Spotlight to highlight some of the bands that we have trouble dedicating entire posts to. Nothing against the bands, it’s just a time issue. So, let us proceed into the first edition of SVB’s Bandcamp Spotlight series. Continue Reading
You have entered the centre of the second edition of Stay Trve. I and we would like to thank you for being here. You may recall me mentioning previously that the particular effect for this column wasn’t necessarily to wow you with cutting-edge analysis, but rather to point the spotlight towards recordings and topics that may have discovered their media lifecycle acutely topical, non-existent, come to a grinding halt, or other. – Cotton
In the past, I have more often than not discussed artists and works that are of a Canadian origin. This piece is an extension of that ideology.
Vancouver, BC, Canada, Noise Rock outfit MESS have launched their debut album, Silver Kidney. MESS is the latest project from Johnny Matter. Matter spent time in the well-regarded Anion and Bog, among others in the past. In addition to being a writer/performer, Matter also runs Apocalypse Sunrise Productions which is responsible for the long-running Diecember Fest Metal Festival and Taco Fest as well. Silver Kidney was recorded at Noise Floor Studios on picturesque Gabriola island by Jordan Koop.
Arkansas rock band (proclaimed “humcore” by our own Lane Oliver) released their terrific new 7″ EP Lonely Frontier earlier in the year and they have now released a music video for the track “Pinholes.” I’m loving this band and their output is 100%. Check out the very DIY video below and be sure to stream/pick up their new EP now. Continue Reading
Hello, fellow ‘terraneans. Welcome to the inauguration of Stay Trve. I got to thinking that now, maybe more than ever, there are A LOT of recordings being released. Unless your job involves sitting on the couch all day listening to music, odds are, you and I are missing out on some quality music. Big time. To help counter the audio malaise and near total saturation of the music playing field, I present to you: Stay Trve.
Iranian progressive rock 5 piece Mavara have a long and storied history. Formed in 2001 by keyboardist/producer Farhood Ghadiri, the band quickly solidified themselves as a premier act of their ilk in their homeland. The band received accolades in their native land and played the prestigious progressive rock festival “Teheran Avenue.” The band’s first English language album Forgotten Inside was released in 2009 with the band subsequently relocating to the United States. There they released 2013’s Season of Salvation.
Denver Colorado’s Immortal Synn believe that what is old is new again. Their 2nd release Machine Men filters much influence from NWOBHM bands and fuses it with party metal, not unlike Municipal Waste. Finally, the band incorporates technical thrash, not unlike something from Rust Never Sleeps and mixes it with some crushing grooves, not unlike something from Reinventing the Steel. The band’s intention is to fuse together familiar sounds to create something unique and contemporary and subjectively they did a bang up job of it.
GROUPOEM have quite a storied history. The legend goes that from 1983 to 1986 the band cut their teeth in the Toronto punk rock circuit, went on a North American tour in 1987 and then dissolved the same year.
25 years later the band has reformed. Their new offering Dirt Church is a culmination of 9 tracks the band recorded in 1987 and 9 that were captured after their reformation. Subjectively, I wish there were more bands like this. GROUPOEM exhibit many of the tropes of punk and alternative, but the way they present it is unique and ultimately fresh. The stream of conscious type lyrics and masterful guitar playing and arrangements really set this band apart from the herd.
Post rock outfit WATTER have detailed their forthcoming record History of the Future. The greatly anticipated follow up to 2014’s stunning This World will be released October 20th by Temporary Residence Ltd.
Progressive rock 3 piece STARING INTO NOTHING immediately recall another band of the same ilk. I’m in no Rush to tell you who I’m referring to, I have a review to do after all. The first single from Power “Big Brother” ebbs and flows not unlike something from another progressive rock album called Power Windows. This is not to say STARING INTO NOTHING is merely aping Rush, they seem to bring enough of their own inventive style to the mix to transcend mimicry.
Power is expertly produced and mixed by Californian Mark Needham. Needham has worked with Circa Survive, O.A.R, Fleetwood Mac, and Red House Painters. Now how is that for eclectic? One aside, Needham mixed “Mr. Brightside”
by the Killers in 40 minutes. As a reference mix. Which ended up being an unfathomable hit. Needless to say, Power sounds pristine.