Toronto musician Mike Simpson – known for his work with Godstopper, Ayahuasca and Column of Heaven – is apparently a jack of all trades. His past musical endeavors have embraced the noisy, the abrasive and the metallic, but with his Jack Moves project, Simpson dabbles in hip hop and electronica.
Inspired by the live looping expertise of comedian Reggie Watts, Simpson has been crafting danceable tunes as Jack Moves since 2014. The project sees Simpson creating glitchy, pop hits and eccentric hip hop numbers all with the use of his voice, and topped off with surprisingly potent MCing skills.
We at Svbterranean are excited to share the first official release from Jack Moves, I Been Working. This EP, which is officially out today, captures the spirit of Simpson’s live performances and delivers four catchy tracks guaranteed to get the head bobbing or other body parts moving. Check out the EP after the break.
Canadian noise makers The Great Sabatini and Godstopper have premiered their new split over at Stereogum. The split is officially out today via No List Records and can be picked up at this location. Though both bands share similarities, The Great Sabatini delivers the corrosive, tumultuous sludge, while Godstopper offers grungy, angular melodicism. Together, both sides of the split make for a heavy and eccentric release. Check it out now.
Read our interview with Godstopper here.
Photo by Nathan Mills
Toronto-based progressive sludge trio Ayahuasca (Godstopper, et al) have announced the release of their sophomore full-length record and follow-up to 2013’s Plato’s Dark Horse. The new record will be titled Yin and will see a release on September 9. It was recorded by guitarist Luke Roberts (except drums which were recorded by Greg Dawson) and was mixed and mastered by Dawson at BWC Studios. Roberts says of the new album:
“Our last record was much more progressive, long winded, and full of details. This is a much more fast-paced, vomitus, cathartic release of anger that is kind of childish at times if I may speak frankly. Making this record satisfies the need to express a muse that’s been bothering me since I was a teenager in the vein of the constantly dissatisfied stress and anger laden punk/grunge bands I grew up listening to.”
The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break.
The album’s first single “Dinosaurs”, which sounds like the bastard child of The Melvins and Alice in Chains, can also be found below.
Canadian sludge/noise metal outfit The Great Sabatini have premiered a new track from their upcoming split with Godstopper at Pure Grain Audio. Titled “The Ear Collector”, the two-minute stunner unleashes thunderous, grimy riffs that steadily pummel through off-kilter rhythms. Check it out here.
The split will be released on August 19 via No List Records. Pre-order here.
Check out our interview with Godstopper here.
For the past six years, Godstopper has been making waves in Toronto, Ontario’s noise/doom/sludge scene, continually pushing the boundaries of their sound with each new release. Their latest EP is no exception. Titled Who Tries Anymore, the stunning new EP delves further into pop-infused noise rock territory, highlighting catchy hooks and combing melodic harmonies with heavy rhythms. In a recent interview with Svbterranean, mastermind/vocalist/guitarist Mike Simpson discusses the new release, working solo, and the band’s evolving sound (just don’t call it “metal”). He also talks about his various influences and lyrical inspirations, as well as his hip-hop project Jack Moves, and more. Continue Reading