The show is on the road at Wayhome Festival this weekend, and one of the best things about music festivals besides your favourite bands and the sunshine… is the opportunity to discover music you may have not have found otherwise. Tonight will be bringing our experience at WayHome, to you.
Crowd photo above by Marcia Leeder. She’s a really good photographer.
1. VANCE JOY – Fire And The Flood
The band has been teasing a new song all week and here it is…perfect timing for their headlining set tonight at WayHome. You can bet this is going to be incredible live because it’s already a banger.
2. COURTNEY BARNETT – Pedestrian At Best
This Australian gal definitely gained some new fans at WayHome as she tore up the stage on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Step into your love for grunge and see how Barnett has taken that sound and evolved it into her own.
3. THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE – Terrified
Despite what their name implies, this band is from Toronto! Nils was born and raised in Alberta before he settled in downtown Toronto where he met Paul and Amy. Their latest record, Mending The Gold, was released last September.
4. ODESZA – Say My Name ft. Zyra
YES I KNOW we’ve played this band a lot. They are that good and also happened to play WayHome Festival in the headlining slot on Saturday night so do you believe me know? BELIEVE THE HYPE. This electronic duo from Seattle provides the perfect soundtrack to convertibles, cottages, lemonade stands and just about anything to do with summer except for a black bear eating all your food at camp.
5. FUTURE ISLANDS – The Chase
Future Islands closed down the night at 2am at WayHome on Friday and for those of us that hadn’t seen this band live, we were pretty surprised that the softness of the their last record, Singles, could be delivered with such vigor! The lead singer was actually screaming like a metal head. Left field, but you gotta love it! This tune was recorded at Abbey Road Studios for Record Store Day back in April, and it was laid down straight to vinyl!
6. DEAR ROUGE – Tongues
Drew and Danielle stopped by our tent here at WayHome yesterday to talk about their new record, which soon turned into Drew spilling secrets about Danielle’s dancing video…whoaaaa, great image. This is the next single off their record, Black To Gold… it’s called Tongues… Dear Rouge.. live from WayHome on the Drop.
7. BRONCHO – Class Historian
Broncho hosted a dance party yesterday at WayHome on the WayBold stage with their fuzzy, power-pop hooks that fall somewhere between the lightness of Phoenix and the 80s nods we hear on the new Yukon Blonde record. This is off their last release, Just Hip Enough To Be A Woman.
8. HEY ROSETTA! – Gold Teeth
Their current album, Second Site, has produced a third single from this seven-piece alt-folk band from the east coast. Just to give you a reference point for how incredible their live show is? The Gaslight Anthem warmed up the stage for them on Friday night here at WayHome.
9. ALVVAYS – Party Police
Toronto band gathered an impressively large crowd on Saturday that was singing every word to every song. You could tell they were pretty stoked about it, too! Worldwide acclaim, if you haven’t gotten into this band yet, it’s never too late.
10. BROODS – Bridges
One of the best new bands of 2014! Broods rolled through town during Canadian Music Week 2014 and recording a stunning Sugar Beach Session, people that were in the studio for it will remember that the emotion coming out of this New Zealand brother and sister was so thick, you could cut it with a stick. But instead of cutting anything, we all just got goosebumps and cried. They did the same thing during their Sunday eve WayHome set!
11. KEVIN GARRETT – Coloring
Each week there is a new band (or two!) that we will feature from Brooklyn – and not on purpose. There must be something in the water of there and I’d like to go chug all of it so I have musical superpowers. Unfortunately for me, it sounds like Kevin Garrett drank it all already. He is such an incredible force of talent, hidden in gentle, poignant sounds driven by piano and vocals with a side of beats and bass. If City And Colour went more electronic, it would sound like Kevin Garrett.
12. HIGHS – Mango
Toronto’s alt-pop band, HIGHS, are putting the finishing touches on their debut record that was produced by the same dude that does Depeche Mode and Foals. They just wrapped up their set about an hour ago before Yukon Blonde took the stage.