Are you addicted to this yet? The scrounge, the search, the sorting, the discovery, the sharing, the explosion… like, seriously people, finding amazing new music is way better than any drug. Unfortunately there’s no AA program for addictions like this so let’s get this started.
1. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD – R.I.P. 2 My Youth
Finally!!! After all that teasing, The Neighbourhood have released a new single ‘R.I.P. 2 My Youth’, off their sophomore album Wiped Out! due out on October 30th. What’s it about? “I feel like it could really go for all of us as far as what has happened in our life in the past couple years and the awesome opportunities we’ve been able to have. I think kind of reflecting back on it – growing up per se, whether you want to or not. Sometimes your youth – some people have it taken away from them earlier and some people get to wait a little longer before you have to grow up, but either way the world kind of hits you.” – Jesse Rutherford, lead singer. Catch them at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on October 9th!
2. CITY AND COLOUR – Lover Come Back
Dallas Green has released “Lover Come Back”, the 8th track off If I Should Go Before You, his upcoming 5th album as City And Colour. It’ll be out on October 9th via Dine Alone Records. This LP is different from the rest of the City And Colour albums because it’s a “band record”. Meaning, for the first time, his touring band – some of his closest friends – have stepped in as studio players. Before this, Dallas would play multiple parts by himself and then stitch it all together, or would hire session musicians. He would then have the touring band for live performances. Green said he “was so excited about being able to make and record an album with these guys that it just flowed. [He] felt so confident about their abilities to make all of [his] ideas come true”.
3. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS – S.O.B.
Can you even handle this? Folk, R&B, soul and heart of the party pretty much sums up this dance-able singer-songwriter from Denver, Colorado.
4. SAINT MOTEL – Cold Cold Man
Let’s keep this dance party going. Remember that banger of a song “My Type“? That wasn’t a fluke. This LA indie-pop 5-piece were named as a 2015 Band To Watch and have most definitely lived up to the hype.
5. THE HONEST HEART COLLECTIVE – Haymaker
The Edge Next Big Thing finals happened on Friday night and Thunder Bay’s The Honest Heart Collective fired up the crowd with their punk-inspired folk set. Sonically drawing a clear line of inspiration from The Gaslight Anthem and Bruce Springsteen, I met the real source of inspiration and love at the show on Friday – Ryan and Nick’s mom. It’s not often that parents give their kids the space to create art and tour that art around Ontario without a scolding on jobs, responsibility and money…but this mama, she’s a different breed. Good on ya, mom! #EdgeNBT
6. THRIFTY KIDS. – Granola
There’s more to Ottawa than Stephen Harper and it’s this beach power pop band called Thrify Kids, inspired by 50’s and 60’s doo-wop and rock n roll with surfy guitar tones that make it sound like we picked them up off the beach and plopped them in a studio. Nothing but refreshing, chill and sweet vibes from these sweet Ottawa kids. Read more here. #EdgeNBT
7. MIDDAY SWIM – Summer Eyes
This band isn’t going to hit you over the head with giant guitar hook or big, epic chorus. Instead they will subtly crawl under your skin and hook you in for the long haul of their dreamy indie-pop sonics that make life feel magical. It will all make sense after you realize this band started in a lake-front cabin in the Kawarthas… so when these guys say they know summer eyes, they ain’t lying. If you like Broken Social Scene, you’ll love Midday Swim. Read more here. #EdgeNBT
8. SPELLS OF VERTIGO – Dizzy
When this band took the stage on Friday night at The Phoenix, it was overwhelmingly obvious that they are seasoned and skilled professionals at their craft. The calmness and confidence to their raging set reminiscent of 90s grunge lifted the competition bar a little higher. Read more here. #EdgeNBT
9. IVORY HOURS – Warpaint
EAR WORM ALERT! This trio from London, Ontario have mastered the art of simplistic, creative and catchy songwriting and lyricism. One listen and you’ll be humming their tunes for days. Their quirky mannerisms on stage made it strangely exciting to watch live. If you’re into this tune, check out the great video they did for it below. For more info on the band, click here. #EdgeNBT
10. SMALL TOWN LUNGS – Golden Thread
Pretty sure the entire city of Whitby came out to support their music superstars, Small Town Lungs, Friday night at the Phoenix for the Edge Next Big Thing Finals. The energy of their screaming fans was overwhelming but ended up being nothing in comparison to the explosive performance and creatively unpredictable songwriting the band brought to the stage. A very appropriate ending to an incredible night of local music. If you dig Alt-J, you will fall in love with Small Town Lungs. Read more here. #EdgeNBT
11. MUTEMATH – Monument
It’s been four years since we’ve heard from New Orleans’ Grammy-nominated alternative outfit, MUTEMATH but the stretch of silence has fortunately ended with the release of a new single and album announcement. While the single is still very much stamped with their signature, the flavour is slightly different. Lead singer Paul Meany comments on their new sound- “I would certainly say it’s a departure a bit. We changed up the formula and palette of sound. The way we looked song ideas and how we dressed them; we tried to get away with as little as we would do to a song. That was process of growth for us, because we had never put those kind of parameters on ourselves.” In the last four years, the band wrote more songs that their last three records combined! The cream of the crop will appear on the new release,Vitals, which is due out this October.
12. RAH RAH – Be Your Man
Originally a trio, and now a collective sextet from Regina with everyone taking a turn at singing lead vocals and they like to switch up on the instruments! New album, Vessels, out September 11th, the same night they are playing Horseshoe Tavern!