What an exciting weekend to be in this city… Catfish and the Bottlemen, Disclosure, and Paul McCartney were all in town this weekend, the Jays played (boooo KC), it snowed, and we’ve got a ten tonne barrel of smokin’ tunes for you tonight.
1. JR JR: Gone
Not only has the duo returned with an album, they’re out with a new band name. The former one was confusing people with a race car driver. Zott explained that the “band name became like this extra member of the band that wasn’t contributing so we felt like we had to kick him out”. What’s more is that while they’ve stayed true to their sound, it’s also a more focused, confident and smoother album.
2. OBERHOFER: White Horse, Black River
Oberhofer is a Brooklyn, NY band formed in 2008 to perform the music of founder/frontman Brad Oberhofer. This will be off his second album release Chronovision which came out this summer and will feature his signature psych pop with orchestral hints, but will also be more grungy and new wave. It’s influenced by some of the hardships he has faced lately. This tune specifically is dedicated to his grandmother, who recently passed away.
PS: Did you know that he writes songs on the piano for his friends and fans around the world?! Check them out, they’re pretty impressive!
3. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Prey
The Neighbourhood says it sounds like “the beginning of a new life. Even how the song starts it just sounds like a light”. I’d say it also sounds like yet another flawless hit off their album that can’t come out any sooner!! This one’s upbeat and dynamic but embraces the familiar darkness of The Neighbourhood. They’ve also released an acoustic version! The album, Wiped Out!, will be here on October 30th.
4. NEW BEAT FUND: Sikka Takin The Hard Way
New Beat Fund are a band whose music radiates their sunny L.A. roots: SoCal party-inspired, surf pop, grungy alt-rock. In their own words? “We’re letting our music run free, streaking down the beach, nuts hangin’ in the Cali breeze, smokin’ Cali trees. We shimmy shimmy to the sounds of the Timby, some Red Chili, Slim Shady, and one Foxy ass Lady”. They call themselves G-Punk and this fun track is off their album Sponge Fingerz, which came out this past June. They’re having a good time and want to share the good vibes with listeners, so “whether you’re coolin’ with your gurl or partying with your friends, this is for you”.
5. ROYAL WOOD: Long Way Out
Toronto’s songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Royal Wood is at it again: he’s coming out with his third album in 2 years on April 22 2015, Ghost Light, and here’s your first sample of it. Wood, who has released 8 albums to date, explained that this album “was a full return to writing and recording simply for the joy of creation — like when [he] was a kid. A true letting go and allowing”. He also had fun jumping from instrument to instrument during studio sessions: almost 90% of the album is performed by him. Along with the album release, he’ll be touring this spring, including a performance in his hometown.
6. HALF MOON RUN: I Can’t Figure Out What’s Going On
Half Moon Run has released yet another gorgeous song. This one’s a bit slower and sentimental, featuring strings, their classic harmonies, as well as singer Devon’s stunning vocals. I definitely hear some clear classic rock/Beatles vibes in it, with a hint of Mumford. This is another track off their album, Sun Leads Me On, which will be officially released on October 23rd, but it’s streaming now – and it’s already been dubbed by CBC Music as the record of the year. It’s definitely something you need to give a listen to!
7. KOPECKY: Talk To Me
“I’m working overtime / Working for the chance to be awake / Picture this we’re running away / Leave all this behind us / One more kiss, we’re driving away / Fueling up inside us”. Nashville band kopecky have come out with “Talk To Me”, a tune about escaping the routine of life and living it to its fullest: falling in love or chasing your dreams, whatever your heart desires. The track is off Drug for the Modern Age, Kopecky’s second album which came out last spring.
8. BALTHAZAR: Bunker
Balthazar is an indie pop/rock band from Belgium. “Bunker” is off their third album Thin Walls, which was released this past spring and was produced by Ben Hillier (previous work includes Blur and Depeche Mode). With it they released a beautifully stylized video. They’re pretty big in Europe, touring all over and playing big concert halls and festivals there. They’ll now be playing in Toronto for the first time ever, this Monday October 19th at the Drake Hotel!
9. MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ: Everything I Do Is Out
Delta Spirit might be taking a break, but frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez isn’t! Matthew is coming out with his first strictly solo project. Meaning, he’s going back to the certain rock he loves, not allowing any outer influences into the project, playing nearly every single instrument on the record. The EP, Austin, will be out November 2015.
10. FOR ESMé: You
Pronounced “For Ez-May”, this Toronto electro-poppers just released new album last week called Sugar and it is as sweet as it sounds. If you’re old enough to know who Kraftwerk is, you’re gonna dig these local beats.
11. BRING ME THE HORIZON: Throne
If Hybrid Theory and Meteora have a special in your heart, you are going to dig this large. Bring Me The Horizon from the UK spent four records being death/metalcore but have turned a new leaf on their latest album That’s The Spirit. And if you need another reason to love them, their band name is from the last line of Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse Of The Black Pearl where Jack Sparrow says, “now…bring me the horizon.” Point; Jack Sparrow. Duh.
12. YOUNG RIVAL: Interior Light
Another Hamilton gem! If you’re into the Stokes and Black Keys, go local… go Young Rival.
Check out October’s Rdio playlist here: