The War on Drugs, “Thinking of a Place”
Single (Secretly Canadian/Atlantic)
Recommended If You Like: Chillaxing with an 11 minute song
Clocking in at 11 minutes and 12 seconds, this is gonna be a tough sell for radio. The last time programmers were faced with a situation like this, it was Green Day’s “Jesus of Suburbia” suite which ran a shade over nine minutes. Still, it’s a wonderful, immersive track that should pair well with sitting in the sun on a spring day. This could be a highlight of their Toronto gig at Massey Hall on October 21.
Say Yes, “Too Much, Not Enough”
Real Life Trash Mag (Dine Alone Records)
RIYL: Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, the less screamo side of Alexisonfire
During a break from touring with Alexisonfire, drummer Jordan Hastings started working on new material with his buddy Adam Michael. That went so well that they recruited bass player Michael Zane and created Say Yes. Now that Jordan will be freed up from his Billy Talent commitments, expect to hear more from these guys.
Nick Hakim, “Roller Skates”
Green Twins (ATO Records)
RIYL: Beardy musicians from Brooklyn
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard a song based on rolling through the streets on a set of old-school roller skates. Hakim’s roller excursion is dreamy with reverb and comes with this animated video. He’ll be playing The Drake on May 11. The full album will be out May 19.
Hillsburn, “Low Light”
In the Battle Years (Virgin)
RIYL: Maritime indie folk in the vein of Strumbellas and Bon Iver
Here’s a five-piece Halifax band which was a winner in the new/emerging artist category at the Canadian Folk Music Awards late last year. “Low Light” builds to an anthemic climax that would go well with a room full of beer drinkers. And you gotta love a band that can find a rhyme with “misanthrope.”
HotKid, “Caught in the Light”
HotKid (Fortune Stellar Records)
RIYL: Songs that are fizzy, fuzzy, big and buzzy
I can’t remember the last time I wrote about a band from Cambridge, Ontario. This trio has been around since 2005 and has released a series of indie EPs and albums. Distorted female vocals float over a buzzy guitar background that harkens back to middle 90s indie. Check them out when they play The Baby G here in the city May 18.