Wide Open (Buzz)
RIYL: Big guitars backed by big drums. Think Pixies, if you want.
Whatever is in the Toronto water supply seems to be breeding a bumper crop of excellent indie bands lately, groups that are not only finding fans around the city but internationally as well. Along with Alvvays, July Talk, The Beaches and half a dozen other members of the Class of ’17 comes Weaves, a group devoted to guitar rawk. Good. We need it. Their sophomore album is due October 6.
Joseph of Mercury, “Angel”
Joseph of Mercury EP (Wednesday)
Joseph isn’t really from another planet—he’s actually from Toronto—but Joseph W. Salusbury can remind you a bit of Bowie, so there’s your extraterrestrial connection. If the video for this song tweaks some movie memories, it’s probably because you saw Grease more times than was healthy.
Brand New, “Can’t Get It Out”
Science Fiction (Procrastinate!)
RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday
Finally! It’s only been eight years since the last album—and it appears there’s something very, very weird going on: a strange series of conspiracy theories tied to this record that will suck you into a rat hole and may not let go. Think very, very carefully before you click here. Remember that I did try to warn you…
Sc Mira, “Free”
Keep Crawling (Fontana North)
RIYL: Karen O-style death pop.
Another slice of Cancon, this time from Winnipeg. Having expanded from two pieces to five, deepening the bass and writing darker songs has given them new life. Anyone see them when they did a tour through these parts last month? I’d love to hear any reviews. And I also need an explanation for the origin of that name.
The Used, “Over and Over Again”
The Canyon (Hopeless)
RIYL: Alexisonfire, My Chemical Romance, Silverstein
Now that the autumnal equinox is almost here, perhaps it’s time to get into a more emo screamo headspace. If that’s the case, it’s time to stream the new one from these decidedly non-Mormon natives of Orem, Utah. This time, the producer is Ross Robinson, the guy whose name is all over those Korn, Slipknot and Cure records.