Walk the Moon, “One Foot”
What If Nothing (Sony)
RIYL: Bouncy disco-like grooves
This will be an interesting case study. When Walk the Moon broke through with “Shut Up and Dance”, one of the most joyful songs in recent memory, the world wasn’t awash in Donald Trump, issues of North Korea and multiple natural disasters. Will this sort of escapist music resonate the same way? We’ll find out, especially after the album comes out on November 10. BTW, the band will be at the Danforth Music Hall on January 16.
Monowhales, “Take It Back”
Recommended If You Like: The current state of Toronto indie power-pop
Yes, they used to be Ginger Ale & the Monowhales, but that name has been truncated to just Monowhales (no “the,” please). Besides, the old name took up too much space on posters. Here’s their new video, the first under the new name and image. There’s a short tour of Southern Ontario coming up through November.
Marilyn Manson, “WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE”
Heaven Upside Down (Caroline)
RIYL: Fear, horror and nuns in slutty platform shoes carrying rocket launchers
Manson is back when we perhaps need him most. The tenth album—due October 6—came together as Manson appeared as a sociopathic barber/surgeon in the TV series Salem. And this is interesting: Manson and Trent Reznor have ended a feud that began back in the 90s. There’s even a possibility that they’ll tour together. I’m in. Oh, and keep the kids away from this video.
Allan Rayman, “Word of Mouth”
Roadhouse 01 (Communion)
RIYL: Someone described as “the most mysterious man in music”
Seriously, how much do we know about this guy? He doesn’t do many interviews (if any). His social media accounts don’t offer any information. His Wikipedia entry totals 55 words. Where are all the live videos? There are a couple, including one from the CBC, but that’s it. And even though he lives in Toronto (he’s originally from Lost Springs, Wyoming), there have been zero sightings of the guy. Fascinating.
Bend Sinister, “Walk the Other Way”
The Other Way EP (Distort)
RIYL: The Zolas, Mother Mother, Yukon Blonde
Born in Vancouver in 2001, Bend Sinister has released half a dozen albums, a handful of EPs and at least one compilation. For fun, click into their website to listen to a story called “Twelve Years” which details some of the band’s adventures.