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Saturday, August 7th, 2010 03:38 pm
Evolove - photo by Mia Tyler

This is Evolove. They're an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. From left to right you have: Billy Berman (bass/acoustic guitar), Colby Jensen (rhythm guitar), Lucy Levinsohn (vocals), Dave Corsile (lead guitar/vocals) and Brian Weathers (drums/percussion). They came together in July of 2009.

They've got an EP called 2012: Countdown To The End, which I'm really enjoying. You can preview all of their songs on their Myspace or Reverbnation, or below.

Evolove playlist via Reverbnation )

Currently "On The Floor" is my favorite, but that's probably due to my mood. All of the songs are good. The lyrics are not revolutionary, but they are good and entertaining. Most importantly, they're not offensive to my (admittedly hypersensitive) sensibilities. The guitar work is really catchy and their songs go by quickly without being rushed or too short.

Their first video was for "Toyshop Girl":

Toyshop Girl video )

They also have a video for "2012":

2012 video )

And here's an acoustic version of "Let Me In", which is really quite good.

I found this band when Dave's friend, Tommy Joe Ratliff who is the bassist for Adam Lambert, twitted about them. Rarely do musician recommendations work for me, I don't listen the way musicians do, but this one was a good fit. So that was shiny.

Important Links:
MySpace
ReverbNation
Twitter
YouTube

Buy their EP:
Amazon
cdbaby
iTunes
Saturday, June 12th, 2010 01:57 am
Handsome Furs - I'm Confused cover art

Handsome Furs is a synth punk indie rock band formed in 2007 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [ref]

I got this single from Amazon on a Sub Pop Sampler last year. It was free, but I really quite like it. It's got a retro feel to it that takes me back to the 80s in a good way, while not leaving behind the evolution music has taken since then. And I like the chorus.

The video for it is disturbing, but good. You can watch it on Vimeo or YouTube, or embedded here:

Read more... )

Freaky, no? But in that quirky Euro-Canadian way that just really appeals to me. I haven't checked out the rest of their music yet, but I think this song and video is a good introduction to them.

Buy:
Amazon [mp3] or [Face Control full album]
iTunes

Vital Links:
Official Site
MySpace
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 09:16 am


This is Metric an indie rock/new wave band hailing from the great land of Canada. They are Emily Haines (vocals, synthesizer & guitar), James Shaw (guitar & theremin), Josh Winstead (bassist) and Joules Scott-Key (drummer). They started in Toronto but have been all over the world at various times.

Background Info:
Wikipedia
Offical Site Bio


I found them thanks to My One True Radio Station, aka the Alternative Channel on Music Choice. They kept playing "Help I'm Alive" and finally I just had to find out more about the band that made this song I liked so damn much.

So first I hit up RCRD LBL's site to see if they had a listing for Metric, which they did: Metric page on RCRD LBL

Happily, they had two, not just one, songs available to stream & download. I've embedded the streaming player here, or you can just click on the link above.

embedded )

At that time Lala.com was still alive, and so I used some of my sign-up credits to 'buy' the streaming version of their album Fantasies. I fell in love. It was utterly delightful. I liked every single song and that is one of the things that's really special for me. I want to be able to enjoy the entirety of what an artist/band has to offer, and with Metric that was no problem at all.

Here again was a female-lead band that played the music I enjoyed and had lyrics that didn't depress me. And on top of that, they're really good. I do hope you'll give them a chance.


Important Links:
Official Site
Myspace
Twitter
YouTube

Buy Metric's Fantasies:
Metric's Webstore
Amazon [CD] or [MP3]
iTunes

All Other Merch
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 02:17 pm


This is Tegan & Sara, immensely talented twins from the great land of Canadia, I mean Canada. They've been making music since they were fifteen and they've been touring almost as long.

You can read a detailed History of Tegan & Sara over on Wikipedia, so I won't replicate that here. I found them because I heard one of their songs played on a tv show, but for the life of me I can't recall which one. Obviously their music was superior to the show using it.

I promptly looked them up and was thrilled to find a female-lead band (two queer females even!) that made songs that were both musically and lyrically satisfying to me. All too often I find the best female bands/singers have songs that, while amazingly well done, are also fucking suicide-inducing. And I understand why that is. Women, even now, have a lot of shit poured on them. It's only natural to write about that, work through it, protest against it via art. I applaud that even. But as someone who honestly can't handle my own shitty life, I am unable to take on the additional burden of other women's pain. So with Tegan & Sara I was pleased to find songs that resonated strongly on an emotional level but that did not overwhelm me with pain and despair.

Looking through their discography I realize that I basically really love every other album they do and am just kind of meh about the others. Not sure why, just one of those things. Still, with six studio albums to their names, there is plenty to enjoy even for weirdos like me. FYI: my faves are This Business of Art (2000), So Jealous (2004), and Sainthood (2009).

And here's a sampling of songs off those records (though I love the full albums so):
on Grooveshark
or embedded here )

So go buy their music!
at Amazon
on iTunes


Vital Links:
Official Site
MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
Youtube
Vimeo
Merch
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 12:37 pm
Welcome to the Canadiana free-for-all. Both [personal profile] calystarose and I will be posting 3 times this week. We never could do things in moderation.

Let's get started.




This is J Englishman, a wonderful artist from Toronto. His album, Poor Li'l Rock Star has pretty much been my soundtrack for the last ten years. I'm going to take the lazy way out and plagiarize myself for a minute. I reviewed the album last year at my music blog (which I have, sadly, neglected the last six months or so. I need to get back to it). I don't see the need to do a completely different intro, especially when there isn't much information to be had.

So, the following is cribbed from my review of the album:

J Englishman is a Canadian artist who released a really stellar album in 2000. It was probably the first album I bought after hearing only one single, and it was way before I started downloading and doing the "try before you buy" type of thing, which goes to show how sure I was of the purchase. This was his only release, unfortunately. When last I heard, he was tending bar at The Tap in Toronto, though his Wiki article says that over the years, he's been working as a freelance music writer for Chart magazine, Production Manager for a John Legend tour, Festival Programmer and Production Manager for "Rock the Wake" festival, and is currently working as an audio engineer. He also has album producer credits (two of them) for the band G-13. He's also done sound engineering at a lounge in Toronto.

This is a lot of info for someone so obscure, so I'm guessing that someone connected to him or his sister (Canadian singer Esthero*) has edited the article. I don't know if that makes it more or less trustworthy, but I'm just happy to know that the man might still be somewhere in the music industry, just waiting for a chance to put out more music.

I'm pretty attached to this album, and I'm always up for trying to tempt someone else into listening to J's stuff. The problem is... it's really hard to find. It's not available at iTunes, and J's website is woefully out of date. The last listed tour dates were in 2004. There are some free MP3s available in the Sounds section, though. Download Breaking Down, Flowers For Ophelia (my favourite!), and Tripwires. To hear the album in its entirety, click the cut below. I cannot tell you how shocked I am that Grooveshark has the files streaming. I've included a playlist.

Click to listen! )

Four songs hit the Top 40 and one went as far as the Top 10 (Abused, Staring at the Sun, The One Thing, and More). I've been able to find a couple of videos on YouTube that use his music, but only one actual music video. It's below. Kind of silly that it was banned by Much Music.





He has a MySpace, which indicates that he (or someone else) logged into the account in March 2010, but the last blog post is dated 2009. I've friended it anyway just in case.

If this ends up being his only album it'll be a damn shame, but at least he put out a good one.




*Fun Fact, J's sister helped to co-write Love Lockdown with Kanye West


Links:
- LastFM
Monday, May 31st, 2010 09:49 pm
So. Meet Battleme.


(Pictured: Blurry dude on the diagonal.)


They sing one of my favourite songs, a lovely, mellow little track called Burn This Town. Chances are that you haven't heard of them. They're on an indie label called Bad Mouth Records, but they don't have a debut album out yet. That should come later this spring and should be between 9-12 songs.

This is Battleme in their own words:

Battleme is the lost noise project of Matt D from Lions (Austin, TX). It surrounds itself with heroes and losers.

-Source


Burn This Town was featured in an episode of Sons of Anarchy, and can be found on the Sons of Anarchy: Shelter EP (i.e., the EP soundtrack for season 2).



I hope to hear more from them because Matt D's other band, Lions, is one of the "house bands" for the show, since SOA primarily uses cover versions of famous songs to keep costs down. I love hearing awesome songs in TV shows or movies. I'm not going to lie - it gives me a little thrill.

The band has an interesting sound. While it's not exactly groundbreaking, there's definitely enough room on my iPod for it.

Lyrics )







Links:

- ReverbNation
- Facebook
- MySpace
Monday, May 31st, 2010 06:10 pm


This is Yeasayer, they are Quirky with a capital Q! Some people find them to be an acquired taste, but it's a taste well worth acquiring. They're based out of Brooklyn, NY and the three main members are Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, and Anand Wilder (who gets his hotass on in the video for O.N.E.).

I found this delightful band due to a recommendation by Spencer Smith [ref] and Brendon Urie [ref] from Panic! at the Disco. Now usually the bands I love the most, tend to enjoy music I really don't care for. I suspect that's due in part to how I listen to songs versus how they listen to them [ref]. As fate would have it, I was listening to the Alternative Music Choice channel and Yeasayer's Ambling Alp came on.

I'll be honest, my first reaction was confusion. I literally tilted my head to the side and made the o.O face. However, by the end of the song I was starting to get it. Get what they were going for, get their sound. Subsequent listens only served to increase my enjoyment. I can't recall now what prompted me to buy their album Odd Blood, though I suspect it was because it was on sale at AmazonMP3 (which is still going on, only $5!!). But whatever, I'm super glad I did. Because Ambling Alp was not the only really nifty song on the album. Not at all. The first song on the album, The Children, might throw you off at first. It sounds so different from the light-heartedness of Ambling Alp. Stick with it. The payoff is amazing.

My personal favorite song (at the moment) on Odd Blood is Mondegreen. I just love the beat, the energy, the instruments. It makes me want to get up and move. I've been told that this song is weird even for this band. What can I say, I'm a weirdo. *shrug*

But really, I adore the whole album. From start to finish there's not one miss. I haven't yet listened to their prior album, All Hour Cymbals, though I love them for the punnery alone. When I've got spending monies again, it's high on my To Buy list.

And that's not all! They've also got a couple of videos that you've just GOT to see. The first one I'm showing you is for O.N.E.. It's fantastically weird and cool and SO DAMN INTRIGUING! The game the characters are playing, the board, it's the Tree of Life but turned on it's side. There is a lot going on in this video and frankly it's worth watching multiple times just to try to figure out the meaning. Additionally, the song is fucking terrific!

direct link: Yeasayer - O.N.E.
embedded: O.N.E. video )

Back to Ambling Alp, this video is like...being on a really interesting acid/pot trip. Not bad, just...weird. Also, Not Safe For Work/Kids. It's not sexual, but there is casual (and a lot of it) nudity. But it's fun!

direct link: Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
embedded: Ambling Alp video )

Wild, yeah? I love it!

Interviews & Stuff:
Yeasayer Lead Us Through Odd Blood Track By Track
Interview: Chris Keating of Yeasayer
Yeasayer Interview
"All Hour Cymbals" Daytrotter Session

Official Links:
Official Site
MySpace
Twitter
Last.fm

Superfun Trivia:
They're label is called Secretly Canadian. That's fucking adorable!

Buy Links:
Amazon: Odd Blood [cd] or Odd Blood [mp3]
iTunes: Odd Blood (includes Ambling Alp video and digital booklet)
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 04:58 pm
These two dorks are Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz and they're fucking awesome.



So these two guys are the bassists in their bands (Blink-182 & Fall Out Boy respectively), amongst other things. And they decided to make some pretty music together for the Almost Alice not!soundtrack.

Listen to "In Transit" on Grooveshark.
Or here )


Looking at the lyrics I'm going to guess these were mostly written by Pete. Which is awesome, because I love the way he has with words. And these words are a great example of that. You can feel the pain and longing in the words.

Lyrics )

And match that up with the hauntingly beautiful music and the way Mark sings the song? Absolute perfection. It has just the proper feel for a song about Alice, but at the same time able to stand independent of that. Which I think is important.

I admit that I didn't out and out love it at the very first listen. But, on the second listen, once I sat still and really paid attention it just grabbed me by the gut. Gave me that awful/wonderful feeling of need/want and loneliness. It has this feeling of contraction/expansion, pulling in close and then flying outward across the distance. And for all that the loneliness and want permeate the song, there's something to it that doesn't feel like all hope is lost.


Mark and Pete have mentioned that they may be doing other things with each other musically in the future. I sincerely hope they do, because they really seem to mesh well.

Links:
Mark: blog, twitter
Pete: blog, twitter
AmazonMP3: In Transit
iTunes: In Transit (as is often the case, iTunes is more costly than Amazon)

PS: If you feel inclined to look at the rest of the Almost Alice not!soundtrack, I can very enthusiastically recommend Welcome to Mystery by The Plain White T's and The Lobster Quadrille by Franz Ferdinand
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 12:37 pm
This lovely man is Anthony Green. (He's also in my icon.)



He sings in a band called Circa Survive. He also supports breast cancer research, and foundations like Keep-A-Breast. Here he is, making a plaster cast of his rack. Or rather, of the rack he no doubt wishes he had.



Anthony's side project is the whole reason I pushed for this week's theme. In 2008, he put out a solo album called Avalon. I heard about it via an e-mail update from My Chemical Romance and I kind of scoffed. Why the hell would I go and buy your friend's album? Also, it's pretty lame to use your fan base like that. Well, I was a fucking idiot because the love I have for this man knows no bounds.

I don't even remember how I ended up hearing a song from Avalon, but I suspect that I came to Circa Survive first. I'm pretty attached to Act Appalled (Juturna) and The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is the Dose (On Letting Go). Chiodos was playing Warped Tour the last time I went and since I'd gotten a magazine with both Craig Owens and Anthony Green on the cover, I decided to check out some of his stuff, too. I like Circa Survive well enough, but Anthony's solo stuff is golden, in my opinion.

His voice isn't for everyone, which is something that drives me nuts because people are way too quick to brush him off. If you give him a chance, you'll probably really enjoy his music. While Circa Survive is pretty loud, Avalon is full of slower, calmer, songs - though that's not to say that it's all a bunch of ballads. It really isn't. I can't really compare it (or him) to anyone in particular because I have no clue who he might sound like. Now that I've said that, someone will no doubt school me with a list as long as I am tall, but I don't really care.

To record the album (and later to support it), he played with Good Old War, another favourite of mine. (He later returned the favour on Weak Man, off GOW's Only Way to Be Alone.)

The best song on Avalon also happens to be the shortest. Slowing Down (Long Time Coming) clocks in at 1:44, but it's an amazing little song.





It also has lovely lyrics. ).

Along with Avalon, you get the High and Driving EP, which includes several demos of Avalon songs. It's always interesting to see how songs may have changed from that starting point. Between the demo and the album versions, I've listened to Slowing Down (Long Time Coming) 150 times. I'm still not bored of it. I'm still not 100% sold on the Colin Frangicetto remix album, particularly on my favourite song, but I'll give him another listen and try to be objective.

There's another Circa Survive album coming soon, but after that Anthony plans to work on his next solo effort, Beautiful Things. I'm pretty excited for that.

Links:
- Last FM (with performance video)
- MySpace (LOL, username used to be moshtradamus)
- Twitter
- Facebook
Saturday, May 15th, 2010 03:16 pm
Cassidy Haley, photo by Dave Murffy


This is Cassidy Haley / @cassidyhaley. I'll give you a minute to recover. ;)

In all seriousness, he's not just a really hot and beautiful queer dude. He's also insanely fucking talented. The first song I heard of his was Whiskey in Churches, and actually I watched the video for it. That was really good for me on a lot of levels.

But what really sold me on Cassidy's music was the song Fly. I heard it again via video on his YouTube Channel. He has done several acoustic versions of his songs. He usually begins each recording by talking a little bit to the camera, giving us some background on the song which I personally appreciate a great deal. So the video for Fly starts that way, with about 2 minutes of background and then at 2:25 he starts singing. It's fucking breathtaking. I mean, so powerful and inspiring. Just really moved me.

Both of these songs, along with four others, are on Cassidy's EP Little Boys and Dinosaurs(iTunes link). You can preview the entire EP here on his site. You can also buy the physical cd from his site.

His most recent video is for Daylight Breaks, it's beautiful and haunting and just so full of emotion. I highly recommend it.

Cassidy used to design clothes at Skingraft Designs but has since dedicated himself full time to music. He does still design for friends (many of whom are in the entertainment industry) and for his fans.

I love his design aesthetic, his theatre and drama, and (of course) his music.

I very much recommend him to all of you.

Links:
Official Site
Twitter
Facebook
MySpace
iTunes
Saturday, May 15th, 2010 03:30 pm


So, last week I mentioned that on occasion, iTunes Canada actually does give us a fucking awesome song for free. This is one of those times.

Sam Sparro is an Australian singer-songwriter born in 1982. He's best known for this song - Black & Gold. His self-titled album came out in June 2008. Of the 13 songs, Black & Gold (Marcussen Album Version) is the strongest (and, unfortunately, the only song worth keeping, IMHO). His work ranges from R&B to funk to electronica, to classic Prince to Scissor Sisters, to everything in between. If that sounds like it's your cup of tea, then he's definitely an act worth checking out.

Back to Black & Gold, though. This song has proven to be extremely popular, which was a huge surprise to me because I haven't heard it anywhere. Apparently it's been used in soundtracks, commercials, tv promos, and video games. You'd think I'd at least have heard about that, but apparently not. It's entirely possible that I live under a rock.

There's been a few cover versions of this song (most notably Adele, Ellie Goulding, Alphabeat, and Katy Perry) but like usual, the original is always best. There's something to be said for Sam Sparro's voice and the way he sings the lyrics. Also, a bad cover version of any song is a sin that should banish you to the depths of hell.*

*Okay, okay, we'll reserve that solely for butchers ofHallelujah. DNW anyone other than Jeff Buckley, kthnx.

Here, have a streaming file from Grooveshark:



The song has a video, but Sam's record label, Island Records (UK), has had embedding disabled at YouTube. It's so camp and I laughed, but everyone needs a little camp in their day now and then. Click here to see it. It's boys in tuxedos and top hats. Carrying walking sticks and feeling up a limo. No, I'm not just saying that. There's also a fast food drink cup but that might be for a rousing game of One of these things is not like the other....

Links:
- Facebook
- MySpace
- Twitter
Saturday, May 8th, 2010 12:48 pm


This is Imagine Dragons. I have waxed poetically about them in my personal journal a few times before, but I really, really want more people to find them and love them too. :D

Imagine Dragons is an unsigned band located in Las Vegas, Nevada. I found them thanks to a Google Alert for Panic! at the Disco (who they sound nothing like really). So far they've recorded two EPs. The first one is available on iTunes: Imagine Dragons - EP. The second one, Hell and Silence, is now (as of 6/5) available on iTunes.

You can preview pretty much all of their music on their ReverbNation page, but I've included the player behind the cut-tag:
hear it, love it )

One thing that impresses me about Imagine Dragons is how polished they sound. The songs sound just like they were recorded by a major studio, not rough at all. They have a synth-rock sort of sound and a manic energy for most songs, but they can do lilting ballad types as well. Good range.

They are the "go to" band for out of town bands who want a local opening band in Vegas. They mostly tour right around Nevada and California, but they also performed at South by Southwest this year.

Here's an interview with them by a local Vegas music vlog. And here is some video from their performance at the Neon Reverb Music Festival where they just fucking slayed it.

You can get two of their songs for free by joining their mailing list which is VERY low traffic. In fact, I think the only thing I got so far was an email from them offering me another free song. So it's no hardship.

sign-up for free music! )

They've got a retro flair to their style, but updated and made fresh. A nice balance between what was and what is. Though the main vocalist is male, their female keyboardist provides backing and it really fills out the sound nicely.

Links:
MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Fan Club (lots of good info there)
Saturday, May 8th, 2010 11:58 am
I'm sure we've all noticed by now that the iTunes free track of the week is usually a hot, steaming pile of crap. When it's not the place where shitty music goes to die, it can occasionally be decent. Now and then, someone at iTunes Canada slacks off and actually lets a really, really awesome track slip through.

This isn't one of those tracks, but it is how I found this band - Said the Whale.



[Pictured: Said the Whale. Not pictured: actual whales.]


In mid-October 2009, the free track of the week was the band's The Gift of a Black Heart. I downloaded it like I always do and I was pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, I have musical ADD and forgot about them fairly quickly. Every now and then I'd 'rediscover' them on shuffle, but it wasn't until Genius recommended their 2-track The Magician EP two weeks ago that they became a band I really, really wanted to learn more about. I guess it's kind of funny that it was the single B-side that I went so crazy over. Carmelo (The Magician) is a good song, but the real gem is Love is Art / Sleep Through Fire. The lyrics are pretty and the melody is sweet and flows very nicely. It doesn't necessarily sound like eight other songs I could name, which often happens when you listen to a lot of a certain genre.

Said The Whale formed in 2007 as a collaboration between songwriters Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft. The pair’s debut EP, Taking Abalonia, featured sunny west coast indie pop, with breezy harmonies, shimmering guitars, and lyrical tributes to their home city of Vancouver.* In 2008, the album was rereleased as Howe Sounds/Talking Abalonia, featuring seven additional tracks that stretched the band’s stylistic palate to include bubblegum folk (”The Light Is You”), thundering hard rock (”Last Tree Standing”) and gentle ukulele ballads (”The Real of It”). After several personnel changes, the group settled upon a five-piece lineup that includes bassist Peter Carruthers, drummer Spencer Schoening, and keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown. The quintet embarked upon a rigorous touring schedule, crossing Canada numerous times and landing high profile gigs at V-Fest 2008 in Calgary and the nationally televised Canada Day celebration on Parliament Hill.

-Source



[*Sorry, I was just excited for a second there.]


Here's a clip from a live version of this song. I couldn't find a full, streaming version of the studio track, which is one of the downsides to unsigned bands.





Love is Art / Sleep Through Fire can be purchased through iTunes for $0.99, or as part of The Magician EP for $1.98.


So, in conclusion:



[Pictured: Said the Whale. Also pictured: cutie in white shoes.]


Links:
- Official Site
- Facebook
- Myspace
- Twitter
- PureVolume
- LastFM [with videos]
Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 04:39 pm
Stylo by Gorillaz cover art


There's a really nice groove to this song that just pulls you in and transports you to this other reality. Somewhere chill and yet alien. The lyrics are a good mix of repetition and narrative. The different voices singing really adds some dimensionality to the song. And the music is this interesting mixture of retro and futuristic. Really well done.

The only radio-type thing I listen to is Music Choice. The Alternative Channel starting playing the hell out of Stylo and I was quickly hooked. The comic characters in the artwork confused me at first, since I had never heard of the band prior to this. But I looked them up, and it's actually kind of interesting:


Gorillaz (which originally was to be called Gorilla) is a British virtual band formed in 1998 by a collaboration between Damon Albarn of Britpop band Blur and Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl. They had the idea to create the band while watching MTV in their London flat.

The band is comprised of four fictional band members: 2-D (vocals, keyboard), Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar, vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums). These characters only appear in animated form and are not alter-egos of real people, as is often mistakenly assumed.

There is an extensive fictional back-story behind these band members, written by Albarn and Hewlett, which is described in the albums produced by the band as well as several videos and their autobiographical book Rise Of The Ogre. Damon Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor to the band, which is a collaboration between various musicians. Their style is broad, with a large number of alternative influences including rock, hip-hop and electronica.

-source


You can pay $1.29 for Stylo on iTunes or you can buy Stylo on AmazonMP3 for only $0.99 (assuming your country has access).

I did give the whole album a few listens, but Stylo was the only song that really fit me. That happens from time to time with a band/album. It's not that the other songs are bad, it's that my tastes and the band's only intersect on one song. That's why we're doing these Single Recommendations.

Links:
Official Site
MySpace
Lyrics for Stylo
Stylo Music Video on YouTube
Stylo Music Video on Vimeo
(PS: the video is SO FUCKING COOL!)
Saturday, May 1st, 2010 01:14 pm
Meet Snowsera.


(Hi, Snowsera!)


They're an unsigned rock band from Chicago, a city that apparently has a magic music potion in the water. They've been together since 2006 and they have a fairly diverse list of influences: Michael Jackson, Nirvana, the Beatles, to name only a few. Because of this, they're not one of those bands whose songs all blend together.

I found them in 2008, right after someone in the band MySpace spammed me. Normally I click 'Decline' and don't bother to listen to the music. This time, however, I clicked the link and was pleasantly surprised. Their EP Fictions had just come out and I downloaded it right away. The songs have a great, polished quality to them that you don't often see with unsigned bands. It's a pretty good way to get into unsigned bands, because the sound isn't all that different than what a radio-listener is used to.

There are three other EPs, all of which are available free of charge on their website. Push&Pull came after Fictions. The two songs there (Push&Pull and Sun Meets the Sea) are rougher, not as polished, but no less interesting. With a bit of studio glitz, they, too, would be as strong as the Fictions EP. The other two-song EP contains the songs Chase the Rabbit and Stop, Listen, both of which are favourites of mine.

Things get a little tighter each time with respect to instrumentation, though I do wish the singer's voice didn't sometimes get a little drowned out. That's due to recording issues, though, so I'm doing my best to be patient.

For earlier Snowsera stuff, download the Snowsera EP, which includes the demos of two songs from Fictions - TwentyFour (24) and So Subtle.

Is this band perfect? Of course not. No one is. Are they a little rough? Definitely, but that's not a bad thing. They're certainly a band to keep an eye on because there's real potential there. That's pretty exciting.

Photos:
-*- Live
-*- Recording
-*- Promo

Other links:
-*- Official Site
-*- MySpace
-*- LastFM (And what's that I see? I'm the Top Listener? Shock me, shock me!)
-*- Pure Volume