By: Juliette Jagger
Artist: The Shilohs “Student of Nature”
Album: The Shilohs
Currently available via Light Organ Records, this is the latest off of The Shilohs self-titled release, and seems to be proof of why bands like Real Estate and Tennis have been openly praising the Vancouver acts’ jangly brand of pop.
Sounds like: The twang of Glen Campbell, the wit of Lou Reed and the unforgettable melodies of Sir Paul McCartney…with some backbeat.
Artist: The Dirty Nil “Cinnamon”
In anticipation of their 4th seven-inch, which will be released on August 19th via Fat Wreck Chords in the U.S., Hamilton punk rock three-piece, The Dirty Nil, have just released their latest single “Cinnamon” for your consumption.
Sounds like: In true Nil fashion, this song’s a wailing and unruly, fuzzed-out wall of sound, and their only goal is to punch you square in the gut with the sheer force of their own intensity.
Link/Listen/Watch: [soundcloud params=”auto_play=true&show_comments=true&color=0ac4ff”]https://soundcloud.com/thedirtynil/cinnamon-1[/soundcloud]
Artist: The Starkins “Roundabout”
Currently available via Club Fandango, this is the latest from Sheffield, UK indie-rock outfit The Starkins. All wrapped up in bubbly bass lines, infectious hooks and group chants, these guys epitomize the reckless wonder of youth on fast-forward.
Sounds like: Chock-full of piss and vinegar.
Link/Listen/Watch: [soundcloud params=”auto_play=true&show_comments=true&color=0ac4ff”]https://soundcloud.com/thestarkins/roundabout-out-17th-feb[/soundcloud]
Artist: Illitry “Runaways”
This is the latest from Hamilton, alt-electro duo, Illitry. Directed by Brooks Reynolds (Monster Truck, Arkells) “Runaways” is a black and white short-film that depicts the distressing tale of two young women and their supernatural transformation as they seek revenge against an oppressive employer.
Sounds like: The thing about this band is that their beats are responsive; they almost move instinctively into soaring aural territory.
Artist: Edewaard “Dixie’s Fire”
This is the latest from Springfield, Oregon based acoustic-rock band, Edewaard, and it’s a menacing, small town tale about a scorned lover turned pyromaniac who flees to the West coast with a little help from a friend.
Sounds like: Singer-songwriter Matt Edewaard’s poignant lyricism, razor fast vocal delivery and trotting acoustics make for one hell of a narrative.
Link/Listen/Watch: [soundcloud params=”auto_play=true&show_comments=true&color=0ac4ff”]https://soundcloud.com/edewaard/dixies-fire[/soundcloud]