The Caracals is the brainchild of charismatic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Cis, an Orange County-based artist with a creative vision and a passion for retro aesthetics.
The Caracals are particularly inspired by early 2000s indie-rock, and the period’s unique wave of indie-rock bands. Johnny’s indie-rock influences are tastefully mixed with surf, beat and flavorful '60s vibes, making for a direct and unique take on garage rock music.
The band is expected to release their debut EP in September 2018. The Caracals worked with Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Royal Blood), for their recent single release, “In The Dark.” The track was featured on the popular Spotify playlist “Fresh Finds: Six Strings.”
"Recently, our friend and director, Henry Acteson, had shown us this old film camera that simultaneously shot four different photos to create moving like images. We loved the vibe and wanted to add a little flavor with animations for our “All Night Baby” video. We met up in Vancouver for a weekend and shot the footage over the span of a couple days.
The song comes from our album Slow Wave, showcasing a lusher, modern approach to our brand of pop-sensible, rock and roll. Soaked in the bright psychedelia of the 1960’s and dipped in the indie rock explosion of the new millennium, our music can best be described as a bridge between the two. "
Formed in 2008, Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane's Party - comprised of Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff Giles, and Zach Sutton - are fresh off Tunnel Visions, their third full-length album and most successful release to date. Lead single “Coming on Strong” garnered multiple accolades (including being named a top-100 single of 2016 by CBC), a number of the album’s other tracks appeared in film and TV, and, together with acoustic companion Tunnel reVisions, the record has earned over three million streams on Spotify. Their recent self-produced release - an acclaimed cover of July Talk's “Guns + Ammunition” - saw the band in its most creative element, taking on the roles of director, producer, and editor in creating the video for the song.
Jane’s Party has carried that momentum into their latest project, which represents a thematic and conceptual departure, if not necessarily an aesthetic one. Featuring collaborations with Skratch Bastid, Fast Romantics, and The Darcys, the new album sees the band exploring more mature and sometimes darker subject matter. Whether they’re touching on superficial relationships, politics, the pervasiveness of technology, or the intractability of human nature, the songs often hide dystopian undertones beneath deceptively breezy riffs and vocal harmonies.
For over a decade, Jane’s party has brought their irreverent, genre-bending sound to live audiences around the world; in buzzing clubs and famed concert halls in downtown Toronto, in stadiums across Canada, and in historic venues throughout Europe, opening for and playing alongside artists like Lowest of The Low, The Sadies, Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells, Tom Odell, Blue Rodeo, Stars, LIGHTS, and Lord Huron. As they gear up to play festivals like Alianait Art (Iqaluit), Liquid Arts (Hamilton), Northern Lights Boreal (Sudbury), and NXNE (Toronto), with a cross-Canada tour to follow, 2018 will see them continue to expand their reach, as they showcase their new collection of material with the soulful, energetic live shows that have become their hallmark.
"When writing new material, we always aim to push the boundaries of what we have previously done as a band and explore new aspects of our musical relationship. This is reflected in “Acknowledgements” by the conscious decision to not have drums on the song. We knew that such a fundamental decision would force us all to get out of our old habits and comfort zones – “shuffle the deck” in a way. With David Spekter's work on the vocal harmony arrangement, “Acknowledgements” ebbs and flows beautifully, with the lyrics always at the forefront.
Coming up in music as jazz students, we’ve always played and listened to instrumental music yet have somehow never made any of our own. The concept was a 60’s style approach to recording “Surfing on a Sinewave” – a one-day studio session with all four of us jamming together in a single room. Who better to inspire us and guide us through the process than Leland Whitty of Badbadnotgood? His production work in the studio and throughout the mixing process made for an incredible learning experience."
June 29 – July 3rd @ Alianait Arts Festival, Iqaluit, NU
July 6 – 7 @ Northern Lights Festival, Sudbury, ON
July 26 – 28 @ Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto, ON
August 18 @ Village Vibe Festival, Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON
Andrew La Tona is a songwriter / producer / multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Canada. Active since 2001, Andrew has been a part of many different projects and genres, and is currently expressing himself as an alternative / experimental artist.
Released earlier this month, "Human" is Andrew's second full-length album in four years. Centered around the distaste for politicians and elite of today, this album boldly says what we've all felt grumbling inside us for a while now. The themes of fear, resentment, resistance and lack-of-fulfillment run strong through these eight tracks.
The lead single, "Power and Prowess" is sort of a story of distaste, sung loud and passionately overtop of an incredibly driving and powerful rock track with lots of danceability. It's about being fed up with the arrogance of the ruling class and their influence on our every day lives and the desire to be free from it.
"Human" is an album for everyone. It may be classified as an Alternative record, but the pop sensibility runs deep, world and latin rhythmic and melodic influences make numerous showcases, and Andrew's depth of musical influences shape this fresh independent release of the summer.
"I began writing Human in 2016 while I was in Costume Party with Andy Wiseman before I decided to leave the band and focus on writing more material on my own. I wanted to write and record anything that came naturally to me, and after a while, I realized I had a political album on my hands. Prior to this, I had written songs like "Want" (2014) and "I'll Bring You Down" (2015) which were of similar nature, but it was never really a full-time topic of mine. This time around I set out with a purpose."
Mercy Flight is a project fronted by Steve York, a veteran of Toronto’s vibrant music scene. While Nirvana and Pearl Jam were popularizing grunge music in Seattle, Steve and his band SST were pioneering the grunge rock scene in Toronto. Mercy Flight is the natural evolution of that earlier sound with his current collaborators Katey Morley (Gypsy Soul), Dan Miller (Valerie Dour) Tony Rabalao & Tom McKay (Joy Drop) and Ricky Tillo (Lady Gaga). All powerhouse musicians in their own right, together they form the foundation of Mercy Flight’s indie folk sound while giving it a modern sonic twist.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.