Loud, sweaty, sweet rock n roll- Miesha & The Spanks are two of Calgary AB's busiest road junkies. Miesha Louie (guitar/vox) and Sean Hamilton’s (drums) brand of garage rock sits somewhere between the timeless jam of The Runaways and scrappiness of The Gits, with just enough influence from 50s girl-group romanticism to catch a case of pop sensibility. They’re explosive together on stage, and their upcoming album ‘Girls Girls Girls,’ produced by Paul Rawson and Danny Farrant (of The Buzzcocks) promises to put that on record. Miesha & The Spanks are at their best spilling out of their van and onto a stage after a real long drive.
It was a chance meeting with Danny Farrant at Sled Island Music Festival that led to their collaboration, first with 'Stranger EP,' cited by Mike Bell (Calgary Herald) as “representing Miesha and The Spanks at their most polished and more accessible." The EP sets the stage for ‘Girls Girls Girls,’ offering a taste of what’s still to come: ten songs with the impassioned songwriting fans are used to, but imbued with a new visceral energy and unbridled electricity.
Miesha & The Spanks have toured coast to coast many times, with additional performances at NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sled Island, Canadian Music Week, and BreakOut West. They have shared the stage with Queens of The Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Hot Snakes, Nashville Pussy, Imperial State Electric, Pack AD, C’mon, Bison BC, Hot Hot Heat and many more amazing bands.
DBOY are a three piece band from Ontario, Canada, and play fast, aggressive, and remarkably catchy songs, reminiscent of the stooges, early turbonegro, or the damned. Best summarized in their 13 point plan to end sonic austerity DBOY writes rock and roll, because simply put, rock and roll is what matters
DBOY was thought of and executed by three veterans of the Southern Ontario music scene, and has since recorded a record at their last live performance in Belem, Brazil. This was mastered by the ever-prolific Daniel Romano. DBOY have taken on the laborious task of creating shock and novelty so that you do not have to.
Josh Mover & The Shakers are a dark indie-rock band out on a mission to write music that divides people.
"For Into a Ghost, I culled together some good friends and talented Toronto rock alumni to play: Ben Reinhartz (Dilly Dally); Mathew Wronski (The Sulks); Joseph Landau (ex-Formalists), Will Hunter (The Nutrients), and Clara Klein. Mastered by David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene), and recorded and mixed at Union Sound Company by Ian Gomes (Odonis Odonis, Teenanger), this EP was recorded in a whirlwind span of two days this past September, and was largely fueled by Figs Breakfast on Queen East.
“Guilt Trip” is a song about regret and isolation – a cautionary tale about what happens when you let trivial things get between you and the people you care about, only realizing once it's too late to make amends. It’s about that feeling of not being able to say that certain something to a certain someone before it’s too late and then having that weigh heavily upon yourself thinking… “I could have done this differently.”
"While we were in Toronto for Canadian Music Week last spring, we met up with a buddy to watch some hockey and wound up at this amazing video production space called 276 Sterling Studio. The guys that ran it were really down to earth, and ended up offering to shoot something with us while we were in town. This lead to the performance part of the video – huge thanks to Jesse Boland and Andrew Harris for making this happen!
As a band, we decided the song warranted a story. We got some talented local actors, Connor Tait and Zach Rousseau, to help us bring it to life. Mike Morash from Cambiguous Productions helped bring this second phase to life and tie the whole story together. We only had a day to shoot in four locations, including a party scene that generously had beer donated by Lighthouse Brewing.
We shot the beginning scenes at our lead singer and guitarist Noah’s house, then progressed into downtown and Chinatown where we filmed the remainder of the video including a party scene in Fan Tan Alley.
For The Cause & The Cure, we enlisted the help of Jesse Gander from Rain City Recorders (Japandroids, White Lung, The Pack a.d.) to record, as well as Joao Carvalho (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Silverstein) on mastering duties."
si,irene is a project of Japanese shoegaze band Shinda bokuno kanjo(my dead girlfriend) guitarist Kinoshita started in 2015.
With an experimental, uncompromising spirit, their music and lyrics challenge and surprise. si,irene are, as they put it, 'dedicated to answering the big questions.' The band have toured extensively and are known for their live shows across Japan and surrounding area.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.