A collection of videos from shows gone by. See what you’ve been missing out on.
On Tuesday, August 23rd Sandman Viper Command played a free show at The Horseshoe Tavern in celebration of their new Rough Love seven-inch. I managed to snag this video of the band performing, so check it out. Continue reading
Every year it starts the same, with my “I can’t believe it’s NXNE again already!” post. But seriously guys, CMW feels like it was a week or two ago. I may not have been completely ready for NXNE last night, but it certainly was ready for me. Armed with my usual ease-into-the-festival-at-Rancho schedule, I was off.
Young Contrarians @ Rancho Relaxo – The Young Contrarians are a band that a lot of people probably haven’t seen around lately. It has been a while since they last performed at Rancho — or in Toronto for that mater. Their set was a solid way to open the festival, and they played well — especially considering how long it has been since they all shared a stage together. I didn’t love every song, but they got the crowd settled in for the rest of the evening with their indie-pop tunes that had a definite synth edge to them. Continue reading
I changed my plans for the night at the last minute and decided to check out The Sheepdogs’ early set at the Horseshoe. I went in knowing only that they are Canadian and are part of a contest to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. This does not hold that cachet it once did, but it’s a still pretty big deal.
I now also know that The Sheepdogs are, more specifically, from Saskatoon and that they are very much styled in the vein of 1970s classic rock, both musically and sartorially. I consider this a selling point; I grew up in the 90s, but they heydays of classic rock are still going strong in small-town Newfoundland. I dug their set at the sizeable crowd in the bar seemed to agree. I hope they win that contest.
Young Galaxy have been building buzz slowly for their sophomore release, Invisible Republic. Put out independently after they released their first album with Arts and Crafts, they’ve been growing this album the old-fashioned way, with lots of touring, inevitably followed by lots of accolades. We talked to member Stephen Ramsay about the band and the album, and what’s coming next.
1. Your first album was released on Arts and Crafts, and this album was released independently. What advantages have you found in doing things on your own?
The longer I spend in the music industry, the more I feel that you are your own best advocate and judge of what is right to do as a band. The tendency is to seek authorities in the industry to tell you the right thing to do, to latch onto opinions coming from other people’s experience. Every band is subject to a unique set of rules, unless they follow a trend — in which case they will probably not stand the test of time.