BTW Pack A.D., Royal Canoe, Brian Eno, Walrus, Skydiggers, Royal Tusk

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

They're back!! The baddest babes on da block aka power duo Pack A.D. unleashed latest single “So What” in celebration of their signing with Cadence Music. The thing's a blast of calibrated distortion, massive drums and Becky Black's rabble rousing vocals. Perfect Pack A.D. The single is expected to appear on the as yet untitled upcoming album.

The Pack A.D. is one of Canada’s “must-see” bands. Be it a massive stadium or the slightly seedy bar where everybody’s shoes stick to the carpet, the Pack A.D. have owned every spotlight and stolen every show they’ve ever played. Becky Black and Maya Miller are relentless and riveting, playing with the kind of fuck-off freedom that makes everybody in the room vicarious rock stars, even if it’s just for the night.

Shredding and pounding their way through every song, the Pack A.D. swallows you whole inside their fearless Franken-blend of heavy psych-pop/garage-rock. Their lyrics are wild nests, human and complex; darkly funny disclosures about depression, indictments of digital excess, grief-stricken fire bombs, sly crusades against stupidity, all the while refining their own potent brand of aggro-rock. If you haven't heard the Pack, think two UK acts, the contemporary Savages and aggro veteran P.J.Harvey.

TOUR DATES

May 12 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
May 13 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
May 26 - Nelson, BC - Spiritbar
May 27 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway
May 28 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
May 29 - Winnipeg, MB - Good Will Social Club
May 31 - Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
Jun 2 - Sudbury, ON - The Townehouse
Jun 4 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Jun 6 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
Jun 7 - London, ON - Call The Office
Jun 8 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight
Jun 10 - Ottawa, ON - House of TARG
Jun 13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Jun 14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
Jun 16 - Saskatoon, SK - Bud’s On Broadway
Jun 17 - Red Deer, AB - Bo’s Bar
Jun 18 - Edmonton, AB - Brixx
Jun 21 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
Jun 22 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Jun 23 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

Royal CanoeRoyal CanoeRoyal Canoe is coming out of hibernation from Winnipeg’s notoriously frigid winter for a string of tour dates. Beginning May 3 the six-piece will be joined on the road by The Wet Secrets and Hannah Epperson on their way to CMW, and then meet up with Plants And Animals for a run through Western Canada and the U.S.While on tour the band will be road testing new material, some of which may be destined for a not-so-distant-future release.

In studio and on the road, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. The dedication to crafting a seamless musical pastiche is obsessive. For live shows, the band would rather lug hundreds of pounds of keyboards, mixers and pedals across the continent than rely on lengthy backing tracks. Royal Canoe actually play every part, every time. And while the van is packed with hardware, much of that hardware is, in turn, crammed full of widely-sourced samples and adoringly homemade sounds. Their fearlessness about using whatever they feel like is grounded, not in recklessness, but in a decisive confidence. Revisit the live experience by watching the video of their set from New York’s Stage 48 captured by Baeble Music.

Sharp and fit from rehearsal boot camp, Royal Canoe take it to the people starting May 3 in London, ON. Expect lots from Today We’re Believers , and much new music too.

Tour Dates
May 3 - London, ON - Call The Office
May 4 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club (CMW)
May 5 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
May 6 - Montreal, QC - La Vitrola
May 7 - Quebec City, QC - TBA
May 9 - Sudbury, ON - Townehouse Tavern
May 11 - Sault St. Marie, ON - Lop Lops
May 12 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Foundry
Jun 8 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s
Jun 9 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Jun 13 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Jun 14 - Calgary, AB - Marquee
Jun 15 - Nelson, BC - Spritbar
Jun 16 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
Jun 17 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
Jun 18 - Seattle, WA - Sunset
Jun 21 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Jun 23 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
Jun 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre

Mr. Brian Eno recently and with little fanfare, released the first music from forthcoming solo album, The Ship, his first since 2012's Grammy-nominated LUX.

"The Ship" is title track, album opener and thematic core of the album. Running at 21-minutes and built around Eno's cyclically sung verses, the song builds in ominous drama, snatches of distant voice and creeping electronics.

Eno explains, "The piece started as an Ambient work intended for a multi channel sound installation in Stockholm, but during the making of it I discovered that I could now sing a low C - which happens to be the root note of the piece. Getting older does have a few fringe benefits after all. From that point the work turned into an unusual kind of song...a type I've never made before where the vocal floats free, untethered to a rhythmic grid of any kind."

Originally conceived from experiments with three dimensional recording techniques and formed in two, interconnected parts, The Ship is almost as much musical novel as traditional album. Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite. The result is the very best of Eno, a record without parallel in his catalogue.

"On a musical level, I wanted to make a record of songs that didn't rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions but which allowed voices to exist in their own space and time, like events in a landscape. I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space... This album is a succession of interleaved stories. Some of them I know, some of them I'm discovering now in the making of them."

WalrusWalrusHalifax’s Walrus channel their inner psychedelia with songs that range from trance to surf. somehow mixing sunny Sixties California dreamin' vocal melodies with shots of straightup thrashpunk. Their music is said to stick to all levels of inebriation or consciousness. Walrus takes you swiftly into a dream you'll find yourself never wanting to wake up from.

Currently, the band's high on signing with Dan Mangan’s Madic Records to release their latest EP, Goodbye Something, due April 29 on cassette and digital download. Get a look at the inner-psyche of Walrus with new video for lead single “Wearing It”.

Recorded with Charles Austin and Franc Lopes at Echo Chamber in Halifax, “the song is about being trapped or caught up in the cycle of doing the same things all the time...but also being content with that, and then also feeling that it’s wearing thin, too,” says the band.

Currently on tour with Wintersleep, Walrus will continue on across Canada on a run of dates throughout April and May. True DIYers, throughout the last two years Walrus has played over 200 shows in clubs, dive bars, garages, and houses in the U.S. and Canada with the likes of July Talk, Will Butler, Tokyo Police Club, Buck 65, and Zeus.

TOUR DATES
Apr 22 - Saint John, NB - Pepper's Pub
Apr 23 - Fredericton, NB - Flourish Festival
May 5 - Hamilton, ON - Baltimore House
May 5-7 - Toronto, ON - CMW
May 9 - Gatineau, QC - Le Minotaure
May 10 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange
May 11 - Quebec City, QC - Sous-sol du Cercle
May 13 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Ti-Petac
May 14 - Sherbrooke, QC - La Petite Boite Noire
May 21 - St Andrews, NB - PaddleFest
Jul 8-10 - Halifax, NS - Gridlock Festival

SkydiggersSkydiggersOn May 13 Skydiggers will release their new album, Here Without You – The Songs of Gene Clark, interpreting the works of one of the world’s most treasured songwriters. The eight song collection covers, and in some cases radically reinvents, timeless Gene Clark compositions including the tricky, staccato lyrical flow of “Set You Free This Time” which is expertly negotiated by Andy Maize and Jessy Bell Smith.

Those familiar with Skydiggers’ live set will know that they often include covers, however Maize explains that “There is something about Gene Clark’s songs that struck a deeper chord with us. This doesn’t feel like a tribute record, because the songs have always felt personal. It’s hard to explain, but they feel like something we would have or could have written — we’re just very glad Gene Clark did write them.” Beginning April 30 Skydiggers will take these songs and more on the road for a string tour dates including multiple nights at Hugh’s Room in Toronto and The Carleton in Halifax.

Set for release on Latent Recordings and recorded by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) Here Without You is a deep roots connection for Skydiggers. “It seems like we've been fans of The Byrds forever, so to say that we've just discovered Gene Clark's songwriting contributions to the band makes it seem like he's been hiding in plain sight all of these years,” says Skydiggers. “In this discovery we have made a connection to our roots; not just to the roots of folk rock and the Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, or Gene Clark in the New Christy Minstrels, style of folk singing but back to the Appalachians and across the ocean to the songs of the Brits and the Scots. Our album Here Without You is our attempt to capture the essence of our roots as distilled through Gene Clark's songs.”

Guitarist Josh Finlayson explains, “The timelessness of Gene’s work is built on a traditional music foundation. But as we pulled the songs apart and listened to some demo versions of his songs, we began to hear how innovative and unusual his approach was; the way he could go from major to minor chords, the way the chords are suggested by the melody, his turns of phrase. It’s so unique.”

Here Without You is a singular achievement and finds common ground in the same generosity of spirit found in both Clark’s songs and more than 25 years of Skydiggers music.

SKYDIGGERS LIVE
Apr 30 - Bayfield, ON - The Ashwood
May 7 - Guelph, ON - Guelph Little Theatre
May 12/13 - Toronto, ON - Hugh’s Rooms
May 27 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
Jun 15/16/17 - Halifax, NS - The Carleton
Jul 11 - Picton, ON - The Hayloft (Full Band)

Royal TuskRoyal TuskTORONTO, ON - April 12, 2016 - Rock group Royal Tusk are busy packing their bags, getting their van tuned up, and swapping out those winter tires for a mammoth Canadian tour, including stops with Collective Soul. In support of their full-length debut, DealBreaker, out May 6th with Cadence Music, the quintet will trek across the country this April and May with over 27 dates locked in, and more to be announced soon.

DealBreaker is produced by the award-winning Eric Ratz (Big Wreck, Monster Truck, Arkells, Billy Talent), and features 11 new songs, including the first single, Fever . To truly experience DealBreaker it is best to sit back and listen to it in its entirety. With a broad spectrum of songs, each one will draw you in from the bands raw energy on Curse The Weather, the anthemic sing-along choruses of Soon, or Ian Thornley of Big Wreck's massive guitar solo on the track So Long The Build Up.

Royal Tusk is comprised of previous fellow bandmates Daniel Carriere and Sandy MacKinnon (bass), from beloved JUNO-nominated Edmonton band, Ten Second Epic, along with Quinn Cyrankiewicz (guitar), Calen Stuckel (drums) and Mike James (keyboard/guitars). After touring extensively and sharing the stage with artists including Big Wreck, Dear Rouge and Metric, Royal Tusk is ready to hit the road this spring

2016 Canadian Tour Dates:
Apr 20 - Calgary, AB - Grey Eagle Event Centre*
Apr 21 - Spruce Grove, AB - TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre*
Apr 23 - Red Deer, AB - Red Deer Arts Centre*
Apr 25 - Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Centre*
Apr 26 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre*
Apr 27 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Community Auditorium*
Apr 29 - Sudbury, ON - Townehouse
Apr 30 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
May 1 - Montreal, QC - Quai Des Brumes
May 2 - London, ON - London Music Hall*
May 3 - Waterloo, ON - Maxwell's Concerts & Events*
May 4 - Sarnia, ON - Station Music Hall
May 5 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
May 6 - Niagara Falls, ON - Taps Brewery
May 7 - Hamilton, ON - Absinthe
May 9 - Quebec City, QC - L'Anti
May 10 - Saint John, NB - Pub Down Under
May 11 - Halifax, NS - The Carleton
May 12 - New Glasgow, NS - The Commune
May 13 - Fredericton, NB - The Capital
May 14 - Moncton, NB - Tide and Boar
May 15 - Charlottetown, PEI - Fishbones
May 17 - Kingston, ON - Mansion
May 18 - Peterborough, ON - Red Dog
May 19 - Oshawa, ON - Music Hall
May 20 - Barrie, ON - Roxy (Side Room)
May 21 - Timmins, ON - Working Class
June 17 - Beaumont, AB - Beaumont and District Agricultural Society Fairgrounds
* w/ Collective Soul