BTW-Little Scream, Lab Coat, Gracie, Avery Raquel, Jules, Jeremy de Freitas, Walrus, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs, Chris Velan, Baroness, Strumbellas, The Sheepdogs, Fat White Family, Dilly Dally
Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Montreal based twisted pop act Little Scream has dropped “Dark Dance”, latest track from her forthcoming second album, Cult Following, available May 6 in Canada. Alongside previously released “”, “Dark Dance” marks one of the album's most overtly pop moments: an '80s-influenced dance song vaguely inspired by Leonard Cohen's “I Can't Forget” and Margaret Atwood.
Describing the track's origins to , Laurel Sprengelmeyer (aka Little Scream), says, "One night I found myself dancing alone down an alleyway, singing in the dark. The further I walked down it, the further I sunk into my memory until I felt like I might actually step into my past when I emerged on the other side. This song was born there, it starts in the present and each verse moves further into the past. The main loop in the song is from an iPhone recording I made -- it's a very lo-fi gentle thing that I got really attached to, everything else was built around it."
“Dark Dance” follows in the footsteps of the previously unveiled “” in all its emotional heft, and “”, which features a guest appearance from TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone as the voice of a Magic 8-Ball with the power to give eerily specific answers.
Little Scream, a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer, began conceiving of Cult Following while visiting a friend in a small international community in northern Brazil that was on the verge of becoming a cult. “People were running around reading auras, interpreting each other’s dreams, and ‘living on light’ instead of eating—which was as compelling as it was absurd. I became very aware of the entropy of belief. You could feel the magnetism of ideas take shape and pull people into their center like a black hole... a thing so filled with light that its own gravity means that none of it can escape.” That experience laid the groundwork for Cult Following, a lush, expansive, retro-leaning gem.With nods to Tina Turner, Tracey Thorn, and White Album-era Beatles, Cult Following ambitiously straddles intimate fragility with bombastic dance floor ready songs. It stuffs glorious eras of art pop into a weird modern package—a far more extroverted expansion of the cinematic landscapes and themes from Little Scream’s previous album.
Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, Aaron and Bryce Dessner from the National, Owen Pallett, and Kyp Malone all make guest appearances on the album, but the world they inhabit is entirely Little Scream’s. Her voice acts as a tour guide through lush sonic landscapes carefully constructed with her creative partner, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire).
May 11 - Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
May 12 - Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
May 14 - Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
May 15 - New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Jul 7–9 - Lisbon, PT – NOS Alive 2016
Jul 22 - New York, NY – Panorama Music and Arts Festival
Jul 22–24 - Oro-Medonte, ON – WayHome Music & Arts Festival
Jul 29 – 31 – Sackville, NB - Sappy Fest
Aug 12–13 - Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires Festival
Earlier this month, Calgary art pop band Lab Coast released the first single, “Bored Again”, off their upcoming LP, Remember The Moon. Now there's the video from director Sara Hughes, viewers can float along with the track in a dingy swimming pool for “Bored Again”. “I've always been obsessed with the dim lighting of old, rundown swimming pools and have been looking for the right project to film in one,” say Hughes. “The song compliments this perfectly, a fun pop song with a tinge of sadness.”
On Remember The Moon, the songwriting team of singer David Laing and multi-instrumentalist Chris Dadge (Chad VanGaalen, Bug Incision, Samantha Savage Smith) carve out detailed analog productions, drawing from the wealth of instruments that friends leave at the Lab Coast practice space, and the ever evolving recording techniques that they've been honing since day one.
The Calgary band has been delivering hazy bursts of hook laden guitar pop from their basement studio for nearly a decade now. Their fourth LP, Remember The Moon finds a new punch and clarity, while the production itself has become more ambitious in scope, incorporating effect drenched guitars, rubbery bass parts, cello, violin, hybrid sampled / live drum parts, pitch shifted percussion, sax, banjo, and organ. From the ghostly quasi-title track “Remember The Moon Jr.” to laid-back “The Pointe Of It All”, these richly textured pieces are ably brought to life onstage by Sammie Smith (aka Samantha Savage Smith), Henry Hsieh (Cold Water, Crack Cloud), and Darrell Hartsook (Prenup, Sissys) who all make their Lab Coast recording debut on the live off the floor capture of “Run Out” – a track that also gets a guest engineering assist from former member Scott Munro.
Their homebrewed recordings sit in the tradition of DIY recorders such as Strapping Fieldhands, early Guided By Voices, and R. Stevie Moore, while the songs themselves recall the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Tom Petty, and The La's. The Coats get out of the lab for the support tour starting May 4.
Apr 02 - Calgary, AB - Juno Fest @ The Royal Canadian Legion #1
May 05 - Edmonton, AB @ 9910
May 06 - Calgary, AB @ The Palomino w/ Faith Healer & Crack Cloud
May 12 - Lethbridge, AB - Electric Eye Festival - Venue TBD
May 13 - Regina, SK @ O'Hanlons Pub
May 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Handsome Daughter w/ Cannon Bros.
May 17 - Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge w/ Safe Word
May 18 - Toronto, ON @ The Burdock w/ Century Palm & Dorothea Paas
May 19 - London, ON @ Vibra Fusion Lab
May 20 - Montreal, QC @ Drones w/ Tess Roby, Nennen & Un Blonde
May 21 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle w/ Chairs
May 22 - Ottawa, ON @ Pressed (Presented by Debaser) w/ Twist
May 23 - Guelph, ON (Venue TBA) w/ Familiar Friends
May 24 - Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet w/ The Lonely Parade
May 25 - Sudbury, ON @ Speakeasy
May 26 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry
May 27 - Brandon, MB @ The Double Decker
May 28 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
May 29 - Medicine Hat, AB @ Neighborhood Church w/ Terra
This year's DISCOVERIES concert happens at Hugh’s Room Tue, May 3, 2016. The idea brings together an eclectic group of artists, most of whom are just beginning their creative journeys and
not yet able to fill the room on their own. Bring four of them together and you have the makings of a decent showcase in a top flight venue. GRACIE picked up the guitar at a young age – her major influences included Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Amy Winehouse. Later studying music at York University, Gracie developed what she would describe as an addiction to music. Known for her passionate power voice, many have compared her to greats, such as Etta and Amy, but with a twist all her own.
Gracie’s professional music career dates from 2014, when she began writing, collaborating, and performing with various artists from the Toronto area, such as Tom Barlow, Tyler Yarema, Chuck Jackson (DownChild Blues Band), Derek Lathrop (adams rib), Kirt Godwin (Ride the Tiger) and many more. She has performed on the main stage at Mississauga’s “Paint the Town Red” Canada Day celebration and was a headliner at the legendary South Side Shuffle Jazz Blues Festival in the fall of the same year.Now 22 Gracie performs regularly at Spice Lounge with Gary White playing lead guitar.; she guest spots with “world music” band, Adam's Rib; and most recently added her power voice to funk band, Ride The Tiger every Saturday night at the Orbit Room.
AVERY RAQUEL has developed her love for music and performing since the age of 4 becoming an aspiring triple threat performer. Though Avery has acted in various film, television, animation and professional stage musicals across Canada, her greatest passion is singing. Now 14, Avery’s captivating jazz performances have garnered awards including the 2014 Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, and as the runner-up in the 2015 Hamilton Music Awards Rising Star Competition. From Jazz clubs in New York City and Toronto, to many other venues and jazz festivals across the province, Avery has shared the stage with the likes of June Garber, Lou Pomanti and the Dave Restivo Trio. Recently out is debut ‘Life Lessons’ which has garnered media attention and airplay on stations across the country including JazzFM.91 and CBC Radio One. She had the opportunity to work on the album with acclaimed jazz professionals Joel Haynes, Mike Pelletier, Rob Fekete, and Sophia Perlman, recording a set of Jazz standards and modern tunes. Beyond a solo career and being the vocalist for 2 local jazz big bands, Avery also volunteers her time singing for service groups, charitable organizations, sports organizations and other various events across the province. She' also sung for the AL East Champion Toronto Blue Jays in front of 43,000 people.
JULES Playing guitar and singing since the age of six, this 14-year-old continues to study and hone her acoustic and electric guitar playing skills, regularly incorporating both finger picking and strumming techniques into her original compositions.The youthful writer's inspiration for her songs comes from both her own experiences and of those around her. Her keen observation incorporates lyrics that tell stories of fierce loyalty in the face of adversity (Heart of Armor), believing in yourself (Never Give Up), and embracing the fun that life does offer (City Lights) – all, from her debut EP, Heart of Armor (2015). Produced by Karen Kosowski (EmmaLee, Ash&Bloom), Jules also included one of her all time favourite tracks, Joan Osborne’s classic, “One of Us.”
Jules was one of ten finalists worldwide in the 2015 International Acoustic Music Awards. Paying tribute to a close friend’s lost battle to cancer, her single “My Little Soldier” garnered Jules a semifinalist position in the 2014 Unsigned Only Worldwide Music Competition in the Teen Category. In 2013 the then-pre-teen’s original song “Supergirl” was the winning entry in a national contest where she opened Toronto’s Girls Who Believe Fest. Last year she took part in several Ontario festivals including Toronto’s Indie Week, the Hamilton Music and Film Fest and the Redpath Waterfront Festival. Beyond being an artist and performer, Jules takes a keen interest in contributing where she can. In 2012 she performed for two charity events, one of which raised $10,000 in support of cancer research and has just been awarded a JSR Factor grant. Her mantra, “there is no plan B”, is a key ingredient to her success – not just in music, but in life.
JEREMY DE FREITAS “When I was 12 I asked my mom on a whim about the old flamenco guitar she had sitting by the fireplace. She showed me 3 chords. I didn't realize then she had just handed me my passion. Eventually I realized it was more fun to play a song with an accompanying melody. So I started singing.”
Since then Jeremy has developed a 500+ song repertoire playable from memory.~ Until recently, his performances consisted primarily of cover shows including both Toronto and Niagara Food and Wine Expos. ~ This year he released debut album "Crossed Off" which can be described as a mix between John Mayer and Dallas Green with a dash of Incubus.
Awright, let's strap on the wristbands and hit the street. It's CMW time!!
Walrus: May 5 The Silver Dollar 1 AM / May 6 The Garrison 1 AM / May 7 The Rivoli 10:45 PM
Halifax’s Walrus channel their inner psychedelia with songs that range from trance to surf taking you swiftly into a dream you'll find yourself never wanting to wake up from. The band recently signed to Dan Mangan’s Madic Records imprint with new EP, Goodbye Something, just out on cassette and digital download. And the really like playing their mojo music live.
Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs: May 7 The Horseshoe 10 PM
Toronto’s Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs’ new album Tongue-In-Cheek Vows came out March 25 and perfectly captures that moment when a young artist and his cohorts find their collective voice and suddenly realize that there are no limits to what they can accomplish together. Working in tandem with producer and Canadian alt-rock legend Ian Blurton (Change Of Heart, C’Mon, Public Animal), Cash and the Dogs have served up 11 tracks brimming with lyrics as razor-sharp as the performances driving them.
Chris Velan: May 7 The Cameron House 12 AM
The Montreal songwriter’s new album Glow was co-produced with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Wolf Parade,) and boasts an all-star band of Montreal musicians; Jamie Thompson (Islands, The Unicorns) sitting at the drums, Morgan Moore (Barr Brothers, Blood and Glass) on bass, Max Henry (Suuns) playing keys, with Ariel Engle (AroarA) and Ngabo Kiroko (Dear Denizen) providing backup vocals. The songs on Glow want to pull back the curtain and let the light in. They’re about taking that long, unflinching look in the mirror, shattering mythologies, both personal and collective, and naming the lies that keep us caged.
Baroness May 3 The Opera House. 9.15 PM Multilayered Southern fried heavy rock with a subtler sense of devastating arrangements than most of their ilk and the flair for the orchestral. A sure bet.
The Zolas, The Strumbellas, Wintersleep May 4 Phoenix Concert Theatre.7 PM Are the meat of a strong indie show and need no introduction to genre fans across the nation.
The Sheepdogs May 6 The Horseshoe 1AM . Are a Canadian band formed in , Saskatchewan in 2006. The group consists of lead singer and guitarist Ewan Currie, bass guitarist Ryan Gullen, drummer Sam Corbett, guitarist Jimmy Bowskill, and Shamus Currie, brother of lead singer Ewan Currie, playing trombone, keyboards, and tambourine. The Sheepdogs became the first unsigned band to make the cover of Magazine in 2011 and have been heavy rollin`since. Frontman Ewan Currie describes the band's retro, guitar driven blues-rock style as "pure, simple, good-time music".Their distinctive sound has been called the "Guitar-mony" because of the use of harmonies in guitar solos and vocals.
Fat White Family May 6 Lee's Palace 12 AM/May 7 Velvet Underground 1200 AM. Straight outa Brixton, this hard-hitting sextet just dropped second album Songs For Our Mothers, which has been labelled in some quarters "the most unpleasant album of this year, if not of their entire generation; the work of a bunch of drink and drug wracked nihilist degenerates." Others say it is a thrilling statement of disgust, defiance and complete creative independence made by the only rock band in the UK that really counts for anything at all anymore. It is a sure thing that you won`t be bored by this lot
Dilly Dally Lee's Palace May 7 1200 AM. At the core of the act, Toronto-based guitarists/vocalists Katie Monks and Liz Ball high school buds bonding over a common love of bands like The Pixies, scrawling lyrics and poetry to mimic their heroes. Both self-taught guitarists, Ball and Monks also idolized the lackadaisical sorrow of Kurt Cobain, Christopher Owens and Pete Doherty, slowly manifesting that admiration into their own band they called Dilly Dally.
"We started a band because we believed in ourselves," says Monks, "and we believed in Music—almost like it was a religion." . The feeling is intrinsic, an obsession that cannot be traded in for a bigger bankroll. In the last six years of "being drenched in the Toronto music scene," Dilly Dally found inspiration while doing the early 20's struggle of "working shit jobs, being in debt, partying too much and hustling in a band."
Lest you get the impression this is a 'sensitive, emolike crew, the ladies, along with bassist Jimmy Tony and drummer Benjamin Reinhardt, kick up an awesome, rollicking postpunk racket which rained critical acclaim and much crowd love on debut album Sore. You're gonna want to lineup for this one as it's the last gig before they're off to Europe to tour until end of June. Any Brits clocking this, the tour kicks off in Brighton, Eng. May 19 and if you're fans of the Savages and such, you too will want to lineup.