BTW-Tribe Royal, Nuela Charles, Thomas D'Arcy/Hawksley Workman, HorseThief, MONA, PUP, Charlotte Day Wilson, River Tiber, Silver Hearts
Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Getting off to a folk rocky start with Tribe Royal, a four piece out of Ottawa. The band was born from the partnership of Terry O'Brien and Chris Kerwin, two aspiring songwriters, and their shared interest in the musical giants of the 20th century. When their bandmates Bram Al-Najjar and Mike Giamberardino joined, the result was a dynamic relationship that has crafted the band's sound into the genres it now encompasses.
Tribe Royal's sound can be described as an alchemic blend of folk music, 60's British Rock and 90's Alternative Rock. At the core of the Tribe are three unique singing voices that can be layered for 3-part harmony, or woven to create imaginative counterpoints. Their sound and songs have a nostalgic feeling to them, introspective yet vibrant; grounded in honest experiences and youthful memories.
Since the band's formation in January 2014, Tribe Royal has earned a reputation as a hardworking and ambitious group. They have released one LP, " Samadhi", with a second 'Colours of the Sun' recently released . In just over two years , they have played more than 150 shows in 20 different cities. Their love for music has connected them with thousands of people of all ages, through small private benefit performances, and large-scale rock venues.
Edmonton's Nuela Charles's debut album Aware scored twelve TV placements with a simple cocktail of one part soul and one part pop, both shaken and stirred, depending 9on the song. Current album "The Grand Hustle" ain't like that at all. Says Charles, "The Grand Hustle" is the ultimate comeback story. You live, you learn and you fight for what you want. It's the culmination of four very transformative years of discovery, love, loss and recovery."
The album's edgy mix of soul and new r'n'b behind forthright vocals is being well received, with lead single "Crumbling Down" being premiered via the Fader, and heady comparisons citing the likes of Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Adele. Current single "Fever" is making its own noise aided by a clever clever video.
Charles explains: "'Fever' was written out of a moment of frustration, and sometimes out of frustration we run. We run away from something, or we run to something. The video represents us all. With the direction of Steven Hope, we were able to capture a sense of urgency, emotion and togetherness, which I feel like is needed now more than ever. "
Two musicians meet at a Toronto studio. Both are songwriters and producers. Both are multi-instrumentalists. Tommy Hawkins started out as most musical side projects do: strangers with mutual admiration looking for a way to work together. Such was the studio journey that Hawksley Workman and Thomas D'Arcy embarked upon. Their debut EP, Amy, which came out November 18, features the first single That's The Way I Walk.
The writing and recording sessions happened casually over the span of five months between D'Arcy's Toronto studio, Taurus Recording, and Workman's rural HawksleytownV studio in Burke's Falls. The result of Tommy Hawkins' simmering mid-evening jams is the six-song EP Amy.
The music starts aggressively, with D'Arcy singing almost unrecognizably at the top of his vocal range while Workman unabashedly rips flashy guitar solos as a nod to his secret love of hair metal. The two trade off instruments as often as they do vocals, pushing each other to a slow and moody crescendo of cinematic cadence. By the sixth song, tempos have slowed but the intensity remains, playing out the downward spiral that is Amy.
Thom had this to share about collaborating with Workman; " Hawksley is always pushing the envelope. He'll always try to add the part that's right at the edge of possibility. The impossible fill or the insane lick that seemed to have only overflowed from him in the moment. He took me places I never go. While most music is 'safe' these days, Hawk continues to be a dangerous man."
While Workman compliments Thom's mad vocal skills by saying: "Thom is very creatively nimble, he's got an intense focus and is melodically brilliant. I also think he is one of the most under-rated singers in the business. He's a natural, belting tenor and his pitch is flawless, even when he's screaming, which is not easy."
The new video for Oklahoma quintet Horse Thief's "Another Youth" debuts today via FLOOD Magazine ."Another Youth" is taken from the band's highly anticipated new album Trials And Truths, set for release January 27 on Bella Union. The band is currently playing select North American dates, with further touring in support of the release to come next year.
Trials And Truths follows Fear In Bliss, the band's highly acclaimed Bella Union album debut. Clash Music noted its "punchy riffs and sunshine melodies, lovely harmonies and production," while The Line Of Best Fit said, "twinkling guitars and keys sashay around Neal's tender voice, creating a warm, melodic bath of sound. It's a thing of beauty."
For Trials And Truths, Horse Thief reunited with producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver). FrontmanCameron Neal notes, "We had more time to dwell on these songs, as the first record was written and recorded really quickly. We'd toured Fear In Bliss for eighteen months, which really helped us get to know each other's styles, and where to take the new songs. It means this album is closer to the sound that we want."
Influenced by their life on the road, love, relationships and home, Neal says, "The title Trials And Truths is about us: we're still a young band, figuring out how to make things work and to have a purpose, so we can get through any hard times. But the band is very much together. It feels like a brotherhood, we're all in it for the same reason."
Horse Thief was originally founded in Denton, TX by Neal. He joined forces with Cody Fowler (bass), Alberto Roubert (drums, percussion), Zach Zeller (organ, keys, guitar) and Alex Coleman (guitar, keys) while studying at Oklahoma's Academy of Contemporary Music. The band was then introduced to Bella Union through their friends, The Flaming Lips, and released their debut album shortly after. So you know they have Lips appeal.
HORSE THIEF LIVE
November 16 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
November 17 Washington, D.C. U Street Music Hall
November 18 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
November 19 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
November 20 Quebec City, QC District
November 23 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
November 24 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
November 25 Waterloo, ON Maxwell's
November 26 Toronto, ON The Opera House
November 29 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
December 1 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
December 2 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
December 5 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
December 6 Calgary, AB The Gateway
December 8 Seattle, WA The Sunset
December 9 Portland, OR Bunk Bar
December 11 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah
December 12 Los Angeles, CA Resident
Another US act breaking big this fall is MONA (Nick Brown, Zach Lindsey, Alex Lindsey, Jordan Young & Justin Wilson). They've just released the official video for " In The Middle," the catchy lead single from their latest EP of the same name.
MONA's latest EP, In The Middle, serves as the band's first set of music in 2 years, and they've seen a lot in just a couple of years. The guys have emerged with a renewed sense of purpose and a fresh and vibrant set of newly penned songs that may well be the best of their career. With a new label - Bright Antenna Records - a new team and an extraordinary new batch of songs, frontman Nick Brown says he's more proud than ever of the band and the work they are doing. "We have always been a tight knit group, but the vibe is the best it's been and we are looking forward to bringing these songs to the public," says Brown. "Very few things matter in this world, and we think music is one of them."
MONA is also excited to be appearing as special guests on July Talk's North American Tour. The series of dates kicked off, November 23rd, in Vancouver and will make its way across Canada and the US through mid-February. They'll be making stops in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston and many more. Additionally, the band has announced that they will be embarking on a European headlining tour after the holidays for a handful of exclusive dates.
North American Tour Dates
11/23/2016 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
11/25/2016 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
11/26/2016 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
11/29/2016 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
12/2/2016 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
12/3/2016 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
12/6/2016 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub
12/7/2016 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Theatre
12/12/2016 - Albany, NY - The Hollow
12/13/2016 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
12/14/2016 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
12/15/2016 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12/16/2016 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
12/17/2016 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
1/23/2017 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
1/24/2017 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
1/26/2017 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
1/27/2017 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer
1/28/2017 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
1/31/2017 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg Theater
Three years ago, the world got a taste of PUP's humble beginnings in their Juno Award-nominated video for "Guilt Trip". While the story itself was fictional, the success that came to the band after the video's release in 2014 was anything but. Today, the saga continues with their new video for"Sleep In The Heat", starring Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) returning in his role as a youngStefan Babcock. The song appears off their latest album, The Dream Is Over, which was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize.
Directed by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, "Sleep In The Heat" follows a young PUP on tour and the unlikely animal companion they meet along the way. The video also features glimpses of each member's four-legged friends including Norman, the chameleon star of PUP's "Mabu" video.
"'Sleep In The Heat' is a song about my chameleon Norman, who passed away while we were writing this record," explains singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock.
"Jeremy was the one who thought we should make a video for this song. He has this really weird one-eyed grumpy cat that he loves a lot, and I guess the song got him thinking about what it's going to be like when she's gone. Losing a friend is something so many of us have had to deal with, which is why I think this video is so powerful."
The video premiered today via New York Magazine's Vulture , who asked Wolfhard who asked about his involvement and inspiration in the video. "When I first listened to the song I was like, 'Oh, this is super-dark, maybe about some girlfriend overdosing on heroin, cooped up in a bedroom or something,'" says Wolfhard. "I was filming a movie in Toronto and we were having ramen together - me, all the PUP guys, my mom, and Jeremy - and we were talking about the song. This was before they were planning to do a video for it. I said, 'Do you guys want to do a 'Guilt Trip part two?'' jokingly. They said, 'Yeah, we really want to.' I told them 'Sleep in the Heat' is one of my favorite tracks on the album and asked Stefan what it was about, if it was about a girlfriend passing away, and he was like, 'Nah, it's just about my chameleon.' It was surprising. It's pretty awesome that you can write a heartfelt song about your little chameleon."
Babcock adds, "Big shoutouts to the little PUPs in this video, too - watching them bond and then say goodbye to that dog is one of the most heartwarming and heartbreaking things I can imagine. RIP all of our little friends. We miss you."
Named for the first thing doctors told Babcock after a recent examination of his damaged vocal chords, The Dream Is Over finds PUP as confident and as in tune with each other as they've ever been. It's the sound of a band not just surviving the storm, but thriving in it. If anything, The Dream Is Over is visible, visceral proof that the dream is, in fact, very much alive.
PUP TOUR DATES
Nov 26 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's
Nov 27 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
Dec 01 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
Dec 09 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox
Dec 10 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox
Dec 15 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
Dec 16 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
BITS'N'PIECES -Both Charlotte Day Wilson and River Tiber had breakout years in 2016 and as cap to the last twelve months the two critically acclaimed artists will share the stage on December 3 at Toronto's Great Hall.
This year Wilson unveiled her much-anticipated debut release, CDW, which, along with the River Tiber produced"Where Do You Go" also included breakout singles "After All" and "Work", which can be heard in Apple's Shot on iPhone campaign. Wilson is also featured on BADBADNOTGOOD's new album IV, singing on the track "In Your Eyes". She also joined the band for their performances on CBC's q and CBC Music's First Play Live hit the road with Local Natives.
Released this summer, River Tiber's Indigo gave critics much to rejoice over. The LP joins an ever-growing catalogue that features collaborations with Kaytranada, Pusha T, Daniel Caesar, Jazz Cartier, and more. In two short years River Tiber has developed a global reputation as a producer, not only for the acumen and singularity of vision demonstrated in his own music and collaborations, but also for his work with beat maker heavyweights like Frank Dukes that have lead to vocal placements and session credits on songs by Drake, Travis Scott, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, and more. Last year he also worked closely with friends BADBADNOTGOOD in arranging and playing cello, violin, and trombone to the group's Ghostface Killah collab Sour Soul, which was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. "Sultry alt-R&B that falls
The Silver Hearts will release their first album in 10 years on Friday, November 4th, on Mudtown Records. "Golden Favourites" features 11 previously unrecorded songs from the group's 16 year history, including such fan favourites as "Hot Time," and "St. James Infirmary Blues ." The album was recorded by engineer James McKenty, who produced the band's debut album "No Place" in 2003, and whose production credits include recordings with Blue Rodeo, Royal Wood, and Cuff the Duke. Long thought to be a 'live band,' "Golden Favourites" counters that claim with evidence of a experienced group, comfortable and capable in a studio helmed by a skilled producer. Old and new fans alike are guaranteed to find luminous gems inside of "Golden Favourites."). The Silver Hearts play Hugh's Room Wednesday, November 30. 8:30PM