BTW The Beat Escape, Nightseeker, Frigs, The Long War, Lev Snowe, Felix Cartal, Harry Manx

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a long journey at a university video class. "We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream," said Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang/Bella Union on April 27 th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer's Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forwarding motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as Moon in Aquarius unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Limestone Alps lingers meditatively, hymnal vocals reverberating; Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

If this is pop music, it's pop that maps a singular route through an electronic territory. "We're drawn to the type of songs that were almost hits but there's something slightly off about them, so they were never discovered," explain the duo. Then I Drift Away fulfils that intent, evoking a kind of dislocated psychedelia via Screamedelica; ditto Seeing Is Forgetting, where warm synth chords, a buoyant bass melody and deep vocal chorales merge hypnotically. Thousand Pound Shoes pauses for reflection before Nemo Propheta's pellucid synths and insistent beats evoke a sense of surfacing, closing the album on a note of glinting release.

For The Beat Escape, Life Is Short The Answer's Long marks a rapturous new beginning after their work in visual arts (Boivin) and synth-pop duo, Footprintz (Weitzman). Building on their experience DJ-ing together in a Montreal bar, the duo gained momentum when Bella Union's Simon Raymonde heard Seeing Is Forgetting. Duly signed, Weitzman and Boivin wrote and recorded the album in their studio above said Montreal bar and at a country house in the Laurentians. It was mixed by Finland house DJ/producer, Jori Hulkkonen, who, the duo say, helped realize its "driving, expansive and painterly sound".

As for the lyrics, they mostly explore The Love Song, though the duo invites you to linger over their mysteries: " We both enjoy the process of uncovering, whereby meaning develops and reveals itself over time." And time spent following The Beat Escape through their waking dream-world is, we'd wager, time well spent.


Like Alice Cooper for Vincent Furnier, Dean Murdoch is the onstage personality of Paul Spence, co-creator of FUBAR and composer of music in both films. And while the films are comedies, Nightseeker's debut album, 3069: A Space-Rock Sex OOdyssey,  is as serious as witches at a coven. There are no winks to the camera. Every song is on point, even if the lyrics are about needing to impregnate the universal goodness with rock to ensure the propagation of humankind."The ultimate soundtrack for 'giviner' is finally here," says Deaner (aka Spence). " The rock is hard, the metal is hot, and every riff is deadly."


.In 2000, FUBAR hit the theatres and there began an epic journey towards becoming a cult classic and an integral part of the Canadian comedy landscape. In 2010 the sequel to FUBAR was released, giving birth to the band Nightseeker, who composed and recorded the music for the soundtrack. In November of 2017, Viceland premiered the new eight-episode series based on the mockumentary about two hockey-haired metalheads, featuring Nightseeker's current line-up. It's funny, it's crazy, and the music is awesome, most of which is featured on the Nightseeker album.



Fresh off the release of their buzzing debut album Basic Behaviour via Arts & Crafts, rising Toronto post-punks FRIGS today share the fragmented and kaleidoscopic new video for standout track " Talking Pictures". Of the video, the band says " 'Talking Pictures' relies not on narrative, but on evoking a sense of disillusionment. We wanted a video that similarly eschewed narrative in order to portray this feeling through distorted perspective, overlapping subjects and a black-and-white pallet ." The camera seems to be broken in a glitchy, 360-degree virtual space filled with multiple exposures of FRIGS, occasionally, and inadvertently disrupted by glitchy abstract shapes, in this dark, and moody portraiture," explains director Christopher Mills. "The toughness of this music evokes images of Ponyboy Curtis, with all his friends running around the perimeter of town, looking for trouble. FRIGS were a big part of the editing process on this collaboration and I was honoured by the invitation to work with this music.


Basic Behaviour, FRIGS' debut, self-produced full-length, was written and recorded over a 16-month period, split between two locations: the band's home studio and Union Sound Company in the east end of Toronto. As much as the lyrical subject matter within the record reflects personal experiences of frontwoman Bria Salmena, the album is a product of years of self discovery as a unit. Recording at home allowed the band to take the time to explore their sound, experimenting with sonic textures and production, and meticulously re-working their material. These sessions proved to be invaluable in creating a sound unique to FRIGS. However, a degree of positive urgency was deemed necessary in order to finalize the process. Working with engineer Ian Gomes, FRIGS embraced the limitations of third-party studio time and completed the record with a sense of immediacy. The resulting contrast between these two approaches in recording creates an end product that is at once stark, chaotic, reflective, and manic.

RIGS is made up of Bria, Duncan, Lucas, and Kris. The band pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth. With each member bringing a unique set of influences, FRIGS create a sound that is hard to pin down and an impression that's unshakable. Led by the force of Bria's vocals, the band has earned a reputation for putting on a hypnotic and visceral live performance.

Embracing the mercurial and experimental, their shows are built upon instinct; a vocal growl can unexpectedly give way to a hushed whisper; languid drones boil over into guttural and searing tones.

5/11 - Distortion Psych Fest - Montreal, Canada
5/12 - Red Dog - Peterborough, Canada

Lev SnoweLev Snowe

Just beginning to show up on the radar, Lev Snowe, the 20 year-old artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, began writing for his project in the Summer of 2015. Immediately after graduating high school, he jumped into writing, recording, and mixing his music at home in his parents' basement. Lev Snowe makes a synthy brand of psychedelic dream-pop that is equal parts washed out and danceable. His band is what makes his live shows possible. He notes, "I couldn't do it without them. They take my dreamy, chill songs and add a whole new energy to them that is much more rockin' for shows."
Following his popular Spotify Fresh Finds track "Could Be," Snowe's newest single, "When I Look Back," is a synthy, dream-pop song with lush electronics, shimmering guitars, and reverb-soaked vocals that drift nostalgically in and out of focus. Lev describes his music as, "The perfect soundtrack for the dancefloor of a high school party or those endless Summer nights spent escaping reality while being young and free." Lev Snowe's EP Faded Blue is set to release June 1st, 2018.

Tour Dates:
Fri. 5/4 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will Social Club
Fri. 5/11 - Toronta, CA @ The Monarch Tavern for Canadian Music Week
More Dates TBA!

The Long War Photo Credit Chad GilmourThe Long War Photo Credit Chad Gilmour

Another under heard act coming up for air, Vancouver's The Long War are sharing a preview of their debut album, Landscapes, over at CBC Music.

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The new album features previously released songs, Breathe In Breathe Out , Lake Louise and the newly released title track Landscapes .

Vocalist Jarrett Lee had this to share about the title track - "Landscapes is a song that reflects the underlying meaning behind the whole album. It's about leaving a place which I've done a lot - from Ontario to BC to The Yukon, the visual beauty and uniqueness of it all - and returning somewhere deeply familiar, in reflection. It's an understanding that these places and people in them hold answers to the questions surrounding the person you've become. Landscapes change, people stay the same. With new surroundings, we take on new experiences, struggles, and growth - but we can't forget the things that have shaped us."

The Indie group has been building a buzz in the music scene with their haunting harmonies all the while capturing a modern Canadian sound - singing about what they know - their home country. Jarrett Lee's inspiration can largely be attributed to the landscapes and environments that have influenced him throughout his life. Building out from this foundation Chad Gilmour (vocals/guitars), Jessica Lee (vocals/keys), Carson Webber (bassist) and Neil Williamson (vocals/drums) provide support through their harmonies and instrumentation bringing Jarrett's lyrical imagery to life and defining the music of The Long War.



May 1 - Windsor, ON - Phog Lounge*
May 4 - Belleville, ON @ The Empire Theatre*
May 5 - Kingston, ON @ Musikki*
May 8 - Moncton, NB @ Plan B*
May 9 - Halifax, NS @ The Carleton*
May 10 - Sydney, NS @ Governor's Pub & Eatery*
May 11 - Saint John, NB @ Peppers Pub*
May 14 - Charlottetown, PEI @ Baba's Lounge*
May 17 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON @ The Water Tower Inn*
May 18 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry*
May 31 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret*

Felix CartalFelix Cartal

Electronic producer Felix Cartal has revealed that his highly anticipated full-length album Next Season will drop on May 4th via Physical Presents/Cadence Music. He has given fans another taste of the album with the track "Faces" featuring Veronica - listen here .

In a world where meaningful conversations often occur over texts and social media rules our perceptions, Felix Cartal and singer Veronica's new track "Faces" is a poignant PSA to focus on real, human connection. With its essence of resplendent melodies, stirring vocals and of course a little groove, the song is both a warning and a hopeful message to young people who feel insecure when faced with a raw in-person interaction.

"Faces is about getting over our fear and remembering that we're all human, and that trying to connect with someone on a real, in-person level is important," says Felix of the inspiration behind the track. Veronica echoes his sentiment, saying "We want to remind anyone listening that there's nothing more important than the people we surround ourselves with, so don't hide from the faces."

With his dreamy, melodic and yet dance-floor friendly sound Cartal has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in modern dance music. Felix's appeal lies in his ability to convey complex emotions through his music, like the hopeful angst of his hit single, " Get What You Give ," leaving listeners with a positive emotional catharsis. To this effect, "Get What You Give" went to #3 on the pop radio charts and is a certified Gold Record in Canada..

04.28.18 - Bergerac - San Francisco, CA
07.13.18 - Rock The Shore Festival - Victoria, BC
*More TBA

Harry ManxHarry Manx

Sure, The 6ix is a blues town but you haven't really reached the far borders of Toronto blues until you've heard Harry Manx. Dude has evolved a unique styles blending blues , folk music , and Hindustani classical music . His official website describes the sound as being a "blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you'll get Manx's unique "mysticssippi" flavour." Manx plays the slide guitar , harmonica , six-string banjo , mohan veena and Ellis stomp box . He studied for five years in India with virtuoso musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt , inventor of the 20-stringed mohan veena, which has become Manx's signature instrument. Watching him work with that wonder is alone worth the trip, equal parts Mississippi mojo and Madras garam sala.

Harry Manx On Tour
May 7 Owen Sound Roxy Theatre
May 8 Guelph River Run Centre
May 9 Port Hope Capitol Theatre
May 10 Oshawa Regent Theatre
May 13 Lindsay Academy Theatre
May 15 Kingston Grand Theatre

The popular Blues At The Goose residency featuring Downchild's Mike Fitzpatrick and Gary Kendall (Big Groove) wraps up the 2017/2018 series with another stellar line up of Special Guests.

May 6-Jenie Thai & Fraser Melvin
May 13-Robin Banks & Darran Poole
May 20-Paul Reddick & Kyle Ferguson
May 27-Raoul Bhaneja & Darran Gallen
June 3-Morgan Davis & Al Lerman