Awake and Dreaming are bringing emo back
March 19, 2008
I like a band that in this era of “indie” indie bands isn’t afraid to embrace their inner emo selves. Combining elements of the Ataris and the Early November, to name only a few of the predominant imagery, Awake and Dreaming is a band out to steal the hearts of teenage girls and (secretly) their boyfriends’ alike.
CMW – a weekend in review
March 13, 2008
For the most part, Canadian Music Week is equal parts exciting as it is frustrating. Many great bands pour into Toronto for three days worth of music and if you find the right show, you’ll have an awesome time. On the flip side, if you make a bad decision, you might find yourself in an endless lineup or at a venue that has already reached capacity. Of course, there is also the frustration when two or more bands you really want to see are playing at the exact same time or on opposite ends of the city.
Lights makes us happy
March 10, 2008
Three main indications you’re rapidly becoming successful include bringing a venue to maximum capacity, hitting the number one spot on the Myspace music charts and having your songs featured in a North American commercial campaign. Toronto singer Lights has a huge list of accomplishments to put under her tiny belt…or perhaps tuck under her headband.
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No bullshit with Latefallen
March 10, 2008
Remember when bands used to get really trashed, smash hotel rooms and throw shit out windows? Well, Toronto’s Latefallen still do that. In fact, they do a lot of things bands these days are too scared to do: including admitting they actually WANT to be played on the radio.
The rock quartet consists of vocalist Stephan Lacasse, guitarist Vanya Drakul, bassist Gregg Wolfe and drummer Bob Onyskiw. They have a no nonsense policy that couldn’t care less if you think they lack indie cred. They’re all about being real and dreaming big.
A Primitive Evolution is instinct through music
A Primitive Evolution is very different theoretically from its predecessor Lye, a band known equally for it’s highly addictive, energetic rock shows as it was for the members’ tendencies to drink way too many Jagermeister shots on stage.
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Burning The Day – DIY Metal
March 5, 2008
Toronto band Burning The Day has only been around for a short time, but they are already garnishing attention from such metal heavyweights as Metalblade Records and aging thrashers Anthrax. Toronto Music Scene recently caught up with singer Chris Gillespie and guitarist Braden Hoey after their unofficial CD release at The Reverb to discuss how a "Do it yourself" metal band can gain such momentum without labels, management, lawyers or any other kind of support.