In My Imagination / Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt - 7"
Neil Ship knew from an early age that he wanted to be in the music business. The Montreal lad attended his first audition at the early age of thirteen. But as he recounts on his LinkedIn page, living in the shadow of notorious nightclub owner and underworld figure Harry Ship was more than he could handle. "I did my first professional audition at Lou Black's Living Room in Montreal, (and) a well-dressed man came out and watched me nervously unpack a guitar," he writes. "He asked my name. I ...more
Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner
Freelove Fenner's first stab at a long-player seems to find them pulled in two fairly different directions at the same time. In fact, the band have shot and uploaded a couple of videos for the 18-track Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner that illustrate this quite nicely. The almost-twee 'All Things Break Through' follows in the path of fellow Fixture labelmates Sheer Agony, checking that slight guitar pop of the early eighties, in this case forgotten icons like Let's Active and the Modett...more
Tired of Waking Up Tired / Child Star - 7"
In a perfect world the Diodes would have had a couple of top-10 hits, a few world tours and a best-of compilation stocked in the front racks of HMV shops. Unfortunately, Canada in the late seventies was not that world. Despite getting up and running in late 1976, opening Toronto's infamous Crash 'n' Burn club in the magical summer of '77, and even issuing an album full of taut two-minute punk around the same time as the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, the Diodes' name these day...more
Neighbourhood is the Gertrudes' third full-length record. The Kingston (ON) roots-based collective, or folkestra as they are affectionately referred to up in that neck of the woods, checks in at ten members this time, but as on their earlier records that number can easily double or triple with all the added musical guests. Drummer Lucas Huang once described the Gertrudes' multi-instrumentation as "happily eclectic and eccentric", as apt a description as any for a sound that includes ...more
ANAMAI cassette EP
You might know Anna Mayberry as part of Toronto noisemakers (and Buzz labelmates) HSY, but that would hardly prepare you for this three-song cassette EP. Under the shortened name ANAMAI, Mayberry seems to have eschewed the tried-and-true clobber-'em-with-volume approach of her regular band, opting instead for a more ethereal mix of lo-fi folk, ghostly vocals and a trippy backdrop of seemingly random noodling. "With HSY, it's all about filling in space, building noise to an extreme until you...more