Topping up the Bottom of the Blue- The Ruffled Feathers ep Review

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Just ask many and a few will tell you about the expansive nature of the universe…

This statement alone should tell you that SloanBones is back ! So too are The Ruffled Feathers (who never really left they just “Ruffled up” their lineup). Now that we have the puns out of the way on to talking about their new EP called “The Bottom of the Blue”.  I really think this band has matured since they last recorded their album “Oracles”.  They have bottled Gina Loes’s voice in a way that works and cut out all the “musical” fat into a lean mean Indie machine!

It Doesn’t Last – I like the layers of horns coupled with the back ups from Andrew Lee (Trumpet) and Gina. The song flows better than anything they have done before and makes me want to put the song on repeat.

Little Sister – This song features more of the new cast of players in the band: Sophia Xiang (Keyboard) , Molly Mackinnon (Violin).  I like the build up and the pay off is a statement we all seem to ask : “Tell me what you are thinking about?”

Tough Love – So much old 50’s feel from this song, about love and shit we go through to get it.  I also like the abrupt ending which is keeps my off-time heart happy.

Siberian Springtime –  Ending off the Ep with a song that sounds like a rebirth of the seasons is fitting.

Overall I think this album speaks volumes to where The Ruffled Feathers are going.  I think “It Doesn’t Last” is a catchy song and everything flows so much better than their last releases.  The dynamic range of the vocals could be better as I thought Gina’s voice was really all one feeling. But other than that a solid Ep and a fresh new direction from a band that will be seen on the festival circuit in no time!

Have a Fly day !

I am Sloan  Bones

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Wet Recluse by Hidden Speaker : Record Review

Hey SloanBones here with another Record review this time from the mind of Evan Dickson who is a writer/editor for Bloody Disgusting.  He hasn’t released anything for a while music wise but slowly the music juices started to well up inside and then bam! This album is about just creating music with no strings attached and I think as listeners  we can appreciate an album like that.

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Pink Cloud is nice little interlude into the world we now enter with Evan.  Which is quickly discarded and we get into the weird world which is Spry. The album for me feels like stepping into a Spider’s layer, not really knowing what your going find. Things from the past stuck dead on the walls, leading you down a cobweb filled hallway to the Wet Reculse.  The consumerism vibe definitely isn’t lost on me and I like how these thoughts of Evan are present.  This might also be a result of living in L.A as well with the track Vapor Hair.  His voice reminds me of The National and the vibe of early songs on the record are early 90’s late 80’s with a electronic twist. The overall album is nice and heavy with some softer songs near the end of the record.  Which seems to relive pressure of the early songs, but I just think it drags a bit for my liking.  The song Stole My Thunder, Ill Steal Your Drugs at the end of the record really culminates what Evan is going for.  I think for the most part the album is fun, but mostly for the artist and not for the listener even though the riffs in YSMTISYD are pretty catchy.

I think overall it was a good artistic album and expresses what music means to Evan which is a lot.

Check out Hidden Speaker Wet Recluse

Keep it Fly people in the World

I am Sloanbones

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A Rockin Rockabilly Round up at The Fairview

Hey it’s SloanBones bringing you another rousing review on the scene of Vancouver. Just as it happens many a time in this city it is hard sometimes to find the hidden jems. Rockabilly round up is definitely not hidden but I would have to say not really a first choice for many. But that being said for a Saturday night a pretty damn fun time was had by all.
The first band of the night was The Surfrajets who play covers, surf music style ( think The Ventures). I really liked the Go Go dancer on stage which helped out because there wasn’t any singing. I think this band would be great once they get some songs of their own mixed in with covers. The drummer of the band was definitely the driving force behind them.

The Surfrajets are playing their next show at The Railway Club on Friday Jan 17th

 

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On to Butch Murphy and The Greasy Kings who really brought a great presence on stage. Lots of dancing ensued as soon as this man started to sing. How can you not it’s just so infectious with all the boogie woogie styles. Butch doesn’t pull any punches either talking about how he will fight someone over how a certain song should be played. Which probably goes back to his punk roots when he was 16 starting out in music. Much has changed since then though he has toured in The Nervous Fellas and The Bughouse5 who you should  check out. But these days he more content to come out and play some dirty dancing rock then to tour.  He also has two autistic kids which keep him busy but are the joy of his life.  That being said he belongs on the stage giving us a great Saturday evening.

Check out Bughouse5 here

and The Nervous Fellas

So if you are looking for a place to see a show in Vancouver sometimes it’s in not so beaten paths that you can find some real jems like Butch Murphy and The Rockabilly Round up.

I am

Sloan Bones

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Daniel Wesley : Wide Open at The Commodore

Hey SloanBones went to a show !

 

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A show where I watched Daniel Wesley play some reggae plus some rock and or roll. He played mostly old songs but did manage to fit in some new ones, starting with the single off of Ocean Wide : Fuel the Fire.

He also had some help putting on this great show with Alex Maher on saxophone plus unique bass and put you in a trance drums. Personally myself I would have liked to hear more of the new album as I think it has excellent flow and was well thought out musically. But this was more about the diehard fans that love the old material.

Not a bad night indeed !

I am SloanBones 2013

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The Way Things Were : Clark Graham

 

ClarkGrahamWell here I am again with another review of an awesome artist this one from Chilliwack who moved all the way down to L.A. playing many gigs at the Hotel Cafe and others.  Clark’s style fills your head full memories of the past and brings you to a quiet place.

The album starts off with The Way Things Were which is definitely about the reflection of a life now gone.  Barroom Symphony has the tone of wanting to escape alcohol and just to get back to feeling again.  Tough Luck, Time to Go and Welcome to California are my three favorite songs on the album and really help to drive home the theme of the record. All three seem to be related to each other and Welcome to California is a nice reflection on how he felt like the State welcomed him with open arms.  I thought the song White Flag a catchy tune but a little long.  The last part of the album lagged a bit for me but for the most part I thought it was well written.

I also have seen some pics of more recording from Clark so expect more from him in the new year!

Check out Clark’s album: Here

All the best in 2014

I am SloanBones

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