Hey SloanBones here hanging out at a great event to help BC artists who are amazing get noticed by the world. The Peak Performance Project which picks the 20 best bands from about 500 entries then puts them through a music boot camp for a week of songwriting fun. After which each band plays live in a showcase at Fortune Sound Club, the 20 is then wittled down to just 3 which was the showcase on Thursday night.
Rykka was the big winner of the night winning first prize of 102,700 thousand dollars which like the other winners of PPP have gone many successful tours and recording sessions. Second place went to Hannah Epperson which was a cool seventy five grand and third went to Bestie who won fifty thousand grand.
Bestie being the only band I saw in time were full of dance grooves reminiscent of the 80′s and they even did a cover of an 80′s classic “Eyes of a stranger” by The Payolas. Their last song was called Sriracha which had a nice sexy groove and hula girls which is never a bad thing.
After listening to both Rykka and Hannah Epperson I can see why they were ahead of Bestie at least in uniqueness and little more polished with their sound. I think Bestie live were awesome and the Fifty thousand for third place will help them gain something and help them find their sound more.
With only two years left in the Peak Project I can see a little more desperation out of artists in this province and hopefully another wonderful way for amazing musicians to get their voice out there.
Hey SloanBones here back at the Railway for a double release party.
Those Things played their feature song first called Release the Hounds. The Hounds were not released by this band as they had nothing new to show the rock world. The singer wasn’t very good, the band behind her was but that didn’t make a difference. I honestly have nothing else to say except get some singing lessons.
The surprise of the night was Physical Ones who are a bunch of seasoned musicians making musical deliciousness. The lead singer had a great voice and the bass really stood out for me as the glue of the band. They are currently working on their first album which I can’t wait for. There were some different levels happening with some mellow songs that went into desert rock songs that kicked some ass. I couldn’t really hear any of the solos but other than that it was an enjoyable experience. Their first record will be out soon so stay tuned!!
Gnomadics played next who were a very nice looking group of guys got and made fine and dandy music. They brought a Weezer vibe to them and played a cover of Hero’s on their second song which didn’t work for me. They looked like Physical Ones ten years ago just a little less relaxed but still very tight musicians. I loved the backups and my favorite song were What I said and their encore song. I think they have a good base to be an awesome band I just think they need more dynamic songs to stand out from the crowd. The Gnomadics are playing at the British Ex on Nov 8th.
Check out Gnomadics
Anti Party was unfortunately missed by me because they played so late. Which isn’t the fault of the bands but more on the Railway Club for starting the show at 10 pm. I know they want people to stay and drink but I feel that is letting down the bands who want to get noticed.
Check out Anti Party
All photos provided by Kevin Perry
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I eased myself back into the Vancouver scene with an intimate show at the Media Club. The Shrugs returned to Vancouver after being on tour all summer and hanging out in Banff.
The first band The Stone Travelers are all about their rock with the long hair and head down shreadding solos. There were times when they seemed a bit uptight and it was also hard to tell what they were singing about. Another thing that didn’t work was not letting the crowd know what the songs were, which if no one knows who you are it isn’t the best thing to do. The songs had energy ill give them that, some songs similar to early Modest Mouse or The Shins. But the connection just needs some work with the lyrics. They played a Lynyrd Skynyrd song which seemed to loosen up the band. They will also start working on a new album next month and I think if they can make a better live impression there is potential in this band. The Stone Travelers are playing a show at Joe’s Apartment at the end of November.
Check them out here: The Stone Travelers
The Shrugs have changed a lot since the last time I saw them. They have changed for the better, as all of them quit their jobs so they could focus on music. Which worked great, also staying in Banff over the Summer busking and staying with someone whom they met on the street while playing. Their new record Aurora which was written in Banff needed some more time to release so they set up an email list at the show to release the album for free. I put myself on the email list so I can get all you wonderful people the low down on their new album. I love the no shoes approach as I am a avid no socks wearer. Their stripped down three piece with Stephanie Cole (Bass) applying the beats with a mini kick drum worked so well. Caitlin Connelly’s voice is amazing reaching to every corner of The Media Club especially with Under Command a song about discovering yourself. Their new single Citizens Arrest speaks about protest and about owning your own body.
This band is on the way up with such awesome pop hooks and the drive to make it happen!
Check them out here : The Shrugs
The Shrugs next show is at Falconettis at 7:15pm and then its off to America!
Hey music crunchers!!
On a day before the first family day in BC Mitigo had their CD releases which was supported by much of their extended family so it was quite fitting. The fact that it was at the Railway Cub was icing on the Go Fuck Yourself cake which if you didn’t know is what Mitigo’s new demo release is called. As the show would go I missed the first two bands so now I describe them each and give you a link so you can check them out.
Sally’s Hot is a pop rock type of band that is very much for people who like bubble gum pop about girls and such. It is upbeat but very middle of the road as in you could put on any popular pop punk band and here the same song.
Cry of Silence is a band that could easily be played on The Fox very radio friendly. I really like Eddie Lam’s voice and lots of hooks just not my cup of tea.
All Photos Taken at this show were done by Diane Jackson.
The Band I did see besides Mitigo is Real Mad Decent who had some interesting breakdowns and good buildups. I thought the singer Zak Mcmillan sounded a lot like Tim Mcllrath from Rise Against at least live. But listening to their recording he’s completely different. The best song I like from their self title ep is Fine Tuned Presentable Magic Show. The fact that these guys are so young and already this good the future looks good for them.
Mitigo had a lot to look forward to this show releasing two albums playing in front lots of friends and family. Which Virginia (Lead Vocals) solidified by inviting all the people they thanked on their demo GFY to the front of the stage which was a nice gesture. They proceeded to shred through that album from front to back. An Oi is heard from the crowd which Mark (Guitarist Vocals) shot down saying that “wasn’t fucken good enough!”Jerry Hairy (Bass) added some Egyptian flare to the start of D Bag. This band always gives their all every show and as this show will be their last for a while as Virginia is going on a world adventure it was more extra special. The only thing I think they can improve on is the range of style and sound that this band portrays. Ive said it before that I can’t wait to see what this band does once they find their true sound. It was a Rockin Sockin Kickass Stompin greasy show, a perfect end before they go on hiatus.
I say good day to you! Eat some more music!
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Hey there it’s Sloan Bones !Yes my last post was long ago and if you don’t like it you can Go Fuck Yourself! Which is also the name of the new DIY release of Mitigo which again showcases how amazing a singer Virginia is. The soul and sadness that she conveys through these songs brings out the best in the band. Her brother Mark (Guitarist) adds some great lower end dynamic to the vocals. The starting track Tainted put us right down their twisted highway of Jungle rock as I like to call it. When you get to track three Queen the album slows down a tad which allows everyone a pit stop on the highway. We hit back to 100 miles an hour with 4 Stops and then smooth out the ride with DBag. Which reminds of early 90′s grunge and that song also shows off Mark and Virgina ‘s way of successfully blending their vocals so well. Moral Relapse has some nice balls and delivers some nice punch. Honestly the album is perfect for night of drinking a flat of Pilsner and did I mention they won the Pilsner battle of the bands? Well they did check out pics Here and they also have a song called The Fly so how could I not like this album. Cooper Teeth ends our journey down Jungle Rock highway and left me wanting more from this band I think they can honestly go in so many directions that it will make for an interesting ride.
They will be playing their last show in a long while on Sunday Feb 10th at the Railway Club to release two albums GFY and Round 1 check out the events page Here:
Also they’re working on a new music video for the song The Fly so keep your many eyes on that too!!
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