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After the last show of their final European Tour, in support of their 2015 Album, ‘On Blonde,’ Yukon Blonde were not ready to come home to Canada – So they didn’t. Instead, frontman Jeff Innes relocated to Madrid, Spain to be joined sporadically by his bandmates over the following months. “Crazy” and “Emotional Blackmail” are the first songs to be released from this period and were written in the gardens of the El Retiro near San Bernardino, Malasana. After coming back to Canada the five piece retreated to the West Coast, and their studio on Galiano Island, an island of less than 1000 people off the coast of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, and it was there that the band finished the writing process for their soon to be released latest record, “Critical Hit”.
Sydney-based trio Mansionair made their debut with breakout hit 'Hold Me Down' which made radio waves from the clubs of Australia, over to Paris and across the ocean to Brooklyn. It all began in 2014 when singer Jack Froggatt, who had been playing the local music scene, accepted an invitation to top-line a suite of production beats by producer/guitarist Lachlan Bostock and drummer/producer Alex Nicholls. "Hold Me Down," a mélange of ethereal falsetto and ambient-synth-pop, hit one million views in just two months, brought together the individual talents of each musician and solidified the formation of the three-piece band now known as Mansionair.
Soon after, the band signed to Glassnote Records and were handpicked by genre-bending trio CHVRCHES to open on their headline tour across the USA, UK, and Europe. Mansionair went on to join Alt-J and Florence & The Machine on the road, most recently wrapping up a tour with London Grammar... read more: https://cmw.net/music/artists/mansionair/
Ellevator is an experimental-pop band from Hamilton, Ontario.
Frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche's nimble, raw lyricism is illuminated by a voice like holy fire: blistering and purifying. Focussed guitar work dances with the hypnotic timbres and soaring melodies of analog synthesizers. Deft lines and dangerous grooves are intoned by a disciplined drum & bass combo. Chaos lurks beneath the surface of Ellevator's tight motifs and rhythmic trances, erupting into moments of prophetic ecstasy. Their live performances are wild affairs. Brimstone at their heels, Ellevator's contagious energy turns rooms into reveries.
Ellevator is Mike Boyd, Elliott Gwynne, Nabi Sue Bersche & Tyler Bersche.
"Mixing ‘80s-indebted new wave tunes with a sprinkle of dance-punk, as well as melodies appealing to fans of artists as classic as bruce springsteen and as modern as haim.” (david macintyre, www.shoeclack.com)
“The band was a lively experience with vocals that could blow the roof off. They are a much more unhinged tegan and sara, with summer songs and guitar solos that could make you dance yourself silly.” (Dustin Ragucos, www.ridethetempo.com)
With a fresh perspective on alternative dream-pop, Caveboy root themselves in the primal and build to multi-layered experiences. Influenced by similar childhoods, Caveboy is the culmination of the shared life experiences of its three members Michelle Bensimon (lead vocals, guitar, synth), Isabelle Banos (synth, bass, backing vocals) and lana Cooney (drums, backing vocals). They revel in ideas of fearlessness, self-sufficiency, the extraordinary, and that which is feral and cannot be tamed.
Connecting through the pop music from their parents’ generation, the band works hard at developing their sound to utilize these respected musical elements while at the same time always trying to create new worlds of sound with their synthesizers, driving percussion, and symbolic lyricism interweaved with their guitar/bass/drums core.
Their debut self-titled ep, released in the fall of 2015, charted among the national top 25 on earshot, and propelled the band onto the Canadian festival circuit including electrifying performances at Pride Toronto, Hillside, Rifflandia, and in their hometown, Osheaga. The band also turned heads by showcasing at festivals such as CMW, CMJ, SXSW, TIFF, and Pop Montreal. In early 2017, the band performed at SOCAN & CIMA’s pre-Grammy celebration of Canadian excellence in Los Angeles, California, alongside Kaytranada and Donovan Woods. The music of the ep was placed in several television shows and films; with a number of tracks on Space’s Killjoys and Wynonna Earp, as well as songs in FXX’s You’re the worst and MTV’s Awkward. Also, they had a b-side track from the ep “Color War” placed in the fourth season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. The band has opened for touring artists such as Ria Mae, Dear Rouge, Operators, Keys n Krates, Neon Dreams, Young Galaxy and more.
In may 2017, Caveboy placed first in the recording festival contest, landing them a two-week recording residency at the beautiful grouse lodge studios (Michael Jackson, Muse) in the heart of Ireland, along with the help of renowned European engineers such as Cameron Craig (Adele, Annie Lennox). The rollout of this highly anticipated new music begins with the first single, “Raconteur”, out now.
With a powerful live set not to be missed, Caveboy are the band you'll be talking about the next day.
Aliocha’s Eleven Songs is made of timeless folk and a peculiar magnetism, somewhere between the nonchalant sensitivity of the sixties and the gentle angst of modern times; of both yesterday’s and today’s pop, beautifully imperfect, framed with the word images of youthful twenties, naive and carried away. On his eleven tracks, we come successively across electrified ballads, rebel choruses, psychedelic melodies and raw and sober songs. An absorbing musical world where a voice of rare sincerity arises and unfolds among subtle and tight arrangements of strings and electronics, revealing cutting edge production of undeniable eloquence.
Known early for his acting on stage, on the small screen and later on the silver screen (Closet Monster, Ville-Marie), Aliocha, the youngest of the Schneider family, is surrounded on stage by skilled accomplices, modern young men – his brother Volodia Schneider on percussions, multi-instrumentalist Christian Sean and bassist Tom Tartarin. His songs vibrate, grow in strength and character, promising a follow-up a thousand leagues from the ordinary. This has been undeniably confirmed by shows the four have given so far in Quebec, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Lebanon; at the MaMa, at Bars en Trans, at Reeperbahn Festival, at The Great Escape, at the Printemps de Bourges, at M pour Montréal, at the FME, at Montréal en Lumière, at Montreal Jazz Festival and opening for Charlotte Cardin, notably.
"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist."
- Jack London (Author of The Call of the Wild)
You could say Australian born singer songwriter Harrison Storm personifies that eloquent edict of carpe diem. Under the cover of sand and waves, the fabled Australian beach life defined Harrison's formative years.
Harrison reveals "since I was knee high I've been around surfing, all thanks to my dad." Dad competed regularly, and the family devoted weekends to watching him at state competitions. Often, father challenged son, bringing Harrison out in turbulent conditions to "learn the lessons from the ocean" -- from surfing in the middle of winter snowstorms to facing massive waves that "demanded respect."
Surfing remained a family affair as holidays centered on beach camping and surf events. "A home away from home," Harrison recalls how, "The most treacherous waters somehow became safer knowing what dad taught me over the years."
This upbringing by the sea, translated into a love of adventure that he still carries with him today, finding chances to take on new challenges. Diligently chasing his musical dream with a sense of urgency, he organized and launched a popular "acoustic night" in his quaint beachside hometown of Mornington in Victoria at 20-years-old. Two years later, he dropped out of university to solely devote his days to busking for tourists in Melbourne, eventually making enough to finance his 2015 debut EP Sense of Home, produced by friend Hayden Calnin. Its title track would place prominently on key Spotify playlists, amassing an impressive 10 million+ streams and catching the attention of Nettwerk C.E.O. and co-founder Terry McBride, who personally signed Storm after sending him a Facebook message.
It's been a lifelong journey for the troubadour to reach this point. Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula, a five-minute walk from the ocean, he fell in love with music as a young kid. Mum taught him to play "Blackbird" as well as her own songs on a "beautiful Ibanez acoustic that found its way into every room of the house," while Dad penned poetry and played harmonica. Storm went from listening to Neil Young and The Beatles to becoming a disciple of Jeff Buckley, City and Colour, and Angus & Julia Stone by high school as well as devouring the works of Jack London. Along the way, he developed a singular style, merging impressive classically inspired finger-picking and a soulful hypnotic vocal delivery equally resonant of alternative, folk and blues.
Sense of Home's success saw him perform to packed crowds across Melbourne, developing a powerful presence on stage alongside the likes of Michael Franti, The Cat Empire, Husky, and more. Simultaneously, he impacted Triple J and received airtime on U.S. tastemaker KCRW. He officially arrives on the global scene with his Nettwerk debut single "Change It All."
Over minimal production, his delicate acoustic plucking immediately captivates. With a robust and dynamic voice, he croons, "All I see is how I could change it all. Find my peace, love I feel it's time to fall. For a new day, oh from silence. To a new state of mind."
"I was in a real rut when I wrote this song. A sort of slow spinning, downward spiral you can find yourself in when things become monotonous," he admits. I was quite down about everything. I'm usually an optimistic person, but I wasn't enjoying music as much as I used to. Then, I got this message from Terry and it really lifted my spirits."
Ultimately, "Change It All" sets the stage for Storm to impact listeners everywhere. "This is quite a personal one for me," he leaves off. "I'm really excited to see how it's received."
"Change It All" out now via Nettwerk.
Fri May 11 2018 6:00 PM Doors