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Monowhales are “Rich$$$

Today Toronto based band Monowhales released a new song called Rich$$$. The group also announced their upcoming album, Tunnel Vision which will be released September 9th. The new song drops Toronto references by mentioning Queen Street, and the video features lots of iconic spots in the city. Rich$$$ is a danceable summer anthem. Each line cleverly flows into the next for a seemingly endless story that keeps you moving. With the release of other songs like CTRL^^^, and Stuck in the Middle, we know there’s lots more electric tracks to come. Monowhales are also making a stop in Hamilton on their Tunnel Vision tour on October 14th. You can get your tickets now.
Written by Octavia Allison

Black Honey with “Charlie Bronson”

Black Honey has released a single called Charlie Bronson. This track exudes grunge. A current courses through the amps as the base emits a crunchy riff. Vocals are coated in distortion as they fluctuate between light and punchy. Frontwoman Izzy Phillips said this about the track in a press release “Sometimes I can’t make sense of anything. It’s a bind of frustration from having to constantly present myself in a way that society accepts. My mind works differently. I saw all the wrong things. I hate being ladylike. I was punished so much for what I know to be my good qualities; a strong-minded neurodivergent person who is creative, inquisitive, excitable and in my own universe. I began to see how the world regards women that turn invisible. Charlie Bronson is my rage.” The lyrics are sharp, and the musicality is just as edgy. Charlie Bronson is a strong and gritty track.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Burning” with Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have given us another new single from their upcoming album, Cool It Down. This is the band’s first record in 13 years and is being released September 30th. Lead singer Karen O said in a press release “If the world is on fire, I hope the most beloved stay protected and that we do all we can to protect what we cherish most in this life. Burning is a song about that feeling, smoke signals for the soul.” When she was younger, an unattended candle lit her apartment on fire but spared her most sentimental possessions. This song brings a strong lesson out of such an unfortunate incident. Burning is mysterious and suspenseful. The synth and piano fuse together as the song takes on an unexpected energy. Slinky old style vocals create a fog you find yourself lost in. As you move through the suspense and drama the strings create you will find yourself surrounded in this storyline. Burning is the second look into the band’s upcoming album, and we can’t wait for more.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Fantasy” with Captain WildChild

Bands work hard to break into the music scene especially these days. To see a local band doing it is even more incredible. Captain WildChild from Hamilton just released a new single with these same hopes. Their track Fantasy is the band’s first release of 2022. The cymbals rattle as the base pushes you toward the breaking point. Frontman Chad Chartrand wails before delivering a punch with the line “I don’t want to wake up.” Captain WildChild mashes PUP with The Dirty Nil while building up their own sound. Fuzz and distortion stack up on relentless rhythm while they call out “I tend to make believe and ignore the warning signs of trouble up ahead.” Gritty vocals add an edge to this headbanger.
Written by Octavia Allison

Ducks Ltd. Are “In Between Days”

Ducks Ltd. released a cover of The Cure’s “In Between Days” alongside Jane Inc. Ducks Ltd’s frontman Tom McGreevy said “Robert Smith is a genius, and the Cure are the best and I absolutely love this song. It’s such a simple one but all of the pieces slot together so neatly.” Ducks Ltd. and Jane Inc. bring out textures in the track as they put their own spin on it. In Between Days pushes forward and the Cure essence is not lost. As the bright music pulls you forward, the cymbals gently crash bringing you into each verse and chorus. It’s a good summer tune for watching the sunset on the beach.
Written by Octavia Allison

St. Vincent “Dreams” on Colbert

St. Vincent was a guest on the Colbert show and her performance was unforgettable. She covered Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams. It was a funky take on what many people know as a classic. St. Vincent had a horn section backing her as she croons. Her vocal riffs move fast, and you wonder “how can she do it?” This version is full of texture, layers and jazz. Check it out here.

The Interrupters “In the Wild”

Today The Interrupters album, In the Wild was released. With 14 tracks in total, you can find your footing in this ska punk project. The record features other big names in the scene like Tim Armstrong (of Rancid), Rhoda Dakar of  The Bodysnatchers, The Skints and more. The songs range from brooding and dark in “As We Live” to the bouncy and gritty sound of The Mirror. The Interrupters grow their sound while remaining true to their roots. Now we wait and hope for a tour that brings the band to Canada.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Killers give us “Boy”

The Killers officially released their first new song “boy” today. They premiered the track at Mad Cool Festival last month. The band’s drummer Ronnie Vannucci said “It’s an unusual place to maybe break open a new song, in front of maybe an entire crowd that isn’t entirely composed of Killers fan, so it kind of makes us work a little extra hard at it.” The track starts slow with a beat that grows. As it pulses more instruments and sounds are added. The song brings in some very retro synth to tie the track together.
Written by Octavia Allison

Highly Suspect with “New California” and “Ice Cold”

As we wait for Highly Suspect’s new album The Midnight Demon Club, to come out September 9th the band is steadily releasing new music. Today they put out New California and Ice Cold. A chunky base drum kicks off New California. You can feel the distance in the song as lead singer Johnny Stevens asks “What is this place? What has it become?” He is seemingly questioning his position in the ever-changing music industry. Guitar and drums stay evenly matched as the track drives forward. As you enter Ice Cold you are lost in a digital minefield. Synth zooms past and becomes saturated with layers of computerized sound. Throughout the song you trek across a hardwired landscape. We can expect a balance between old style Highly Suspect and their new evolution in the coming album.
Written by Octavia Allison

Panic! at the Disco is a “Local God”

Viva Las Vengeance, Panic! At the Disco’s upcoming album drops in a couple weeks (August 19th) but today they released another new single. Off the top its reminiscent of The Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated.” Frontman Brendon Urie plays on all the theatrics and somehow drama is built right into his vocals. You can tell there is an energy constantly charging up. A chorus backs Urie as his vocals reach unthinkable heights. The song flows smoothly from verse to chorus and the transition is sleek. Panic! At the Disco holds on to its signature style.
Written by Octavia Allison

Yungblud is “The Emperor”

Today Yungblud came back to his gritty roots to give us The Emperor. He cries out “Are you the emperor?” as distortion and drums come crashing through. You get drawn into the swirling mysterious energy. This time he doesn’t put on an act. No need to play to the pop punk gods. Leaning into his own style, he gives us a sharp-edged track with unexpected twists. The chorus breaks out into a chanting rhythm and the raw energy is released. The Emperor is just part of Yungblud’s upcoming self-titled album coming out September 2nd.
Written by Octavia Allison

“I Heard it Through the Grapevine” with Isaac Brock

Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock performed a cover of I Heard it Through the Grapevine. The original is a soulful track and Brock does it in a Modest Mouse style. The original foundation of the track remains but Brock plays with the tempo and rhythm to transform the piece. It becomes a space age melody dancing through different tempos and genres from funk to alternative. Check it out for yourself right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

IDLES give us “Stockholm Syndrome”

Yesterday IDLES released a new song called Stockholm Syndrome. A strong baseline rips into you as you wait for the rest of the song to build. As it does you find yourself in the midst of punches flying to each heavy drumbeat. The lyrics challenge you as frontman Joe Talbot growls “Just give them enough rope.” Stockholm Syndrome is an unrelenting poem of aggression.
Written by Octavia Allison

 

“Take It Back” with JAWNY and Beck

Originally dropping last year, JAWNY gave us a bold new version of their track “take it back.” This take also features alt icon Beck. Starting off with an intergalactic buzz, the song grinds into thrashing symbols and crunchy distortion. Distant vocals seem subtle as the piece settles down, until the chorus crashes through and you can chant “I take it back, I take it back now!” You are thrown between a pulled back and controlled sound into the chaos of the chorus. “I was always looking at the track as a square and then Beck kind of rotated it. Everything he added, I loved. It felt more alive” says JAWNY.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Happiness” with The 1979

The 1975 have made a couple exciting announcements today including the release of a new singe. The group put out a track called Happiness and announced a North American tour. In an interview, lead singer Matt Healy said the song “really doesn’t really have that much structure. It came through like jamming, and we haven’t done that in like years. We did it in like a day or so, and it’s us having fun. And I think that there’s this real desire in art to see something remarkable with as little technology as possible.” The song comes in with layers of overlapping loose baselines that slap to the rhythm. Vocals pour in and gel into any open space. It’s a retro feel but unlike anything we already know. The tangled guitar and base play on top of the subtle drumbeat. This bright tune is an enticing look into their upcoming album “Being Funny in a Foreign Language” coming out October 14th.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Unlimited Love” with Red Hot Chili Peppers

Today the Red Hot Chili Peppers have released their long awaited album Unlimited Love. With 17 tracks the record stands with the same strength of identity the band always had. Being the group’s first record since 2016 its hard to know what to expect. Base takes center stage with the rhythmic lyrics. (as you knew it would) Each line hits you and leaves you a bit short of breath. The aptly named tunes continue to roll with a mystic funk. Highlights are sprinkled in subtle guitar riffs. You hear hints of familiarity through Aquatic Mouth Dance as a rearranged version of their previously released, Dark Necessities. You can dig deep into the eccentric lyrics and then you would only apply your own meaning. Horns build the background to some tracks and freshens up everything we thought we knew about Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Written by Octavia Allison

Rival Town gives us “Thorns”

We are living in the middle of a pop punk revival with names like Avril Lavigne making a comeback. Some bands may be an imitation but its not true that “there can only be one” pop punk band. Rival Town released a new single called Thorns. The track features Rody Walker of Protest the Hero. I was unsure what to expect but as soon as you dive in, it gets better and better. In a style familiar to Sueco, you hear frontman Mike Julian distinct vocals telling you point blank how he feels. Everything is direct in this piece. The tempo drives you but also plays with the emotions as you fly through them. If you’re looking for a new brand of alt-rock, this is it.
Written by Octavia Allison

alt-J give us The Dream

Alt-J just released their full album “The Dream” just a few days ago. The 12 track project features a range of sounds and eras, from 1950 crooning to the emergence of bluesy rock. It balances and flows through different sounds and shows you the group’s versatility. Previous singles like U&Me push to bring you into a warm and wholesome feeling. Overall you get a vibe that could only be curated by alt-J.
Written by Octavia Allison

Khruangbin and Vieax Farka Toure

Today Khruangbin and Vieux Farka Toure have announced a new album titled Ali. The title is honouring Vieux’s late father. She said “I want this album to convey love. It is about the love that Ali brought into the world. It is about the love that I have for him and that Khruangbin has for his music. It is about pouring your love into something old to make it new again.” They released a new single, Savanne that starts with a wavy but somber. Much like Khruangbin’s other music it is experimental and the definition of alt. If you are a fan of King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard, check out this track. The full album will be released September 23rd.
Written by Octavia Allison

Gorillaz on “Cracker Island”

As the cartoon world crosses over into ours we end up with a very real tune from Gorillaz. Cracker Island is the groups first release since 2020. You hear the computer-generated beats and the buzz underneath this song. If you are a fan of house music this song is for you. It blends smooth vocals with a strong pulse. Each time you list the song gets better and you can’t resist it. You find yourself hypnotized by Cracker Island. You can grab tickets to see Gorillaz at Scotiabank Arena October 6th
Written by Octavia Allison

Headstones are a “Flight Risk”

Another proud Canadian act debuted a new song earlier this week. The Headstones hit us with the machine-gun rapid-fire track Flight Risk. Lyrics fly by before you can blink. You can feel your heart rate spike as the drums push forward.  The guitar riffs only add to the chaotic scene. Its recognizable as the one and only Headstones.
Written by Octavia Allison

 

Twenty-One Pilots and Stranger Things

Stranger Things has taken the world by storm, and everyone seems to be captivated by Vecna and every other twist and turn of the Netflix Original. Last week, Twenty-One Pilots brought Stranger Things into their performance. As clips and audio from the show played, the duo is building the atmosphere around them. It’s like stepping into their mind. The band played Heathens but mixed it with the iconic show’s theme song/opening music. It’s a hypnotic blend that works. There’s a mysterious and foreboding sense built into both tracks so this performance brings both “worlds” together.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Human Being” with Arkells and Lights

Human Being is a new single the Arkells put out featuring Lights. As usual the band brings in high energy right off the top. They give the inspirational words of wisdom in the chorus, “I’m just a fucking human being.” Lights says “this song feels like an anthem for seeking out moments and people that can make you feel something. This is the 4th track released from their upcoming record, Blink Twice. Set to come out September 23rd, the album will be a follow up to Blink Once.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Boss Joins The Bleachers for “Chinatown”

The Bleachers are in the midst of their tour and a very special guest joined them on stage. They were playing in New York when Bruce Springsteen joined them to play Chinatown. The pair has collaborated on a song from the Bleachers latest album, Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, so it’s only fitting for them to appear onstage together. The song is bright and you watch from a fan’s perspective as The Boss and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff belt out this 80’s style anthem.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Steady Roll” with Harm and Ease

Today, Burlington band Harm and Ease, debuted the video for their newest single Steady Roll. The track is 1 of 6 off their new record Camino Loco. As you spiral into this song, you find the band gambling and being drawn into temptation themselves. Steady Roll is the perfect gritty alt-rock track that shows just how solid the band is in their sound. Harm and Ease’s previous song Cut Me Loose was a viral sensation and there’s no reason Steady Roll shouldn’t follow close behind.  Not only does the band posses the style, but the skill to bring so many influences to their music. We will be seeing more of Harm and Ease in the future.
Written by Octavia Allison

“These Are The Days” with Inhaler

Inhaler released a video for their song These Are The Days. The video is shot in black and white and sees the band trying to write a song. We will always relate to the stories looking back on our youth even as we hold onto it and the band captures that well. As they sing “These are the days” you think you should make the most of them or look back on when you did. The song has a strong tempo and carries you through this catchy and seemingly familiar piece.
Written by Octavia Allison

Panic! At the Disco is in “The Middle of a Breakup”

Panic! At the Disco released more new music today, a song called Middle of a Breakup. The video is a campy take on Grease. The song is brighter and has a different flow then what we are used to. The track bubbles with a contagious energy and a bit of a cheese factor. The full record, Viva Las Vengeance is coming out August 19th and we might be watching the band’s sound evolve. Of course Brendan Urie’s distinct vocals will always ground us with their signature sound.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Interrupters on Kimmel

Their upcoming album, In the Wild is coming out August 5th and The Interrupters took the stage on Jimmy Kimmel last night. The band brought the energy up to an 11 as they cranked out their new tune The Mirror. Frontwoman Aimee Allen delivers a full performance as she interacts with the crowd. The grit in her voice adds to the power in this piece. The performance centers in on how real The Interrupters are and showcases that they can really do everything you hear on the albums.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Entering Heaven Alive” with Jack White

Today Jack White released his second album of the year, Entering Heaven Alive. It’s a companion album to Fear of the Dawn, which was released back in April. With 11 songs, we hear White lean hard into another year, and another era. Originally White thought “it was going to be one very eclectic record” and goes on to say “You get into the zone on every record and the songs are telling you the way it should be. You stupidly have to start sculpting things around that.” You drift through the scenes that Jack White clearly paints whether it’s a confession in a Nashville church, in “Please God Don’t Tell Anyone, or a mysterious jazz-bar-esque atmosphere in “I’ve Got You Surrounded (With My Love). Entering Heaven Alive is packed with sounds of the past in a very present way. This album was made to be listened to on vinyl (or you know, on the radio). Catch Jack White at Budweiser Stage August 19th.
Written by Octavia Allison

Billie Eilish releases “Guitar Songs”

Earlier this week Billie Eilish released a 2 song project called Guitar Songs and revealed she hopes to make a new album next year. The songs are called “TV” and “The 30th.” Eilish said “Finneas and I really wanted these to be yours as soon as possible, so here they are!!” Billie is pulling away from her experimental sound as she finds her footing in a softer sound. No attitude has been lost in translation however, as she calls out the overturning of Roe vs Wade. She is confident in her identity and continues to tell real stories. TV and The 30th are both delicate and breathy tracks that further showcases Eilish’s talents.
Written by Octavia Allison

Greta Van Fleet live at Pinkpop

Greta Van Fleet performed at Pinkpop Festival with some favorite tunes. For those of us who couldn’t attend, you can still watch some of the show. The group released part of the livestream of their set with Weight of Dreams and Highway Tune. You travel through your waviest thoughts as lead singer Josh Kiszka sings of a symbolic journey. The 13-minute rendition is worth the watch. Then the band kicks things into high gear for Highway tune as the crowd goes wild. Watch it here.

 

Muse says “Kill or Be Killed”

We are waiting for Muse’s upcoming album The Will of the People and its coming out august 26th. Today they shared another new song, Kill or Be Killed. Short bursts of guitar riffs drive you into the song immediately. Its heavy and gives hints of Rage Against the Machine with the effects the guitar adds. Vocals bring up the brightness in the track and it feels less hostile. Kill or Be Killed digs into the familiar vein of Muse tracks. We have heard 4 of the 10 songs on the album so far and now we wait for the rest.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Yellow” with Tegan and Sara

Earlier this month Tegan and Sara put out their song Yellow from their upcoming album Crybaby. The album is set to be released October 21st. The song starts with the line “I’m so vain” but tis not what you think. It’s a soft and smooth alt track that still hold power. You can tell this piece is just building energy.  Vocals melt into your ears and blend perfectly for a slow song that’s not too slow. Yellow is one of 12 upcoming tracks.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Beaches “Grow Up Tomorrow”

The Beaches put out their first independent release in 8 years. Grow Up Tomorrow talks about how everyone in their late 20’s is buying houses and settling down, but not the girls. There are so many people in this weird in between time of life so the track is relatable, not to mention catchy. “I’ll grow up tomorrow, after I throw up tomorrow” frontwoman Jordan sings proudly. You have flashbacks to the best nights that ended in the worst hangovers, knowing damn well you will do it all over again. Grow Up Tomorrow is a bubbly anthem to moving at your own pace and enjoying where you’re at.
Written by Octavia Allison

Bring Me the Horizon are sTraNgeRs

Earlier this month Bring Me the Horizon released an edgy new single called sTraNgeRs. Frontman Oliver Sykes’ gritty vocals push emotions through the veins of this piece. Heavy drums bring strength to the track as Sykes calls out “we’re just a room full of strangers looking for someone to save us.” The video is dark and disturbing but we expect nothing less from the man with fangs.
Written by Octavia Allison

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa and Finneas

Finneas released a new song last week and it’s a bit different then what we are used to. The song is more upbeat and innocent. It tells a story of someone falling head over heels. Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa is a summer daydream and the perfect whirlwind romance. The guitar channels and early 2000’s sound blended with a modern twist.

“As We Live” with The Interrupters

Today the Interrupters released their new song, As We Live. It features Tim Timebomb of Rancid and Rhoda Dakar of The Bodysnatchers. The bouncy tempo is a trademark of the punk sound and the band always delivers. As We Live has a dark tone to it like their earlier song Phantom City. As menacing as the track may sound, the lyrics are bright and positive. The Interrupters are painting a picture of growth, healing and learning for their upcoming album. In The Wild is set to be released August 5th.

“Here to Forever” with Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie’s new album Asphalt Meadows is coming out September 16th but the bands new single, Here to Forever is out now. The song seems innocent as you are pushed into a routine beat. The lyrics are cheeky and the video shows frontman Ben Gibbard working in a record production factory. The chorus sings out “I want to know the measure from here to forever.” This song automatically feels like an all-out dance party in your bedroom. Picture yourself singing into your hairbrush and showcasing you best dance moves, now put on Here to Forever.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Wake Up” with Young the Giant

With heavy Bollywood influence, Young the Giant has released Wake Up. This is one song from Act I: Origins which will be the first part of their upcoming album American Bollywood. Alt sounds like synth and distortion dance gracefully with Bollywood rhythms. The track hypnotizes you as lead singer Sameer Gadhia, calls out “Nirvana on the last try” It’s unique and upbeat. Wake Up is a summer must have for your playlist.
Written by Octavia Allison