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Fortunate Losers pack their “Suitcase”

Grungy guitar reverberates through the storyline that Fortune Losers play out in their song Suitcase. The track was released in 2023 as part of the group’s self title record. With their new cinematic video you become fully immersed in a story of regret and loss. Lyrics slip through slowly but are deliberately placed to pack a punch. Right as frontman Devon Cox calls out “so pack your things in a black suitcase while you dream of the faces you might try to save” you feel yourself spinning as distortion vibrates through your head. Fortunate Losers guide you through this emotional thrashing.
Written by Octavia Allison

Small Town Strip Club is “Runnin”

Stratford natives hit the scene hard with their song Cheap Shot being picked up as the intro music for the Spittin Chiclets podcast, but they have so much more to offer. The band just released a single called Runnin. Bluesy undertones and smooth guitar licks are the foundation for this enticing alt rock track. You continue to saunter forward with punchy vocals leaving a lasting impact. The band tells the tale of a fugitive spiraling through self-destruction and daunting decisions. Small Town Strip Club has perfected their storytelling, blending it seamlessly with their slick musicality. And with such a kick ass name, I know we will see them everywhere in the future.
Written by Octavia Allison

Harm and Ease with “Camino Loco”

I am not exaggerating when I say I have been waiting for the release of this single for at least 6 months. Harm and Ease teased a track called Camino Loco long ago and just that small sample held me in suspense ever since. With a Latin flavour from the band’s Argentinian roots, there is a fiery energy that exudes from this single. This band has a hell of a story, so when they ask you to “come with us and travel down this crazy road” you are in for a ride. Not only did Harm and Ease record music in Buenos Airies only to lose it in a fire, they spent time busking and moved from Argentina to Toronto. Their experiences have made them such versatile storytellers, who refuse to be tied to just one genre.
Written by Octavia Allison

Black Suit Devil is “Buried In You”

Black Suit Devil wastes no time kicking off his latest release Buried In You. It bares a resemblance to a Guns and Roses sound in the wailing vocals and gritty rock feel. Black Suit Devil is all too aware of the things going on in this word. Lyrics reflect a hope for rebellion or at the very least the ability to think for yourself. It’s a powerful move toward a solution. Clocking in at 7 and a half minutes, Buried In You takes you through the passion, disillusion and momentum of a movement. His upcoming album The Eternal Sleep comes out June 28.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Just My Type” says Palaye Royale

Straying from their usually moody, broody selves, Palaye Royale has released Just My Type. Lyrics still take cynical jabs about romance and relationship but overall they fend off hesitations as they accept a toxic trade off. By no means do I think the band is abandoning their mysterious and grungy roots. It’s nice to see the versatility all while encapsulating their core sound.
Written by Octavia Allison

Fontaines D.C on The Tonight Show

Fontaines D.C took the stage on Jimmy Fallon to perform their latest single Starburster from their forthcoming album Romance. Starburster pulls you into a cult-like chant with a droning and hypnotic melody. Small piano flourishes bring a brightness in the midst of the militant drumming and unstoppable feel. As you slow down for a moment of weakness you realize it is only temporary. The group announced a tour, stopping at Queen Elizabeth Theatre and tickets are available now.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Sour Patch” with Ruby Waters

After announcing her upcoming album What’s The Point, Ruby Waters released a couple singles. One being Buckets and the latest addition is Sour Patch. It’s a slow march toward the chorus as Waters talks about the person that “lives rent free” in her head. She brings her sexual nature to most of her songs, but this time it lays in the background as you feel something more than pure hormones developing. Ruby admits “you cross my mind sometimes” and that “It’s kind of nice.” What’s The Point will be Ruby Waters’ first full-length project and it’s coming out at the End of the month. Tickets are available now for her album release show at The Danforth May 30th.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Beaches and Royal & the Serpent “Blame Brett”

We have been fans long before this kick ass girl band blew up everywhere. We were fans when they made an appearance on Disney Channel as Done With Dolls. We joined the “itty bitty titty committee” and of course we are here for when The Beaches would Blame Brett. Who else could make their breakup this iconic? The girls have now teamed up with Royal & the Serpent to give this track a new spin. As Royal and the Serpent adds a new wispy verse, you get another angle on the breakup. What’s not to love? This anthem projects all who listen into an unapologetic time of actions and afterthought in the name of self-love.
Written by Octavia Allison

Good Neighbours are “Home”

Good Neighbours are behind the release of a now viral song, Home on TikTok, although they are so much more. The duo explains in a press release the depth to this track. “We wanted to write a song about the moment you hold a loved one after some time apart. It’s such a small moment that has always sparked a visceral feeling for me. So we played with the idea of finding home within another human.” Home is an emotional cry for “your person.” A lighthearted melody keeps the track from centering on the loneliness prior to this moment. The pair has created a comfortable space for people to open up and feel their feelings through this soft yet impactful tune.
Written by Octavia Allison

Dear Rouge is “Too Close To The Heat”

Dear Rouge released a second single hot off the heels of their previous release of Goon. Synth sucks you into this mysterious track and you get Too Close To The Heat. Vocals are centered with riffs adding flare to the otherwise straightforward alt-rock tune. The band has announced their upcoming record Lonesome High will drop September 13th. On social media the band said, “Our pain turned to joy with this record, reminding us that we’re all in this grime of life together.” It boasts 11 songs and we will be waiting patiently for each and every one.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Regrettes with “Something Magic”

Despite the band being formally broken up, The Regrettes have released a song for the Roku series The Spiderwick Chronicles. Titled Something Magic is a bright bubble-gum love song that still feels like The Regrettes. The song has a touch of 80’s nostalgia with a bouncy feel that’s easy to dance to. We can’t say if this means anything in terms of the band reuniting although all our fingers are crossed. If nothing else, we are lucky to get another song from this iconic girl band.
Written by Octavia Allison

Lonely Little Kitsch is “Stuck In Place”

Everyone knows that person that grew up in their hometown and never left. They remain stagnant, reminiscing about the good-old-days while the world moves on without them. According to Lonely Little Kitsch, this is not a song about hometown hate, but the distain of watching things progress and being held back. Stuck In Place is a smooth balled of regrets, envy and the passing of time. In a statement the band said “It’s one of our mellower songs, and we aimed for sort of ethereal, fuzzy feal to it.” An essence of Alanis Morisette peaks through with an underlying retro feel to the melody. Check out Stuck In Place right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Red Leather says “Bury Me in Vegas”

From the sleazy and dark side of the Las Vegas strip, Red Leather emerged. Numerous overdoses, steps away from suicide and an absent father are only small fragments of what makes up this mysterious artist. With each new single he releases, we further unravel his unbelievable story. Bury Me in Vegas takes you through reckless and self-destructive behaviour as he relapsed. “I ain’t dying sober” Red cries out in distress. With photographic detail he retells the night’s events. The ability to bring you into these moments so intimately and vividly is intense. He states, “I cut the last two lines, one for myself and one for the reaper.” Knowing all that Red Leather has endured, it’s an eerie verse.  He was truly ready and expecting to die in Vegas. Red Leather has since gotten sober and garnered an ever-growing audience. He is currently touring in the U.S and we can patiently wait for him to cross the border.
Written by Octavia Allison

 

Phem with “absolutely nothing”

Phem’s new single may be called absolutely nothing but it delivers much more than the title suggests. Lyrics come fast and furious and speak about everything from her career to tumultuous relationships. Her soft delivery glosses over the gravity of each topic although she declares it’s good for “absolutely nothing.” In an interview she said this is “the most honest song I’ve ever made. I think I’ve tapped into a different level of myself.” The song revels in the gentle and bubbly melody even though the storyline reveals the unraveling of sanity.
Written by Octavia Allison

Twenty One Pilots “Backslide”

Twenty One Pilots spend time perfecting their craft and the backstory behind it. Subtle signs and hints have been in place for years leading to this moment. Clancy, the duo’s upcoming album is dropping May 24th, a week later than originally intended. The pair is hell bent on making a video for every single song on the 13-song record. The 3rd single from the album Backslide is the latest release. A demonic voice lays under the surface of each verse, questioning frontman Tyler Joseph’s place in life. It’s a pretty steady beat and you march through heavy feelings and low points in this saga. Now we wait for the next piece of this intricate story.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Last Dinner Party with “Sinner”

The Last Dinner Party dropped their first album Prelude to Ecstasy last month with a bad-ass coquette aesthetic and feel. The group just released a video for their song Sinner (On The Road). Pulsing synth is met with staccato piano and vocals. The girls’ delicate vocals are phrased in a punchy way creating anthemic earworm. They embrace a fleeting moment and reminisce as they wish to change the past.
Written by Octavia Allison

Kings of Leon have “Nothing To Do”

Kings of Leon kick of their newest single with clever lines in feel of spoken word poetry. It’s a fast-movie anti-love song with the chorus calling “you want nothing to do with love.” Grungy distortion just makes sense with this punch piece. Nothing To Do “delves into their post-punk sound with it’s jagged guitar riffs and propulsive drumming” said a press release. All in all it’s a harder hitting song then expected and it belongs in your playlist rotation. Kings of Leon’s upcoming album Can We Please Have Fun is coming out May 10th . The band will be at Bud Stage October 1st and tickets are available now.
Written by Octavia Allison

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are “Heartless”

South of Here is the title of the new Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats album dropping June 28th. It will be the group’s 4th studio album with 11 songs in total. Today our first preview came in the form of a song called Heartless. Layered vocals roll across a full and folksy chorus. Rhythm keeps things rolling with strings and a reassuring tone. A howling chorus puts you out in a field of grass as you let your thoughts unravel. Realizations come to the forefront as you step forward with solid footing.
Written by Octavia Allison

Pearl Jam in the “Wreckage”

The upcoming release of Peal Jam’s Dark Matter is highly anticipated for many reasons. Mainly because there are string moments of nostalgia to a time when the band was in their prime. Wreckage is the latest single from the album (coming out Friday April 19) and it carries hope. A bright melody with the story of time, trials and reflection shows the maturity and experience of a band with 34 years under their belt.
Written by Octavia Allison

Fontaines DC with “Starburster”

Their new album Romance was announced through a cryptic and thrashing symphonic minute and a half video and it seems to be an accurate portrayal of what’s to come so far. Fontaines DC released the first single, Starburster. According to a press release the song was inspired by Grian Chatten and a panic attack that he had in a London train station. You hear the sound of a puffer throughout the track to emphasize the panic. The track starts with an ominous melody before brash syncopation thunders through. Dissonant waves ride through for an impactful display of chaos and confusion. Gentle moments are fleeting but part of this whirlwind. Romance is set to drop August 23 with an 11 song tracklist.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Romance” with Fontaines DC

Fontaines DC is teasing fans with a snippet of a new single called Romance. The orchestral crashing of cymbals and dissonant chords build discomfort and intrigue. As the mood and ambience intertwine, you are pulled into this darkness. To add to this already eerie feeling, the video features what looks like the infamous elevators from The Shinning. Green goo oozes out in the last moments. Now we wait for whatever comes next.
Written by Octavia Allison

Glass Animals are “Creatures in Heaven”

I Love You So Fucking Much will be Glass Animal’s first album in 2 years. Dropping July 19th the tracklist has 10 songs including the band’s latest release. Creatures in Heaven feels like a hazy headspace after a smoke session. Tender lyrics create the timeless picture of young hopeless romantics. You can hear a heartbeat through the rhythm that ties everything together. The band is looking to move past their hit Heat Waves, and dig in even deeper.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Eyes Closed” with Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons are spiraling into a new era with Eyes Closed. Through a steadfast rhythm the anticipation swells as you step closer to the chorus. This band knows exactly how to hold you in the palm of their hand. They play with distortion like a club DJ, remixing vocals for intensity and a sinister undertone. Just when you think you know what’s coming, things are switched. It’s different from the song structure you’re used to and it’s seemingly part of the “game” mentioned in the lyrics. The band cleverly creates drama and anticipation in each section of Eyes Closed.
Written by Octavia Allison

Ellis in Transit is “Suffocating”

As the baseline tentatively walks you into this single you aren’t sure what to expect. Soon enough, electricity crackles just before the vocals jump in. Ellis in Transit’s newest track Suffocating brings out conflict, power and an internal struggle. According to the group, the song portrays “a situation where you care deeply about someone’s well being even though they might not prioritize their own best interests and you’re trying desperately to get through to them, to your own detriment.” With the release of this single Ellis in Transit finds themselves sure of their footing and unique sound.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Passage” with Black Suit Devil

Black Suit Devil leads us into crushing thoughts and dark places in his latest single Passage. Guitar riffs sting, cutting deeper into the emotional moment that has been opened before us. Through his music Black Suit Devil wants to “bring awareness to the struggles of mental health, depression and suicide that is ever increasing in our communities.” His rough and gravely vocals give this track a rough edge that turns it away from just being another slow song. It holds weight and strength, which intertwines with the message. Black Suit Devil constantly shines the spotlight on tough topics and allows for people to feel that there is hope. His upcoming album, The Eternal Sleep is set to be released June 28th.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Next Semester” with Twenty-One Pilots

It’s official. Everything you hoped for is coming true. It’s a new age of Twenty-One Pilots. In a video with a comparable aesthetic to Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, you are sent speeding into an uncertain future. Next Semester is a heart-pumping second single to add to their upcoming album track list. The duo creating anticipation alongside so many intricate pieces of a story that will weave together within their highly anticipated album.  Clancy is dropping May 17th and Twenty-One Pilots’ world tour stopping at Scotiabank Arena September 27th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday ( April 5th).
Written by Octavia Allison

Milky Chance is “Living In A Haze” with The Beaches

Milky Chance released their latest single Living In A Haze, featuring The Beaches. It is a collaboration that makes sense. Pulsating rhythms dance as Beaches frontwoman Jordan Miller croons alongside Clemens Rehbein of Milky Chance. Punchy verses stand out against the ever-rolling melody. Milky Chance generally keeps you in a wavy dream-like state but there is a new energy crackling within this track. Check it out here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Aurora in “Some Type of Skin”

Aurora has released another single called Some Type of Skin. It fades in like a melancholy memory. Her usually dainty vocals seem strong as they come into focus. Lyrics echo and layer over each other as the message becomes clear. Brightness and hope flood in. The track moves from a gentle touch to an increasingly powerful grip of growth. Aurora creates a fairy tale with each dreamlike track she releases.
Written by Octavia Allison

Ruby Waters with “Bucket”

Ruby Waters released a heavy and emotional new single called Bucket. Her raw vocals always portray an honest true that not everyone is bold enough to share. She captures that moody moment of staring out the window in the rain and feeling the full weight of emotions and past decisions bubble up for better or worse. Bucket lets you have your breakdown and know that others are feeling the same. As this is Waters’ second single in as many weeks we have our fingers crossed there is more music on the way.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Minimum Wage says “Everyone Is”

The Minimum Wage has released their first single since 2022 and there is more to come this year. Starting off as a melodic piano balled Everyone Is quickly bursts out into an early 2000’s alt pop track asking big questions. In a statement about the song the band said “We all consider ourselves victims of something-past traumas, the system, perception of reality-it’s how we deal with being ‘victimized’ that defines us…do you run to social media and desperately seek validation? Do you put your head down and slog out day after day? Do you use it as a tool to better yourself?” This is only the beginning of what The Minimum Wage has in store for us and we will be waiting patiently for more to come.
Written by Octavia Allison

Lucky Honey is the “One You Call”

Lucky Honey has made their debut memorable with their first single One You Call. It’s love song for the past, present and future. 80’s synth sparkles gracefully through the melody as a classic rock rhythm pulses behind. The band played their first ever show in Hamilton in January AND sold it out; An incredible feat cementing these up-and-comers at the forefront of the local music scene. A hint of texture within the vocals just adds another layer of detail to this full track. One You Call envelopes you in a warm presence crafted wholly from strong synergy from a band that is no stranger to bringing the positivity.
Written by Octavia Allison

girl in red is “DOING IT AGAIN BABY”

girl in red is DOING IT AGAIN BABY with her newest single. The album of the same name is dropping April 12th and she will be at History April 30th (tickets are available now). The album features 10 songs in total. DOING IT AGAIN BABY is an upbeat, rhythm driven alt pop piece that has hints of a retro feel. girl in red has delivered fun new song and we will be patiently waiting for the record to drop.
Written by Octavia Allison

Twenty One Pilots “Overcompensate”

Twenty One Pilots have been creating a story for years that is coming together now. Clues were carefully hidden, and the big reveal has come in the form of their latest single Overcompensate. The track begins with a manic overlay of a funky melody and some cryptic whispering in French. Your heart rate remains elevated as you get closer to the drop. “Welcome back to Trench” a distorted voice calls out; a reference to their 2018 album. The duo is expertly building anticipation through the whole song by only giving away little bits at a time. Its an alternative masterpiece weaving in the essence of Twenty One Pilots we love and traces of what is to come.
Written by Octavia Allison

“This Is Nowhere” With The Black Keys

The countdown to their upcoming record Ohio Players is on with 24 days to go before we get the final 10 tracks. The duo released another single called This Is Nowhere melding funk and blues into the band’s trademark stylings. The lyrics exhaust every possible rhyme for verses to create something truly unique.
Written by Octavia Allison

Dear Rouge is a “Goon”

Dear Rouge dropped a song about “the people in our lives we’d like to forget. But somehow and for some reason or another, they just keep turning up. Goon is a pick me up fight before heading out on the town. It has power, movement and confidence. Despite being about those people you don’t want to see, Goon gives you the ego boost you might have been looking for. Check it out right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

St. Vincent and a “Broken Man”

All Born Screaming, St. Vincent’s upcoming album is set to drop April 26th. Earlier this week she released her first single from the project called Broken Man. There is a feel of old-style lounge singer mystery and St. Vincent becomes increasingly bolder. She calls directly to you saying “what are you looking at? Like you never seen a broken man.” As the power grows, guitar riffs throb and control begins to go to the wayside. You can track the decent into madness from beginning to end. It begs the question of what more will she deliver on All Born Screaming?
Written by Octavia Allison

“LOL” with Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Rainbow Kitten Surprise had come out of their year-long hiatus with a moody new single called LOL. A lot of things changed of the coarse of the year as the band’s lead singer came out as transgender. The group also released a statement saying “We must also announce the departure of our dear friend, Charlie Holt” who played base. Despite the seemingly messy turmoil between Holt and the rest of the group, they pushed on to create a moody new track to launch themselves back into music. LOL holds a steady rhythm while maintaining a pop leaning vocals. The band has yet another single dropping March 8th called Superstar. It seems like Rainbow Kitten Surprise is making up for lost time and we are here for it.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Out Loud” with Cage The Elephant

Cage The Elephant is teasing their upcoming album Neon Pill releasing May 17th and have given us a second single. Out Loud is a soft piano ballad about regret and confusion. The melody conveys  hopefulness and the lyrics paint a story that continues to unfold. You can hear the sound of the album developing between Out Loud and the title track that has also since been released. The countdown is on to Neon Pill. Cage The Elephant will be at Budweiser Stage August 27th and presale tickets are available now.
Written by Octavia Allison

“We Are One” with RumbleFrenz

Rumblefrenz released their debut album We Are One. The group immediately throws you into a digital landscape of neon and 8-bit images. The album is a high-octane montage of synth and lasers, relentlessly building energy.  There is a subtle openness behind the vocals that creates that 80’s depth and familiarity. Rumblefrenz captures a feeling of nostalgia while propelling the band’s sound into the future.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Trampoline Delay with “Excuses Excuses”

Getting down and dirty with it immediately is The Trampoline Delay and their new single Excuses Excuses. The track is heavily guitar driven and moved by a common theme throughout our lives, whether we choose to admit it or not. “Excuses always keep me from my life” calls out frontman Pete Marino. We have all been guilty of coming up with some reason not to do something or be somewhere. Ironically this song’s backstory calls in another Canadian band called Excuses Excuses. If you are looking for an alt-rock song to relate to and roll through check out Excuses Excuses right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

“The Light” Shines with Excuse Me.

Excuse Me. release their latest album The Light with 15 tracks in total. Each song portrays power, depth and synth. What more could you need? The record kicks off with drama and sets up for a sonic journey. In a statement about the album the band said it “nearly destroyed us.” Tragedy plagued the group in the form of shady landlords, eviction, lockdowns, losing final mixes of tracks and more. The group says it was worth it as The Light is “the best thing we’ve ever written” and I would have to agree. The full album has a magnetism to it as you move through the be and flow of these experiences.
Written by Octavia Allison

JAWNY is “Running”

JAWNY released a vibe-y new single last week called Running. The simplistic beat is the foundation for this thought provoking and moody track. You can feel the energy bubbling at the cusp of the chorus. Once it finally spills over you are enveloped in a rhythmic funk. Running uses restraint to emphasize all those little bursts of light throughout this song.
Written by Octavia Allison

“No Safe + Sound” with July Talk

With their upcoming headlining show at Tall Pines festival this year and the showing of their film Love Lives Here, July Talk has been busy. The band’s latest single No Safe + Sound is from the deluxe release of Remember Never Before which drops March 8th. The song is light with a hint of distortion tucked discreetly into the vocals. The way each lyric is pronounced and spoken adds another layer of depth. You stand balancing perfectly between Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis as you are hypnotized while they sing “Well you can’t unhear the call of it.” Slide into No Safe + Sound right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Friendly Fire” from Linkin Park

Linkin Park just released a song that they have been holding onto since 2017. Friendly Fire features vocals from the late Chester Bennington and was originally designated to be on the release of their album One More Light however “something wasn’t right so as it got close to the finish line, we chose to set it aside for later” said lead guitarist Brad Delson. Friendly Fire now sees the light of day as well as footage of Chester and the band. The song is emotional with lyrics that cut deep. Put your lighters up to this one.
Written by Octavia Allison