So, this week I was listening a lot to one little Toronto band that put out a very solid cassette EP and is currently working on an album. They are called…
Not sure why I was crazy about them this week but I was, they just have a killer sound and I was in the mood for it. They’re this dark, grimey, trash-rock band, but underneath the noise (oh the noise) they’ve got some pretty badass pop hooks. They make the kind of edge-y, awesome music that Toronto needs more of, the kind of shit that makes Brooklyn and even L.A. so much more exciting. This city needs to stop fucking around with the semi-mainstream-y indie rock it’s been fostering for the last couple years or at least not completely focus its attention on it; it’s making us look kind of lame to the rest of the world. We need the real deal, people. And Rituals be the real deal.
But it would appear that Rituals is part of a little movement gaining subtle momentum in Toronto, one that includes bands like Mausoleum, Portraits and Odonis Odonis, and numerous others, as well as labels like Buzz Records. These guys are mixing post-punk, shoegaze, experimental and gutter rock to create something distinctive and sexy as fuck. They’re playing cool little shows at The Garage and they tend to look really cool. Very few people really know about it and it would appear the outside world – even cool blogs that have caught onto Foxes In Fiction, Memoryhouse, and other cooler indie-rock representatives of our city – have yet to catch wind of it. Nor is there really any ‘scene’ quite yet, just a bunch of cool bands making cool music and playing shows with eachother here and there.
Alright, so you’re reading this right now right? Go and listen to all the bands above and definitely check out the stuff on Rituals‘ bandcamp, and come out to the shows. You can thank me there.