DoublePlusGood is a drums/keys duo from Portland, Oregon that makes some cool, aery tunes. Supposedly they recorded in an old factory and the reverb was so awesome they didn’t need to add any to the drums or vocals in the production process.
This is a cool shoegaze band. Some of the girls in the band are pretty sexy. Or at least the sexy hair obscuring their faces makes me imagine that their faces are correspondingly sexy. Their music is pretty sexy. The band of the week is…
Sooo, I don’t know what the deal was, but somebody or other in the band was from Montreal and someother person or persons was/were from L.A. or they were separated for a while or something. I don’t really know. Anyways. They made some cool videos and songs and put out a solid album on Mexican Summer (solid label) and now they’re hot shit.
As a self-professed shoegaze-nut, I was intrigued by the band at first but thought that they were a little too pedal-heavy and melody-lite, as I’ve often complained of the first wave of post-Loveless shoegaze bands of being. However, they were really fucking cool, both in sound and in visual style. So I watched the new videos when they came out and downloaded the album. Because it’s so murky and the melodies aren’t uber strong it was at least good for when I read on the treadmill, it kind of just blurs and such.
Then I saw the band @ the Silver Dollar during NXNE a couple months ago and thought they were really cool live, so I went back to the album, looking for a little more. And amazingly I found it. And now I think the band actually has some pretty cool melodies and that they’re one of the best shoegaze bands around today. And that’s a pretty decent compliment cuz there are a lot of killer shoegaze bands around right now (Memoryhouse, Deerhunter, School Of Seven Bells, Wild Nothing, etc.).
Anyways, this will be my last Band of the Week ever unless there’s some kind of protest to let me know people are reading these, cuz I monitor what gets hits and what doesn’t and though I always hoped that these kind of personal-style band of the week entries would be something to make the blog stand out a bit, but these days I find it just a kind of chore that rarely gets much attention, so maybe it’s time to make a change…If you’ve enjoyed them and would like to see more, let me know. If not, I suppose no one will miss them.
In Toronto, when you hear about all-ages rock shows you usually imagine awful screamo-fests populated by punked up youngsters being ripped off by some large, soulless organization mining the bands’ friends and family for a bit of disposable income. It’s pretty unfortunate, considering there are no shortage of great young bands in this city making awesome indie rock: that much I’ve learned since we started our (sort of) monthly Soundz of the Youth all-ages indie rock series.
One of my favourite bands (that I found over Craigslist!) we’ve had is The Grapefruit Colour – a guitar-drums duo that plays smart, sharp melodic indie rock/pop. I insisted that they get a bandcamp up pronto and thankfully they’ve heeded my advice. Below is one of the songs off their excellent demos EP.
Our good friend Liam Sanagan (best known as a member of Toronto indie-poppers First Rate People, who operates solo as LUM) has released a new version of the song “I Am Alone” (previously released as a demo on the Boys Choir Demo) along with a video to accompany it. It’s pretty cool, got a bit of a bounce to it now.