When did Toronto’s Doomsquad get so into the Talking Heads? Last year’s Kalaboogie was all psychedelic dark forest samplegaze – did the squad have some kind of revelation one night in the tour van while listening to Remain In Light? “Yo, we totally have to make an EP that sounds like this.” Cuz that’s what their new Pageantry Suit EP sounds like. It drops on June 16th via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Toronto shoegazers Tearjerker go a bit softer, more emotional on “Obviously Wrong”, the first single off their new album, Stay Wild, out July 17th. If you listen to it while watching a sunset or something, the band just might earn their name…
Vancouver is without a doubt the weed capital of Canada. It’s not legal, buuuuuut it’s common knowledge that no one will bug if you’re caught smoking weed in BC’s largest city. So it makes sense that ‘gaze-punks Weed are from Vancouver. And like a lot of things from Vancouver, they are, like, totally awesome. And their new album Running Back, out June 23rd on Lefse, is also, like, totally awesome.
18-year-old Max Gowan is like the Raleigh, North Carolina equivalent of Australia’s Bored Nothing; both make intimate, Elliott Smith-esque bedroom guitar pop, but less depressing. I almost deleted Gowan’s email asking me to check out his latest album, Big People, before even reading it, let alone checking out his stuff. But I’m glad I decided to give the kid a chance. As soon as I heard those clocking guitars that open “Snow”, I thought, “yeah, this is legit.”
I used to do shows with Grounders back in Toronto when I lived there. They were good. They had that sparkly psych sound then too, but it sounds like it’s really gotten the big widescreen treatment on their self-titled new album. Enlisting Dave Newfeld (the mad genius best known for producing Broken Social Scene‘s You Forgot It In People and Broken Social Scene) to touch up the songs probably played a part in that.