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Music Review: River God by Century Egg

Category: Issue 77, Listen Reviews, News, Reviews, Scott Bryson

Century Egg River God, Independent, centuryegg.bandcamp.com There’s something familiar about Century Egg, but it’s difficult to pinpoint. They manage to sound like several bands at once, and identifying a single stylistic cousin is a maddening exercise (perhaps Cub comes closest). That vague familiarity does tend to enhance enjoyment of their sophomore EP, a set of […]

Music Review: Good Night, Tomorrow by Needles//Pins

Needles//Pins Good Night, Tomorrow, Mint Records/Dirt Cult Records, mintrecs.com A few years’ experience and a good amount of studio polish has dulled the punk edges of Needles//Pins, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Good Night, Tomorrow’s pop-leaning “Violet” is their most beguiling tune yet. Three albums in, the Vancouver trio is less scrappy and […]

Music Review: Family Hangover by Walrus

Walrus Family Hangover, Madic Records, madicrecords.com There’s a distinct British flavour radiating from these songs. Maybe it’s the reverb. Maybe it’s the way Justin Murphy’s singing summons memories of Suede and The Byrds. Walrus’ affinity for 1960s rock is well documented, but their approach is more modern than that foundation might suggest. This is woozy […]

Music Review: Noli Timere by Construction & Destruction

Construction & Destruction Noli Timere, Independent, constructionanddestruction.bandcamp.com Who are they trying to fool, with that title? Noli Timere — Latin for “Don’t be afraid” — opens with what can only be described as horror movie chase music that’s repeatedly interrupted by Colleen Collins screeching “Peace! Agency!” You could call Construction & Destruction’s 2013 album, Dark […]

Music Review: Memorial Ten Count by Jon McKiel

Jon McKiel Memorial Ten Count, You’ve Changed, youvechangedrecords.com Jon McKiel is a divided man. He has mellowed considerably over the course of three full-lengths, and often approaches the contemplative territory of the Two Minute Miracles, but he still lingers on the verge of launching into Constantines-like outbursts. On Memorial Ten Count, songs waver between resignation […]

Music Review: Gremlins 3 by B.A. Johnston

Gremlins 3 B.A. Johnston, Wyatt Records, wyattrecords.com Hamilton, Ontario’s “failed showman on the skids” is still writing about video games, TV and movies, but if this 2017 Polaris Prize-longlisted latest batch of songs is any indication, B.A. Johnston’s life currently revolves around fast food and alcohol (in substantial quantities). Instant classics like “I Need Donair […]

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