VISUAL FEATURE EDITORIAL #1
INTERACTIVE VIDEO RELEASE WITH
AND LOST CAUSE
All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos
All Photography by: Kenny Godinho
Edited By: Fridae Mattas
By: Fridae Mattas
Indie Week came and went, like all the festivals this year I did not cover as many bands as usual because of how busy my schedule has been this past year. Trying to squeeze in as much coverage as possible is too much stress so I winged it to the fullest this year. Most of the bands and artists playing I have already seen but some I will always support like Angela Saini, I tried so hard to cover her set but I couldn’t make it on time because I was trying to reach the Underground Garage for Australia’sArcane Saints. Personally I had not seen them yet so this time I promised myself I would, after all they came across the globe to be at this festival.
Arcane Saints played three shows during Indie Week 2013 and I caught one of the three shows on Friday night. The sound at the Underground Garage is not the greatest, neither is the stage but it is somewhere that has live music and that is important. The venue was packed, people were everywhere and of course the band was already playing, Their sound is your good ol’ fashioned rock and roll with a little grunge vibe . You can check out a tune from their set below the photo.
After Arcane Saints set I ran as fast as I could to Queen street but both The Horseshoe and the Rivoli were between bands so I migrated farther west towards the Hideout and again it was between bands so I ended up at the Bovine where my memory left me but there were a few super blurry shots of some random bands I still don’t know of on my camera, to remind me that indeed there was more.
When cool people come to the city I often miss a lot of them due to my non existent time, like when Doors Drummer John Densmore had a chat as a keynote speaker at the festival this year, a day after he did a Q&A at the first ever Reel Indie Film Fest. Completely bummed that I couldn’t fit him twice into my overflowing schedule. I did manage to reach the dual album release by Breached and The Joy Arson at the Rivoli Saturday October 19th. That show was like a reunion of all the cool folks, frenemies and posers alike. The music industry, well, the entertainment industry as a whole has the most unique collection of beings.
The Joy Arson gave it their all musically but vocally, singer Matt Moffit was off that night. Most of the tracks played were pitchy, I couldn’t even find a decent enough video clip to put up. A few vocal lessons and breathing exercises to help with the nerves should do the trick. The rest of the band were pretty good, they even added a new guitarist to the lineup. Next to hit the stage was Breached, you can check out a video of their set below.
Breached are one of my favorite bands on the scene currently and they threw it down at the Rivoli! This was probably one of their best sets, of course the light show was pretty cool! The new tracks are so good, and they do sound a little more commercial than their previous material. These days if you want music to be your sole source of income you better write some catchy fucking tunes or sell your soul to the devil… Just ask Katy Perry, who clearly sold her soul to the devil…
And that my friends is where this jibber ends, the winners of Indie Week are Sumo Cyco who battled it out Sunday October 19th at the Tattoo Rock Parlour with the other semi-finalists. Keep it locked for a photo editorial with a couple of specially chosen bands, and next year I hope to declutter more of my schedule so I can discover even more of Toronto’s indie music to share with all of you.
By: Fridae Mattas
Recently Bobby Noakes and Mike Diesel of Breached passed by Fridae TV Headquarters for a chat and an acoustic performance. Although Ryan and Neil were unable to make it, they were there in spirit! Breached will be releasing their Acoustic EP March 26th and hitting the stage at the Hideout on March 29th go see them and make sure you grab the new ep when it is available on iTunes www.BREACHEDMUSIC.com. Thank you Bobby and Mike for dropping by and playing along!
Bobby Noakes – Lead Vocals
Mike Diesel – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Ryan Alexander – Bass
Neil Uppal – Drums
By: Fridae Mattas
Here we are again! Another Entertainment filled year of FridaeTV coverage ends and a new year of fun journeys begins! The year of 2012 had many incredible live moments and just as many failed attempts by bands new and old. Below is the list of the top ten best live artists I have had the pleasure of covering this year, they all have that something special that transcends on stage. You can find the reviews in the archives as well as videos on Fridae TV Youtube and photos not in the galleries on Fridae TV Facebook. I am very excited as to what the new year will bring! Wishing everyone an amazing 2013, thank you for all the love and support!
Much Love xo Fridae
#3 – THRICE
#4 – COLLIE BUDDZ
#5 – DEFTONES
#6 – EMELI SANDÉ
#7 – REFUSED
#8 – SYSTEM OF A DOWN
#9 – THE WALLFLOWERS
#10- BILLY TALENT
BANDS TO WATCH!
By: Fridae Mattas
This year Indie Week was a little different, I missed half of it because I was on vacation in Cuba taking in a whole different musical culture. I was a Judge last year and that hindered the ability to be my usual wandering self. Normally I float from club to club to see if there are any good new bands. This year was back to normal, meaning I was not obligated to stay at one club majority of the night. I made my rounds, trying to cover majority of the venues but ended up at the same sweet spots like The Hideout, Velvet Underground, Horseshoe, EL Mocambo, Bovine and Cherry Cola’s! They always have the best Indie bands at any festival without being over run by hipsters like many other live music venues in the city.
Queen street was cool, it has now faded to what the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles was a few years ago until they began to restore the music scene trying to relive its glory days. Maybe Toronto should take note of this Hollywood trend and try to refresh the music scene on the Queen Street Strip. We definitely need a Roxy in Toronto, I would be the Talent booker and General Manager in a second, maybe even go behind the bar and make some drinkies for everyone, all of my friends will agree I am the mix queen!
The first artist that made the cut was the always fabulous indie artist Angela Saini. As I said last year, why is she not signed? She has talent, stage presence, charisma and the comfortability factor, she looks right at home on the stage. Yes, her vocals need some work as do her songs but she is so much better than the many similar female singer-songwriters who are signed. I only caught a few of Angela’s tracks but I have seen her perform before, she always gives it her all! A few more venues I migrated to that evening but nothing really stood out enough to mention. Saturday was a brand new day of floatings and I was still trying to catch up with emails. A week away without internet access and then a music festival is brutal, I missed so many bands! Almost caught up, just a page of press releases to go and that keeps growing with more news…
Saturday I was happy that Breached were playing again because I missed their first set at the Bovine on the 11th. They always put on a good show and their music is getting better and better. For a band who has only been around about two years, they have accomplished quite a bit. In order for Breached to make it big, the songs need more of commercial mainstream appeal, unless of course they want to stay indie. As usual you can find more photos and videos of Breached and all of the artists here and here.
After being rocked by Breached for a few tunes, it was time to wander off to different venues before heading to see Atlantis Blueprint at the Hideout. I have not seen them play in a while, they added a new guitar player and a new drummer. Atlantis Blueprint has improved greatly since I saw them perform last and I hope to see them rock out some new tunes soon. The bands set times were pushed back so it made my coverage of Atlantis Blueprint shorter than I anticipated.
Managed to hit the Horseshoe with enough time to check out the last two tracks of The Suburbians set and a drum solo where lead vocalist Mark Konstantinovic joined drummer Ben Nyari for a minute. Unfortunately the track I filmed did not make the cut , I could not hear him then and cannot hear him on playback. The vocal mic needed to be louder, the guitars were drowning him out. Other than the mic levels, this band is as tight as their pants! Why are they not signed? Hopefully they cross the pond in the future, so I can enjoy their music live in the city once again.
I believe we migrated to the EL Mocambo next, August of this year Sam Grosso and partner Marco Petrucci bought the El Mocambo with the intention of restoring the venue. The bands I was checking at the Elmo were Nixon formerly Tiny Dinza who were signed to Wind Up shortly after winning Indie Week last year. They are always a breath of fresh air, but the songs are a little mediocre, they need to step up their game, now that they are signed the real work begins.
The other band I wanted to see was the super fantastique Rebel Emergency, haven’t seen them jam in a while. I’m hoping to hear new material from them in the future, they always put on an exciting set and have irie tunes. I’m in the process of reviewing Roddy’s first solo record “The Little Things“, which is now available. I could not stay for all of Rebel’s set because I wanted to check a few bands on the Queen St. strip. I was still looking for new bands to blow my mind…Did any new bands accomplish that? Nope.
There were a few bands I really wanted to see “In My Coma” and “West Memphis Suicide“. I was not able film In My Coma’s set because my battery died twenty-five seconds into filming the first WMS tune and their set was just before. West Memphis Suicide put on a high energy set that got the crowd pumped, they were having a blasty blast past 2am. I will have to hit up future sets of both these bands as should you because they are definitely worth checking out.
There were a few other bands that made it to the finals like Cai.ro and Left Turn City. I have never seen Cai.ro live, I have always missed their sets. The band is a collection of incredible musicians with a folk rock pop sound. I was interested in the music and not bored to death with their stage performance, keeping me and the audience entertained. I do have to say they all need to let loose a little.
The final band I caught before my memory card filled up was Left Turn City. I couldn’t believe that it was full! I swear I put all of the previous coverage onto my computer. I discovered when transfering the new coverage there were Cuba photos on the same card, I couldn’t see them on my DSLR because they were shot with another camera. I need to break this cycle of forgetfullness at festivals, I was so busy I forgot my back ups except of course my Homie, Photographer/Security D who took some pretty awesome shots and kept the creeperellos away, thank you D! Back to Left Turn City at the Indie Week finals, of all the bands I saw that weekend they have improved the most but work is still needed to be done. The songs need to be catchier if they want to take it to the next level and catch the attention of a rock label. I give them credit for still persevering and improving while others simply have just given up. Without the passion, commitment and the continued development of your craft you are wasting your time.
Indie Week was fun as it always is, Darryl Hurs the creator of Indie Week is always floating around the venues, Darryl is a stand up guy, one person that actually cares about the indie scene and continues to be an advocate. More people should support the indie scene but most of all, the bands need to support each other a little more! I hope to one day check out Indie Week Ireland, but until then we always have Indie Week Canada, see you next year! www.INDIEWEEK.com
BREACHED CD RELEASE PARTY
FT. BLIND RACE, EXIT SEEKERS & LEFT TURN CITY
MINI EDITORIAL REVIEW
By: Fridae Mattas
This weekend I though ok a show must be seen because I have been slacking and focusing all my attention on my short film so I thought why not hit a small local show by a promoter I know and respect. Of The Bear Bookings presented the Breached Cd release party last Saturday night at the El Mocambo in downtown Toronto’s China Town just south of College on Spadina. A world famous venue whose stage has had the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix and the list goes on perform their hearts out for the people of Toronto to witness.
I’m no stranger to the ELMO as we Torontonian’s call it, a number of bands were playing but I only caught four of those on the bill. A band played during every change over on the second stage, the band Exit Seekers were pretty good considering the set up of the second stage. Blind Race played the main stage and totally killed it, by far one of the best bands vocally that I have heard in a while, not to mention Axemaster’s skills are sick!
The band whose CD release party it was took the stage, Breached had a tight sound but need to work on vocals, the instruments were drowning the vox out. You either lower the Guitar levels or turn up the vocal levels and always sing from the diaphragm to ensure the best possible sound in case moments of technical issues arise which is extremely common. And the last band I caught but only two tracks was Left Turn City who I have seen once before. Musically they have tightened up but vocally the guitar still drowns out vox and that was two or three years ago. Just from one performance you can clearly tell whose a stronger contender when it comes to achieving success in this industry. All of the bands I saw I would see again but they all need to work on their songwriting if they want to be signed by a major and play with the big boys, they all have to turn it up a few notches.