Toronto’s female fronted punk rockers Die Mannequin released their third studio album Neon Zero today! They will be celebrating tonight at Cherry Colas where Tony and Care will be spinning their favorite tracks off of the new record. Since receiving this album back in August, I have been listening to it every chance possible and I’m so glad I did! Opening track “Welcome To The Badlands” sets the tone for this musical journey, collectively modern yet retro with an anthemic feel. Their strong first single “Sucker Punch” was an instant ear pleaser, if you haven’t heard it yet I suggest you take a listen and don’t forget to get your copy of Neon Zero. There were a few songs on this record like “Blood In Blood Out” and “Pretty Persuasion” that I skipped at first listen. Had I not absorbed the records tunes entirely, they wouldn’t have grown on me as they have. Now, “Pretty Persuasion” is one of my favourites, I love the sound of the guitar riffs, they give the track this haunted vibe my ears are drawn to. “Murder On the Dancefloor” is another catchy tune that is worth a listen, compared to their previous records this is the most radio friendly I have heard DM. Quite surprised to tell you the truth but it turned out to be a pretty fucking fantastic surprise!
They have created a vibe that reminds you of 80’s music with a slice of Hip Hop, 90’s, Punk, Grunge and Dance. You can hear all of those influences in there. One track in particular “Girls At the Mall”, reminds me so much of Veruca Salt’s “Volcano Girls” with a little Nirvana to end the track. Very impressed with vocals, major props go out to Care for showcasing her vocal versatility, keep up the amazing work! The band sounded tight, the quality of sound in the production of each sonata is crisp and proper, no ghetto recordings here. “Prettier lips tell prettier lies” from the last tune, “Outta Time” on this eleven track musical adventure is one of my favourite lyrics. I also loved the randomness at the end of the fast paced “Ka-Ching” with the bonus. There are a few tunes like “I’m Just A Girl” that I just couldn’t get into. I tried, and I commend vocals, but the tune itself was a little too Avril Lavignesque for my ears to handle. Neon Zero is worth many listens, from the first time I saw Die Mannequin rock out at the Horseshoe to this album here in 2014 they have come a very long way and I’m liking this new direction. The nicest people you’ll ever encounter, and so beyond talented! Die Mannequin is; Care Failure – Vocals/Guitar, Anthony Bleed – Bass/Backing vocals, Stacy Stray – Guitar/Backing vocals and Dazzer Scott on the Drums. NEON ZERO is an essential listening need! Everyone needs to buy this record and support these great Canadian talents, Die Mannequin’s Neon Zero gets 4 music notes ♪♪♪♪♪ out of 5!
Canadian shit disturbers “Die Mannequin” are back with a new “Neon Zero” feel for everyone to groove with! Watch the new video below, read the press release and sooner rather than later you can read my review on the new record. Buy “Sucker Punch” here and keep your ears and eyes open for the new album “Neon Zero” to be released in October!
“Proving people wrong is my favourite pastime,” laughs the singer-guitarist. “I always feel like I have something to prove. It’s kind of in my DNA. I know people have been like, ‘Oh crap, what is Die Mannequin doing?’ Because I haven’t been in the forefront for the last few years. I’ve been regrouping. But now I’m back.”
And back in the groove. Make that a new groove. A neon groove. Neon Zero, the band’s third full-length and their first for eOne Music Canada, finds Die Mannequin not just resurrected but reborn. Rejuvenated. And retooling their wham-bam-thank-you-man punk and guttersnipe metal with an inspired injection of edgy electronics, big beats, massive melodies and polished production. It’s the sound of the mosh pit invading the club floor (and vice versa). The look of a studded leather jacket over a miniskirt and heels. The equivalent of Courtney Love sucker-punching Metric’s Emily Haines and teaching Iggy Azalea the real meaning of a new classic. You need it simpler? It’s an album that puts the DM in EDM. And turns it into Evil Dance Metal.
You could call it a comeback. An evolution. Even a revolution. But you already know what Failure will say about that.
“It’s really just been a natural progression,” she explains. “If it sounds like a big change for people, that’s just because of the years between the last record (2009’s Juno-nominated Fino + Bleed) and now. I’ve been DJing quite a bit over the past few years, and what I do is very contemporary and quite dancey. And I’ve been writing a lot on piano again. I’ve always had so many different influences that weren’t necessarily just rock. But when I started in music I was 14 and 15 and I kind of got stuck in this teenage punk hell of having to play the same songs for 10 years.”
Well, it hasn’t all been hell. Those songs — like Do it or Die and Saved by Strangers (from their EP-compilation Unicorn Steak), not to mention their 2009 top-20 track Bad Medicine — helped Failure and longtime partner-in-grime bassist Tony Bleed crawl their way from underground clubs to arena stages where they’ve opened for dudes named Marilyn and Axl. Along the way, they earned that Juno nom for Rock Album of the Year, along with a nod in the New Group category. But for every high on the rock ’n’ roller coaster there’s a comedown, and Failure has been no exception to the same catalog of professional setbacks and personal indiscretions as countless other fluorescent heroes.
Getting here from there didn’t come easy. But then, nothing good does. And even if it did, Failure doesn’t do easy. For Neon Zero, she spent eight months of madness holed up with co-producers Arion Anderson and Nathan Quinn and mixed by Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, The Trews) and Lenny DeRose (Metric, Hey Ocean, Walk Off The Earth), sleeping in the studio and painstakingly crafting these tracks — mostly by herself, mostly from scratch. Then she got down to business, bashing and belting out the bulk of the album in an eight-day marathon with Vancouver’s Andrew Conroy. The ends justify her means. The stomping swagger of first single Sucker Punch, the ecstasy and violence of Welcome to the Badlands, the pulsing fuzz of Murder on the Dance Floor, the grind-groove of Knock Me Out, the ominous slow-burn of Pretty Persuasion, the live-for-the-moment anthem We Own the Night, even the tender-hearted neo-balladry of I’m Just a Girl — they upgrade and update DM’s scrawled sonic signature with sharp synths, layered vocals, undeniable grooves. But Diemaniacs needn’t fear the repurposing — it all comes without sacrificing one iota of Failure’s guitar-shredding grit.
“I am such a riffy chick,” she admits. “I can’t help myself. I’m a guitar wanker. There is never enough rock in it for me. I love bands like Sleigh Bells and The Kills, where you have both electronic and rock. That was the whole point, to show you could have it all together. It’s trickier. You have to put more brainpower into it. But when it works, it’s way deep and way more guttural. The music sounds better when you can get it to run hand in hand.”
Now, freed from the shackles of her past, with the most focused, consistent and fully realized work of her career firmly in hand, Failure is ready to run headlong into the future.
“I made this album because I want to kick down doors,” she explains. “I want to be able to really evolve and grow as an artist and not have to do the same old thing again. I don’t want to have to play by the rules. That’s why I needed to do this.”
Found out about this show when a few girls were talking about it as I waited for the same bus. Then a thought popped into my head maybe I should go on a mission, haven’t seen those Larries in forever and the fans searching MDD on FridaeTV everyday will be happy! At first I was going to force one of my photographers to mission with me to The Historic Red Dog in Peterborough on Friday, November 15th, for the first My Darkest Days performance in like a year. Then I remembered a pretty awesome photographer who lives there and would let me use some of her shots if I needed to. So I trekked it to the boons myself, I’m a big girl now and none of my friends were free that day except a stalker ex who does not belong on anymore adventures! “Laughs!” Almost did not make it out of the city because someone stole my wallet with all my money except forty five bucks that I had put in my pocket at some point for some reason and glad I did! Pissed off, frustrated, trying to cancel my cards, I was very close to cancelling my journey overall and just go back home. Then the little voice in my head kept saying, “You’re already halfway there, just do it bitch! Do it! Do it!” My spontaneous Aquarian nature carries me through life, as my curiosity and determination drives me, I’m always up for an adventure! Fuck staying at a hotel I rented a house down the street from the venue, I was not about to trek it back to the city that night.
The rest of the evening was fantastic, I was already tipsy from all the free beers when the band was about to hit the stage at the packed Peterboonz venue. Last time I saw My Darkest Days live was either at the Opera House or when they opened for Three Days Grace at The Direct Energy Centre in like 2010, really don’t remember. Now, frontman Matt Walst is Lead Vox for Three Days Grace and My Darkest Days is missing guitarist Sal Costa who left the band last year. My intuition kind of already knew Sal would leave the band the day I met him. Costa is always pleasant and polite when I run into him but have not heard boo from him in years, I’m sure he found others to hook him up with shows. Like many in this industry we all get busy and drift our separate ways the busier we become or sometimes the fame hungry egos take flight and feel they are too cool until their bubble has burst. A good example of losing touch is changing phones, not many of the same contacts are in my new phone from previous years because my old phone swiped everything but I still talk to my friends, real recognizes real and always finds each other. Just because you don’t see something, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Turned out my sense about Sal was as authentic as my “Chavril” duet prediction, but hey, I think My Darkest Days found a stellar replacement! An incredible guitarist whom I thought should have been in this band a while ago, hopefully they keep Trevor MacLeod and he keeps them.
People need to calm down and stop hating! Bands have new members all the time, so many rude comments in regards to Walst numero dos stepping in to save his other band of brothers so they can support their families and not disappoint the fans. I’m sure he probably doesn’t mind all the perks and groupies that come along with the touring life but it’s like people sometimes forget that touring is work. Being in a band and rocking out for the fans is their job, he has big shoes to fill but clearly was the obvious choice for anyone who is loyal to their family and friends. Yes, vocals are not the same because they are different people, with different types of voices. Not to mention, Adam has what, like ten years more professional experience on stage and people must be reminded Walst has contributed his talents on a few tunes for Three Days Grace records in the past. I love Adam’s voice he has grown into an incredible vocalist and will always be one of my favorites but he left his band and fans high and dry just before a huge tour and regardless of the reasoning behind it, that is not cool. As of yet I have not had the time to trek it to see Walst play with Three Days Grace, but hey, who knows? Maybe in the very near future you will get my full perspective on that set, if the label lets me…This was not the first time I’ve been to Peterborough or the Red Dog it was my like my fourth “laughs”. Previous expeditions were to check homies Art Of Dying and I was not alone for those journeys, good times! Amazingly, I actually knew more people this time, did not feel completely out of place in the small town, except for the usual randoms staring at me for long periods of time. It wasn’t just men who creeped me out this time some of the females were pretty special. My Darkest Days has always been a blonde Matt Walst – Vox/Guitar it was different seeing the darker doo, Doug Oliver – Drums and Brendan McMillan – Bass with Reid Henry on Keys and newly added Trevor MacLeod who is in “Cold Creek County” with Oliver and McMillan and was in a few other bands back in the day.Trevor is a true rock and roll guitarist in every aspect, he is not one to stand still on stage like a scared little goose and no more long hair, he finally chopped the bush! Didn’t even recognize him at first without the hair, we shall see how things go.
They opened with a cover of AC/DC’s TNT which Reid “Mean Jean” Henry was on lead vocals for and did a smashing job! I was surprised how well he actually did, little Smudgie the roadie stage tech has come a very long way! Reid is developing into quite a talent thanks to his older MDD brothers from different Mothers taking him under their wing. Once the song came on I was like wait I know this one so I started to record it but my mic battery died so you can’t hear shit. I had a spare battery in my wallet which was no longer with us so I just took my mic off for the rest of the tunes using the camera’s internal microphone.Listening to AC/DC always reminds me of when I ran into Vocalist Brian Johnson on my lunch break when the band hit Toronto for a show a few years ago. He was super nice, actually just randomly started jibbering away when I was walking past him. Couldn’t place his face, it was familiar to me but I sure as hell couldn’t remember his name. I made a comment about his hat and he introduced himself doing a little dance, that was funny coming from this little man, he was clearly a character. Once we finished chatting it finally came to me what band he was in. As I turned around to walk back over to work this older woman popped out of nowhere and started screaming in my face. She was asking me if I knew who I just talked to, before I could even answer she yelled “Brian fucking Johnson! Brian fucking Johnson! Oh my God I wish I was you! Do you know how lucky you are?” that was too funny, I was trying so hard not to laugh as she asked me what he smelled like, if I got his number and other stupid ass questions I didn’t answer.
Much props to you little Reid who looked like a member of the Beatles, he’s growing up and refining his talents, Henry is not the only one who has been growing into his talents. Brendan McMillan who can now have his mohawk back is much more relaxed and looked genuinely excited to be there. He totally killed it on Stutter and it was very natural when he was interacting with his band mates. After they rocked TNT it was time to move on to a blend of originals and covers like the formerly stated “Stutter“, “Move Your Body”, “Save Me”, “Come Undone”. They even covered the Grandkids’ “ClockTower” featuring a Larry named Chris Millar but that wasn’t the only feature of the night. Nervous Brandon Scott of Cold Creek County helped Walst with vocals on the ballad “Without You” which can be seen here. I am really digging their renditions of LMR and High Road a Medley containing a blend of R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion” with Nirvanaesque vocals, Three Days Grace’s “High Road” mellowed out to the same melody of their tune “Set It On Fire”. Walst’s vocals were almost pitch perfect and the rest of the band did a phenomenal job with backup, you can view said medley here.
Can smasher Doug Oliver joins in on the improvements but he’s always been a slick snare slayer. If anyone in this band has been beyond consistent with his skill level it would be Dougie, his tricks are smoother and he was looking happier than the last time I saw him play. There were a group of fans I heard about that drove in from the US, I believe the farthest trek was Nebraska and here I thought my little two hour journey was a trek!Speaking of fans, I suck at filming in crowds because I get scared of the crazies from past experiences, yet I still go in them…The media pit is my best friend but this time they didn’t have a pit so I hid in a corner stage left and took some photos while filming, not the best shots but good enough. Everyone was pretty chill except for this one sloppy fuglymess drunk chick behind me with drink in hand spilling everywhere! I was going to crack her jaw if she didn’t stop pushing me on purpose, her drink was getting a little too close to my camera and clothing also dripping all over this short girls head beside. My filming is ass thanks to her but low and behold a few tunes with her crazy drunk ass passed and she was booted from the bar, some people just can’t handle their liquor. After the drunkerella fiasco, it was winding down to the last tune of the night, the hit poppy rock tune “Porn Star Dancing“. Chizzy (Chad) honorary lifetime member of My Darkest Days filled in for Luda, spitting into the mic like he just came home. I could not see the rest of the band during that tune but everyone was a good sport with all those fans on stage! The performance was the best I have seen to date, the sound man was fantastic he did a superb job and the crowd was loving every second. I noticed all the touring has been good for building their skill sets and taking their talent to the next level. Even Matt has made huge progress with his vocals, he has more control, they are steadier and his range has grown. Not quite there yet with the growls but much improved and he did not seem as shy on stage but still has a lot of work to do. Forget the haters just be who you are, keep practicing and everyting will be as it should. Fronting both Three Days Grace and My Darkest Days is a challenge but, the talent is there just remember not to burn yourself out. The band had an autograph signing meet and greet after the set, talking and taking pictures with their fans. Initially I wanted to get a few shots of the signing but was preoccupied with my bleeding finger dripping too much blood, how it happened who knows? Obviously at some point during the set, possibly drunkerella’s fault…Only the future can tell what is in store for My Darkest Days, I will definitely try my best to be at the next show to support these underdogs and their catchy tunes, as should you! I give this performance 4 music notes ♪♪♪♪♪ out of 5.
Australian Grunge Rockers ARCANE SAINTS Announce Canadian Dates ‘Never Say Die Tour’
Australian grunge rockers ARCANE SAINTS are coming to tour Canada with a vengeance this September, making up for their spring tour, which had to be cancelled due to an unexpected circumstance.
Traveling from Down Under to the Great White North, Arcane Saints will rock crowds from Toronto to Vancouver on a six-day adventure across Canada, kicking off on September 12 at Cherry Cola’s (200 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON).
“We were devastated at having to postpone our Canada tour earlier this year but this tour is going to be bigger and better. Having opened for The Trews here in Australia they spoke very highly of the Canadian rock scene and we can’t wait to get over there and experience it for ourselves.” comments vocalist / guitarist Michael John
About: Arcane Saints came together when singer/guitarist Michael John (a relative of Iron Maiden founding member Steve Harris), invested his prize money from an international song writing competition and got a one-way ticket to Melbourne, Australia from his home country of New Zealand to form the quartet with bassist Jim Luxford, guitarist Michael “Sheep” Gooding and drummer Sam Sablinskis.
This was my second Warped tour and I didn’t think I would make it! There was a torrential downpour the minute I hopped onto the streetcar to head for the Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheater which used to be Ontario Place. Now, they have turned Ontario Place into a three-in-one summer venue; The Molson Canadian Amphitheater, The Flats and Echo Beach.
Once I finally arrived and checked in drenched from head to toe, I headed straight for the stage at the Amphitheater where Joanna (Fridae TV Photographer) was already waiting. The venue had pond like puddles, inside of the Amphitheater was flooded and the people were huddled together trying to stay dry in ankle deep water. They really need to add a few more drains at this venue to keep it from flooding, it reminded me of the under developed areas in Cuba where they do not have many drains to control the water flow of heavy rains.
The rain added to the list of problems for this year’s Toronto stop, earlier in the day I was told a Woman had a heart attack during a band’s set. After talking with a few people I found out that it was Taylor Nesseth, 19 from Ontario. This was her first trip away from home and the girl had been saving every penny in a jar to attend “The Best Day Ever”. Taylor was in the mosh pit during American Deathcore band Chelsea Grin’s set and collapsed near the stage at about 12:40. Her friends and other concert goers were trying to revive her but were unsuccessful. The paramedics arrived and found her without a pulse, they rushed her to Toronto Western Hospital where she was pronounced dead. My condolences go out to Taylor Nesseth’s Family and Friends this tragedy is so heartbreaking. Nesseth’s official cause of death still unknown, autopsy results are still to be released.
After the tragic passing of the teenage girl, The Monster Stage at Echo Beach was shut down for the remainder of the festival, they say it was due to the weather but it was shut down immediately after the Chelsea Grin set. This incident hits close to home for me and every time I think of this poor girl, I remember one of the times I almost lost my teenage life at a concert.
Every stage was rescheduled after the storm minus the Monster stage, amazingly enough there were people still waiting for some live tunes! Everyone who had a Toronto Warped Tour ticket was welcome to hit the Buffalo stop of the tour but thousands of people refused to leave, they wanted to rock on regardless of the rain.
First up after much confusion was T.Mills, we had no idea what was going on and who was playing where. Last minute decision was we would wander to the biggest crowd and at that moment in time the House Of Marley stage had an enormous crowd waiting for whoever. I asked a few of the fans who they were waiting to see and they told me T. Mills along with a brief biography. T. Mills also known as Travis Mills 23, from Riverside California is a self made pop rapper causing a stir with his debut EP “Finder Keepers”. As a Rapper he is not too bad but his lyrics need work, a lot of it. I do give him props for putting on an entertaining set, giving the girls in the front row the attention they were craving.
Punk-Pop veterans Yellowcard hit the stage next, they have been in the game since 1997 with a few line-up changes in the years. This band stands out because of the use of a Violin with their punk sound. Vocals were okay, the music sounded fantastic especially the violin and guitar but I was expecting authentic enthusiasm from the band. I picked up this vibe that they were not enjoying themselves too much, everything seemed a little forced as I noticed with a few other bands. Tonight Alive’s front Woman “Jenna McDougall” didn’t seem as though she was genuinely feeling the tunes she was performing, it was very pageant like. Her voice sounded decent but the heart was not there. I did like her Sailor Moonish hairdo, I still wear my hair like that sometimes. Other bands we caught were, Of Mice and Men who put on a crowd worthy performance but it was nothing new or special to my eyes and ears.
A few other performances worth a mention are Every Time I Die who put on a solid set, but I wish vocal mic was a little louder than the guitars. Even standing at the back of the crowd where the sound is the best, you could not hear him sing. A new band to my ears was Breathe Carolina who for an auto-tune band put on a very energetic and respectable performance, the people were loving them. The crowd was more of a blend than last year, various groups of people young and old.
As we waited to be let into the pit for one of the bands, there was some random trailer park looking bottle blonde with a Nikki Sixx try hard look-a-like who thought he was a super star. Trailer girl was yelling for everyone to get out of their way so they could pass. Nobody cared about the pint sized Mini Sixx or knew what band he belonged to, yet gladly moved out of his way without a fuss. It was amusing to me because of the recent documentary on Warped Tour “No Room For Rock Stars”. That wannabe isn’t the only one guilty of this, there are many I have come across that have bigger egos than talent and careers. What they don’t realize is, because of that ego their career is at a stand still, people don’t like arrogance.
Moving it along, we don’t want a super novel to unfold! Next band that I thought was pretty good was Pierce The Veil, as lead vocals Vic Fuentes stated “We’re just a bunch of Mexicans from California”, not too shabby for a bunch of Mexicans, they tore it up! Still so young yet they know how to work the stage and crowd. Judging from the fans reception these young larries have a very bright future ahead of them!
Next up was another old school Florida punk band New Found Glory, I was never a fan of this band but thought, hey why not see how they do live. Not bad at all, they put on a good show although I’m still not feeling vocals too much but I do recommend checking them out.
Before I talk about the last band, one more must have a mention Taking Back Sunday! They were the best of the Tour hands down! Adam Lazzara’s Vocals were stellar and he embodied every note of his music in the performance. They were so amazing live, the crowd loved every single second of the set. Surprisingly they let us stay in the pit for four tunes, the only band that day who let the media stay in the pit for more than two. I ducked out of the crazy pit after the third tune to watch from the side, I would love to see them rock out again. What I realized about Warped tour is almost every random media outlet is accredited, professional or not. There was “Media” in the pit with their Walmart cameras taking teenie shots of themselves in front of the bands as they played. Another thing I noticed that I have only seen at Warped Tour is every Tom, Dick, Mary and Larry backstage stands on the stage to watch the sets. Common courtesy, if you are not a photographer, videographer, stage tech or in the band, get the fuck off the stage!
The final band I will speak of for this years Toronto stop of the Vans Warped Tour is Britain’s , You Me At Six. They actually did well despite the sound issues, majority of the bands had some pretty killer sound considering there was a hurricane like storm hours before. The crowd of mostly teenage females was anxiously waiting for them to begin and then sang every word to every song. I’ve never covered a set or attended a concert where the band had to ask the crowd to start surfing. Their fans were female and after the death of 19 year old Taylor Nesseth earlier that day, was that really a good idea? However, they did start floating and bodies were flying after lead vocals Josh Franceschi requested it without incident.
Warped tour is always great for the variety of bands, if you don’t like one band, you can easily find another by wandering around to the different stages. This year was different, a new venue was hosting, the weather was out of control and a young concert goer lost her life. The show must go on and that it did! Bands played and the music was heard as thousands of people enjoyed their time at the Toronto date of The 2012 Vans Warped Tour, a little rain didn’t scare them off! I have to give huge thanks to my awesome photographer Joanna for the always fantastic shots and the incredible folks over at MSO. As always, you can find more photos and videos of majority of the mentioned artists here and here, see you all next year!
There was a good sized crowd when we arrived just after 12:30pm, it was perfect timing to see Vancouver duo Becky Black Vox/Guitar and Maya Miller known as The Pack A.D. The garage rock duo was first to play the mainstage and did an incredible job keeping the crowd excited, not to mention they make some pretty tasty sugarless mojitos! Keep it peeled for the interview team member Anthony Dell’Orso did with the talented Femmes. You can view photos and videos of the bands covered here and here.
Once The Pack A.D’s set ended we headed over to catch The Balconies at the side stage which was pretty much three football fields away! It took five minutes with a bit of crowd traffic to reach from the main stage but by 3pm it took at least fifteen and we did not have golf cart access to take us there. Migrations to that stage had to be limited if I wanted to catch any of the bands. At least we managed to hit up the side stage more than once, I looked but couldn’t find the electronic stage.
This was my first time seeing The Balconies from Ottawa live or so I think, so many bands I thought I haven’t seen but I have. I must say they put on an entertaining performance I love their tune ‘Kill Count’, they all looked like they were having a lot of fun on the stage. I definitely need to catch another one of their sets in the future.
So many people this year it blew my mind there was no space except near the sides of the of the park and backstage. It was super hot that day perfect for a festival that even had a cooling station. Thankfully it didn’t rain but Vans Warped Tour the next day did not have such luck. We kept cool by drinking lots of water and finding shade under random trees if we weren’t chilling in the media trailer between sets. There weren’t any serious medical emergencies other than the drunk crowd surfer who smashed his head open and was gushing blood after landing in the media pit. The bleeding Larry was fighting the Popo’s as blood ran down his face like a waterfall. They were trying to help the guy get to the medical tent and he was battling them because he wanted to go back out and watch the rest of the bands set! That was a fucked up incident to witness and I’m glad he’s okay, all the blood gave me goosebumps!
After that incident nothing of that nature happened and the thousands of people having a safe but amazing time was so good to see! A few of the bands in the lineup like USS, I have covered before and will over again because they put on one of the most energetic sets I have seen, plus their tunes are catchy! the crowd was certainly loving every minute of their on and off stage antics.
Another first was The Dirty Heads who looked super familiar to me, maybe I have seen them because even their tunes sounded familiar. Many bands covered over the years and they have beyond blended, a stand out is very rare. The Dirty Heads sound is way different than their rock band appearance, they have this mellow island vibe with some pretty sick vocals. Never judge a book by it’s cover, you may surprised what stories and glories you will find inside to discover.
The Sheepdogs also put on an exceptional performance, as always they are enjoyable to listen to. Indian Handcrafts were another band seen at the second stage, a male duo who are “men that make man music”! Quite surprised with their performance, looking forward to seeing more from these Larries. Anthony did an interview with Brandyn and Daniel, stay tuned for that one as well.
Death From Above 1979 were incredible, I’m glad I finally had the chance of seeing the turn it out live. I loved the guitars, the way the axe sounded was exactly how you would want it to sound. I think they are much better live than on record, one of those better live bands for sure.
The Silversun Pickups were decent but for their divo rock star attitude they really didn’t throw it down as hard as half the bands who already performed, no wonder they refused video last minute. I had no idea because I was doing an interview minutes prior to their set almost missing the three media tunes. Some grumpy old men in the pit behind me decided to talk loudly about it amongst themselves “I thought there was no filming?”, instead of just telling me politely like the media rep did a few seconds later. If there is no filming, that’s cool I don’t care, it is much less work for me. Some people! Thirty plus years my senior and they never left high school, it’s hilarious! And people wonder why kids are bullies, look at who is breeding, we are all products of our environment.
I managed to cover all the bands I had scheduled except one Whale Tooth, there is always a next time but I did manage an interview which will be up in a few weeks.
Now onto the headliners Billy Talent! When I heard they were headlining I was happy because they always put on a great show and this year they were booked at the right kind of festival. We were in the media trailer just before the set recharging batteries and ourselves, Billy Talent had two trailers and the one beside us was where Vox Ben Kowalewicz was warming up. He sounded pretty good for his style of singing and even better once they hit the stage, this band is always consistently incredible on stage. I have so much respect for Billy Talent if you don’t know, now you know the band is: Ian D’Sa – Guitar/Backup vocals, Jonathan Gallant – Bass/backup vocals and Aaron Solowoniuk on The Drums. They have been together since 1993 all original members, for rock bands that is a miracle, they change members like they change names, groupies, girlfriends and friends. Similar to the style of Hollywood marriages, some last but most tend to break up. If you have not yet seen Billy Talent or any of the bands mentioned you have been missing out on some fantastic music and need to immediately listen to one of their tunes!
Extreme thanks goes to the FridaeTV Edgefest team: Joanna and Anthony for helping out, without them I would have missed half of the bands! And, last but not least the super Women of the Audioblood crew, thank you so much ladies for the pleasant experience! Hope to see more people, if that’s possible at Edgefest 2013!
Australia’s ARCANE SAINTS Stream New Single “Never Say Die” + Canadian Tour Dates
Australian grunge rockers ARCANE SAINTS whom will be crossing the Pacific for their first Canadian tour encouraged by Canadian rockers The Trews, have just unleashed their new song “Never Say Die”, which is now streaming at the following link.
The band will be touring both Quebec and Ontario from April 21st to April 28th.
“We’re extremely excited to be an Australian band touring Canada for the first time. Having recently opened for The Trews here in Australia they could not speak highly enough about the Canadian rock scene and this inspired us to tour the great north.” commented vocalist/ guitarist Michael John.
With two EPs, frequent commercial radio airplay and an appearance on MTV’s “Up and Coming Bands” documentary behind them in their relatively short career, Arcane Saints are prepping to show the Canucks some great Aussie rock!
Arcane Saints came together when singer/guitarist Michael John (a relative of Iron Maiden founding member Steve Harris), invested his prize money from an international song writing competition and got a one-way ticket to Melbourne, Australia from his home country of New Zealand to form the quartet with bassist Jim Luxford, guitarist Michael “Sheep” Gooding and drummer Sam Sablinskis.