ROAD TO MASSEY HALL NOW AVAILABLE IN CD FORM.
While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour.
With Tornado, Joe Nolan blows in from the frozen prairies a fully formed artistic force worthy of national attention. This sophomore album showcases Joe’s lyrical style, not overly wordy or ornate, but intense, evocative and gripping. The power of Joe’s songwriting lies in the delivery: his ghostly vocals quiver and tumble between agony and ecstasy.
Dan Edmonds, Thompson Wilson, Jimmie Hayes III and Marlon Nicolle are your average bunch of 21-year-olds, best friends since kindergarten, hockey teammates since they learned to skate and freshman roomies at university. On the other hand, as Harlan Pepper, these four are not your average group of musicians, talented beyond their years and catalogue, with only one record to their name but an impressive list of music biz milestones (meeting Neil Young, performing at Massey Hall, etc.) already achieved.
Somewhere in between the extremes of these two identities, the slackers and the prodigies, lies the secret to Harlan Pepper’s sweet and pure rock groove. The band exudes confidence without preciousness, an attitude that shapes their sound more than any of their many influences. Harlan Pepper’s good times vibes bring to mind a variety of musical references that meld seamlessly with the band’s roots rock instincts. In Harlan Pepper you’ll also find the fresh-faced teen themes reminiscent of 1950s rock and roll and elements of 1960s surf rock. Harlan Pepper’s music falls somewhere in between The Yardbirds and Traveling Wilburys, with a Tarantino-esque taste for retro groove.
With Take Out A $20 And Live Life To The Fullest, Harlan Pepper heads in the opposite direction of the hey-ho chorusing, hand-clapping pack. This album is not your average feel good fauxk, it’s a true blue rock and roll album that speaks to the contradictory essences of youth itself: innocence and lawlessness, ambition and loafing, odd jobs and big dreams.
See a trailer for the new album here:
Six Shooter Records releases Take Out A $20 And Live Life To The Fullest in February, 2014.
HARLAN PEPPER “TAKE OUT A $20” PHOTO CHALLENGE!
#HP20 PHOTO CHALLENGE
Leading up to the release of Take Out A $20 And Live Life To The Fullest, send us a photo or video (Instagram, Flixel, Vine, digital photo, Polaroid, etc.) of how you’d spend $20 to live life to the fullest. We’ll show off your best submissions, and our favourite photos will win prizes, kudos and a permanent spot in an upcoming Harlan Pepper music video.
Tag your photo with #HP20 and send it via any of these social media platforms and smartphone apps:
December 5, 4-7pm. 51 Bulwer St., 3rd Floor.
Cash/credit card only.
Is there “anything else” you need to hear about Rob Ford? Well, yes, there is.
Whitehorse recorded “Boss Man” in July, 2013 in response to the polarizing and questionable behaviour of Rob Ford in his time as mayor (conflict of interest, bike lanes, racial slurs, etc.), culminating in the Gawker and Toronto Star’s breaking story about the crack video. Who would have guessed, months later, they’d be releasing the song into today’s media maelstrom.
Buy it HERE
Hear “Boss Man” now
Starting November 12, 2013, iTunes Canada is offering the epic tune for free. Get it here, now!
See The Strumbellas perform “Ride On” and “End Of An Era” from We Still Move On Dance Floors,
courtesy of Southern Souls.
The Strumbellas are on tour now. Check www.thestrumbellas.ca for show details. Don’t miss the CD Release Show at The Horseshoe Tavern, November 30, 2013.
“18th of December” is a song about the high price to pay for following one’s heart, and accepting the consequences of one’s choices. The song taps in to the archetypical restlessness associated with the rambling, roaming life of a musician.
On its surface, the video is a Bonnie & Clyde type bender through the small-towns of Western Canada, shot mainly in a town of 250 people, Mortlach, SK. The Deep Dark Woods are seen playing against type – the usually unassuming musicians transform into a wild, gun-slinging band of outlaws, hunting down two young lovebirds on a crime spree.
More than this, the video suggests that life for a touring musician can turn you into something of a runaway, stealing moments of peace and beauty in the midst of relentless pressures, schedules and dreams.
85,000 views and counting!
THE PHD STUDENT VS. THE ARTIST:THE STRUMBELLAS REVEAL THE STORY (AND BAND CONTROVERSY) BEHIND “END OF AN ERA” IN NEW EPK.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA……LOVE AT THE END OF AN ERA. The Strumbellas reveal their unique personalities in their brand new EPK, sharing stories about songwriting, the new album, their dynamic friendships and some key pronunciation debates. The EPK features End of an Era, a new track from their forthcoming sophomore release, We Still Move On Dance Floors, out in Canada on October 22nd on yours truly, Six Shooter Records. See the new EPK here:
See The Deep Dark Woods perform exclusively for CBC Music HERE.
Southern Souls took the band to an antique store in Toronto’s west end to record an acoustic performance of “Red, Red Rose,” amidst the collectibles. As described by Paste Magazine, the tune “sounds like a forgotten song by The Band that is grounded by a wonky, off-kilter rhythm section that recalls Levon Helm and Rick Danko at their carefree best.” See “Red, Red Rose” below:
THE DEEP DARK WOODS GET READY TO CELEBRATE JUBILEE: ALBUM RELEASE TOUR + DEEP DARK SECRETS VIDEO TRIVIA RELEASED TODAY.
The Deep Dark Woods’ moniker tells you exactly what you need to know about their musical identity. Mysterious, rustic, gothic and meditative, The Deep Dark Woods make music that stirs an elemental, perhaps even subconscious sense of cabin fever in us all. The Deep Dark Woods write songs that ramble, jangle and roll through folk, roots and rock traditions with self-assured ease, like a train that travels through the night with its own rugged precision.
The Deep Dark Woods’ follow-up to The Place I Left Behind is an adventurous, fluid record that showcases the band’s strongest songwriting to date and celebration of the band’s sense of community and friendship. Jubilee straddles the opposing forces of nostalgia and evolution in its fusion of traditional foundations with neo-psychedelic flourishes.
Exclaim notes the new elements that shape Jubilee, such as the “swaths of fuzz” and “nocturnal atmospheres,” which bring more electric dimensions to the band’s signature folk-rock sound.
THE DEEP DARK SECRETS VIDEO TRIVIA.
How well do you know The Deep Dark Woods? A new video trivia game reveals personal idiosyncrasies about each band member, from lead singer Ryan Boldt’s most prized piece of Oilers memorabilia to Chris Mason’s bold crokinole challenge to fans. The only question that remains unanswered is: What became of the matching vintage brown suits?
Take the “Deep Dark Secrets” quiz here :
Jubilee will be released on October 1, 2013 by Six Shooter Records (Canada),
and on September 30, 2013 on Sugar Hill Records (US, Europe and beyond).
HOLLYWOOD, CA: Hotel Cafe, October 3
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, October 6
SEATTLE, WA: Sunset Tavern, October 9
BELLINGHAM, WA: The Green Frog, October 10
VANCOUVER, BC: The Venue, October 11
VICTORIA, BC: Upstairs Cabaret, October 13
LETHBRIDGE, AB: Geomatic Attic, October 30
CALGARY, AB: The Republik, October 31
EDMONTON, AB: Avenue Theatre, November 1
SASKATOON, SK: Louis Pub, November 2
REGINA, SK: The Exchange, November 5
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, November 7
MADISON, WI: The Frequency, November 8
EVANSTON, IL: SPACE, November 12
TORONTO, ON: The Great Hall, November 14
BURNSTOWN, ON: Neat Coffee Shop, November 15
OTTAWA, ON: Ritual, November 16
HAMDEN, CT: The Outerspace, November 18
NORTHAMPTON, MA: Iron Horse Music Hall, Nov 19
NEW YORK, NY: Mercury Lounge, November 20
PHILADELPHIA, PA: World Cafe, Upstairs Live, November 21
VIENNA, VA: Jammin’ Java, November 22
KNOXVILLE, TN: Barley’s Taproom, December 3
NASHVILLE, TN: Loveless Cafe Barn, December 4
ATLANTA, GA: The Earl Restaurant + Lounge, December 5
ASHEVILLE, NC: ISIS Restaurant + Music Hall, December 6
COLUMBUS, GA: The Loft, December 7
HOUSTON, TX: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, December 10
AUSTIN, TX: Stubb’s BBQ, December 11
DENVER, CO: Hi-Dive, December 14
BILLINGS, MT: The Railyard, Dec 16