Electricity Runs Through Frigs

This is one band I’m excited to see live when possible; their sound is kinetic, chaotic, melancholic…and amazing! Check out up-and-coming band: Frigs!

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Image by Chelsee Ivan

For Blurt Magazine:
Label: Arts & Crafts
Release Date: February 23, 2018

Toronto post-punk quartet Frigs—formerly Dirty Frigs—created a charged debut LP that is unapologetically jagged and intensely electrifying. Only on a first name basis through press releases, following their 2016 EP Slush, Frigs—Bria (vocals and guitar), Duncan (guitar), Kris (drums) and Lucas (bass)—return and hit hard on Basic Behaviour. The loud quartet combines noise rock with punk as Bria’s gritty vocals ranges from growls and shouts to sultry calm amping up the already raw music of gnarling guitar, bass and Kris’ primal drums.

Inspiration of post-punks bands of the past is indeed felt but Frigs are simultaneously creating a sound all their own thanks to Bria’s unique melodies and the riotous music. Anxiety, depression, feeling of hopelessness are all themes within the lyrics on Basic Behaviour. Singles “Talking Pictures” and “II” are indeed standout tracks that easily catch your ears for their jangly guitar and haunting melodies. Holding back from no difficult issues Bria takes on rape and assault with “Chest”: angered by the Brock Turner case that made US headlines, the case inspired her lyrics such as: “titles neck, yeah, they watch me/stay asleep as you spoil me.”

“Solid State,” a tongue-in-cheek title for a song that touches on mental instability, is another memorable track as the rolling guitars and interjections of guitar wails and Bria’s soft vocals, for the first time, hide beneath the wall of sound. “Gemini” is unique as the only track that does not scream of ferocity as the quiet song in addition to Bria only includes a quiet keyboard.

All of Basic Behaviour illustrates Frigs’ artistic, avant-punk abilities, but third song “Waste” is a fun epicenter of their possibilities. The 5 minute track undergoes 4 tempo changes as it starts out with a slow, growling bass, flat guitar plucks, a simple slap on the snare and Bria’s dragging, slurring vocals. Then after 2.5 minutes it transitions to a slightly faster tempo as Bria repeats “do you want to talk about it, it’s a waste;” the song picks up and moves even faster with the same lyrics. One last shift occurs as the music ends and Bria screams into the mic and closes the track with “I am a fortune teller, baby” before fading into a rambling.

A raw and solid debut, Basic Behaviour translates anguish into an intense yet catchy album.

DOWNLOAD: “Talking Pictures,” “II,” “Waste”

I think Frigs needs an official video for “Talking Pictures,” just sayin…listen to this blistering track!

Beautiful Orchestra

Back in the saddle again… Part Deux!

A delightful find, Rubblebucket Orchestra creates, upbeat, funky world-jazz-reggae music that incorporates a cornucopia of musical influences I haven’t mentioned here. A fun debut for this eclectic band, Rubblebucket proved to be a great find with many tracks worth putting on “repeat.”

My review for Blurt is here, and if you’re not familiar with Rubblebucket, BECOME FAMILIAR! I’m tellin’ you, they are worth a listen! Check them out here.

Miike Snow: Inducing Rump Shakin’

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That’s right! I’ve said it! Miike Snow’s debut album is a fun, get off your ass and shake it, kind of an album. In case you could not tell, I love it! And though there are critics who are not fond of their tunes (I’ve read a few overtly negative jabs out there) I say grab a seat, take a listen and be the judge.

Read my review at Blurt here, check out Miike Snow here, and listen to one of my favorite songs below…

Miike Show – Cult Logic
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Telekinesis’ Debut Album!

Another great musician from Seattle…don’t they have enough exports already?! I say no! Here is a new release from a new artist (Michael Lerner aka Telekinesis) and it’s a really great debut! If you like music reminiscent of 60s pop rock, you’ve come to the right place. Check out Telekinesis here and read my review here.

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Winter Gloves in Spring? Hells Yes!

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I knoow! I can’t leave the corny “winter” or “glove” references alone but this is a fun release! A Montreal quartet, Winter Gloves has released their debut album About a Girl. I had the luxury of catching these guys on stage in Montreal and got a first hand peek into the buzz they are stirring on their native soil. Dancing, singing fans soaking up every moment. Live these guys are great and brings a new life to their songs…though I argue that I think some songs sound too similar, About a Girl is still worth a listen.

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Walter Meego’s Voyage

Walter Meego’s debut, full length release Voyager isn’t a bad album. Hell, they even caught the ears of Budweiser and their song “Forever” can be heard in the background, pretty noice! Yet, their electro-sounds go a wee bit overboard sometimes…

Check out the band here and my review here!

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