Spring, when a young band's fancy turns heading out on the road after months spent close to home.
In the case of Halifax's Alert the Medic, they will be returning to Southern Ontario for a series of residency dates starting on April 18th at Supermarket in Toronto. The band will also head to Brantford and Ottawa for gigs there before returning home in early May.
The four-piece are no strangers to Southern Ontario, having temporarily relocated to Toronto to record their 2010 sophomore album, We, The Weapon with producer Laurence Currie, who has helmed the boards for such East Coast luminaries as Sloan and Wintersleep.
Catch Alert The Medic on the following dates;
Apr 18 @ The Supermarket, TORONTO
Apr 19 @ Two Doors Down, BRANTFORD
Apr 21 @ The Underground Garage, TORONTO
Apr 25 @ The Supermarket, TORONTO
Apr 26 @ Two Doors Down, BRANTFORD
Apr 27 @ Zaphod's, OTTAWA
Apr 29 @ This Aint Hollywood, HAMILTON
May 2 @ The Supermarket, TORONTO
May 3 @ Two Doors Down, BRANTFORD
May 4 @ The Horseshoe Tavern, TORONTO
May 9 @ The Supermarket, TORONTO
May 10 @ Patty Bolands, OTTAWA
May 12 @ Crows Nest, NEW GLASGOW
May 18 @ The Harborfront Lounge Casino Nova Scotia, HALIFAX
May 25 @ The Carriage, PORT HAWKESBURY
May 26 @ The Carriage, PORT HAWKESBURY
HOMO DUPLEX: Not just a ‘poststructural antidocumentary’ about Americans named John Wayne that are not actually the actor John Wayne
When Kristina Parlee and Ron Bates formed Homo Duplex they wanted to push the boundaries of making music. In order to accomplish such a tall order they drew music variables out of a hat and used those randomly generated choices for guidelines and inspiration. As a result Homo Duplex have since released three EPs on Bandcamp dating back to April, 2010.
In this sense, the Halifax duo have created a complex mix of sounds but you won't get to hear them live as much as one might want. "We don't play live super often," says Parlee, "but—our first show was in an art gallery at Dalhousie (University) and that was pretty cool. The Khyber is a really fun space. Straight up bar shows haven't been our favourites. Galleries and festival shows tend to have a vibe that is more welcoming/pleasant.''
''03'' open up with a sort-of pop-esque jam, "No, But Close'', that feature Parlee's sweet voice singing over synthy sounds that you'd be crazy not to love. ''Double Tapestry'' is a decidedly more ambient songs that has a distinct underwater feeling. The EP closes with the track ''Misprints''. This is a simple yet ear-catching song which is amazingly hard not to sing along to. There is no excuse for you not to hear these songs because Homo Duplex have so graciously offered them up for free. But, if you are a lover of good-deeds you can keep an eye out for their upcoming 7-inch through the Noyes Records Singles Series which is due out sometime this fall. After that, maybe you will see a compilation of what Homo Duplex has done with new music in the version of a full length physical format. Only if you're lucky, so keep you eyes peeled.
The Long Live the Queen festival is coming from May 19th to the 22nd in Halifax. In only 4 days at 4 venues the've packed in a pretty amazing lineup that includes Old Man Luedecke, Bahamas, the Heavy Blinkers, Moe or Les, Hooded Fang, Jon McKiel, Little Girls, Forest City Lovers and much, much, much, much more
More info is available at longlivethequeen.ca, tickets for everything are available at Obsolete Records on Agricola Street or Taz Records on Market Street.
A free sampler featuring songs from The Chitz, Crosss, D'EON, Doldrums, Envision, Gianna Lauren, Mayor McCa, Old Man Leudecke, The Prospector's Union, Rattail, Rebekah Higgs, Rituals, Silly Kissers, Sister, The Taste, and Brandon Dramatic is available from Zunior by visiting zunior.com/redeem and entering the password - longlive2011
The Old Confidence Lodge is located in the small rural community of Riverport, Nova Scotia. Like the name suggests is old. It was built in 1929 as an Odd Fellows Hall but now is a music studio. When naming the EP perhaps Jon just looked at his surroundings and liked what he saw. This five song EP sounds like it could be an old album, not reliant on technological blips and bleeps but rather driven by the emotion and dark content of the music. Opening track Monster Of the Mirimichi starts off the EP with a slow jam setting the tone for the album. A track that chugs along slowly until the halfway point when almost obnoxiously loud guitar chords and drums bombard the speakers before slowing down again as the story of an insane killer continues to be narrated. Listening to the subject matter makes the song almost uncomfortable, evoking the same emotions of a track like John Wayne Gacy, Jr. by Sufjan Stevens on his Come On Feel The Illinoise! album. Uncomfortable in the sense that it can seem odd to enjoy a song about a killer. The song Snow Owls also dips into some dark matter with lines talking about a sinister light and being strangled by fear. While the overall feeling throughout the album is haunting, Motion Pictures is a fast paced and upbeat song that picks things up for a couple minutes that are almost danceable.
Confidence Lodge is dark and haunting, yet it doesn’t feel depressing as each track is full of emotion painting vivid imagery and showing the beauty that can be found in darkness. This sincere album is full of songs that are perfect for the cold and dark winter nights. Clocking in at just over fifteen minutes long, the EP is robust with each song being able to stand on it's own as a solid song. An enjoyable EP that translates as well in the studio as it does live.
Available February 8th on Youth Club Records or now on his Bandcamp site.
|Joel Plaskett at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver back in 2009.|
Halifax singer-songwriter/rocker Joel Plaskett played a one-off show on December 28 2010 in Victoria while he's on the west coast visiting extended family. The sold out 200 person audience in the quaint, lovely little St. Ann's Auditorium were treated to solo guitar (or $5 keyboard) renditions of material from his solo career, songs with the Emergency as well as oldies from the defunct Thrush Hermit. Plaskett played two separate sets and was called back out for 2 encores, taking many requests from the audience, as well as calling the seated crowd to its feet in joining his karaoke sing-along to hit "Fashionable People."
Below are the links to 5 videos from that night. Although the video quality suffers from the dim lighting in the room (no spotlights!), the audio is crystal clear. I hope you enjoy the three new songs from Plaskett, and two "oldies"-- "Non-Believer," one of my favourites, and "Before You Leave" from the Hermit days.
"I'm Yours" (New)
"Before You Leave" (Thrush Hermit)