Show Review – Man The Animal, Another North, Waterfront Fire


By: Tara Thompson

When: October 11th, 2014
Venue: The Fat Cat
Where: St. John’s, NL

Shows often start the night off slow with an acoustic act but not this show. Man The Animal started the show with some rock music. This was the first time I managed to catch a set by them. After hearing good things about the band before, I was not disappointed. They were a great way to start the night.

Next up was Another North. Ever since I saw them play at their album release a few weeks ago, I’ve had their album, Nomadic, on repeat in my car. They are one of the best bands I’ve heard in quite a while, both recorded and live. If you haven’t checked them out before, you should stop reading this right now and go listen to them.

Closing the night was Waterfront Fire who I’ve seen countless times. They’re always sure to put on a good show. They even played a new song that is going to be their next single. For a show at a blues and jazz bar, it as certainly a rock show not to be missed.

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Interview – Luke Austin Band


By: Remington Fioraso

The Luke Austin Band is an alternative-rock band from Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of Luke Austin on vocals/guitar, Kennedy Pollard on lead guitar, and Bryan Swartz on bass. Their debut single “Long Road Home” was released in July 2014. The Luke Austin Band will be heading to Nashville in November to finish their debut EP.

Who are your influences?

My influence comes from everyday life…but more the REAL things in life… Relationships won and lost, getting by one day at a time while trying to figure out your next move. Rock n’ roll has always been a big part of my life, not because of the music… but more because of the attitude and the state of mind… since day one I’ve been drawn to it because it was rebellion… and nothing has changed it’s just taken different form. it’s this state of mind that manifests itself into my music.

Musically a couple that bands that inspire me are Bruce Springteen, Kings of Leon, the killers and Gaslight anthem.

How did you all meet?

It all started when I changed schools in grade 7. My family moved into Toronto from the suburbs and I became best friends with Kennedy’s brother Christian. We got along so well because we both had a passion for music and hockey. He Played the drums and I played the drums…. So we started a band. I agreed to play the bass and sing, Christian played the Drums and kennedy Played the guitar. And we sucked for so long… until eventually we became pretty good.

Thats something young musicians don’t understand these days, with the rise of shows like
American Idol and the voice there’s no room for the young talent to develop without getting their confidence destroyed.

Kennedy and I knew Bryan from around the indie scene and always admired his bass playing, so when we heard he was looking we asked him to join.

Last month, you signed your first publishing deal south of the border with “Long Road Home”. How did it feel for you?

It was cool. The US is the ultimate proving ground for music and just to have one foot in the door feels like a great accomplishment for a young band like ourselves. We appreciate Music Playground for giving us a shot!

What can you tell fans about the writing process for the upcoming EP so far?

This is kind of a difficult question to answer because it really is a massive blur. Once the EP
comes out I will probably go more into detail about the songs individually and what they mean to me and where they came from but I’ll talk about it as a whole for the time being.
Although at first we didn’t know exactly what we wanted it to sound like, we knew that we wanted a couple things indefinitely.

Number 1 was that our priority was making a rock record. That kind of rock that encapsulates raw emotion with rebellion and heartfelt melodies. A record that when listened to it cuts straight to the core. No BS.

Number 2 was in this age that we are living in there is too much emphasis on perfection. An age where it’s scarce to hear real instruments recorded with real microphones. An age where autotune is on almost everything you hear whether used tastefully or excessively. This record will not have any samples and/or autotune. EVERYTHING you heard on this record will be recorded with the real amps, guitars, drums and microphones.

Number 3 was I myself as a person and a lyricist have always had an issue with letting people in. I come from a long line of emotionally encapsulated males and I am not different. Let’s call this record my unveiling. I wanted to address my insecurities, and I want people to know who I am. The First Single ‘Long Road Home’ was the first song written for this project. I did an acoustic tour with Kennedy across Canada last February from Ontario to BC and back. And while we were out on the road we missed everyone back home for one reason or another. We missed our beds… home cooking and friends.

You are going to be heading to Nashville next month to work on your debut EP. Aside from working on your EP, what are you looking forward to doing/going the most in Nashville?

I have been back and forth for the better part of the last year but here it is.
#1 sing karaoke Santa’s .
#2 Prince’s chicken. Our Fried chicken back home just isn’t the same.
#3 Go by RCA studio B. It’s cool to stand outside the building where so much great history was recorded.
#4 go back to our favourite restaurant/bar Tavern for a burger

In traditional Canadian Beats fashion, here are some fun questions to help fans get to know you a bit more:

What are your guilty pleasures?

How I met your Mother, RomComs, and sad sappy love songs

What is your favourite movie?

Step Brothers

What is your favourite candy?

Anything sour

Who are your favourite Canadian artists?

Sam Roberts, Feist, Black mountain, Monster truck , The Sheepdogs (Who we played with up in Kitchissipi)

What was the last album you purchased?

Turn Blue by The Black Keys and it’s awesome

Finally, is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?

It takes a truly balanced and individual person to get behind indie music and all it stands for. To all our fans we owe you everything we’ve achieved so far, and everything we will achieve in the future.
Keep coming out to shows, keep supporting your favourite indie bands because you never how much it means to us. We salute you

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Scott Gilbert ‘Savage Mugup’ CD Release


By: Tara Thompson

With: Port of Call and RocketRocketShip
When: October 12th, 2014
Where: The Ship

Thanksgiving weekend was a really great weekend for music in St. John’s. In the span of 3 days there were 5 shows that I wanted to go to. This show was on the top of my list.

Port of Call are an acoustic duo who were actually voted the best duo in St. John’s by our local alternative paper. They opened the night with a few originals and a few covers. They finished their set with a new song that they said no one outside of their roommate has heard.

Next up was Scott Gilbert backed by his band to release his album Savage Mugup. I met Scott just under a year ago at the MusicNL conference and had heard him play at a songwriters circle but never with a full band. His set was great and the crowd was really into it.

Scott actually played a double set that night, unfortunately I didn’t get to stick around for the second set. He did have a few guys from RocketRocketShip come in to play a few acoustic songs in between his two sets though.

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Sunday Covers – Ryan Cook

By: Jenna Melanson

Nova Scotia singer/songwriter, Ryan Cook has recently released a new cover video, this time it is “The Warmth of the Sun” which is originally released by the Beach Boys as a b-side to Dance, Dance, Dance. It was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love from the Beach Boys in 1964.

The cover was recorded as part of the Kempt Shore sessions in July 2014 by with audio recording by Jude Pelley and audio mix by Ferguson Music Productions. Ryan does an amazing job, as usual, and I highly recommend that if you enjoy this cover then you should head over and check out his social networking pages to find out more!

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Interview – Georgia Sound


By: Emily Thomson

Georgia Sound are a folk/indie duo from Calgary, Alberta. Ryan Roy and Shannon Magee make up the duo, Georgia Sound. Shannon and Ryan met at an open mic night in 2011 and have been working together ever since. Soon after meeting they released their debut EP ‘One Way Path’. Over the past year or so they have been working on a new album. They just released their newest single ‘Love Can Change’. You can check out the song here: Continue reading to find out more about Georgia Sound.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/artists/DJs?

GS: (Ryan) I’ve been a fan of Tegan and Sara since the early days. It’s been neat to watch them evolve as song writers. I also love “Wake Owl’s” sound.

(Shannon) I’m really into Mo Kenney right now. I’ve heard a bit of Hey Rosetta’s new album and I’m really into it.

If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?

GS: (Ryan) Well if we could open up for any Canadian band, we’d have to stick with Tegan and Sara. We picked up their album “Heartthrob” while playing some shows in the greater Toronto area and couldn’t stop playing it. They are such good writers.

What made you decide that music is what you wanted to do?

GS: (Shannon) I’ve known since I was 4 that I was going to do music. It was the biggest part of my life since I started school. Both my parents were musicians and encouraged me all my life. I finished my bachelors degree in music and now teach piano and voice.

(Ryan) Music runs in my family, but I didn’t know until I was 14 that I wanted it to be a significant part of my life. I was at my uncle’s place and he had just picked up a new Fender Strat. I’d never played before and he taught my the intro to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. The feeling of learning to play something on guitar was a feeling I’d never felt before and I was hooked from then.

You met each other at an open mic night, did you expect that you two would work together right after meeting?

GS: (Ryan) I actually approached Shannon with the intent of collaborating. I was looking to put a group together and knew I wanted a piano player. She was by far the most talented pianist that I’d seen playing at that venue. Luckily the basement recordings I had online were enough to convince her that it’d be worth getting together to work on some tunes.

You guys recently released the single, how has the response to it been so far?

GS: (Shannon) So far it’s been great! We recently made it available on music sites other than Muzooka, which is where we initially released it. You can now download it at BandCamp. A publishing company rep found us through bandcamp and contacted us after listening to the single “Love Can Change”. We actually just signed on so hopefully the track will get us some placement deals. We also did whats called a “crowd review” where random music listeners review your music. The feedback was overwhelmingly good. It’s definitely encouraging when people who have never heard your music before become fans from just one song.

You guys have been working on your first full length album, how is the process of making an album different from the EP?

GS: (Ryan) With the EP we had a tiny budget. It was just Shannon and I with a friend who played violin. We were also still learning how to write music as a duo, so there’s a big difference in style from album to album. For the full length, we’re in a professional studio with hired session players and an amazing producer. We’re recording at Studio D with Steve Dierkens. He’s essentially become the third member of the band. He’s helped shape our sound and refine our songs, as well as helped us step out of our writing habits. Having input makes a huge difference when recording an album, especially when it’s from someone you respect and trust.

What are you most excited for about the release of your first full length album?

GS: (Shannon) Going on tour! We want to hit the road and reach new people. We also want to re-enagage fans that we’ve already made. We’re really proud of the new album and the new sound that has taken us almost 3 years to achieve.

(Ryan) We’re also going to be shooting our first official music video for the single. We’re going to Victoria BC to work with a bunch of friends that are in the video industry.

These next questions will help your fans get to know you better, what song is your favorite to play live?

GS: (Shannon) I really like playing “End of an Era” and “If all we had was Love”. They’re both on the new album, so you’ll have to come to one of our shows to hear them before the album comes out.

(Ryan) I definitely agree with Shannon on “If all we had was Love”. “You will Always” is another one I love to play. It has a build in the bridge that is like nothing we’ve ever done before. I think it’s going to stand out on the album.

What song describes you best?

GS: (Ryan) “Shake it off” by Taylor Swift yo.

(Shannon) “I faked it” by Mo Kenney. Let’s not go into why…

Do you have any hidden talents?

GS: (Ryan) I was a bit of a video gamer growing up and recently got my hands on Mario Party for N64. I challenge anyone to a duel.

(Shannon) I’m an avid runner. I compete in a few races and marathons every year. I also make the best banana bread, ask Ryan.

(Ryan) Agreed

And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

GS: (Ryan) Sorry for the wait! But we’re really confident that it will be worth it. This album is what we’ve been working towards since we met 3 years ago, we feel like we truly found our sound.

(Shannon) And thank you for all the support and encouragement that got us where we are.

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Puttin’ On The Foil releases tour dates

By: Amanda Hather

Calgary trio Puttin’ On The Foil is on tour from October 17th until November 29th. All dates are either 18 or 19+, depending on venue.

October 18th – Saskatoon, SK, Rock Bottom
October 25th – Calgary, AB, Dickens Pub (With Supersuckers and Poison Pens)
October 31st – Pincher Creek, AB, Leo’s Tavern
November 3rd – Banff, AB, Wild Bill’s (With GOB)
November 22nd – Calgary, AB, Vern’s Tavern (With Rebuild/Repair, OHMWAR, Thrashadactyl, State of Demur, Just Stay F**king Dead)
November 28th & 29th – Red Deer, AB, Fionn MacCool’s

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New lyric video released by BornBroken

By: Jenna Melanson

On top of recently announcing their new line up with vocalist Jeff Boisvert and drummer Steve Burns, Montreal groove metal band, BornBroken has released their new lyric video for “Watch The World Unwind”, which is the lineups first track recorded and produced by Chris Donaldson.

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