Nickelback Release New Single, Sign With Republic Records

By: Amanda Hather

After nearly 20 years in the music scene not only in Canada, but worldwide, the multi-platinum rock band originally from Hanna, Alberta, Nickelback, are back at it again. On August 19th they released their new single from their upcoming album ‘No Fixed Address’, due to be released in early November. However, “Edge of a Revolution” isn’t the only new thing for the band. They have also announced that they have signed a new record deal with Republic Records. Be sure to keep an eye on the band’s social media so you don’t miss any upcoming releases.

Edge of a Revolution: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/edge-of-a-revolution-single/id906943545

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickelback
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nickelback/timeline
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nickelbacktv/
Website: http://www.nickelback.com/

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Interview – Slowcrash

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By: Amanda Hather

Slowcrash is a rock/alternative four-piece band based in Oshawa, Ontario. The band includes Chris Draper (guitar, vocals), Szymon Janicki (guitar), Jordan Ciesielski (bass, vocals), and Neil Ledger (drums, vocals). They released a self-titled album on May 17th, 2014. Want to learn more about this band? Check out their social media below and keep reading this interview.

First of all, how did you come up with the name Slowcrash?

Slowcrash: We originally had another band name in mind but just before a show we realized that another local band had the same name. An ex band member who was a real estate agent suggested “Slowcrash” and with time being a factor we decided on it. We’ve all played in other bands before and so much time was spent seeking a name and not enough focusing on the music. Once that name came out we’ve stuck with it.

How long have you been together?

SC: Slowcrash has been active since 2009. Some members have departed but the line up has evolved and become stronger over time.

Who are some of your biggest influences in music?

SC: We all have different tastes in music which mixed together and created our sound. Some of our influences are Matt Good, Radiohead, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and many others.

What is your favourite song to play live?

SC: As we progressed and challenged ourselves, we enjoy playing some of our newest material.

When did you know that you wanted to play music as a career?

SC: As the music industry changed we realized that we have to play music because we love it and not because we want it to be a career. If it becomes a career down the road then that’s a bonus.

Many bands connect with their fans through social media; do you think that this is important? Do you think there are better ways to connect to fans?

SC: Social media is a great tool to help you progress, but many bands become complacent and rely only on it. You have to be able to engage people in many different ways to really maximize your success. Working with our promoter (Marty from Party Envoy) we really tapped in to an incredible source to help us promote ourselves. Also, nothing can compare to experiencing a live show.

What inspires you to write songs?

SC: Everyday life is the perfect inspiration.

If someone hadn’t listened to your band before, how would you describe your sound? What would be a good song to listen to first?

SC: We would describe our sound as Rock music with meaningful vocals and ambient and melodic tones. As we talk to our fans, we realized that the favourite song varies from person to person. For that reason the best song to play first depends on the person.

What’s coming up next for you guys?

SC: We are planning a video and a full-length album in the near future.

At Canadian Beats we like to throw in some fun questions so your fans can get to know you a bit better:

What is something that fans might not know about you?

SC: We all work full time and have families and music is our passion and outlet.

Out of all the concerts you attended as a fan, which was your favourite?

SC: We really enjoy the local music scene and try and catch a show whenever we can. We love to see unsigned bands in the area as they are approachable and are always willing to hang out after their set. We would encourage anyone to check out his or her local scene as there is so much unnoticed talent.

You’re stranded on a desert island, what three things do you want to have with you?

SC: My family, my instrument and a boat.

If you were in charge of a music festival weekend, who would you have playing?

SC: Reference Wayne’s World 2.

Are there any Canadian bands/artists that you would recommend to your fans?

SC: Future History, Glorious Sons, Wildlife and many others.

If you could change one single moment in your life, what would it be?

SC: We are all about no regrets. You live and learn.

What do you think the most played song on your iPod is?

SC: It depends on the mood and the activity during listening.

What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time?

SC: Playing music and spending time with the family.

What is your favourite season?

SC: 3 of us like the summer and our drummer enjoys the fall.

Where are the top three places you want to travel?

SC: -Australia

-Hawaii

-We would love to see all of Canada

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

SC: Support your local music scene. Go see a live show.

Slowcrash: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/slowcrash/id888849147

Slowcrash on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SlowcrashBand

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlowcrashOfficial/timeline
Website: http://www.slowcrash.com/

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Feature Friday – London Above

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By: Tara Thompson

St. John’s alternative rock band, London Above released their debut EP, Creatures, this February. The band consists of Elliott Butt, Chris Morrison, Harry Parsons and Dan Greene.

The band placed in the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight contest for Newfoundland with the title track, Creatures.

They are set to head out on their first tour in September, covering most of the Atlantic provinces. Check out those dates on their Favebook page. Along with those dates, they’re playing in France this weekend… St. Pierre that is.

If you don’t know London Above, I highly suggest you checking them out. If you can get to one of their tour dates, definitely go. You won’t be disappointed.

http://www.facebook.com/LondonAbove

http://www.twitter.com/LondonAboveBand

http://LondonAbove.bandcamp.com

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Interview – The Auditor General

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Interview by: Emily Thomson Photo Credit: David Zahodnik

The Auditor General is a Dream-Pop Indie-Rock Folk-Doom band from Thunder Bay. The members: Jamie Smith, Josh Hogan, Justin Sillman and Sean Skillen are longtime friends. After releasing their debut album, the Auditor General has toured Canada several times and have played renowned festivals across the region. The band has been working in their latest album ‘Last Best Places’, which is available currently on vinyl and will be available for digital download on their website at theauditorgeneral.com on August 15. We got the chance to talk to The Auditor General, keep reading to hear what they had to say.

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

AG: Wow that’s a long list. Maybe we’ll do two bands, two artists and two DJs. Bands: Mare, Mother Mother. Artists: Patrick Watson, Peter Elkas. DJs: Venetian Snares, Kid Koala.

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

AG: Opening for 2112-era Rush would have been awesome just to experience playing a show in the rock-heavy 70s. Also watching them play every night in their prime would be incredible.

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

AG: Nirvana was the biggest thing in the world growing up, everyone wanted to be a rock star so it was probably that.

At what age did you start with music?

AG: Probably around 12? Let’s say 12.

You guys have been friends for a long time, how did you all meet and what was it like working with your friends when you first started?

AG: Josh and Justin have been friends since they met at Sunday school when they were 4 years old. Sean and Jamie met in high school and started a band so they met Josh through the music scene. In 2005 Jamie started a heavy tech-metal band, Norris, with Justin and Josh. Playing music in Thunder Bay is just what you do with friends. It’s either that or hockey. Also, it’s nice to work with friends cause you don’t have to be too concerned about telling them off when they are getting to you, and then usually the next minute you are joking around again. It’s a pretty relaxed vibe. Nothing too serious.

How is ‘Last Best Places’ different from the debut album?

AG: It’s a lot more band-oriented. The first EP was more a collection of songs that Jamie already had that everyone added to later. For this album the music was written all together over the course of several years, and we were able to try out the arrangements in a live setting and see what worked best. Also, this one has a heavier feel that has been something people have noticed more at our live shows.

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

AG: “Eggs on Leggs”. It has a bit of a drunken swing to it that grooves. Also it has such an intense ending that never fails to get the band banging their heads.

If you had to listen to one album for a year, which album would you listen to?

AG: Miles Davis Kind of Blue….or maybe the track ‘Whammy’ by Death Grips on repeat.

Describe each band member in one word.

AG: Josh – tattooed
Justin – short
Sean – nerd
Jamie – bald

What song describes you best?

AG: Probably “Eggs on Leggs”. A real heavy swing that is still pretty sounding.

Do you have any hidden talents?

AG: Other than the ability to drink 100 beers and still make it home in one piece? Not really.

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

AG: Thank you so much to everyone who have bought the album so far and drunk texted us at 4am telling us how much they love it. And to you other people: If you could buy our album that would be swell otherwise hired goons are going to take our thumbs.

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Review – The Breaks

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By: Amanda Hather

EP – Rhythm and Roots
Bandcamp Link – https://thebreaks2.bandcamp.com/album/rhythm-and-roots
Release Date – April 1st, 2014
Genre – Blues/Country/Folk

The Breaks, an alternative blues/country/folk/rock band from Toronto is comprised of Jeff Hughes (drums, backing vocals), Darcy Waffle (bass), and Alex Beraldo (guitar, vocals). ‘Rhythm and Roots’ is the band’s third release, following ‘Honeybees’ in 2013 and ‘In Meetings’ in 2012. The six song release shows off their unique sound with catchy songs.

The song I like the most off the album would have to be the second track, “It Happens All The Time”. It’s a slower song with relaxing sounding music backing the vocals. ‘Beers, Banjoes, & Blackouts’ is a second favourite of mine for the humourous lyrics and story in the song.

Overall this EP, although not entirely my taste in music, is well put together. Those who enjoy this genre are sure to like this EP.

Rating: 3/5

The Breaks on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/breaksband
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themsthebreaks/timeline
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Breaksband
Website: http://www.themsthebreaks.com/

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Interview – Andrea Superstein

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By: Remington Fioraso

Andrea Superstein is a Montreal born, Vancouver based artist. Her music combines the jazz sound of the east and the indie scene of the west. She has been featured on a Women in Jazz compilation, has received international radio play, on top of being interviewed for a number of jazz publications. She was also invited to perform at the first jazz showcase at Canadian Music Week in 2012. Want to learn more about this east gone west jazz artist? Check out her social media below and keep reading this interview.

How was it working with Juno winning producer Les Cooper?

AS: Transformative. Les is a true mastermind. He brought a lot of amazing ideas to the arrangements, giving them interesting textures and layers. He pushed me way out of my comfort zone. We have very different processes when it comes to music making so Les really challenged me to trust my gut and just jump in. It was scary but in the end I think we came out with an amazing record.

Do you see a big difference in the local music scenes in Montreal and Vancouver?

AS: That’s a hard question to answer as I haven’t been involved in the Montreal scene for a very long time.

What kinds of things inspire you to write new songs?

AS: Inspiration comes from so many different places. “What Goes On” has a very obvious 1920’s jazz feel. I was listening to an “oldies” jazz sattelite radio station around the time that I wrote it so that inspiration was fairly obvious.

I’m often inspired by moods and feelings, which conjure up images in my mind. A lot of the universal themes: the struggles and challenges of relationships and love. That’s definitely a reoccuring one for me. The song “Just One Time” was inspired by a first date that I went on. We had a superr fun time, he walked me home. I was expecting a kiss or at least plans for a follow up but he just proceeded to (literally)run away, leaving me completely confused. I decided to use the experience as fodder for my music and voila! a song was born!

If you weren’t in music, what do you think you would be doing?

AS: It’s hard to imagine my life without music. I think being a casting director or producer would be really fun. Or something with kids, which I do a lot of already.

Do you see many differences between your EP ‘Stars’ and your previous album ‘One Night’?

AS: Definitely. One Night was my initial foray into the jazz world. It’s very “straight ahead” jazz. I’m still proud of it as a first record: it sounds great. But Stars is leaps and bounds ahead. There’s an obvious development of creative ideas and arrangements, more layers and a more urban, mature feel to it. It also sits on the fence between multiple genres: indie, jazz, pop which I like a lot. In some ways it’s more accessible even though people might have a harder time classifying its genre. There are also some original songs on it which I’m really proud of. It’s good to know that I’m continuing to grow and evolve as an artist. I hope that continues with future albums.

If someone hadn’t heard your music before, how would you describe it to them? What song would you suggest they listen to first?

AS: Indie Jazz is a great descriptor. I think some people are afraid of the word jazz, or they have a preconceived idea of what it is. In my experience, most people who hear the music for the first time really enjoy it and start to open their minds to what jazz can be. Ultimately the music is really accessible to people with lots of different tastes in music. I see this a lot at shows for example. One of my last concerts ranged in age from 12-70. That was very interesting to me.

As for a first song to listen to, probably “I Want to Be Evil”. It’s fun and sassy and has an amazing groove. It was written for Eartha Kitt (the original Catwoman). Who can’t get down to that?

Out of all of your songs, which is your favourite to perform live?

AS: Favourites change so often. I think right now, I’m really loving performing “I Love Paris” (which is not on the EP but will appear on the full length release sometime in 2015). Cole Porter was such an influential composer and I think the arrangement we have is so original and unique. It’s really special when I can dig really deeply into a song that so many people have covered or arranged and find a way to make it so different. I like to leave space during live performances to explore the song even further – that’s definitely where my jazz background comes into play. Essentially, we’re never performing this song exactly the same way and there’s a big open section where I can improvise vocally. I get really into it, almost like the song is enveloping me. It’s quite powerful and the audience can feel it too.

If you mean something from the EP, I also love performing “I Want to Be Evil”. It’s fun and sassy and has this great R&B/Amy Winehouse kinda vibe. I often quip that it allows me to express my true innermost feelings.

What can fans expect from the EP, ‘Stars’?

AS: An eclectic collection of unique songs that all work really well together even though they’re so different. Like a pack of Life Savers – a flavour for everyone.

What’s coming up next for you?

AS: I’m in the process of working out the details for a full length CD release sometime in 2015 and I’m also working on a cross-Canada tour for Spring/Summmer 2015. And I’m having a baby, so there’s that : )

At Canadian Beats we like to throw in a few fun questions to help people get to know you a bit better:

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

AS: Dogsledding in the Yukon – for sure!!

Where has your favourite place to perform a show been?

AS: Last year, I played in Kaslo, BC at the Langham Theatre. It was Earth Hour and the organizers asked if I would be open to playing an acoustic set in the dark by candlelight. It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had as a performer. I really felt connected to the audience.

You’re stranded on a desert island, name three things you would want to have with you.

AS: My beau, a ukulele, a genie in a bottle

Favourite colour?

AS: turquoise

What is something your fans may not know about you?

AS: I once worked on a chicken farm.

Favourite concert you’ve ever been to?

AS: Toughie. Jamie Cullum at the Commodore in Vancouver was pretty mind blowing. I cried through most of it. It was all just so amazing.

If you were ever in charge of putting together a festival, who would you have playing at it?

AS: Paul Simon (because I dream of doing a duet with him one day), Jean Leloup, Chet Baker (if he were alive), Laila Biali, The Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Koop, Hannah Georgas, Pokey Lafarge, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Hawksley Workman, Michael Kaeshammer, Kellylee Evans, Regina Spektor, The Postal Service, Keane, Jamie Cullum, Melody Gardot, Balkan Beat Box, my friends.

What do you think your most played song on your iPod is?

AS: Probably These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding

What was the first CD that you bought?

AS: REM Automatic For the People

Any guilty pleasures?

AS: Chocolate. I’m so addicted, I used to eat the baking chocolate out of my mom’s pantry.

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

AS: You are all ridiculously amazing and wonderful people. Thank you for the love! Bisous. xoxo

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Tuned In Tuesday – The Black Fever

By: Amanda Hather

This week’s Tuned In Tuesday is brought to you by post-punk indie rock band from Toronto, The Black Fever. The band includes Shoe (vocals, guitar), Pat (bass, back-up vocals), and Dan (drums). Their newest release includes three songs, my favourite of which is “My Love, The Sea”. They also have past music available on their website for streaming. ‘A Little Help’ is available on their Soundcloud. Be sure to check out this band on their social media to learn more about them:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheBlackFever
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBlackFeverMusic/timeline
Website: http://www.theblackfever.com/

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