New single released by Paige Morgan

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By: Amanda Hather

604 Records artist Paige Morgan has released a new single. “Half Life” is available on iTunes and comes with two bonus songs, “Ibiza” and “Paralyzed (Crowe Remix)”. She also has a new album coming out, set to be released later this year in September.

Half Life: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/high-life-single/id899344334

Paige Morgan on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_paigemorgan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPaigeMorgan
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/paigemorgannn or http://www.youtube.com/user/PaigeMorganVEVO
Website: http://www.paigemorganmusic.com/#

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Marianas Trench release new single

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By: Amanda Hather

Marianas Trench fans around the world can finally enjoy the first brand new material that the band released since the release of ‘Ever After’ in November of 2011. “Pop 101” was released to radio on July 28th and iTunes on July 29th. Canadian Trenchers pushed the song to number two within hours of its release. The song features fellow 604 Records artist Anami Vice and a multitude of pop music references. The song is definitely worlds away from their norm, but they did what they do best and that is making an extremely catchy song. The band has said that the video to accompany the new single will be out sometime next week. Make sure you check out the song on iTunes and keep an eye on their social media for the new video and any news on their upcoming album.

Pop 101: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/pop-101-barely-feat.-anami/id899326309

Marianas Trench on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mtrench
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarianasTrench
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MarianasTrenchVEVO or http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoyH0aC1QnExGeyo8ceP00w
Website: http://www.marianastrench.net/

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Review – These Raven Skies

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By: Jessica Lewis

Album – These Raven Skies
iTunes Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/these-raven-skies/id883756299
Release Date – July 29, 2014
Genre – Rock/Metal

These Raven Skies are a Calgary based rock/metal band consisting of members Perkins (Vocals), Alex Whitecombe (Guitar), Trevor Landmark (Bass), Shand Munro (Drums). Their debut, self-titled album was released today (July 29, 2014). The album has nine tracks and a running time of 35:51.

Rock/metal music has a generic expectation as a genre of music. This expectation is to have loud, heavy instruments, screamo-type singing and lyrics that are less than thoughtful. After listening to These Raven Skies, that expectation might be different. While there is the heavy, loud instruments – for most songs – that fans of the genre enjoy, the singing is not simply ‘screamo’. While it has a screamo vibe (which comes from metal), there is also a rough undertone of a rock singer. It flexes the type of singing between the two genres, giving the songs a unique sound.

For the third expectation, the lyrics, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that These Raven Skies do have lyrics that have poetic and thoughtful value. When the band began writing, they said that they simply wrote whatever came to mind. It’s plain to hear that their songwriting has changed to become a bit more in depth – something that appeals to many music listeners.

While there are the metal/heavy rock songs, there are some that slow down. Track number 6, Emily and Alick, is one of these songs. It holds the components of rock (with a sick guitar solo), the words tell a story and the music is not as heavy. It is a well-placed feel good song in the middle of a rock/metal album. It’s one of my favourites on the album.

As the album progresses, the sound moves from loud metal into a softer rock. This transition is interesting while listening. The album begins with head-banging songs and ends with ones that you can slow dance too. It’s a slow transition throughout the songs, and is one that I had never before heard on an album like this. I found it both interesting and well executed. The beginning gets you pumped up, and then falls into a softer sound.

All in all, the album is not a generic, expected, rock/metal album that has all of the same components of every other album of it’s genre. The songs each stand out in there own way, yet all sound like they should be together. The lyrics are poetic and meaningful if listened to and the instrumentals are the heavy rock sound that fans of this genre will appreciate. It is an album that is a perfect addition to today’s music scene.

Rating: 5/5

Connect with These Raven Skies:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theseravenskies/timeline
Website: http://www.theseravenskies.com

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Interview – Rival Boys

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By: Amanda Hather

Rival Boys is a rock trio from Toronto that includes Graeme Rose (guitar, vocals), Lee Rose (bass, vocals), and Sam Sholdice (drums). Their latest album, ‘Animal Instincts’, was released on June 30th, 2014. To find out more about the trio, check them out on social media as well as keep reading this interview.

Animal Instincts: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/animal-instincts/id885081926

Canadian Beats review of Animal Instincts: http://canadianbeats.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/review-rival-boys/

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

People always ask that, because we’re (obviously) fronted by a girl! Honestly, it was so long ago, we can’t even remember. Coming up with a band name is the worst. Before we were called Rival Boys we played one show where we called ourselves “Radar Patrol vs. Spy King.” That was too long and stupid, so we came up with something shorter

When did you decide that you wanted to become a band?

All three of us played music of one kind or another since we were little. I think the urge to start a band came on when I started writing songs in my mid-teens.

What’s your favourite song on ‘Animal Instincts’ to play live?

Lives of Plants and Animals

Which song was the hardest to write? The easiest?

The easiest song on the record to write was probably Construction Work. That song is really old, from another part of my life. The hardest song was definitely Young and Old – it took a very long time for that song to shape up into what it is now.

When you’re writing songs, what comes first? (E.g. lyrics, melody, etc.)

Usually, some sort of musical chord structure or riff will come first. That inspires a melody, which might change the chord structure. Lyrics come last.

If someone hadn’t heard your music before, how would you describe it to them?

I would say that it’s a blend of power-pop and Indie rock, played earnestly. I might also say that we have a sound that feels like an extrapolation of a kind of singer-songwriter style, only louder and fiercer.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Nirvana, Hot Snakes, Sleater-Kinney, Vic Chesnutt, PJ Harvey, The Monks, The Undertones, Fiona Apple, Bill Callahan

Is it hard being in a band with your sibling?

Not at all! Lee and I get along great – we have such a long history playing together, and we have similar tastes.

What’s coming up next for you?

We have a few shows booked through the summer/fall, and hopefully touring, and a new record next year!

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

What was the first CD that you bought?

We grew up in a house with a huge record collection, but probably the first CD I bought with my own money was Big Shiny Tunes 2.

Any guilty pleasures?

Ummm… Big Shiny Tunes 2?
ALSO:
song – Pony by Ginuwine (not so guilty)
food – California Sandwiches’ eggplant sandwich (also not so guilty)

Go to karaoke song?

Fantasy – Mariah Carey

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

A guitar and amp, a library, and the internet.

Any Canadian band/artist you would recommend to your fans?

Currently active – Mac Demarco, Calvin Love, Sean Nicholas Savage, Jay Sad, DURAN, Planet Creature, The Almighty Rhombus, BEAMS, Terror Lake, Mule Skinner, White Lung, PKEW! PKEW! PKEW!, Greys, HSY, Electric Youth, Absolutely Free, Soupcans, Odonis Odonis, Weaves, METZ

Currently inactive – The Guest Bedroom, Lunchmeat, Anagram, Hot Monogamy, The Nordiques, Constantines (oh – wait… Cons are playing again…)

If you could see any band or artist in concert, who would it be?

Vic Chesnutt, one last time. Although close second choices would be Nirvana or Nina Simone.

Top three places you’d like to travel?

Europe (all), South America (all), Asia (all)

What is something your fans may not know about you?

We love cats?

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

Any of the bands previously mentioned!

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

Retrofit – Hot Snakes

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

I guess, just a big thank you to everyone who’s continued to come to shows and buy our records over the years! Y’all are the best!

Rival Boys on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rivalboys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rival-Boys/8918331963?sk=timeline
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClQHoTK4Dwh51Wq9Ikpocxg
Website: http://rivalboys.com/

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Review – Nikki W.

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By: Amanda Hather

Album – Sad Generation
iTunes Link – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/sad-generation-ep/id897345539
Release Date – July 29th, 2014
Genre – Alternative Pop

London, Ontario singer/songwriter Nikki W has released her debut album ‘Sad Generation’ today (July 29, 2014). The 16 year old has already been compared to the likes of Lana Del Ray and Metric. Her debut album was written with Gavin Brown who has worked with Metric and Lady Gaga.

The six song release sounds like anything but a 16 year old. Her voice is very strong and powerful, quickly grabbing your attention. “Transparent Hands” is one of the quicker paced songs on the album and has terrific instrumentals, especially the guitar in the chorus. “Paper Boat”, a slower song, really shows off her vocal abilities. “Don’t Take Me Home Tonight” picks up the pace a bit and has almost a dance/electric feel to it. The title track shows just how powerful her voice is and how much control she has. “Superman” is my favourite song off of the album and has an upbeat feel to it with very relatable lyrics. Finally, the album closer “Darkness” sounds just as the name would imply; it is a slow song with haunting lyrics that again show off her impressive voice.

Over all I was very impressed with Nikki’s debut album. You would never guess that she was as young as she is by the sound of her voice and the control that she has over it is mind blowing. Be sure to check her out because she will go far.

Rating: 4/5

Nikki W on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nikkiwmusique
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NikkiWMusique/timeline
Website: http://nikkiw.com/

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Tuned In Tuesday – Slowcrash

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By: Amanda Hather

This week’s Tuned In Tuesday is brought to you by four piece Oshawa rock/alternative band, Slowcrash. The band, consisting of Chris Draper (guitar/vocals), Szymon Janicki (guitar), Jordan Ciesielski (bass/vocals), and Neil Ledger (drums, vocals). I hadn’t heard of the band until they followed me on Twitter one day and I decided to check out their music. They have several songs available on ReverbNation, my favourite by far is “Long Gone”. You should definitely check out this band if you like any of the artists they’re influenced by such as Matthew Good, U2, Coldplay, and City and Colour.

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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New track released by DVBBS

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By: Emily Thomson

DVBBS is an electronic duo from Orangeville, Ontario. DVBBS are popular duo in the world of EDM. DVBBS has played shows and festivals all over the world.

They just released their latest song ‘We Are Young’ on Beatport. It is very upbeat and sounds like the perfect song to rage to.
Get it here: http://www.beatport.com/release/we-were-young/1342281

Connect with DVBBS:
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DVBBS
Facebook: https://facebook.com/dvbbs
Website: http://dvbbs.com

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