Invasions

Invasions a dream pop quintet from Toronto in Canada is AlexBrianMattBrian and Ara.

Invasions - dream pop from Canada

Invasions

The mystique of Invasions emerges from the lo-fi connotations. Kick off your shoes and let the warming waves of the quintet wash over the body; Strip away the clothing and just revel in the warming jets of mist that flow around the room as the band mutates betwixt the instrumentation as an unstoppable stream of warming instrumentation disperses its scent, whilst the vocal slides though the instruments like a panther stalking prey.


Configured to entice the pleasure zones, Invasions portend of delights to come and the triumphalist bugle which intersperse many tracks sits as a valedictory triumphalism which suits the minds eye of the audience. Displaced sounds weft across the room, floating like ethereal spirits for the ears to hone towards yet fail to capture as the group meanders off the direction of travel.

Individual tracks are not overly long, yet the brain is convinced it has been on a lengthy stay as Invasions combine both simple constructs with variations on a theme providing sounds which capture the imagination. I just need another lay down to absorb the atmosphere.

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The Almighty Rhombus

The Almighty Rhombus from Greater Sudbury in Canada is the alt-rock quintet of Mike Kenny (Guitar / lead Vocals), Clayton Drake (Keys), Neil Bednis (Bass), Carter Drake (Drums) and Cameron Drake (Guitar).

The Almighty Rhombus - alt rock from Canada

The Almighty Rhombus

An entertaining collection of sounds slide their way into the ears on hitting play as The Almighty Rhombus with hazed guitars and fleeting keys deliver their sounds which are predominately wrapped up inside three minutes. Intriguingly they also have at least one track that extends for over seven minutes.

I was transported on more than one occasion to the sunnier climes of the Los Angeles whilst listening, yet there is equally something quite urbane in the songs. You knew it wouldn’t be possible for me not to mention Euclidean geometry given the name The Almighty Rhombus. Somehow the fifth member gives the band an appropriate name for a four sided equilateral shape as the ‘Almighty’ suggest something more than your regular and in this they undoubtedly live up to expectations. I always enjoy bands who are able to express themselves succinctly, which I know sits as an intriguing juxtaposition to my own verbosity in reviews, but nonetheless I do and their short tracks contain everything that is needed to express the context.

Of additional pleasure is the way that the percussion and bass hustle along the music, whilst not taking over the pieces, but ever present and entertaining. These five players work well together delivering sounds which add value to the day and for that, I thank The Almighty Rhombus.

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The Medicine Hat

The Medicine Hat is an alt-indie band from Guelph in Canada comprising the quintet of Aaron Hoffman, Elliott Gwynne, Michael Boyd, Nabi Bersche and Tyler Bersche.

The Medicine Hat - alt-indie from Canada

The Medicine Hat

Interestingly for the second time in a month I find a band who coincided a release with a relationship occasion – last time it was Crying Day Care Choir with their daughter, this time a release that came out in the summer to marry up with a – wedding and you can spot by the surnames who it was back in June that tied the nuptials, even more intriguingly both being folk derived and even more fascinating, both living in countries whose borders extend into the Arctic Circle….

….At that point the common thread breaks you will be delighted to hear, else this would not be a band review but an exploration of geographics and genetics. The Medicine Hat, yes, finally we have arrived….

A beguiling vocal that sounds akin to an icy blue figure is surrounded by equally separated instrumentation, giving the material a strangely stark context as the precursor to the evolving relationships of which The Medicine Hat concentrate. Whilst distinctive instrumentation slips into the room from the various corners, there is a cohesion that delivers music which resonates of the virtual spaces of Social Media, connected, cohesive, yet solitary and distant entities.

The keys, provide a thawing sentience to the sounds, acting like the melting and refreezing bond which creates the sculpture that is The Medicine Hat. I have had the opportunity to listen to the nine track Old Bones which came out recently to coincide with the wedding and it is delightful journey lasting just over half an hour – worth taking ownership.

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Sun Stone Revolvers

Drone-rock courtesy of Sebastian Diaz-MolaroLavien Lee and John McKinnon from Toronto in Canada who make-up Sun Stone Revolvers.

Sun Stone Revolvers - drone-rock from Canada

Sun Stone Revolvers

Humming like a rack of servers the music saws around the room in a hushed fuse of languid distortion as Sun Stone Revolvers deliver their version of the tetchy teenager monosyllables that is better known as Drone-rock. An incredibly difficult style of music to deliver successfully, as the very nature of the beast is to sound bored with it all. Being able to do that whilst capturing the attention of the audience for more than a fleeting moment is no easy task.

Sun Stone Revolvers are able to do more than that, they actually make you wish there was more to hear. Meandering guitars are displayed in a haze of frowning sound, whilst the percussion adds the grimace and to round it off, the vocal adds the petulance, yet it somehow all comes together in a fascinating mesmeric soundtrack which feeds its way into the very soul of the audience.

Time flows past uncounted as the band takes the listener on a carpet ride of psychedelic rock that plays gently with the mind. They are not straining to take the listener to the obscure edges of their imagination rather transport them on a gentle journey of space and trance, which Sun Stone Revolvers do superbly.

Their recent 10 track release Spaceship X which is available on iTunes* is a good place to get to know the band.

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Patron Saint Of Plagues

Patron Saint Of Plagues is Opi Saint (Vocals / Guitar), Dead Boy (Guitar), Robbie Graves (Bass) and Bonez (Drums) an alt-rock band from Ottowa in Canada.

Patron Saint Of Plagues - alt rock from Canada

Patron Saint Of Plagues – photo – Ray Dark

For the second time in a month I find myself in the land of theatrical rock, Patron Saint Of Plagues offering a completely different style as they play a darker edge of music than C-Types. Inside the theatrical costumes lays genuine musicianship and it is hardly surprising they have established an enthusiastic fan-base.

A crescendo of guitars and percussion hammer against the walls before dripping like a flayed and splayed scalped mask, the growling vocals crawl over the spine unnervingly  and the sounds run into the ears like an army of ants driving the brain to ever greater depths of evisceration.

Whilst Patron Saint Of Plagues deliver their songs along the thematic lines of their core entity, they are first rate songwriters and for those not aware or particularly interested in vaudevillian horror, there is plenty of thunderously delivered rock to capture the attention.

Once again good musicians demonstrate it is possible that they can really can have fun while delivering sounds which are of top quality.

As may be expected given the time of year,  Patron Saint Of Plagues released a new EP on the 1st October – the five track – Scary Tales 2.

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Scary Tales 2 – EP – Patron Saint of Plagues is available on iTunes*.

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