The Population Drops

The Population Drops a garage rock band from Vancouver in Canada comprises Mary Jane Doe, Matt Wrong, Helen Heaven and Teddy Reckless.

The Population Drops - Garage Rock from Canada

The Population Drops


A sultry blast winds its way in to the room on hitting play as The Population Drops combine electronics and instrumentation with tracks resonating of menacing under-currents. The sounds percolate the mind with imagery as the quartet layer on booming bass which plays superbly against the high pitches of the keys.

Whilst the tracks are generally less than the three minutes, they are laden with so many layers that they seem to extend far longer. It is the raw bleeding edges to the sound that brings it to life as The Population Drops play with a range of concepts. It is easy to find references to earlier bands, but that is to miss the point, as the quartet deliver a sound that has a distinctive style.

Having recently put together an EP – Enough – there is another due in short order – Find Another End. Having been away for a few days, it was with some considerable pleasure that I stumbled upon these four and I look forward to hearing more in the future.

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Stegall

Sometimes a band name makes perfect sense  – Stegall is the synth-rock trio of three sisters of the eponymous surname – Clara (vocals), Sydney (guitar) and Liza (keyboards) from London in Canada.

Stegall - synth rock from Canada

Stegall

Hitting the ground running, having formed recently, Stegall offer music which resonates of their upbringing which saw them move across swathes of The USA and the music provides an inclusive international quality. Light on the feet, they are not trying to recreate the wheel, rather add embellishments to a genre and this they do with some style.


A delightful bass sweeps along the music and the percussion is thoughtfully programmed allowing the vocals and tonality to hold the attention of the audience as Stegall showcase their compositions which belies the age of the band.

Having spent considerable energy in getting the on-line and visual elements right, they have also recently released their perhaps appropriately named début EP IV, which evidences these are more than glossy marketers. As a template for new bands Stegall are stellar examples.

The next step will be to see how this transposes to a live environment and they are booked for a  tour in Eastern Canada later this year. I look forward to catching up with Stegall later in the year to see how it is all developing. For now, well worth catching at the start of what has the foundations for a promising career.

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Black Walls

Black Walls is the ambient drone solo songwriter Kenneth Reaume from Etobicoke in Canada.

Black Walls - ambient drone from Canada

Black Walls

People who are new to the site would be forgiven for thinking the only material covered is sombre and melancholic as Black Walls is of similar theme to The Imaginary Suitcase LP reviewed in the previous article, musically they are of different styles completely, thematically both very introspective.


The billowing black clouds roll across the room enveloping the listener in a shroud of darkness in which the brain becomes fixated. Partially shadowed lyric adds to the atmosphere as the music gathers itself in folds. There is beauty in the blackness which curls around the brain.

Black Walls has been around for a while and the most recent release Communion set for release tomorrow is by far the  most introverted by Reaume, having been recorded at night in a bedroom reminiscing over the death of his father. The very personal and considered nature of the material makes this a release more than worthy of consideration as within that self-enveloped space of inward discovery there are semblances of glimmers of cracks in the skyline.

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Torn Beloved

Torn Beloved from Ottawa in Canada is the rock band of Josee Martel (Vocal / Rhythm Guitar), Joel Falardeau (Bass / Backing Vocal), Greg Hanson (Drums) and Chad Spaz (Lead Guitar / Backing Vocal).

Torn Beloved - rock from Canada

Torn Beloved

A melancholic noir feel to the sounds of Torn Beloved is exacerbated by the wide spaces between notes hitting the ears, which gives the feeling of moss creeping up the shaded side of old gravestones. The dark and moody textures enable to quartet to provide the audience with a sensory exploration of deep purple hues, without it becoming overtly gothic. I just had to turn up the heating as I write such is the chill that exudes around the room.

Intelligently written songs give evidence to the groundwork that Torn Beloved have laid over the past three years as they deliver appropriately spaced and textured compositions, which enhance the atmosphere created. The music inveigles itself into the bloodstream, coursing washes of coolant to feed round the body.

Having focussed much of their energy in honing their live performance, it wasn’t until September 2013 that they released their eponymous debut LP and I hope that they are now able to spread their time more evenly between recording and live performance to enable those of us not in the local environs to shiver in pleasure to more songs, particularly, given that the recorded music oft uses judicious amounts of bowed viola and piano to add further to the mood.

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The Maysides

The Maysides, an indie band from Hamilton in Canada is the trio of Matt Harris (Lead Vocals / Guitar), Kellen Bolger (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Michael Lamb (Drums / Backing Vocals).

The Maysides - an indie band from Canada

The Maysides

With an easy hand on the tiller The Maysides provide music which has bite and poise. Somewhat derivative of West Coast USA indie-pop there is however more of a frisson of emotional context as a smattering of garage derived guitar scours away the burnish to great effect.

The percussion lays down precise and sharp solidity to the tracks, whilst vocal spins along the material with a softer lens. The Maysides provide a sound which manages to cleave a path between radio presentation and a harder hitting resonance delivering easily manageable slices of music that holds the audiences attention. The compositions are well written, enabling the songs to flow a natural stream, whilst never running like sterilised, anodised time-fillers.

A recent six track EP – Evicted – has been used by the band to showcase their diversity of out-put and is a good starting place to get to know The Maysides.

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