LemonLang

LemonLang from Pickering in Canada started life as a duo and is now the solo rock project of Greg Lemon.

LemonLang - rock from Canada

LemonLang

Tumescence of sounds growl around the room in a manner that reminds me of a drill-bit eating into the earth as LemonLang carve up the foundations with a prominent bass that harangues the ears in a manner that draws the ears ever nearer to the speakers.


Having enticed closer inspection wailing guitars excavate the the timpani, drawing blood, as a drum hammers gleefully in the background and a vocal, which cauterizes, sheens the compositions.  Greg works hard to deliver tracks through delivering each constituent part and the resulting out-put is a pleasure to the audience at home, the only sadness is that this cannot be replicated on stage and I have my fingers crossed that LemonLang will become a full line-up to extract the full value of the music.

I am given to understand that a new album is scheduled for later this year, which given the previous material is going to be worth adding to the collection. Fairly typically for me the song of choice is from the days of a duo rather than currency.

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Neverfriend

Neverfriend is the alt-rock band comprising Gina Smith (Vocals / Guitar), Fraser Smith (Lead Guitar), Logan Bennett (Bass) and Mike Berrigan (Drums) from Ottowa in Canada.

Neverfriend - Alt-rock from Canada

Neverfriend

Scouring their way into the room the sounds of Neverfriend provide a hermeneutic commentary of anxiety in tightly bonded compositions. There is an undertow of darkness that is highlighted by a bass that sings through the speakers. The percussion acts as a powerful driver adding to the menacing four strings, giving the quartet something of a gothic foundation. The guitars equally reflect of this consternation and are used to provide what seem like flashes of lightning which simultaneously deepen the shadows. Rounding of the out-put is a vocal that matches the mood with a pitch veering on panic struck and the resulting music is something that demands being put on loop.


Experienced musicians with the initial formation of Neverfriend back in 2006 it only remains a surprise they are not far better known, but those are the vagaries of the music industry. Whilst approaching their song-writing and professional development seriously, they do not let this spill into the music which retains a natural flow that allows the listener to feel connected.

Having had the opportunity to listen to much of their back-catalogue along with the latest release Evolve – that came out on the 16th I recommend grabbing hold of the whole lot and take an uninterrupted journey to discover Neverfriend.

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Sex With Strangers

Sex With Strangers from Vancouver in Canada is the alt-rock band of Hatch Benedict (Vocals / Keys), Mike Gentile (Bass), Alexis Young (Vocals / Keys), Cory Price (Guitar) and Dan Walker (Drums).

Sex With Strangers - alt-rock from Canada

Sex With Strangers

With seven years behind them and the release of their fifth LP – the ten track – You Know Something We Don’t? just recently, Sex With Strangers has more experience than most of the bands reviewed, which is evidenced in the quality of their material. Despite the relative longevity the quintet retain a fresh enthusiasm that is so often lost by bands of long standing.

Drawing from a wide compass of references Sex With Strangers is able to convert those influences to deliver rock romanticism with a dash of turbulence to produce music which has a gloominess that envelops the mind in the journey of sound. The delightfully constructed compositions float around the room as threads of silk, which fascinate the ears as the quintet amalgamate into a single unit whilst the instruments and vocal paint the story-lines.

Without ever over producing the reproductions Sex With Strangers deliver recorded music that would sit well in any-ones play-list as an example of a band who haven’t lost their way, yet are able on each release to add something new and I am given to believe that their live performances are something of a pleasure to attend.

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The Hydrothermal Vents

The Hydrothermal Vents from Montreal and Québec in Canada is the indie-dance duo of John Tielli and Tessa Kautzman.

The Hydrothermal Vents - indie-dance from Canada

The Hydrothermal Vents

An alluring softness flows out of the speakers and gently carpets the floor in a dance mat as The Hydrothermal Vents take your hand and lead you to a close-knit connectivity of footsteps. These are a duo who know how to create music with layers of cloaks and as the layers peel back so the audience becomes more engrossed in the goings-on.


The combinations of instruments and electronics enable The Hydrothermal Vents to immerse the resulting out-put with a sound that takes me to geothermal spas in Iceland with a warming underbelly of sound which is heightened by the frozen mists rising above. At one moment passionate lust swathes the room in sweating bodies the next a tender fingertip is placed to lips as the duo tease the listener with their reflective contemplation.

Just over a year into the existence with an appropriately named nine track début LP Secrets of the Deep! set for release on the 5th July The Hydrothermal Vents is a band to listen to with a partner and space to dance horizontally.

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CHAMPION LOVER

CHAMPION LOVER from Toronto in Canada is the alt-indie quartet of Edward, James, William and Erik.

CHAMPION LOVER - alt -indie from Canada

CHAMPION LOVER

Before heading off to ramble about CHAMPION LOVER, those of you who read the Facebook page may recall a post I made a while ago about how surprised I was that despite many thousands of bands being reviewed over the past almost five years there has never been a duplicate band name. This is the nearest I have come as only a space differentiates between the English band ChampionLover and these guys, but I digress…. CHAMPION LOVER


The sounds seem to be wrestling to get back into the speakers like a Jehovah Witness knocking on the door discovering an orgy going on inside, as the bass implodes upon itself, before finally giving up the fight and donning a gimp mask to join in with the party. The full value of CHAMPION LOVER lays in the underbelly which they expose in a darkened drone that takes over the room in a shroud of reverb which thumps off the walls like clods of sodden turf.

This is music that requires the speakers to be turned up to full volume as the mind immerses itself in the waves of understated distorted phrases which dissipate before the brain can fully ingest the flowing compositions. There is a wandering psychedelic tincture to the sound to which the brain locks, giving it a trippy feel without the ensuing headache.

A début ten track eponymous LP is set for release digitally on the 20th, followed by a must have Vinyl on the 18th of July.

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