The Bootlegs

The Bootlegs is Andrew Oliver (Vocals), Brady Burke (Guitar), Elliot Hepworth (Bass) and Ben Labenski (Drums) an alt-rock band from Oakville in Canada.

The Bootlegs - alt rock from Canada

The Bootlegs – Photo by Eric Riehl

It was back in May I first came across The Bootlegs with their video for Fail To Recall and at that stage there just wasn’t enough music for a review, that has all changed as the quartet who have been around for less than a year have been working hard on creating new sounds.

As Friday morning drifts into the afternoon as I write, this music suits the wind-down period extremely well. I recall back in the late ’80s when I had a ‘real job’ when all the staff were bought a drink to consume in the office on a Friday afternoon, a tradition I subsequently continued with with my own staff with my head-hunting businesses, until I finally gave up suits in the late ’90s that wind-down and collective easing of the pressure was a real boost to everyone and The Bootlegs would have been ideal to add to the mix. That isn’t to say it is all just noises for the background, as the band weave some intriguing progressions through their material which retains the ear of the listener.

Well structured melodies are accompanied by relevance of drum / bass combinations with vocals floating in and out of the mix as the quartet lay out their gentle carpet for the audience to lay and listen.


Knock Me Down – EP – The Bootlegs is available on iTunes*

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Pröjekt F

Pröjekt F is Jonh M.Miller (Vocal), Dany Burton (Drums), William Hicks (Bass) and Simon Sayz (Guitar) an industrial rock band from Montreal in Canada. I had to double check the name of the lead singer and as far as I can tell Jonh is not a typo and neither is Dany the drummer.

Pröjekt F - industrial rock from Canada

Pröjekt F – photo credit NM Fotograph

Pröjekt F deliver their sounds like a sledgehammer, just make sure the plaster on the walls is in good condition before you turn the volume up and hit play.

Whilst they are able to deliver rumbling industrial rock, Pröjekt F, is also able to surprise with far more structured melodies which are seamed with pianoforte, but regardless of where they take the material it has a raw power that glitters like a bloodied axe scything away at the listeners head. Don’t duck as the precision and craft ensures you are in good hands and facing the whirling sounds is precisely how to enjoy this music and immensely enjoyable it is too.

This is a band you just know will have fans ramming their heads into the speakers on live performance to get the full experience. As I have already ruined my ears from decades of music listened too to loudly and suffer with tinnitus I would have little to loose by lining up at the front of the stage.

Although Pröjekt F has been around since 2006, they have only recently got round to releasing their debut LP – Skins.


Skins – Pröjekt F is available on iTunes*

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Aurganic is Leo Pisaq (Synths / Keys / Programming / Guitars / Engineering) and Michael Kossov (Vocals / Guitars / Bass / Keys / Programming) an alt-electronica duo from Toronto in Canada.

Aurganic - alt-electronica from Canada


This Monday as I am writing is for deep breathing exercises as for the second time, this is easy on the ear, as I am subsumed in the duck down ambience that is Aurganic. Whilst the music is restful on the brain that isn’t to suggest it is wallpaper paste as there is plenty of activity and creativity occurring to focus the thought processes. The combinations of voice, real instruments and synthetic sounds create pieces that have both an organic imprint and also an experimental edginess that works particularly well.

Having been around for a few years and known each other for even longer, the duo work well together, playing to each others abilities and generating something that is worth spending time with. Whilst predominately a duo, they also recognize that a third mind and set of fingers / vocal can add additional value and to their credit Aurganic are not afraid to add these dimensions where it makes sense and these interventions add a nice alteration in sound to the music.

Already with an LP behind them, the 2012 Life As a Canvas – Aurganic is available on iTunes*,  a new release, the twelve track Deviations which comes out on 24th September 2013, identifies that Aurganic is proving an effective recording outfit. I can’t say this will sit on my must have everyday playlist, but the new release, which I have had the opportunity to hear is a superbly crafted and genuine body of work, most certainly worth adding to music collection.


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