“Sentimental Sins” as performed by Matt Mays for a Sonic Temple Session, from his his sixth studio album Once Upon a Hell of a Time…
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There are so many great music festivals happening this summer that I just wish I would be able to attend. Case in point, the Pemberton Music Festival; a five-day festival taking place Wednesday, July 16 to Sunday, July 20 in beautiful Pemberton, BC (located near Whistler, BC) . With nearly 100 performances and six separate performance areas, including two main stages, two secondary stages, a dance tent and a comedy area, Pemberton Music Festival will be five glorious days of music, comedy, and camping on 300 clean, open acres in one of the most idyllic settings on Earth.
The stellar lineup includes the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, Deadmau5, Soundgarden, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Metric with IMF favourites Justice [DJ Set], TV On The Radio, St. Vincent, The New Pornographers, Stars, Hayden, Matt Mays, Hey Rosetta!, Rich Aucoin and many more.
Care of The Pemberton Music Festival, I’ve got two General Admission Tickets + Camping or Shuttle to give away to one lucky winner. There is only one way to enter. Email me at chris AT indiemusicfilter.com with “PEMBERTON” in the subject line with your full name in the body. Tell your friends in the west to enter! Deadline is WEDNESDAY, JULY 9TH at NOON (EST). I’ll notify the winner that day.
I like watching bands get better. And from these earlier posts, you can see that I’ve been watching this 5-piece band from Hamilton (with songs about factories) grow into a powerhouse live band with a great album to back it up. Charlemagne became Arkells and Arkells have come into their own.
This year the band signed a deal with Dine Alone Records (City and Colour, Attack In Black) and it seems to have steered the band in the right direction. They went into the studio and did two things very well. With the help of producer Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, Fucked up) not only were the older songs off the Deadlines EP rerecorded/modified and made better, 7 new songs were recorded to aptly capture this bands’ ability to grow as songwriters and break out of familiar molds from their previous work. No longer can one say that this band sounds just ‘Springsteenesque‘ or like another version of the Constantines. Sure, you can hear elements of each somewhere on this album, but there is no longer a one-word description of what they sounds like.
The record is bound together by bluesy rock-riffs, group-vocal choruses, memorable melodies and a dynamic mix of guitars, organ, bass, drums and sweat. The re-worked songs on the album start strong (Deadlines as a killer lead-off), remind us of classic ’80s OV beer commercials (Ballad Of Hugo Chavez), bring back the harmonica (No Champagne Socialist) and lend the drums from the Foo Fighter‘s My Hero (Abigail, my favorite song on the record). The new songs are hooky (Pullin’ Punches, John Lennon) and emotive (I’m Not The Sun).
All the songs flow into each other like a live show.
Catch this band on tour right now, currently supporting Matt Mays & El Torpedo across Canada. Great fit for a lineup, I’d just be concerned if I were the headliner. You never want your opener to rock the crowd harder than you plan to. Tourdates on their myspace page.
Here’s the 2nd track off the record. Enjoy.
Pullin’ Punches. If you like Eagle*Seagulls‘ Photograph, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this one.[audio:https://www.indiemusicfilter.com/audio/pullinpunches.mp3]
“I don’t care what happens in the video, as long as I get to drive a DeLorean…..”
that’s what I would have said if I was Matt Mays.
I was never good at remembering details and I never excelled at history in school. So I had to look up what the word Charlemagne meant. Apparently, some dude who conquered half of Europe. Charles the Great they called him, or the Father of Europe. Now he shares his name with two bands that I’ve found on the net. One band from Philly who are really amazing at boring me. Another, a great outfit from Hamilton and the focus of this post.
Was again turned on to a solid band by an Easy Tiger who had brought them to play here in Toronto a couple weeks ago. I’ve heard their new EP (Deadlines, released on Jan. 22nd) and its solid all the way through. They pull off a mix of soulful rock with heaps of raw energy shovelled on top. If you like the Constantines, you’re probably going to like these guys as well. Good fit on a bill with Tokyo Police Club or Matt Mays, as the band have added those opening slots to their resume.
I love the fact that under the ‘homepage’ link on their myspace page, it links to Sting. I wonder if he links back…?
Check out the title track off Deadlines. Really makes me want to see five kids pull this song off live…. wait! Toronto show at the Shoe on Valentine’s day (as well as other Ontario dates in the coming weeks). Another track for ya? Ingest Oh, The Boss Is Coming.