February 18, 2018

The Glorious Sons: Young Beauties & Fools

Records execs love rock bands like The Glorious Sons. The Kingston, Ontario quintet make radio-friendly AOR about feeling insecure and a little lost, while trying to sound tough and being on top of things.

Their second album Young Beauties & Fools fails in the "I just want something I can ignore" category when asked what kind of music you might need right now. They have been nominated for a JUNO Award for Rock Album of the Year, a sign that all is not well for guitar music in Canada at the moment. Recommended if you like Mumford & Sons posing as rockers.

Living Hour: Tous les garcons et les filles

Canadian dream pop/shoegaze Living Hour did a fine job covering the Francoise Hardy classic Tous les garcons et les filles. Sadness and melancholy are rolled into one for a song about feeling old despite being young. It is a first taste from their new Lovely, Lonely: A Collection Of Covers For Hollow Hearts EP, which will include songs originally performed by Avi Buffalo, Nico, and the Ink Spots.

End of the line for Gibson?

Legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson may be going down if the commpany fails to meet demands from its creditors:

Gibson Brands, Inc. today announced that the company made a $16.6 million coupon payment to holders of its $375 million, 8.875% senior secured notes due 2018.

Nashville Post reporter Geert De Lombaerde about the financial hassle crippling the company:

That simple statement issued a week ago — at all of 26 words, it’s less than a quarter the length of Gibson’s boilerplate company description that accompanied it — suggests a business-as-usual tone of a company taking care of its contractual commitments.

February 17, 2018

Ride: "Catch You Dreaming" video

Watch the new Ride video for Catch You Dreaming, the closing track from the new EP Tomorrow's Shore.

The UK shoegaze legends will head out to the Far East to promote the release.

Live dates:
  • 02/19 Tokyo, Japan @ Tokyo Dome City Hall
  • 02/21 Osaka, Japan @ Namba Hatch
  • 02/23 Tapei, Taiwan @ Legacy
  • 02/24 Seoul, Republic Of Korea @ Understage
  • 02/26 Yau Tsim Mong, Hong Kong-China @ MacPherson Stadium
  • 04/28 Worthing, UK @ TBA Ride acoustic set
  • 05/26 Oxford, UK @ Common People Oxford 2018
  • 07/07 London, UK @ Hyde Park

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February 16, 2018

Lauren Ruth Ward: Well, Hell

LA based singer Lauren Ruth Ward has a knack for writing rough-around-the-edges power pop songs with a country twist. Her debut full-length Well, Hell is mostly about sex and the trouble she gets into while chasing meaningful relationships.

She can hit hard, even when she sings a notch above a whisper. Rationalizing unhappy events gets her through life, but there is always a glimmer of passive-aggressiveness lurking in the background. She gets even through music and woe to the one who is on the receiving end of her anger.