PREMIERE: LO SIENTO’S “BRUJAS”

Sometimes isolation and social withdrawal isn't conducive to healing from our cumulated hardships. Building up communities that share pain, frustrations, and disappointments is an act of reslience. The latest release from Lo Siento, Brujas (translation: witches), is a narrative of finding strength and solidarity through femme friendship during times of distress. Based in St. John's,…

DEMO REVIEW: “BURY ME/IMPOSTER” BY COY

Coy’s two song demo “Bury Me/Imposter” (released December 14) has elements of pop, elements of punk, and most immediately, a perfect 90s grunge vibe with mellow harmonies that remind me of That Dog. It’s a well blended good music smoothie. Story Sheidow (guitar and lead vocals) and Jesara Sinclair Friesen (bass and backing vocals) bring…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “DON’T GET MY HAIR WET” BY VENEER

Veneer (WPG) is the vulnerable pop project of friends Talula Schlegel (guitar, saxophone, vocals), Sam Sarty (bass, casio, trombone, vocals), and Claire Bones (drums, vocals). Photo by Chelsea Neufeld Talula and Sam have been playing, making, and performing music together over the last decade - even posting covers on YouTube that they filmed in their…

ALBUM REVIEW: “ABSENTEE” BY MARY DEAR

Mary Dear’s Absentee is 10 tracks packed with diaphanous harmonies floating over mellow and severely locked in grooves. The band delivers complex lyrics that seem to touch on themes of being fed the fuck up, dreamy narratives and (sometimes painful) realizations. Recorded in St. John’s in January 2017 with Jake Nicoll, keyboardist and vocalist Esmée…

PREMIERE: JUICE GIRLS

While working at a juice bar together in Halifax, Kirsten Todd (guitar/vocals) and Michelle Moraitis (lead vocals/harmonica) bonded over their love for shoegaze, the diy-ness of the riot grrrl movement, and their lived experiences of misogyny in their music community. At first, singing out their frustrations while chopping fruit was just their emotional outlet, but…

ALBUM REVIEW: “MERCURY RETROGRADE” BY YEE GRLZ

This August was busy for yee grlz as they released their EP mercury retrograde right before playing Out of Earshot and going on tour. A quick google search tells me that mercury will be in retrograde again on November 17th - a time when intuitions are high, coincidences are likely, and reflection is encouraged. Deviating…

ALBUM REVIEW: “BODIESOFWATER” BY RAE SPOON

Rae Spoon, a non-binary musician and writer who centres their own lived experiences within their work, recently released an album called bodiesofwater (09/07) - an electropop-rock album that articulates their intimate relationship with water. Photo by Dave Todon This relationship is an exploration of the ways in which they feel connected to, and responsible for,…