Music

VIDEO PREMIERE | The Charm Offensive - "Machinations of Love"

The Charm Offensive definitely has one foot firmly planted in the one of our most colourful decades, the 1980s. This has been explored previously in their collaborations with director Ash Middleton and with their latest joint, the Vancouver based band have decided to jump right in and place their other foot firmly in the aesthetics of said decade. The new video for “Machinations Of Love”, a bonus track from their debut EP Polite Mouth//Honest Hands, is set in a 1980s idea of dystopian future. So, a dystopia but drenched in gorgeously hot neon.

MUSIC PROFILE | PRE NUP

Pre Nup members Josiah and Sara Jean Hughes' online presence is as prolific as it is hilarious. Of the Calgary pop-punk power couple's many highlights, a recent tweet from Sara Jean celebrating Taraji P. Henson's red carpet roasting of Ryan Seacrest was liked a whopping 86 thousand times, including co-signs from Vanity Fair and Roxane Gay.

MUSIC PROFILE | SLOAN

The first time ION tries contacting Sloan's Chris Murphy for an interview about the group's new album, 12, the bassist/vocalist texts back that he's in Thunder Bay seeking out a massage therapist for some sweet relief. It's just the second day of the band's 38-date spring tour, but his body has already been giving him grief.

Blue J Release New Single

Perhaps it’s his outsider perspective, being an Ontario transplant residing in BC, that has allowed songwriter Justice McLellan to craft an album of songs that are so quintessentially Vancouver. Whatever the case may be, McLellan with his band Blue J have been putting out consistently winsome, sardonically melancholic songs that detail the plight of being young and struggling, with music, work and in love, in our fair city.

MUSIC PROFILE | SOFT RIOT

Of the reviews that have popped up so far for The Outsider in the Mirrors, the latest full-length release from Glasgow-based darkwave solo project Soft Riot, none are quite as awkward as a YouTube clip from a bespectacled, "self-employed electrician, TV repairman, and part-time paranormal researcher" named Bob Hatchett.

Papa Roach - None of the Above

When your rap rock outfit’s big riffs and take-no-prisoners approach leave you shitlisted from every club in Europe, how can the show possibly go on? By playing some historic ruins, I guess. Pissy suburban icons Papa Roach accomplished just that with “None of the Above”, the eighth music video culled from their 2017 album Crooked Teeth. Eight music videos, can you believe that shit?

MUSIC PROFILE | THE FUNK HUNTERS

Nick Middleton is a man on the go. Leading up to the March 23rd release of his band The Funk Hunter’s debut album Typecast, the in-demand producer is enjoying a moment of respite on Vancouver Island. “I’m just here for a few days before I head over to Vancouver for our record release,” he says. Said record release is a huge milestone for the group. After being a band for the last decade, releasing countless singles, remixes and collaborations with an impressive roster of talent, The Funk Hunters are now finally putting out their debut full length. 

Watch Jo Passed's New Video for "Millennial Trash Blues"

Jo Passed are gearing up to release their debut album Their Prime on May 25th through Royal Mountain Records (Canada) and Sub Pop (US/INTL), and before that gets to hit our ears the Vancouver, BC foursome have just released the video for their track “Millennial Trash Blues”. Directed by Justin Gradin (Louise Burns, White Lung), the surreal clip brings us into band leader Jo Hirabayashi’s nightmare-ish dystopia which features his bandmates as ghoulish monsters who tempt him with trash and melt off his face amongst other horrifyingly hilarious things.

MUSIC PROFILE | WILD CHILD

When Wild Child decided to call their expansive new album "Expectations," vocalist Alexander Beggins explains, it was for a multitude of different reasons. “At first we were just joking around. After our third record we stopped being a baby band of sorts and made the decision to be a band that was actively trying to make it. No band really breaks on their fourth record though so the joke was essentially how high our expectations was for it.

The Go! Team Share New Single

The Go! Team is known for their hyperactive collage-esque arrangements. The band has a way with filtering their organized chaos into some of the most highly addictive pop songs of the last decade. With their highly anticipated new album, Semicircle, now out on record store shelves around the world, the team has decided to change things up a bit with the debut of their brand new single “The Only Thing New Is U Finding Out About It.” Driven by the catchiest little kalimba line, the track is almost chill compared to their past releases.

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