Writing, recording, and touring are constants for Adam Klopp, singer/guitarist for rising Salt Lake City dream pop outfit Choir Boy, but another steady presence in the indie musician’s life is On Broadway Deli, the downtown sandwich shop he’s been working at ever since landing in Utah three years ago for college.
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Vancouver has had quite the burgeoning electronic music scene bubbling up from the city’s DIY spaces to the mainstream the last several years, and at the forefront of this movement have been local dance floor heroes HUMANS. Made up of the very chill and personable duo Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq, HUMANS have gone from performing for late night audiences in crowded after-hours spots to being nominated for a JUNO and traveling the world playing for gigantic crowds at massive festivals like Coachella.
Sometimes you need to look to the past to move into the future. As musicians that have played in a ton of successful and varied projects throughout the years, the three fresh fellows that make up Autogramm have embraced that sentiment. Drawing from the traditions of late 70s and early 80s pop and punk rock power trios, the band has found a fresh and fun take on modern pop music that doesn’t feel at all dated.
The plight of the side player is a precarious one. If you're really good, you'll spend the majority of your career playing with a number of different bands and artists. Just giving enough of yourself creatively to the project that the leader allows. This can be woefully unfulfilling. For a guy like Elliott Langford, all the experiences he cultivated with such bands like SSRIs and Sprïng have built to a point where he thought he should branch out on his own. Branch out he did with his new project Freak Dream.
A couple years ago a mysterious new figure appeared on the Vancouver music scene. As if out of nowhere, this being -- all sharp, dark bangs, glowing skin and one of the most amazing boot collections you’ve ever seen -- was up on stages impressing the locals with their brand of pop music that seemingly channeled the past and the future simultaneously. This mystery person is Art d’Ecco. Since those initial shows d’Ecco has written and recorded a new album called Trespasser, which will be released to the world October 12th through Paper Bag Records.
While the growing legend of Orville Peck says he's laid his hat down all over North America, it's a solid fact that Gabriola Island, British Columbia, holds a special place in the mysteriously-masked country crooner's 10-gallon heart. It's here at this coastal locale—specifically at the Noise Floor Recording Studio—where the baritone-voiced enigma cut his first two romantic, reverb-popping singles , "Big Sky" and "Dead of Night", in 2017.
The entertainment industry has always been trying to find people that possess that elusive X factor. There have been countless television reality shows about it. The one thing that everyone forgets, though, is that you can’t manufacture star power. It’s a combination of many things that are honestly pretty intangible. A wonderful example of this is local singer/songwriter Camille Brown. Camille and her band Gentle Mind haven’t been performing for very long in Vancouver but they are already turning heads.
“I have an angsty streak in me like any fella does,” says Jesse Wells, the 23-year-old frontman of Welles. The band released their debut full-length Red Trees and White Trashes, an angsty letter to rock and grunge, in June.
Matthew Swann is a rarity in the music business in this day and age. Performing under his Astral Swans moniker he crafts thoughtful, introspective songs that contain some pretty powerful themes as well as some pretty powerful hooks. With his newly released sophomore album Strange Prison, Swann has created a set of extremely personal songs that at the same time are instantly relatable to any listener. The album tackles an array of subjects such as mental health issues, trauma, the duality of people and the uniting power of art.