June 5 2013
Fake Shark Real Zombie have just been announced as the winners of The Shore's "Best of BC" contest, which has earned them a cool $10, 000.
Check out what the band plans to do with their winnings:
The Shore: Tell us a bit about charities, green initiatives, or social ventures with which you are involvedFSRZ: When I’m back from this tour I’m doing with Marianas Trench right now, we’re going to play a few benefits acoustically, one of which being a few small appearances at Salvation Army get togethers for kids.
The Shore: How will the $10,000 prize help your musical career?FSRZ: We’re going to be touring. a lot. And that gets expensive! We also have pretty beat down gear, and we’re self-funding a lot of videos for our new record, Liar. I have video treatments written for almost every song!
June 4 2013
Though you'd never know to listen to it, Bigger than Luck, The Fugitives new EP from Light Organ Records, is inspired by astronauts. At least, that's what got songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod going, after they took a weekend off recording with Toronto producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliot BROOD, Amelia Curran) to go see an exhibit of rare photos from the first two moon landings at New York's Natural History Museum. Awestruck by the photos, the pair were perhaps more amazed that no one else in the museum seemed to care about them - not even the curators, who'd hung them in a far corner, on bare walls, with limited signage. "The two of us started talking about the sixties," says McLeod. "How they'd just invented the colour tv and cassettes. Meanwhile, here are these photos of our planet shot from outer space. It's a total miracle. We felt like Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber, coming across that framed newspaper of the moon landing on a bar wall, running out to tell everyone: "We landed on the moon!"" A precursor to a full-length due this fall, Bigger than Luck is by no means a concept record, but one theme running through the tracks is the habit of treating miracles as though they were banal. Whether it be a night (Bigger than Luck), a relationship (Old Mistakes), a song (Slowly Undone), or a lifetime (The City), the songs hone in on the importance of each of these lived experiences - and the impossibility of actually keeping this realization at the forefront of our minds. Mastered by Greg Calbi (Of Monsters and Men, She & Him), and featuring guest vocals by Brandy Zdan and a host of Toronto's finest musicians - from bluegrass guru Chris Quinn to celtic fiddler Sahra Featherstone - Bigger than Luck marries the driving banjo and top notch harmonies of past Fugitive releases with celebratory gang vocals and sombre piano tones. "It tackles a lot of contradictory emotions," says Glynn. "Excitement, nostalgia, forgiveness, despair. But that's cool. It's not like the world needs another break-up album."
February 26 2013
Shoot out the lights, and stone the roses—there’s some strong autobiography going on between the lines of The Matinée’s debut full-length album, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise. Produced largely by Grammy-winner Steve Berlin (REM, The Tragically Hip, Los Lobos) and recorded in their hometown of Vancouver, this honest collection of songs reveals a band throwing everything they have into a record they’re treating like a milestone. The album also features 2 tracks recorded with Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat), including the lead single ‘Young & Lazy’. And while the Tom Petty-esque rocker is a warm tribute to idle youth, the song’s lyrics also describe the strong bond that has carried these five long-time friends all the way through to this, the key moment in their career. After years of roadwork and growth, playing everywhere from prisons to air force bases and every watering hole in between, The Matinée has found its niche ploughing the middle ground between rural festivals and the urban hipster ground-zero of your choice. With an explosive live show that has been described as “an uproar of stomping, clapping, and blazing chops,” The Matinée are in the rare position of being welcome at both. 'We Swore We'd See the Sunrise' comes out today, February 26, 2013, on Light Organ Records
February 5 2013
Vancouver-based retro rock crew The Shilohs have been sitting on their So Wild LP since 2010, but the album finally arrived today through Light Organ Records. As previously reported, the 12-song set has the quartet "fashioning a fresh set of tunes from obscure melodies and charming riffs culled from a half century of peculiar pop perfection." This includes the '50s AM sweeper "Sister Rose," the jug-band ballad "LA," and the Revolver-era Beatles approach to psych-pop stomp "Airliner Man." The Shilohs play a record release show at Vancouver's Anza Club on February 15. The band might have some new tunes in store for you too, having started work on a new album at Vancouver's Mushroom Studios in December.
November 20 2012
Light Organ Records to release debut full length album by Vancouver five piece in 2013, The Matinée prepares to play Ontario and Vancouver dates in December. Album Cover & Media Materials: http://killbeatmusic.com/thematinee/ Taking its title from a line in the song “L’Absinthe”— the true story of a night of madness and delirium experienced while on tour in Quebec told between bouts of sparkling down-country guitar work from Matt Rose—what we hear is a band whose five members have known each other since high school, throwing everything they have into a record they’re treating like a milestone. And the work was hard. Emboldened by their third place win in the 2011 Peak Performance Project and the subsequent record deal that followed, The Matinée ducked in and out of different studios, experimented, and generally strove—because they could— to be as great as possible for the year or so they spent working on this much-anticipated release. It all started to gel with Steve Berlin. With REM and The Tragically Hip in his past, it was no surprise when the veteran producer turned out to be a strikingly good fit for the band. His native feel for Americana with a nice fat backbeat—supplied in spades by bassist Mike Young— is right there in the southern rock redux of “Sweetwater” and “Let Her Go”, which recall countless roots-rockers from Ryan Adams to The Sadies. But Berlin and band were both eager to colour outside the lines. The starlit “December Slumber” is like a widescreen sonic painting with pedal steel guitar, while “The Road” is a stadium built anthem that plows the middle ground between rural festivals and the urban hipster ground-zero of your choice. With a live show generally known to be an uproar of stomping, clapping, and blazing chops, The Matinée are in the rare position of being welcome at both. Meanwhile, “Long Way Home” throws different time signatures into its chunky country-rock frame, “Who Stoned The Roses” allows guitarist/back up vocalist Geoff Petrie to highlight the bands attention to harmony, and “Gasoline”—a churning rocker built on a cannonade of Bonham-esque heaviosity from drummer Pete Lemon—takes the listener even further into the outer reaches. If the seven Berlin-produced tracks find The Matinée exploring the studio and finding new depth, the two they drummed up in lightning sessions with Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays have an almost leavening effect. In particular, “This Town” is an impossibly bright slab of baroque pop with a middle section that could have been smuggled in from Abbey Road. And “Young & Lazy”, as the band well knows—it’s the first single—is an instant classic; three-and-a-half minutes of Tom Petty-esque radio rock in the classic mold, given a light and summery touch by the band and fashioned to stick to the roof of your brain after one listen. The song’s lyrics are a warm tribute to idle youth, and the bond that has carried The Matinée all the way through to this, the key moment in their career. According to vocalist/lyricist Matt Layzell, We Swore We’d See the Sunrise is their “coming out”; after years of roadwork and growth, playing everywhere from prisons to air force bases and every watering hole in between, it’s a record that simultaneously matches their explosive live show while advancing their craft by orders of magnitude. The Matinée Tour Dates: Dec 01 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern Dec 05 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s Dec 06 – Barrie, ON @ The Mansion Dec 07 – Toronto, ON @ The Dakota Tavern ( 7:00PM ) Dec 08 – Kingston, ON @ Mansion Dec 15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Venue with Headwater More Info: http://thematineemusic.com/ http://www.lightorganrecords.com/
October 2 2012
September 21 2012
The Zolas are readying their sophomore album Ancient Mars, but before it hits record stores on Oct. 2, the band would like you to get a little taste with their latest tune "Knot in My Heart." "We wrote this song about the doomed relationships among us and our group of friends," says singer Zachary Gray. "When you're low on the seesaw you look up at the other up there in the sun and you're just glad to be playing; when you're high on the seesaw you're dazzled by all the other people in the playground and forget whose weight is lifting you. Then it switches continually 'til you both get sick and someone jumps off. This song is what it's like to fall out of love." Stream the song via Spinner, here: http://www.spinner.ca/2012/08/24/the-zolas-knot-in-my-heart-stream/
July 16 2012
We are very pleased to announce the signing of Vancouver music community veteran Andy Bishop and his project White Ash Falls. The debut record from White Ash Falls, By The River Bend, will be released on September 4th, but you can stream the first single "I Can't Get Tomorrow" now - http://exclaim.ca/News/white_ash_falls_sign_to_light_organ_records_for_debut_album_premiere_new_single
July 10 2012
Light Organ Records is pleased to announce the release of alt-folk quintet Twin River’s Rough Gold EP. Available today, the 4-track collection features the soft melodies of singer Courtney Ewan set to a backdrop of amber rhythms and distant echoes that compliment the lonesomeness found on the record. "To me, the most impressive songwriter is one who is able to communicate a life story within 3 minutes." A bold, but very accurate statement made by Courtney Ewan, who co-fronts the Vancouver-based indie folk band, Twin River, alongside Andy Bishop. Veterans of the local music community in Vancouver, the pair moonlight in solo and other projects, such as Red Cedar, Yukon Blonde, Slim Fathers and White Ash Falls. Though Twin River originated as a duo, it's now a full band, rounded out by the likes of Rebecca Gray (Chains of Love), Malcolm Jack (Sun Wizard/Capitol 6), and Dustin Bromley (Pleasure Cruise, Keep Tidy). Instantly, a listener will notice their penchant for juxtaposing haunting, expressive music with pretty, even up-beat melody. Bishop’s ability to seamlessly combine the heavy riff into simple folk structures is his signature. The smooth and innocent vocal delivery plays well against the more ominous musical backdrop. This sound will no doubt become their trademark as they make their initial impressions in Vancouver and across Canada. Their new 4-song EP, Rough Gold, recorded with Malcolm Jack from Sun Wizard, captures this unique brand of folk quite beautifully. At its heart, the music they make is humble, honest, and organic, as evidenced by the support they have already received from their local music community. Having already opened for artists like Daniel, Fred & Julie amongst others, it will not be long before Twin River’s name becomes a staple of the Vancouver independent music scene. Track Listing: 01. Can't Keep This Alive 02. Feather 03. Jangler 04. Family Tree
May 23 2012
The upcoming Capitol 6/Twin River tour stands to relieve the regular struggles of summertime humidity across Canada. Of course anyone from coast to coast knows that the only pairing for sweat and sunburns is filling up a plastic cup with the rich sound of picks on nickel-wounds, coupled with the crooning of fine songwriters. "From the outer reaches of space straight to the prairies, Twin River are looking forward to spreading our cosmic country jams. Can we crash on your couch?" requests Andy Bishop. He, along with fellow impresario Malcolm Jack of Capitol 6, are unmatched in their skills, and locking arms for this tour, they promise to make a hot night worth remembering for any in attendance. “All I gotta say is Capitol 6 is tooo stoked for tour”, exclaims Jack, “We're never coming back. The new line-up is ruuuuling!” Beginning in Vancouver with the Twin River album release, and ending in Vancouver for the Capitol 6 album release, the tour will cruise through the Rockies and prairies with treats in between like a show with Elliott Brood in Lethbridge, and Andy’s other band White Ash Falls opening on select dates. TOUR DATES: June 15 - Vancouver, BC - China Cloud (Twin River Album Release) June 16 - Kelowna, BC - Fernando's June 17 - Penticton, BC - Voodoo's June 20- 24 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island June 25 - Lethbridge, AB - The Slice (w/ Elliott Brood) June 26 - Regina, SK - The Artful Dodger June 28 - Edmonton, AB - New City June 30 - Vancouver, BC - Princeton Pub (Capitol 6 Album Release) MORE INFO: http://exclaim.ca/News/capitol_6_announce_canadian_tour_with_twin_river