Canadian Music

On Repeat: Walk Off The Earth with Sing it All The Way

Welcome to the revamped album reviews! A series entitled, On Repeat where we review your favourite Canadian Artists! First up is Walk off The Earth with their 2015 release: Sing it All The Way.

In WOTE style this album is a great feel good listen. The album opener ‘Rule the World’ is a great anthem song, (Great crowd reactions at live shows!).

High energy fused with meaningful lyrics are ever present. Their trade mark gang vocals add depth, while the range of often unique instruments create a delightful soundscape.

Their lyrics are widely applicable with messages of Keep fighting through the bad, it will get better from Hold On, together we stand in Home we’ll Go. and having strength to know when to walk away in Boomerang.

One song we found stood was Heart is a Weapon. This song breaking away from their chill groove provides a rock beat with the message: Yes hearts can be broken but be careful how you use your heart. It can also be a powerful weapon.

Stand out lyrics from the album:

‘Cuts like a sword’ from Heart is a Weapon

“No fear in lonely cause we’re all alright tonight’ from Alright

Check out Walk Off The Earth as they are currently on a European Tour and will be returning to play some summer festival dates in Canada soon! Check out dates here!

The video for Alright can be found here.

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On Repeat:Hold On by The Cardboard Crowns

In a few days’ time you will get a fresh batch of tracks from the frenzied energies of four rugged gentlemen adorned with their signature crowns of cardboard who balance thought provoking lyrics with hard hitting melodies. A splash of Ska flavour accentuates their punk sound. A multilingual masterpiece with a little something for everyone, Hold On will keep you reaching for the repeat button and has the potential to 180 any foul mood or fear.

 

The title track Hold On, opens the album strongly with tempo changes, memorable lyrics (we couldn’t get this one out of our heads for five months!) and strong vocals blending great harmonies. This track really showcases the Crown’s dynamic abilities.

The lead single, Little Voice builds with a strong bass back beat. The Cardboard Crowns have found a nice balance of catchy yet hard hitting music where your brain remembers them long after the song is over.This song speaks to that “little voice” or conscience that is suppose to help us but sometimes does more harm then good.

Silence seems fun and carefree but carries a great message of not wasting the life you are given because there is only one. There are instrumental solos that intermix in this party sounding track. Take away message of this impossibility catchy track is find your own path in life because in the end its up to only YOU!

Upbeat Vacances starts off reminiscent of a beach classic but half way through transitions into a gritty rock song with an important reminder that we shouldn’t live our lives focusing on fear.

Si-Triste comes out swinging with hard hitting drums, fast guitars reminiscent of the Real Mackenzie’s. The boys really showed their diversity by using a guitar’s strings to simulate that classic bagpipe sound.

Bring your dancing shoes for the appropriately entitled track, Dance. Where we are encouraged to not waste time with worries and just dance our cares away. Take away lyrics for this song for us are “it’s such a lonely road to trade heartache for battle lines”. Love the killer instrumental solo leading into a key change.

Silly Hearts is a walk down memory lane for the narrator. With a very danceable beat, gang vocals and highlights an awesome build in momentum to flawless harmonies. This song is crisp, dynamic and pulls on the heart strings.

Take the Blame contains poignant lyrics it stops the listener in their tracks. Using a simple melody and allowing the vocals to take center stage helps drive the important lesson home. This song will keep you thinking long after it’s over. Using vivid imagery the listener is left with very sobering desire to take up the torch and keep fighting the good fight.

Tired sums up many thoughts our generation has on a regular basis. This speaks to the struggle of balancing passion projects and the need and will to do whatever it takes to survive. That it seems you’re not working on your own goals and can feel unmotivated, especially when unexpected events happen. Tired highlights some key guitar and drum riffs. The musicality alone will motivate you!

Starting out with a familiar intro (we’ve heard it live) but the Cardboard Crowns seems to gain inspiration from the classic swing line from Royal Crown Revue’s Hey Pachuco for the intro to Panic. Listen to their music enough and you start to realize lead vocalist Rat Crown has a distinctive sound. During Panic this is evident yet is almost missed because of the tempo of the song. With Panic running short at barely 1:45, it sounds as though he had too much to say and not enough time in which to deliver the message. There is a very important message to be learned from this song, about complacency.

The ending track, Strangle slows things down for a bit. Cantering a Ska beat builds as the songs’ dynamics range throughout the track. It has a very punk rock edge that will resonate with many listeners.

Our stand out track on the album is Silence and Take the Blame.

Hold On was well worth the wait! The Cardboard Crowns continue to prove their live shows and lyrics are a cut above the rest. This is the album that will greet you at home after that bad day at work and always be able to put a smile on your face. The kind of therapy you can always afford and nobody can judge you for it.

Their first single Little Voice can be heard on their sound cloud page here.

Check out the DIY Crowns swag contest on their Facebook page!

Upcoming concert dates including their CD release party at Lee’s Place in Toronto on March 10th, 2016. To check out more dates see the tour poster below.

2016 shows for the Cardboard Crowns

To connect with the Cardboard Crowns on social media: Facebook Twitter

Coming soon: Feature photos of the Cardboard Crowns, Show Review of their April 22, 2016 show in Kingston ON.

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS TEGAN AND SARA, SKEPTA, DILLY DALLY, HOLY HOLY W/ TONY VISCONTI, NO JOY AND MORE

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is thrilled to announce additional headliners at this year’s festival including Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara, former Fader cover star Skepta, Toronto’s Dilly Dally who Rolling Stone named artists you need to know, Montreal shoe-gaze outfit No Joy, and David Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti, will lead his band Holy Holy. These artists join an already stellar lineup, featuring Eagles of Death Metal, The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, NAO, Ho9909 and more.

Tegan and Sara return to CMW as part of the iHeartRadio Festival, Friday, May 6th, at The Sheraton Centre Hotel. With over 1 million albums sold, 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination, Tegan and Sara’s career has deftly balanced critical acclaim with an ever-increasing foothold in the mainstream. The genre-bending duo, are preparing to release their much-anticipated 8th studio album on Warner Bros. Records later this year. Additional acts to perform at the iHeartRadio fest include X Ambassadors, Coleman Hell and Jocelyn Alice.

Canadian Music Week presents The Indies with Indie88 May 4th at Phoenix Concert Theatre, featuring performances by The Strumbellas and Wintersleep. Now in its 16th year, the Indie Awards are one of Canada’s premier and most anticipated shows honouring the best in independent music.

The #IndiesWithIndie88 Superfriends pre-sale will begin Thursday, March 3rd at 10AM, and offer the first 100 tickets for only $8.81. Public Sale begins Friday, March 4 at 10AM. Stay tuned for additional programming updates!

The Zolas announce cross new tour dates

Before Western Canadian “indie rockers” The Zolas criss-cross Canada they are venturing across the pond with friend and fellow Vancouver artist David Vertesi! Do not miss out on a chance to see these acts live as they never disappoint! Listed below are the upcoming European Tour dates, along with the Canadian dates where the Grounders will be gracing the stage before the Zolas will bCDN adamt 1.0ring down the house with their unique blend of technological melody and introspective lyrics.
Check back later this week for a sample of the Zolas, David Vertesi and the Grounders!
TUE 9 FEBRUARY
Musik & FriedenBerlin, Germany
with David Vertesi
WED 10 FEBRUARY
NachtlebenFrankfurt, Germany
with David Vertesi
THU 11 FEBRUARY
NochtspeicherHamburg, Germany
with David Vertesi
FRI 12 FEBRUARY
HutmacherWuppertal, Germany
with David Vertesi
SAT 13 FEBRUARY
SedelLuzern, Switzerland
with David Vertesi
TUE 16 FEBRUARY
WohnzimmerHildesheim, Germany
with David Vertesi
WED 17 FEBRUARY
Stereo WonderlandCologne, Germany
with David Vertesi
FRI 19 FEBRUARY
SwampFreiburg, Germany
with David Vertesi
SAT 20 FEBRUARY
Haldern Pop BarHaldern, Germany
with David Vertesi
TUE 22 MARCH
The Grad ClubKingston, ON, Canada
with Grounders
WED 23 MARCH
The CasbahHamilton, ON, Canada
with Grounders
THU 24 MARCH
Lee’s PalaceToronto, ON, Canada
with Grounders
FRI 25 MARCH
Zaphod BeeblebroxOttawa, ON, Canada
with Grounders
SAT 26 MARCH
O Patro VysMontreal, QC, Canada
with Grounders
WED 30 MARCH
Marquee Beer Market and StageCalgary, AB, Canada
THU 31 MARCH
Union HallEdmonton, AB, Canada
FRI 1 APRIL
AmigosSaskatoon, SK, Canada
SAT 2 APRIL
Park TheatreWinnipeg, MB, Canada
FRI 8 APRIL
Sugar NightclubVictoria, BC, Canada\
Head to their website here. to purchase tickets.

Welcome back to the Blog!

First I would love to give a shout out to all our awesome readers! You and the increasing amount of awesome Canadian artists are why we do this! Thank you. Over the summer we stepped back from the blog both to take a break from writing and concentrated our energy on how to grow Canadian Tapped to serve our audience and the Canadian Artists we feature.

We are back now and with that comes all the tour announcements you have heard about, new interviews, show reviews and our thoughts on newly released music from your favourite Canadian Artists!

We will be releasing some holiday content leading up to the holidays for the first while, then work to bring you more quality content from the artists you love! Including but not limited to: interviews, album reviews and tour news. We will also try and find some behind the scenes content you may have missed.

Who do you want us to talk to? Do you have a band that you would like to see get some media coverage? Email us; canadiantapped@gmail.com

If this sounds like too much fun, and you want to try your hand at writing and maybe interviewing some bands! Drop us a line! We love featuring other writers as well!

Grab your toque, we are down for a wild ride!

J. Kaela Simpson

June 18th Paperbag Records wants you to join the celebration!

In celebration of our 100th release, Paper Bag Records presents #PAPER100 – an evening of music from Paper Bag Records’ extensive catalogue featuring special performances by bands from the label’s past, present and future. #PAPER100 will take place at Lee’s Palace on June 18th as part of NXNE.

At this time, artists confirmed to appear at #PAPER100 are: members of Sam Roberts Band, Nils Edenloff (The Rural Alberta Advantage), Woodhands, Rock Plaza Central, The Acorn, PS I Love You, Frog Eyes, YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, Laura Barrett, Cuff the Duke, Mozart’s Sister, The Luyas, Grey Lands, Hey Mother Death, plus many more surprises.

Tickets will be available at the door or with a NXNE Wristband. Get there early to make sure you get in!

Small Town Pistols release new video for Single: Can’t Wait to Meet You

Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson are Canadian Country Music royalty. Their latest project Small Town Pistols has grown in popularity over the last couple of years. Recently Amanda and Tyler have expanded their families respectively, over the past year.
This new video provides a fantastic visual to a very touching song that has stuck a chord with their fan base.

Check out the link to cmt.ca below to watch the video.

http://www.cmt.ca/video/small-town-pistols/small-town-pistols-cant-wait-to-meet-you/

Album Review- Global Citizen by Cardboard Crowns

With a delightful mix of gang vocals and surf beats, Ottawa’s own the Cardboard Crowns balance punchy melodies and provocative lyrics on their latest release Global Citizen. With lyrics that pose contemplative questions as hooks wash over hard hitting beats demanding another round of listening. Settling into their sound, Cardboard Crowns are not afraid to play with their musical landscape. The performance of Generations begs the listener to ponder their relevance to the world today, while the upbeat waltz of Hats Off is performed as a thank you to their many supporters over the years and a special shout out to the most loyal, family. This song also boasts some awesome percussive mouth action (we think!).

Sun and the Stars claims, “the most pop punk” track of the album.

Where Shut My Mouth and Your Son tackles the difficult subject of inconsistent relationships with key individuals. This song exemplifies ones struggle with various “demons” we all face and gives a voice to many of the insecurities that can be faced growing up. Taking a serious topic and pairing it with gang vocals and an upbeat tempo elevates some of the seriousness while being cathartic for the writer and listener alike.

Even embracing a Latin flavor of Ole, which is also Global Citizen‘s only all French track! Exploding with a strong horns section this track’s infectious beat will stay with you regardless of your understanding of the lyrics.

The title track, Global Citizen and Pulling Teeth seem to have a similar theme. Talking about the effect of mindless advertising and its effects on society psychological well-being as companies often cast aside the individuals as their main concern is about the bottom line.  The songs on this album are equally danceable and intelligent, allowing access to a greater audience.

Esthetically the album artwork is very unique and speaks to Cardboard Crowns‘ ability to tap into their loyal supporters. The cover of Global Citizen is comprised of pictures of family, friends and fans in their own rendition of the bands’ trademark cardboard crowns!

Check out the video to the first single off the album, Hats off below and come out the Mansion in Kingston as the Cardboard Crowns come back for another unforgettable show on March 28th 2015. Tickets available here. The Facebook event is here.

Marianas Trench visit beloved childrens’ shows in the new video for ‘Here’s to the Zeros

In an amazing tribute to Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood and Sesame St, well crafted Jim Henson inspired puppets, Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley and Ian Casselman have yet again struck the right chord with fans.
The bright colours and swirling scene cuts exemplify dramatic flare as they the camera switches from full band shots to focusing in on Ramsay exploring different fictitious scenes as the song progressed.

Lyrically they voice the #hashtaganthem against the alarming trend music industries has attempted to sell, “clean-cut pop content”

Knowing this image is unattainable and looking to connect with their ever-expanding fan base Ramsay explains the reason he wrote the song here.

Check out the video on Much.ca

HUMANS release North American Tour Dates & album Noontide out Feb. 24th

Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq call Vancouver’s East end home, where they have honed music collectively since 2010. By mixing their personal musical influences, HUMANS has created an indie electronic music that identifies with a purposeful darkness. Focusing on production and performance styles with influences from past and present, HUMANS impress fans and audiophiles with technical skill and musical influences, all the while rousing buzz on the dance floor!

Releasing their album, Noontide Tuesday February 24th, 2015 via Hybridity Studio. HUMANS will kick off their North American Tour in New York, NY. Check out the video for their latest single, Follow below!

 

“Follow” gives us a sneak peek into the ominous undertones, astrological beats, and shimmering synths Noontide will encompass, while still stirring up action on the dance floor. NYC producer/engineer Phil Moffa’s “Follow” remix “stretches ambient textures and a bouncing delay sequence across a chugging six minutes, which methodically build steam as additional cymbals and chopped snippets of the original track are added to the procession.”

 

TOUR DATES:
Feb 24 @ Camero Gallery, NEW YORK, NY
Feb 26 @ Lost Lake Lounge, DENVER, CO
Feb 17 @ Rotture with Max Ulis, PORTLAND, OR
Feb 28 @ Neck of the Woods, San Fransisco, CA
Mar 04 @ WECC, WINNIPEG, MB
Mar 5 @ Commonwealth Bar, CALGARY, AB
Mar 6 @ Pawn Shop, EDMONTON, AB
Mar 7 @ Capitol Music Club, SASKATOON, SK
Mar 13 @ Capital Complex, FREDERICTON, NB
Mar 14 @ Gus’ Pub, HALIFAX, NS
Mar 20 @ Maggie Mae’s, AUSTIN, TX (*SXSW 2015)
Mar 28 @ Celebrities Nightclub, VANCOUVER, BC
Apr 10 @ Spiritbar, NELSON, BC
Apr 11 @ Habitat, KELOWNA, BC
Apr 17 @ Sugar Nightclub, VICTORIA, BC
Apr 18 @ Waverly, CUMBERLAND, BC
May 07 @ Theater Fairmount, MONTREAL, QC
May 09 @ Wrongbar, TORONTO, ON (*CMW 2015)

Link up with HUMANS on social media!

Official Website here

Facebook here

Twitter here