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Music unearths Significance in our Everyday

Emotional memory is very powerful and music seems to flow interconnected with it on many levels. How many times have you caught yourself saying, “this takes me back…” whether it be that school talent show where you and your best girlfriends sang “Wannabe” by The Spice Girls or you and your buds just nailed a cover of Blink 182 at your first band gig.

Or what about the time you had your first kiss, heartbreak or you score the winning run in the championship game; the pride as “We are the Champions” by Queen brings a smile to your face even years later. Creedence Clearwater Revival got me through my cousin’s death (his favourite band).

What is it about music that creates such an emotional tie to our core? For me I have a very emotional tie to music. It is how I measure certain memories, both failures and successes.

Transcending language, music is felt by all people regardless of socioeconomic status, race or religion. It embraces the lost, broken, silent and angry, with hopes of bringing them through their experiences, into a new understanding and with the ability to move forward with life. But what intrigues me most is the emotional power music has in certain situations. For example a general observation of a crowd at a metal show- energized and physically into the music- is very different from the silent awe of an audience at a classical symphony. The energy is electrically charged in both situations but very different.

With today being Remembrance Day, and upon hearing “Highway of Heroes” by award winning, talented Canadian artists, The Trews, I began thinking; Music is often used as an emotional expression of how we feel at a given moment. Sometimes when words fail to encompass the gravity or elated moment we were experiencing music is there to describe perfectly the exact message. Music seems to shape people, offer healing in times of tragedy or heartbreak. It is an unintentional time capsule of a memory only to be unlocked the next time you hear the opening notes of an iconic song.

To those who serve, past and present who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may enjoy a life of freedom. We carry on your names as a reminder of not only your selfless act, but in remembrance and thanks.

Here’s hoping as your week is filled with music that it can bring back cherished memories and will create new ones as you venture out to experience life with all that it has to offer.

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The Glorious Sons Giveway!

Kingston’s own The Glorious Sons are currently enjoying their first cross Canada tour as they join Head of the Herd and rock packed venues. Bringing the excitement home soon for their Nov 7th show at The Merchant Tap House, lets kick off their home coming with a CD and T-shirt Giveaway!  Through out the month of November we will be posting about contest!  If there are any questions we can be reached though Facebook and Twitter!This is the image you need to like and RT to enter I will be sending it out right after the blog post.

Here is the information,

Enter through Facebook and Twitter!

• Must ‘Like’ and Follow @TheGloriousSons & @canadiantapped

• RT or like the blog post

• Draw will be held on Nov 22 and prize mailed out to the winner!

Make it fun! We want to know which song you are going to have on repeat!

Island in the fun My review of Wolfe Island Music Festival 2013

I can’t believe it has taken me almost four years of living in Kingston to visit Wolfe Island. There wasn’t a better excuse for a weekend away than the 2013 Wolfe Island Music Festival. The longtime tradition on the island has long been named as one of the best summer festivals anywhere.

The Wolfe Island event has a more laid-back atmosphere than most festivals I’ve attended. That is very apparent as you walk down the main street. Local restaurants and the hotel (which doubled as a venue for part of Friday’s music showcase) lined the calm residential island. Roaming around between venues, I caught up with a few familiar faces and met music-loving strangers. First to hit the stage were The Rhythm Haints. A friend suggested I check out this local band, which has been creating quite a buzz with their stellar vocalist and complex blues rhythms. Needless to say, the crowd was pumped. Closing the show was P.E.I. natives Two Hour Traffic, who definitely rocked.

Booking it down the hill as dusk fell, I stopped briefly at The Island Grill, where Outside Music presented Leif Vollebekk, a Montreal-based singer and songwriter whose music caught me off guard as I stood mesmerised by his sound. As hard as it was, I was pulled away by the sound of the Bahamas in the distance, they were closing the main stage. Barrie’s Alfie Jurvanen, who plays under the name Bahamas, was definitely a fan favourite for Friday night, the biggest crowd response went to his song, Lost in the Light.

I quickly learned you pay the price for enjoying the full set, as hip-hop styles of Buck 65 reached max capacity early on. Upon gaining entry, I was quick to understand why. A positive surprise, his seamless blend of danceable hip-hop beats and rhyming about life experiences from lost love to the Internet, Buck65 kept the crowd dancing and laughing as a one-man show.

Click the following link to read the conclusion.

http://www.thewhig.com/2013/08/14/island-in-the-fun

Check back as I was able to sit down with performers The Born Ruffians and DIANA band while at the festival! Their interviews will be up early next week.

The Method creates Great Drama

Hard work and sweat are words Kingston natives, The Method know well. Receiving a rare inside look to what goes on in the life of the band; four guys who are individuals who come together share a single purpose of creating music and entertaining others. Entertaining to watch on stage, Dave Hewitt (lead vocals, guitar), Adam Simkins (guitar, vocals), Adam Sweet (guitar), Pat Ziegler (Bass) and recent change in the line-up, Brock Jamieson (Drums) did not disappoint in the transition from seeing them in the brightly lit acoustic environment of Starbucks to the somewhat dark, rustic Red Dog Tavern in Peterborough, Ontario. On this special night when hockey returned to Canada, I spent most of my evening on a road trip and ate at a very interesting restaurant where they brought the food from other establishments while serving drinks and watching hockey waiting for the real show to start.

Through late night practice and with the understanding of family of home, the four original band members have worked hard to hone their craft since their original inception in 2007. Life events separated them shortly after, but since coming back together in 2009, they have worked hard rebuilding a following. I took some time to catch up with Dave Hewitt and Adam Simkins from The Method, Shortly after their show at the Historic Red Dog Tavern, Where they opened for See Spot Run on February 09th, 2013. When asked about the name, Dave mentioned,

“I wanted to have a band name that had sticking power, I also wanted to represent that we are a band with purpose. I thought about method actors and how they throw themselves completely into their craft, so then I thought “The Method” it had a nice ring to it. I also just bought a necklace with a tribal looking pendent and decided to use it as sort of a logo. It all just sort of made sense and worked together for us”.

Touring on the road has always been a learning experience for bands, and The Method are no exception, starting with a trusting Bass player who unfortunately lost some facial hair to a loose guitar pedal which resulted in a dead guitar that prevented a solo during an out-of-town gig that Adam Simkins was playing with a former band.

Music is the creative essence to a band and every musician has their own way of capturing it meaning. For writer Dave Hewitt teaming, up with fellow band member, Adam Simkins to write some of the band’s first songs. The lyrics would often come first with the musicality a collective band experience. “The Lyrics for “Insecurity” were written in about five minutes and based out of an impossible housing situation I was involved in a couple of years back, while living near St. Lawrence College”. Dave reminisces, while Adam Simkins had the perfect guitar part for it and the song was born.

Our influences vary but for me, (Dave) it ranges from classic stuff from the Beatles to the Stones, Zepplin, U2 to Metallica and all the early 90’s alternative (Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Big Wreck to name a few).

Proving their individuality and varying influences among the producers they would love to work with are Bob Rock or Daniel Lanios. According to Dave, “To really hone our craft as a band, that would be amazing”. The Method regularly plays Kingston and the surrounding area and can be found on Facebook/themethodcan. And on Reverbnation at www. reverbnation.com/themethodcanada

Bleeker Ridge to dominate Summer Music Scene talks to Canadian Tapped

Ontario rockers Bleeker Ridge have shown no signs of slowing down. Fresh off their latest album release, “Four” released June 4th, 2013, they are set to rock Big Music Fest in Belleville Ontario Saturday June 22, 2013. Hitting the stage at 2pm they urge fans to come early for a good view of the stage!

Reverting back to a style of writing they expebleeker ridgerienced when Bleeker Ridge first formed ten years ago Taylor Perkins (Vocals), Dan Steinke (Guitars), Cole Perkins (Guitars), Dustin Steinke (Percussion) have shown incredible versatility in their music and prove little time between albums (though unplanned) can do some good.

I recently was able to talk to Bleeker Ridge through email and they were kind enough to answer some questions about the new album, touring and insights to their song writing and lyrics. Check it all out below!

CTP: Give me a glimpse into the early years, how did the band start?

BR: We all were taking music lessons at our local music store, they hosted a jam night and we all ended up playing together that night, It clicked and felt great. So we exchanged numbers and started rocking in the basement for fun.

CTP: Tell me the story of how you decided on ‘Bleeker Ridge’ to be the band name?

BR: We were sitting around one night thinking of a name for the band, and Joe (Taylor and Coles dad) mentioned maybe we name it after the streets the 2 sets of brothers lived on. We never thought it would stick but here we are 10 years later!

CTP: How has coming from a small town influenced your writing style?

BR: I think it influenced the style on our last album (small town dead) more so just because we were young and looking to experience the world and new things and not be stuck doing the same thing at the same places each day, where now we have been out on the road for the past 2 years and we enjoy coming back to our hometown and seeing friends and going to those same spots.

CTP: Any place you haven’t toured yet that you want to get to?

BR: We are very eager to get across the boarder into the US. We have people hitting us up on social media from the states so we are very much wanting to go there. And Europe, they love their rock!

CTP: Any tour stories/ pranks you can share?

BR: There are lots of pranks that go on while we are on the road. I cant specifically mention things but I can tell you that there is a lot of collusion!

CTP: Favourite meal on the road?

BR: Oh, McDonalds!! Junior chickens and Mcdoubles! All day and all night!

CTP: Any stories you are willing to share behind tattoos you have?

BR: I personally have a tattoo on my ass cheek that says “YUPP” and the U has eyes in it and makes a smiley face….  Dan got a tattoo gun off ebay, I agreed to let him tattoo me if we got signed to a major label. So now I have a pretty shitty ass tattoo.

CTP: Who are your musical influences?

BR: They vary. We all listen to different artist at different times. But we are big fans of older rock, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, the Beatles, SoundGarden etc.  

CTP: How has the new record, ‘Four’ progressed your sound?

BR: I think we have matured as players and song writers. We actually have kinda gone back to how we used to write when we first started playing together. But this record definitely has matured and is a real honest album.

CTP: Tell me a story behind a song on the new album?

BR: SLEEP, Tay was out in Montreal for a weekend that got wild one night. The lyrics throughout the whole song give a glimpse into what went down that whole night. But overall the song is about being too drunk and high and all you want do is sleep. 

CTP: What is your favourite song to play live?

BR: I love playing “sick of you” live, it’s got a cool shuffle type groove in the verses. But off the new album right now I really like playing “shine”.

CTP: Tell me about your song writing process? Is it collaborative or is one member primarily responsible?

BR: We all write as a group. But it will start usually with someone having a guitar riff and we will jam on that and build off that one riff. Tay writes all the lyrics, and he will start doing those once the music is close to finished that way he has an idea of where he wants to take it lyrically.

CTP: Why such a long time between albums?

BR: Well it wasn’t planned that way, it just kinda happened. We left roadrunner about a year after small town was released. Then we kept touring and working on how we were going to get back in the studio and who we were going to have produce the album. And since we were now an unsigned band we had to figure out how we were going to fund the album. If we could have we would have liked to have the album out much sooner then it did, but everything happens for a reason and we are very pleased with the way this album turned out.

CTP: How has the time off influenced Bleeker Ridge?

BR: I think it let us really focus on the songs, some bands drop a record tour it for a year or 2 and hit the studio right away and it feels rushed and not as strong of a record as their last.  I think we got to come home, recharge and get these songs right. We got to write back at home and do pre production at home. The album is raw and real and I think that came from working out all the tunes in the garage where we started.

CTP: Independent artists vs Signed? Which do you prefer and why?  

BR: I don’t have a preference, I think a good song is a good song and a good band is a good band, and there are lots of bands out now who are independent who have great catchy songs, just as there is with signed major label bands. And now a days, bands are proving that you don’t need that massive record deal and massive recording budget to make a good album. At the end of the day it all comes down to a great song.

If you cant get enough of Bleeker Ridge and their infectious rock sound, your in luck! Kingston Punk Productions is hosting Bleeker Ridge and Airbourne on Friday August 16th, 2013 at The Mansion in Kingston Ontario! Get your tickets now!

Don’t wait! head over to Bleeker Ridge’s website http://www.bleekerridge.com for full tour details and links to their music. keep connected with them here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BleekerRidge

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BleekerRidge

iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/bleeker-ridge/id378841382

Here is the YouTube link to a fan made lyric video for “Last Cigarette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmyeMsbaQNQ

Hope you all enjoy “Four” as much as I am and get out to a live show, From what I have heard people say about Bleeker Ridge they put on a “Kick Ass Show!”

Hello world! Bring on the Music

Hey all

I am an avid music listener and needed a way to answer all the burning questions about the music I constantly listen too. for example, ” how hard was it to perfect the melody on track 6″ or where do you draw your inspiration from?” There are many things in life you could be addicted too, it is in my opinion that music is a healthy alternative full of fun distraction, catchy hooks and rhythms you could get lost in! With this thought constantly spinning in my head as summer boredom set in. I thought why not try a promotional team? get a quick interview with an up and coming band or review my newest find? This seemed like a good way to justify the constant battle between the need to go to the next concert or summer festival and my crying broke wallet. Canadian Tapped Promotions was born out of a need I found that the music scene lacked a promotional outlet that was passionately onboard with the bands, that existed just to get great Canadian music played! and was accessible to the public. So join me on this adventure as I start to review albums by the artists that are shaping the current face of the Canadian music industry. I would love to do small interviews as well.

Down the rabbit hole we go….