Australian four piece band The Jezabels took the time to chat with LiveMusicTO before the set at Mod Club. The band consists of Hayley Mary (vocals), Heather Shannon (piano/keyboard), Nik Kaloper (drums), Samuel Lockwood (guitar). When did the band form and how did you all get together?
Hayley and Heather grew up together in Byron Bay and met Nik and Sam at Uni in Sydney in 2008. What were the initial plans in setting up the band and did you think you would end up travelling the world?
We started as just a bit of fun, playing pubs and after a few shows we got really good responses. It was like a runaway train really. How did the band name come about?
The name came about because the lack of ideas, Heather and Hayley have been playing under that name since high school. We couldn’t think of any other name and had such an attachment to that, so we kept it. Tell us about your genre of music, I have heard that you came up with your own?
It started as a joke posted on facebook by Sam. Then people started writing about it seriously. Nik says it’s now our self proclaimed genre of music “Intensindie”. Whatever you want to call it at the end of the day doesn’t really matter; we just do what we do. You received a lot of airplay on Triple J, a national radio station in Australia. You were an unearthed artist. Could you tell us more about that?
Australia is unique really, because it has Triple J, it is a totally National radio station. I don’t think that there would be too many more examples of that around the world. Once they start to play your music you can virtually do a tour of Australia straight away. It’s really a big stepping-stone, once you tour Australia you learn how to be a real band and then can start to tour the world and hopefully pull it off. You have played with a few Canadian artists such as Tegan & Sarah & hey Rosetta, how was that?
We are also about to do a tour through Australia next month with Lights. There is a bit of Canadian / Jezabels connection. Canada probably produces some of the best artists such as Neil Young, the audience here is really discerning. Our experience here has always been great. I love the clip for one of your singles “Endless Summer” what is the inspiration and story behind it? Also I bet you were hoping bet the horses don’t bolt.
Lucky the horses were really tame and were joyride horses, not wild brumby’s. Nik and Sam had really small horses and Hayley had the big horse. Not sure how that worked. The song has a loose love interest thing happening like a Beauty & The Beast thing. We wanted to create a period piece and it worked really well. It is a connection between Australian legends and the “Endless Summer”. It was a lot of fun. You played SXSW last year, how did that impact on your exposure and following into North America?
Its funny really with the big showcase based events, its never like you play that one show and all the A&R reps are like, that’s the band lets sign them. Those things are good for putting your bands name in a few people heads so its more recognizable if you come back one day. We did 6 shows in 3 days so hopefully our music stuck in people’s minds. You are on tour now, where have you been and where to next?
We have just come from a month through Europe and then back to Australia with Canadian artist, Lights as our support. Tell us of any interesting stories while you have been on tour.
When we were in Montreal last time, Nik says that a guy came up to him after the show and said his son was learning to play the drums. I gave him my sticks and said to him to give them to your son. This time when I went back the same guy came back to the show and gave me two of his son’s favourite toys. The boy had given him to me in return. Thought that was really cool.
The night before I scratched my chest and it wouldn’t stop bleeding all day, it finally stopped but half way through the set I noticed my shirt was all covered in blood. It was really weird. Has social media helped your band in any way?
Yes it has completely changed the game. It has created fans all over the world and opened up tour opportunities that would have been very difficult before. All of a sudden it puts you on peoples computers everywhere. You have also had one of your songs featured on Greys Anatomy.
Yea that is really cool, Internet and TV is the new radio we think. It opens up many opportunities for bands.
You can check out The Jezabels website for further information and news. www.thejezabels.com
___ by Craig Winterburn
I caught up with local Toronto Rock band Affinity after thier jam session on Sunday afternoon. The jam space was hot with the after effects of an intense practice session ready for this Saturdays show at Mod Club.
If you like Evanescence
, Foo Fighters & Linkin Park you will be in for a treat when they take the stage. All these artists have a strong influence on Affinity’s set list.
Formed in 2010 the band is made up of Ashley Curtis (lead vocals), Sean Hillman (drummer), Mack Flynn (bass/keys/synth/BG vox), Mark Kaczor (lead guitar) and Mike Bagshaw (rhythm guitar).
Affinity played Canadian Music Week this year and the response was great. Want to see a great Rock band this weekend then be sure to swing by the Mod Club for the Free show if you RSVP via one of the below links.
More details on the bands webpage:http://www.affinityband.net/https://twitter.com/#!/affinitybandhttps://www.facebook.com/affinityband
Check out the attached Audio Interview for more on the band:
LiveMusicTO chats with Andrew White “Whitey” from Kaiser Chiefs before their sold out show at Opera House. The rock show was intense with the band bringing a bit of the UK party attitude to the Toronto crowd who were in an even bigger party mood.
How long has the band been around for?
Andrew jokingly says, “Before guitars were made” The band started as two bands merging into one around 9 years ago. Where did the name Kaiser Chiefs come from?
The original band was called Parva, we had a record deal and then lost the deal, we then decided we would take a new direction with the name Kaiser Chiefs. Whitey says it doesn’t matter how you say it as long as you buy the record. Your debut album “Employment” sold more then a million copies and earned the band three Brit awards. How did that feel?
It felt great, we sold more then a million copies in our hometown Leads. I think our friends and family bought them all. Just kidding. From the time we released the first single not even the first album our career just took off it was ridiculous. We battled so hard and had so many knock backs before that it was incredible, it kind of felt like overnight but wasn’t and that year was great. What were the initial plans for the band was it started as a hobby band or did you have a grand plan?
The initial plans were just to “be cool” that’s what teenagers and people in there early 20’s did. We wanted to have fun and play local pubs, in the very early days we never thought about having a record deal, we were just to busy enjoying it. There was a lot of music around at the time and a lot of competition. How long did it take you from the pub scene to getting a record deal?
Once the two bands were merged it all happened really quick, we started getting more interest, we changed our sound a bit. We stopped being Brit Pop to more like “The Strokes” from then it took about 5 years, one we really started trying. Recently the band took a break from recording what was that to ref-focus or what was it in aid of?
It was a bit of everything really. Mainly to relax we worked pretty hard so we wanted a bit of time off from “The Band” we still hung out it only lasted 6 months then we got bored. We slowly got back into it, which was nice because there was no pressure. The main thing was when we came back was that it was on our terms. A song that everyone knows is “Ruby” you still play it at every show. What was the inspiration for that song and did you think it would be as big of a hit as it is?
It was so long ago and we will always play that song, it has done us proud. I don’t know how it came about it was so long ago but we did know that when we wrote and played “Ruby” it was going to be a big song. It’s done us proud really. At first we weren’t sure if we were going to release it or not but we are glad we did. Even though so long ago that was one of the first songs I listened to by Kaiser Chiefs.
I am essentially on the same tour really and it was a good 5 or 6 years ago. When you were younger. I still feel the same age. It’s so weird the first album came out in 2004 and you get 17 year old kids saying that was the first album they owned. They were 10. The older we get we realize that we are in a privileged position and we appreciate that. Your on a big International right now, you just played Coachella that must have been a great experience.
It was great and the best thing is we play again next weekend. It’s the same lineup and same show. Weird but I loved it. I was a little skeptical about a big festival in America; we have had some bad experiences there before, some great ones though. The bands were great the weather was great. We loved it. Did you get a chance to see any of the sets?
Yes I did, that’s probably why I enjoyed it more then any other festival, I had time and a day off to see some great bands. Saw Dre, which was phenomenal. Justice, At The Drive In. Next stop is Australia I hear?
They want us back apparently. Some unpaid tax bill they say that we need to work it off. We are doing a festival tour there as well as our own shows. It’s great because we are also playing some remote locations, which we are really looking forward to. After Australia where to then?
We are back in the UK for a week of Jet lag recovery, then off again for festival season, Europe, Russia, Spain and anywhere that will have us. Your album Employment has been nominated for best album of the past 15 years. How does that feel?
That’s great, I didn’t know that. I think that there have been a lot of great albums in the last 15 years. I guess people need to vote? So everyone vote for us. With the evolution of the Internet and social media, do you think that has helped you as a band?
It helps other people access us; I cant really put a sentence on it at the moment. I just think that’s the way it is at the moment and everyone is online. I know I am always online, whether it’s good for humans or bad I don’t know. If you are a consumer of “everything” its great.
In saying that, I am glad I was a kid in the 80’s and 90’s. I am glad I had the opportunity to buy records. We always release or albums on vinyl and CD’s although getting harder to find people that make them. Your venue was changed what was the reason for that?
We sold out the other one, which is great. I was gunna say they moved us out of the other one because it was getting cleaned but have you seen the state of this one? It’s a right mess, someone needs to get a mop and bucket. But seriously Opera House is a great venue though, bands like Nirvana and Radiohead played here. We have always had good shows in Toronto and in Canada in general we love it here.
La Dispute is a five piece band from Grand Rapids, Michigan that formed in 2004. As of 2012, they have released two albums and seven EPs.
La Dispute consists of lead vocalist Jordan Dreyer, drummer Brad Vander Lugt, guitarists Chad Sterenberg and Kevin Whittemore and bass guitarist Adam Vass.
With a mutual passion for using music as a means to express, challenge, inform, and connect, but also as a fantastic excuse to have fun, make tons of new friends, and travel anywhere and everywhere that people will have them.
La Dispute is touring to support their sophomore album, Wildlife
, released on No Sleep Records last October, which debuted at 135 on the Billboard Top 200. Wildlife
is a nearly 60-minute musical examination of the twenty-something search for purpose; an exploration of the struggles that confront, damage, and redefine us inevitably in life through 14 tracks of new material. Set up as a collection of "short stories" complete with the author's own notes and sectioned thematically by four monologues, Wildlife
discusses the difficulties inherent in growing up by interweaving the author's own ambiguous loss and struggle for meaning alongside the stories it compelled him to document.
Recorded at both Drasik Studios in Chicago and StadiumRed in New York with Andrew Everding (from the band Thursday) and Joe Pedulla using no artificial reverb, La Dispute's sophomore full length organically captures the sound of five friends committed to pushing their own creative boundaries while still retaining a desire to create honest and emotional music.
This band is well worth the listen, they are playing at The Mod Club in Toronto on Thu May 3, 2012
The band have partnered with 826michigan, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids with writing and self-expression. To support this, the band will be selling 150 limited edition packets at their shows, including “Conversations,” rare photos, a poster, postcards, and other great things. “Conversations” is a lengthy interview with La Dispute’s lead-singer Jordan Dreyer, analyzing and elaborating upon the stories and themes present in the band’s 2011 album Wildlife
. For more information, please see the link below: http://www.ladisputemusic.com/2012/03/conversations-826michigan/
___by Craig Winterburn
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On April 28th, Toronto’s own Chiara Young will be performing in her first hometown show in a really really long time at Sneaky Dee’s in with special guests The Wet Bandits, RPTZR, Harbour, and Lambs Become Lions. It’s going to be one huge party and we want you to be there!
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It was eleven o’clock on Easter Sunday when the Detroit based psychobilly trio Koffin Kats walked onto the stage. As I looked around the packed room of the Bovine Sex Club, I noticed that I wasn’t the only one who gave up on the egg search to come out and watch a night of great music. As soon as the Koffin Kats finished their sound check, they took their pre show shot and the in your face, hard-hitting music began. From start to finish they didn’t stop moving, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an upright bass used for so many acrobatic moves in my life. With Vic Victor taking the front on upright bass and vocals, the Koffin Kats delivered a perfect blend of aggressive punk and down to earth rockabilly. The show was as exciting to watch, as it was to hear.
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I hopped in a cab and was off to my second Canadian Music Week show of the night, after getting a recommendation from a friend, to see Eriksen
at The Central. It was my first time visiting The Central and I had no idea what to expect (I hear you gasping...). Little did I know it would turn out to be one of my 'new' favorite venues in the city.
Walking up to the venue (a small pub) I could honestly feel the good vibes and energy radiating from inside, the foggy windows were an honest indication of just how much buzz this show had. The bar had an overwhelming feeling of friends among friends - what more could you ask for!
Eriksen, I was told, is the music alias of Erik Jorgensen. Erik says he's "been writing music and performing live for over 10 years now with a lot of experience under [his] belt."
I was looking forward to hearing what that kind experience sounded like.
When Erik took the stage attention quickly shifted from small talk at the bar to all ears on the stage. And the entire audience was truly captivated at the first strum of his guitar. It was an intimate setting and he was clearly taking proper advantage of that with a clever mix of heartfelt and upbeat original songs mixed with a couple covers - "foot-stomping" covers like Peggy Sue -
which had everyone singing and tapping along.
The band was musical and tight, despite the fact we were told that it was the drummers first show and I don't think anyone would disagree when I say he did a fine job. It was the kind of show you wish didn't have to end, in other words, rare these days and AWESOME.
Kudos to the drummer and the whole band for sharing an honestly fun and enjoyable show my friends and I won't forget. Certainly, a CMW 2012 highlight for me.
The first time I ever heard a Say Anything
song, way back in the middle school era, I thought, “Max Bemis is the angriest person in the world…” Through the years, as I began to mature as a young adult, I started understanding the anger and raw emotion portrayed in their songs. They are now one of my favourite bands of all time, and as a musician I am highly inspired by Bemis’ writing capabilities, as he’s never afraid to stretch the boundaries.
For as many years that I’ve been listening to Say Anything, I have never seen them live. Not once...up until tonight. I’ve been to many concerts in my life, starting from rock icons The Rolling Stones, ACDC, Aerosmith; punk rock legends Blink-182, A Day To Remember – the list goes on. After watching Say Anything at the Opera House tonight, I can honestly say that it was by far the best show I’ve been to in my 19-year lifespan.
By now, I bet most of you are puzzled that I’m saying that this show is number one on my long list of concerts. Never in my life have I seen a band as underrated as Say Anything set the roof off at the Opera House. Jam-packed house, from the back to the front of the venue, with an endless number of crowd surfers and mosh-pits. Hell, even the balcony was throwing down. I’ve never seen so much energy at one show…ever.
It was also, in fact, the loudest show I’ve ever been to. Even from the balcony seats, my face was melting, and every bone in my body was shaking. I couldn’t believe how hard these guys were rocking out, and not even missing a single note or beat. And what struck me the most out of the whole show, was the passion and support the fans had; singing “Happy Birthday” to Max throughout the 2 hours they played.
There. That was my Good Friday, turned into “Greatest Friday”. If you’re looking to go to a show in the future, I recommend seeing these guys. They will not disappoint you.
Also, if you’re as big a fan of Max Bemis as I am, you should check out his work with his 2 side projects, The Painful Splits, and Two Tongues.
Thank you for all you’ve done for the music industry, as well as giving me the best show of my life.
- by Mike Yorke
It’s not everyday that I get to wake up to an insane earjam, and when I say insane, I mean this band will blow your mind in front of your face. Mass insanity. Lucky for me, my pals in Georgetown’s finest, THUNDERHAWKS, have let me in on an exclusive listening party for their new track, “Sew”, which they will be releasing this fine Easter weekend. So before you eat your Turkey/Ham/Tofurky/whatever the hell you eat on Easter – drop your forks and knives, and give this shit a listen.
Right off the bat, you experience an instant spine-chilling vocal intro by frontman Jeff Richards, followed by a seriously catchy, up-beat guitar riff. Throughout the song, you can hear the crunchy tones and killer drumming patterns through every transition, giving the track some depth and climax. Aside from the musical aspect of the song, it is a lyrical masterpiece. And I’m not talking about some Disney inspired crap where every line rhymes, or reminds us what day of the week it is (duh, it’s Friday), I mean a serious, in-depth monologue. Thunderhawks has, once again, stepped up to the plate and delivered us a Grand Slam to the face.
So yeah, if you’re reading this and you’re interested in having some good listening on Easter weekend, you can tune into their Facebook page at the link below.https://www.facebook.com/thunderhawksband
- by Mike York
The Amity Affliction
No amount of rain or the venue being out of the way was going to stop the fans coming out last night to party. Opening act The Amity Affliction quickly sent the crowd into frenzy last night when they took the stage at Sound Academy. The set was intense and the crowd were ready to show Canadian support of the Australian Act.
The mosh pit was full of energy with all the usual stuff you would expect, but with some requests from the band, there was a wall of death, crowd surfing and wild circle moshing. The crowd was sure out to show this band how Canadians party, and impressive it was! They sure set the bar high for the acts to follow.
The Amity Affliction is currently on tour with Asking Alexandra through North America and loving the experience. “We didn’t expect a reception as good as this, Canada has been our best show yet,” one of the members told me.
From Brisbane Australia and formed in 2002 the band was named for a close friend of the band, who died in a car accident at the age of 17. 'Amity' referred to the friendship and 'Affliction' was to indicate the struggle which dealing with the death caused the band members. The death of the friend was the catalyst for the formation of the band.
They are taking Australia by storm and now ready to conquer the rest of the world. I asked Ahren Stringer (Bass Player) what the competition was like back home in this genre, he said, “We only really have Parkway Drive to compete with so we have massive support back in Oz.”
The band has released two studio albums, Severed Ties
released in 2008 and Youngbloods
in 2010, which debuted at number 6 on the ARIA Charts
, two EPs and a handful of demos.
All you post hardcore fans keep a close watch on these guys, they could just be your new favorite band.
- by Craig Winterburn