Sunday, 23 September 2018

Janitor Scum - And the Scums/Instant Music+2 (2018)





Janitor Scum has become one of our favourite local punk bands over the past few years, with their ramshackle shows and fuck it attitude. So two new tapes from them is pretty exciting.

If you've seen them before, Janitor Scum and the Scums more of what you'd expect, with Arielle spasmodically babbling along with the careening guitars and drums. You'd think the inclusion of lyrics here is helpful, but not always. We can't at all reconcile the lyrics of "Small Snail" with what we're hearing. But "Doris Dolores & Boris" is bang on, and sounds kind of like a Slits record being played at 78rpm - in other words, it's exceptionally good.

Instant Music+2 is just kind of weird. We guess these are some form of 4-track demo thing with drum machine and various noises - this has more in common with Janitor Scum side project Pankbend than the main band. Which is still enjoyable in its own right.

The Janitor Scums seem to be eschewing the internet, so you'll probably have to catch the band live to get a copy of these.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Bitter Fictions - Disagreements (2018)



It feels like the time between blog posts here at the CCPS is increasing... we're going to try to get a few things off our desk, though, starting with this tape from Devin Friesen's Bitter Fictions.

This is a varied cassette based around Friesen's solo (looped) guitar, leading with the appropriately abrasive title track before sliding into psychedelic soundscapes, glitchy electronics, the gorgeous and comtemplative "Morning Bow Memorial," ultimately collapsing on itself in the closing "It All Gets Fuzzy In The End." If you're a fan of soundtracks to non-existent movies, this one is for you.


Sunday, 8 July 2018

Calisthenics - Demo (2017)


Here's a tape we got post-Sled Island (at the rejuvenated Hot Wax - have you been since Melodiya took over ownership? You should!), of a band whose set we caught the very end of during the festival. Wait, is that proper English? We think Stampede might be degrading our cognitive functioning.

Calisthenics are anchored by the rock-steady drumming of Andy from Soft Cure/Lunatique/Slut Prophet, and there's a circus-like feel to some of the tracks on here that elevate this beyond its mix of yelping vocals, bass grooves and angular guitars. What's missing, though, is the spectacle of their front man climbing the walls of the Palomino and writing on the floor.

Looks like you can grab a download via the Calisthenics bandcamp.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

CCPS Miscellany: Various - Cups N Cakes Compilation Vol 1



Okay, here's a good thing. Not just for the packaging (we're suckers for well-conceived packaging, and this is right up there with Th' Legendary Few's Smokes), but the selection of bands that Edmonton's Cups N Cakes has pulled together, which includes three Calgary faves.

This is a pretty rock-focused tape, so the inclusion of Valiska is a great breather, with their trademark atmospherics closing out side one. But instead of giving folks a breather at the end of side two, Night Committee and Napalmpom double down on the rock with both bands joining forces on a rave up of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On," throwing in novelty song "Captain Groovy and His Bubblegum Army" for shits and giggles. Hearing Andrew Wedderburn trade vocals with PJ Lavergne is amazing - it sounds like the best party ever.

The rest of the tape is packed with some heavy-weight non-Calgary content, too: Edmonton's Screaming Targets, Lethbridge's Body Lens, Vancouver's Dumb, and Ottawa's Expanda Fuzz. Come for the packaging, stay for the great tunes.

Looks like you might still be able to get a copy of this limited-edition tape if you act fast - copies are still available via the Cups N Cakes bandcamp.


Friday, 6 July 2018

Knots - White River of White Lies (2011)



For some reason we missed picking up a copy of the first Knots tape when it came out, so we were super happy to grab a copy from Bart Records mastermind Kevin Stebner during Sled Island.

This release is a much different affair from their second, power pop-focused tape. This is folky, pastoral and restrained. Perfect hammock music.

Tapes are still in print, and you can also pop over to the Knots bandcamp for a taste.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Allovers - Demonstrations Volume 1 (2018)



Despite their significant contribution to our tinnitus, the Allovers are one of our favourite lounge/power pop combos. And even if two thirds of the band are based in Edmonton (and even if singer/guitarist Matt Pahl is originally from Edmonton), we're claiming them for Calgary. And don't try to tell us different, we can't hear you over the ringing in our ears.

After years of lounging around the scene (and chasing up and down highway 2), these guys have finally put out a full-length album (which sounds amazing and we are quite enjoying). To accompany it, they've released a tape full of low-fi demos of their stuff. Which still has all the charm of their proper recorded sound and captures their Paul-Anka-fronting-the-Ramones-on-amphetamines sound.



We're not sure where you can get this. Word is it was available at Blackbyrd in Edmonton, but that's not really helpful for us in Calgary, is it? Otherwise, hit the Allovers bandcamp for their full-length LP.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Shiverettes - Dead Men Can't Cat Call (2018)



We're still recovering from Sled Island, and have been slower than normal in getting to the tapes we picked up during the festival. Why? We're old. We can admit it. We started this project when we weren't quite so old, and with every Sled we feel the additional year.

Anyways, we're tickled pink that the Shiverettes have re-released their full-length album from last year on tape. This was one of our absolute favourites from last year - we still think "Dead Men Can't Cat Call" and "Missing Stair" would be an absolute killer 7" single. Anyways, we've said a lot about the Shiverettes in previous posts (immensely relevant, killer guitar sound, amazing contrast between Hayley and Kaely's voices, etc etc) - so how about we just dream about seeing them on our favourite patio:



We assume you can get this tape around town; it's also over on their bandcamp.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Singing Lawn Chair - The Door In the Window Cassette (2018)


We wish we could tell you more about Singing Lawn Chair. But the top hit for Singing Lawn Chair is our post of their last tape. But we did find this lovely video, with a soundtrack by them:



We picked this tape up at Sloth; maybe there's another copy there?

Friday, 15 June 2018

Uncanny Valley - Demo (2018)



Uncanny Valley feels like the logical next step for Aiwass, with Ryan Von Hagen and Gwen Morgan adding a full band to delivery their blasts of dark wave punk. Yelping vocals, Cure/New Order bass lines, propelling drums, chorus-y guitars and icy synths. What more do you want? One of our must-sees for Sled Island.

Get it via the Uncanny Valley bandcamp.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Pre Nup - Oh Well (2018)



New tape time! This one has been sitting in the CCPS office tape deck (one of them, anyways) since it came out last month. Pre Nup is like the, well, grown up version of Josiah and Sarah Hughes' former band, Grown-Ups. There's a sense of exhaustion to this tape, despite the songs barreling along at something just shy of a breakneck speed. When Josiah sings, "Music is my life a living hell and the product of my privilege - oh well," we get the feels. We also get a distinct Wedding Present vibe off of this, which means we're probably mishearing something.



Get the download from the Pre Nup bandcamp, or the tape from the good folks at Debt Offensive.