Thursday, 28 December 2017

Weir - Detached (2017)

Unless something miraculous happens in the next couple of days, this is likely our last post for the year. And given how much of a crushing disappointment the year has been, it's fitting that we go out with this crushing new EP from sludge metal dudes the Weir.

The good news with this tape is that the Weir are still mining the same doomy sound that we've come to enjoy. The better news is that they're getting closer to capturing the sonic onslaught of their live shows. This tape sounds big and meaty - sadly, the stereo in the CCPS offices can't quite match the volume they usually play at.

Get this tape from the Weir's bandcamp.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Funeral Factory - Cold War Isolation Daisies (1989)

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of the Funeral Factory's Greg Kucheran earlier this month. We dug out this CD for a listen, and realized that we had never posted it (we posted the cassette version in our early days).

We're glad we gave this a listen again - we'd forgotten how great Kucheran's voice was. This is a sprawling, majestic work, and we're a bit ashamed that we didn't post the CD until now. Our apologies for making you live with our crummy tape rip for so many years.

Rest in peace, Greg.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Pill Crusher - The First Two Years: Space Brains Cosmonauts (2017)

Ever since Empty Heads called it quits this summer, we've been looking for something to fill that 90's-shaped, grunge pop hole in our hearts, and we think we've finally found just the thing. Pill Crusher play loud and melodic, and we quite like it. There's nothing quite like brutally loud guitars to drive away the self-doubt and loathing. Except bourbon. But that's for another time.

For now, you can grab Pill Crusher's tape via their bandcamp.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pankbend - Danke Freundlicher Zuhörer! (2017)

While we're not overly-excited about the way that Craig Storm is consistently challenging our cassette storage capacity, we do appreciate the way in which he challenges our earballs. His latest project, Pankbend, is a collaboration with Janitor Scum's Arielle McCuaig, and it's a pretty good thing that kind of defies categorization. Electro pop punk? Maybe? These four songs bounce around from from noise to pop, swathed in synthy pads and bloops.

Highly recommended - and, at the time of writing, cassettes are still available from the Pankbend bandcamp.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Buzzard - Buzzard (1997)

Sometimes things show up in our email inbox with little/no explanation. This is one of those cases. We received an email with a j-card scan, six mp3s and the cryptic text: "Buzzard was a Disciple of Chaos whom after a Chaotic Death emerged from Under the Stares to a wild chorus of Negative Feedback."

So, as we sit here puzzling over what it all means and listening to this blend of skate rock and hard core, we'll direct to you the download.

Monday, 4 December 2017

CCPS Miscellany: Age Of Electric - The Latest Plague (1990)

Thanks to Robert McGregor, we're kicking things back into gear with a release that takes us across our province's eastern border. Sure, Age of Electric were a Regina-based band, but they have some pretty serious ties to Calgary - parts of this tape were recorded here with Shane Connelly/Frank Slide and had a pretty big following here. Especially at the Live Wire.

Plus, in recent years Age of Electric frontman Todd Kerns has been playing with Ian Grant and Reed Shimozawa.

So, instead of over-thinking this, we'll just point you to the download.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Waterbody - Waterbody (1993)

From Body-Body to Waterbody. And, yes, the styles are as jarring as that segue. This tape was passed to us up at Revival Records, and we've been struggling to find any real info about the band. We know Kevin Labcuk was part of the Rip Chords, and this band certainly follows in that band's stylistic footprints, but that's it.

Maybe you can help surface something here?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Body-Body - Body-Body (2017)

While we're talking bodies, let's grab this one!

Over the ten years that we've been running this strange project, one significant thing has changed: we've come not just to appreciate Kamil Krulis, but truly like what he does. Maybe it's over-compensating for 25 years ago when we clearly did not get the El Caminos... but we're really, truly enjoying Body-Body.

If you're looking to draw a line musically from Kamil's other projects, you're in for a bit of a leap. Backwards, even. This is nothing like the short-lived Plastick - it's a direct reaction to the darkwave/goth elements of that band (and so many others right now). Forget the brooding and moodiness of the 80's - there's no room for your skinny jeans and black t-shirt here. Kamil wants you on his 90's dance floor in your pastels and baggy pants. We like to think this is like going up to the Tasmanian Ballroom for a night of dancing, instead of going to a show at the Night Gallery. Uh, not that we ever did that. Often.

So, Kamil has worked his contrarian magic and made electronic music that's fun. And also impossible to find online - the Body-Body bandcamp exists in URL only.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Bog Bodies - Beyond the Blonde Climax (2017)

We keep buying Bog Bodies tapes in the hope that one day we'll get used to their roller coaster of drum machines, processed vocals, guitars that sound like anything else, and random samples. But we haven't.

Still, "Fishnet Gusset Protuberance" reads like a band name that Mark Igglesden would come up with. So that means we're either getting closer or... something.

Looks like the physical tape is sold out, but you can get the download from the Bog Bodies bandcamp.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Chad VanGaalen - Light Information (2017)

Well, here's a thing. When Gene Poole saw that the new Chad VanGaalen album was getting a cassette release, he was pretty quick to pull the trigger and pre-purchase it. That said, we've having a tough time getting him to hand it over to our lead reviewer - Gene's decided that Chad's not from Calgary, but rather living on a completely different plane of existence than the rest of us.

There are a crap tonne of real reviews of this album out there. so we won't waste valuable drinking time re-hashing the obvious. Instead, here's our favourite track.

We will note, however, that VanGaalen's touring band effectively knocks out two of our favourite bands for a chunk of the fall. We can't blame him for taking Ryan Bourne and Chris Dadge with him, but - dammit, it feels like a long time since we've seen Sleepkit or Lab Coast.

Looks like the cassette version of Light Information is still available in the Flemish Eye webstore.