Saturday, 31 October 2020

Trigger Warning - Eradicate Consciousness (2020)


Continuing with the random Bandcamp purchases, here's a spankin' new tape from Trigger Warning. We've seen their name around town on posters for electronic/noise shows, but hadn't actually heard them until now. 

Trigger Warning is the project of Mary Cleland, who we think we've seen as part of the very excellent Slut Prophet. This tape is a pretty great thing - kinetic, metallic beats throb and pulse in ways that make us JUST uneasy enough. If you've ever wished for a dirtier, nastier version of, say, Corinthian, Trigger Warning is for you.

Get it via Bandcamp.

Friday, 30 October 2020

Traveler - Termination Shock (2020)

One of the things about being shut in this year is that we've been going a bit squirrely with not being able to get out to live shows. To make up for it, we've been trawling through Bandcamp and trying to find tapes and discover new bands. So, this one!

Not being metal guys here at the CCPS (DESPITE Gene having grown up in Rundle), we haven't had a lot of visibility into that side of our city's scene. Thankfully, we can turn to the Encyclopaedia Metallum for the low-down - which tells us that we're late to the party, and this is Traveler's second full-length. BUT we have enough of an ear to tell us that these guys are mining the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound of bands like Judas Priest - without sounding like copycats. Soaring vocals and driving riffs make this an epic journey we're more than happy to take.

Get it (tape, LP or download) via the Traveler bandcamp.

Thursday, 29 October 2020

No More Moments - Mill Grove High (2020)


Despite having featured what feels like a bazillion tapes by Iron Tusk, we haven't yet had the pleasure of featuring Carlin Black Rabbit's other band, the skaterock-leaning No More Moments. Until now!

Considering how long they've been around, we're kind of stuck on what to say about No More Moments. Thankfully, there's this excellent doc to take care of that: 

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This tape is an excellent blast through five tracks, with "Everyone But Me" being the standout, with its ode to the joy of going to rock shows and finding a place where you can be yourself. It reminds us of some of the best moments of Calgary's all ages scene.

Get the tape from the No More Moments bandcamp.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Wish Lash - Chaos Choir (2020)

Kerry Maguire's excellent Wish Lash is back with a second tape, this time from her temporary (?) base in Austin, Texas. Which is maybe another cause for a Miscellany tag and an argument in the office, but... you know.

This tape is a further honing of the experimental electronica/dark techno that made Wish Lash's first outing such a tasty treat. To our ear, this is darker, denser, and moodier than that first release, which probably suits the dumpster fire that is 2020.

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Get the download via the Wish Lash bandcamp, or order the tape from Glow Code.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Gawdie - EP1 (2020)


We had an argument about whether to tag this as a miscellany post, and ultimately we realize it maybe doesn't matter. Even though Gawdie's Sara Jean Hughes is now based in Montreal, we're calling this one ours. 

Getting out from behind the drum kit and eschewing the pop punk tendencies of her past bands Grown-Ups and Pre Nup, Gawdie sees Sara Jean Hughes exploring the realm of moody synth pop and electronica. Whispered vocals, traces of guitar, and minimalist synths carry these four short songs through bliss and just the right amount of tension (side two's "Maladaptive" is a standout). 

Get it from the Gawdie bandcamp.