Sorry for the late update. It’s been a little too long. The good news is part of the delay is due to a handful of interviews I’ve been doing. Check back regularly over the next week or so as we have interviews coming with Nova Scotia rockers Sloan, and N.S. songstresses Jill Barber and Meaghan Smith. First one should be up later this week.
As always, if you have East Coast music news to report, fire me off an e-mail at email@example.com
Adaptation – Lies and Medicine
Riverview, N.B. pop-punk/screamo band Adaptation (Justin Collette, Nick Chandler, Jon Harquail, Flip Leblanc) will release its third disc this week. Lies and Medicine follows 2003’s So You’re Saying There’s A Chance and 2006’s Apart from the Screams.
The band has a loyal following in its hometown and is hoping to make a dent elsewhere with some touring. The band will perform a CD release show this Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Moncton.
Olympic Symphonium – More Sorrow Than Anger
Another New Brunswick band is preparing an album release. Fredericton’s The Olympic Symphonium, part of the collective/label Forward Music Group, is set to release its second album in just a few short weeks on Nov. 11. More Sorrow Than Anger follows the band’s debut, Chapter 1, a mellow collection of beautiful tracks from last year. The new album’s 10 tracks were recorded over the last year in a clothing store, a house, a shed and a field.
The band members, Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak (both of whom also play in Share) and Graeme Walker (Grand Theft Bus) all share singing and songwriting duties while rotating around various instruments. On the new disc, they were joined by Catherine MacLellan, Dale Murray (Cuff The Duke), Jenn Grant, Joel Leblanc (Hot Toddy) and Rose Cousins.
The boys will be touring through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia next month. Check out their myspace page for dates.
Brandon Jones releases single
We’ll get away from New Brunswick here in a second, but first, Quispamsis, N.B. native Brandon Jones, a former Canadian Idol top 10 contestant, has recently released his latest single, “Fallen” to Canadian radio. The single has been remixed from the original acoustic version that appears on the singer’s debut album All For You (Sound of Pop/Fontana North) with some additional instrumentation.
“Fallen” follows up “Stain of You”, which appeared in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Jones, 18, has spent his time since the 2006 Idol competition flying back and forth between New Brunswick and Toronto, Ont., completing high school and recording his debut All for You.
Jones is expected to begin working on his next album next year.
Film documents Halifax community
Indie-rock documentary 6015 Willow will be screened and officially released on DVD this Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Oxford Theatre in Halifax at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Halifax Pop Explosion.
Filmed in Halifax and featuring live performances by Dog Day, North Of America, The Stolen Minks, The Superfantastics, Windom Earle, The Just Barelys and many more, the film is a snapshot of the city’s vibrant independent music scene. Captured in a house that has long functioned as a hub for creativity in the city, it follows a cast of musicians and artists as they record a document of their own time. Bands fill every room in the house, from the bathroom to the attic. Amazingly, the film followed the exploits of 20 Halifax bands over three days.
The screening tomorrow will be followed by a release party on Friday, Oct. 24 at the North Street Church featuring performances from The Got To Get Got, VKNGS, The Maynards and Play Guitar.
The film was conceived by Paul Hammond and Jeffrey Parker in the spring of 2007. As their time in the Willow Street house came to an end, they wanted to do something big – a last hurrah in the house that had been home to many Halifax artists and musicians. The film was shot that August.
If you’re in the Halifax area, this sounds like a must-see film.
Drumlin releases new video
Nova Scotia folk band Drumlin has a new music video titled “Stormy Weather Boys.” The four-piece worked with Halifax filmmaker Joel Mackenzie in collaboration with the Atlantic Film Festival’s 10×10 Music Video Program. The video was filmed at Evergreen House, the former home of Helen Creighton, now home to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. “Stormy Weather Boys” contains quirky cardboard animation by Phillipe Tardiff and was featured on EastLink Television as a ‘Spotlight’ of the Atlantic Film Festival.
The video can be found on the group’s website.
In addition, the band has been selected as a finalist at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards. They have been nominated in the Young Performer of the Year category. Congrats to them!
Angela Desveaux returns home – sort of
Angela Desveaux and The Mighty Ship, a Montreal-based band, will perform in Saint John and Moncton, N.B. this week, with a show tonight and tomorrow.
How is the East Coast related, you ask? While Desveaux was born in Montreal and currently resides there, she was raised in Cape Breton.
The folk-rock band will perform at the A-Khord in Saint John tonight (Oct. 22) and at Doc Dylan’s in Moncton tomorrow night. Both shows start at 9 p.m.