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Triggerfinger Names Their Top 5 Canadian Bands and release By Absence of the Sun



Belgian chart-topping rockers Triggerfinger recently named their Top 5 Canadian Bands:

1) Neil Young and Crazy Horse
2) The Band
3) Daniel Lanois
4) Big Sugar
5) Junkhouse

Triggerfinger is set to unveil their fourth studio album By Absence Of The Sun (Hufter / Pheromone Distribution / Fontana North) in Canada on October 16, 2015. In support of the release, the group will join iconic Canadian band Big Sugar on tour kicking off October 23 in Sarnia, ON and wrapping in Toronto, ON at The Danforth Music Hall on November 27. Following it’s 2014 European debut, By Absence Of The Sun, which features the lead track “Perfect Match,” stole the #1 spot on the Dutch and Belgian Album Charts.

“We had the privilege again to work with the great producer Greg Gordon (Slayer, Nick Cave, LL Cool J) on By Absence Of The Sun and It was a blast being able to record in the famous Sunset Sound Studios,” says vocalist / guitarist Ruben Block. “This has resulted in a versatile record we are very proud of – the sound of four guys having fun playing, creating, experimenting and trying to tame a roaring beast.”

Recorded in Los Angeles, the album covers an eclectic array of sounds inspired by sexy seventies beats, modern fist pumping guitar solos and catchy sing-along anthems. By Absence Of The Sun showcases songs like “Perfect Match” and “Black Panic” that are charged with pure electricity, whereas more intimate melodies such as “Splendor In The Grass,” “Halfway There,” “Trail of Love” and the title track express a sense of loss carried by the romance of hope.

Comprised of Block, bass player Monsieur Paul and drummer Mario Goossens, Triggerfinger have rocked out together since 1998. Following the release of their first three recordings; Triggerfinger (2004), What Grabs Ya? (2008) and All This Dancin’ Around (2010) the group received unexpected attention when their live cover of Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” went viral and hit #1 on the Belgian and Dutch charts in early 2012. Since then, the trio has toured dozens of countries and had the chance to open two shows for The Rolling Stones in Spring 2013, one at the TW Classic in Belgium and the other at Hyde Park in London.

Looking ahead to the tour, Block continues, “The fact that we have the opportunity to open for Big Sugar is pretty crazy since they were part of the inspiration in the melting pot that ended up being Triggerfinger. They are truly the nicest gentlemen to hang out with and it’s inspiring to see them play, every time. This upcoming tour is an adventure we’re all looking forward to with the impatience of a six-year-old.”

By Absence Of The Sun Track Listing:

  1. Game
  2. Perfect Match
  3. By Absence of the Sun
  4. Big Hole
  5. Off The Rack
  6. Black Panic
  7. There Isn’t Time
  8. And There She Was Lying in Wait
  9. Splendor in the Grass
  10. Halfway There
  11. Trail of Love
  12. Master of All Fears




Triggerfinger Tour Dates:

*with Big Sugar

October 20, 2015 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON
October 23, 2015* Rustic Sarnia, ON
October 27, 2015* Crocks Thunder Bay, ON
November 5, 2015* Kamloops Convention Centre Theatre Kamloops, BC
November 6, 2015* Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
November 10, 2015* Better Than Fred’s Grande Prairie, AB
November 11, 2015* Better Than Fred’s Grande Prairie, AB
November 14, 2015* Cowboy’s Dance Hall Calgary, AB
November 15, 2015* Average Joe’s Lethbridge, AB
November 20, 2015* Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, MB
November 25, 2015* Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY
November 26, 2015* Maxwell’s Music House Waterloo, ON




And the aforementioned November 27th performance at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall



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SOiL Announce November UK Headline Tour Dates

Chicago’s SOiL has announced a run of special “All Scars” UK dates for November 2024. Find out more including who will be joining them…



SOiL, photo by Tricia Starr (TStarr Photography)
SOiL, photo by Tricia Starr

Chicago rockers SOiL will return to the UK for the first time since 2019 this coming November 2024. The band will be joined on the tour by (Hed)PE, Nonpoint, and the return of Texas nu-metal pioneers The Union Underground.

This fully packed “Era” package will see SOiL performing songs exclusively from their 2001 hit album Scars with tracks such as “Halo,” “Unreal,” “Breaking Me Down,” and including deep cuts like “Two Skins” and “Understanding Me.” This marks the first time since the release of the album Scars that SOIL has played an “All Scars” set.

Speaking about the tour, guitarist Adam Zadel remarked:

“This will be an epic return to the UK for us. The album Scars was an instant hit in the UK and has maintained its status for over 20 years. It’s going to be exciting to play an exclusive set for the UK fans.”

SOiL bassist Tim King added:

“To share this “Scars Only” event with our wonderful UK fans is going to be super exciting. On top of that, to also be alongside all our dear friends in (Hed)PE, Nonpoint, and The Union Underground is going to make this a tour to remember for many years to come.”

Catch the four bands on the following dates in November 2024.

Tour Dates:

11/05 – Bristol – O2 Academy
11/06 – London – Electric Ballroom
11/08 – Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
11/09 – Manchester – Academy 2
11/10 – Nottingham – Rock City
11/12 – Glasgow – SWG3
11/13 – Newcastle – Riverside
11/15 – Swansea – Patti Pavillion
11/16 – Southampton – The 1865

For more information and ticket details, head over to the Official SOil Website here.

SOiL UK Tour 2024 Poster Artwork

SOiL UK Tour 2024 Poster Artwork

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Mieko Shimizu Premieres Music Video for “Unworldy” Single “My Tentacles”

Get stoked, cause radical multi-instrumentalist Mieko Shimizu premieres the video for the reworked single “My Tentacles.”



Mieko Shimizu, photo by Ruta Zemmere
Mieko Shimizu, photo by Ruta Zemmere

Radical, nonconformist Japanese singer and multi-instrumentalist Mieko Shimizu recently re-released her offbeat, unworldly single “My Tentacles.”

The single is the offbeat, unworldly title track of Mieko’s soon-to-be-released album. It is be-thronged by chimeric fusions, dysfunctional beats and startling mutations. The single is unaccompanied by an equally radical video created by diz_qo.

Speaking about the track, Mieko tells us:

“‘Emergence,’ the book by Steve Johnson, fascinated me; a colony of ants, a sprawling metropolis, and human brain cells, are all features of the unknown science of self-organisation. I wanted to cut down into society and sing a simple song about people as single cells.”

The multi-instrumentalist explains further:

“They interconnect with the multitude and conjure up a whole that is wiser together than we are individually. When my tentacles reach out and touch you, communicate with you then we become something else, something more than just an individual.”

For those who aren’t familiar with the name, Mieko has played at Sonar alongside Kraftwerk, as well as support for Goldfrapp and Massive Attack at their Melt Down Festival. She is currently an artist in residence for Wonky Plonky Electronk, an experimental, electronic live event which is touring the UK throughout 2024, the next show being on 28th March at The Cinema Room at All Is Joy in London.

Mieko has worked with an extensive range of artists, including Japan’s Mick Karn, Nitin Sawhney, Riz MC, David Cunningham, Robert Lippok and has also remixed the likes of Coldcut and Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra.

For more information on diz_qo, check him out online here. To check out more of Mieko’s work or to pre-order the upcoming album, click here.

Mieko Shimizu ‘My Tentacles’ Album Artwork

Mieko Shimizu ‘My Tentacles’ Album Artwork

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Morning Bear Reveals Latest Single “A Simple Understanding”

John Runnels unveils the revival of his indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of new single, “A Simple Understanding”.



Morning Bear

Denver raised and now Copenhagen based singer/songwriter John Runnels unveils the revival of his orchestral indie folk project, Morning Bear, with the release of a deeply personal and emotionally charged single, “A Simple Understanding.” Marking the band’s return after a six-year hiatus, Morning Bear’s latest offering provides an intimate glimpse into the mind of its creator, navigating through the profound challenges of loss, resilience, and self-discovery.

Characterised by highly dynamic compositions, Morning Bear’s music weaves together the calm and delicate stylings reminiscent of artists like Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez, while embracing the complexity and depth akin to the Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. Featuring soaring vocals and unconventional arrangements, including cello, violin, piano, and more, Morning Bear crafts a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks.

The catalyst for Morning Bear’s resurgence lies in the transformative journey of band leader John Runnels, who, after facing a series of devastating events and losses, found solace and inspiration amid the chaos. The global pandemic, the loss of three close friends in separate tragedies, a severe injury, and battles with anxiety and depression marked a period of uncertainty for Runnels, but he emerged stronger and more resilient.

“A Simple Understanding”, a continuation of the first releases from Morning Bear after a long hiatus, showcases Runnels in an intimate and vulnerable performance, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. Released at the time of year where it is most difficult for mental health, John recorded this in a single, live take during a rainstorm in a small garage in a village outside of Andover, UK, and the song captures the raw emotion of Runnels’ struggles and experiences. The lyrics delve into themes of self-loathing and finding hope in the darkest moments of life.

He says “People are often their own worst critic. ‘A Simple Understanding’ speaks to the self-loathing you feel when you have hit rock bottom. How do we find something to hold onto when we’re in the darkest points of our lives?

Morning Bear invites audiences to join them, to embrace vulnerability and share the power of music to heal and connect. With echoes of early Bon Iver in its acoustic performance, ‘A Simple Understanding’ is a brutally honest and delicately executed piece of songwriting that is sure to resonate with listeners, John Runnels bears all in this captivating and emotionally charged offering that sticks.

Morning Bear "A Simple Understanding" single artwork

Morning Bear “A Simple Understanding” single artwork

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