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Carpenter Brut (w/ Le Matos) @ Danforth Music Hall (Toronto, ON) on April 27, 2018 [Photos & Show Review]

Carpenter Brut brought some serious synth hurt to the Danforth Music Hall on April 27th, along with a driving good time thanks to openers, Le Matos.

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Walking into the Danforth Music Hall is always a pleasure; it may just be one of my favourite venues in Toronto.

I arrived early to ensure I made it for Montreal’s own Le Matos as the last time I saw these guys, at the Velvet Underground, I was entertained. This time around; however, I was hooked! The duo has really polished their show since I last saw them and I really appreciated their use of white lights during their set. Standout tracks “Montrose” and “Interceptor” are great, but in hearing them live, they take on a whole new level.

Carpenter Brut brought the synth hurt! They did not fuck around and just banged out hit after hit, crushing the audience with tracks from the latest release, Leather Teeth, and must-hear crowd-pleasers like “Turbo Killer”, “Meet Matt Stryker” and “Maniac”. Always a gold show, Carpenter Brut bring the noise, vibes and good times with each and every one of their performance.

Alternative/Rock

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…

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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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The Eighty Six Seas – ‘Scenes from an Art Heist’ [Album Review]

Overall, this album does exactly what it sets out to do in encapsulating a fictionalized version of a famous art heist. Well done, The Eighty Six Seas!

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The Eighty Six Seas ‘Scenes from an Art Heist’ album artwork
The Eighty Six Seas ‘Scenes from an Art Heist’ album artwork

On February 23, 2024, The Eighty Six Seas released their first 11-track full-length album, Scenes from an Art Heist. Each track on this album is meant to represent a fictionalized story of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

The first track sets out an eerie aura that aligns with the track’s title, a dedication to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The next song is a quick switch up from the first, with flighty strings and a whispered voice from lead singer Nick Stevens.

Moving on to track number three, “Coffee and Art,” you’ll hear a faster-paced, nearly techno piece that feels like caffeine hitting your bloodstream for the first time in the morning. Their next song, “Jenny,” is a piano-led ballad spotlighting Steven’s melancholy voice. With “Lonely Afternoon,” the track transforms back into the techno feel of “Coffee and Art,” but with a darker twist.

The next song, “Cat/Mouse,” sounds exactly as you’d expect—like a tense cat-and-mouse standoff, with the music accenting this push-and-pull dynamic. “Hey Little Bird” is more or less an instrumental, with occasional lyrics included, but it is clearly meant to be the interlude.

Moving on, we arrive at a track called “The Day I Die,” a techno piece with a fabulous crescendo after its quiet beginnings. Following that, “The Eighty Six Seas” provides its track, “Portrait of a Smuggler,” which quite literally encapsulates the feeling you have while walking through a park on a sunny day.

Next, we come to “Ghost in the Cityscape,” which has darker undertones, a sorrowful cello, and a slower tempo. The final piece is titled “Frames,” which will remind you of a love letter saying goodbye or a beautiful lullaby. Overall, this album does exactly what it sets out to do in encapsulating a fictionalized version of a famous art heist. Well done, The Eighty Six Seas.

Scenes from an Art Heist Track Listing:

1. For Isabella, March 1990
2. Scenes from an Art Heist
3. Coffee and Art
4. Jenny
5. Lonely Afternoon
6. Cat / Mouse
7. Hey Little Bird
8. The Day I Die
9. Portrait of a Smuggler
10. Ghost in the Cityscape
11. Frames

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Release Date: February 23, 2024
Record Label: Independent

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Glixen – “foreversoon” [Song Review]

On “foreversoon,” Glixen created a song where youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear,

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Glixen “foreversoon” single artwork
Glixen “foreversoon” single artwork

It’s been less than a year since Glixen released their debut EP, She Only Said, on Julia’s War Records. Still, the Phoenix shoegazers have already dug their heels into the DIY music scene and are heading out on an extensive US tour this year alongside the likes of Interpol, Softcult, Glitterer, and fish narc. Appearances at SXSW and Treefort will only further cement their reputation as a new band worthy of note.

To herald the busy year ahead, the band has released a new single, “foreversoon,” via the AWAL label, and it’s well worth a listen.

Says lead vocalist Aislinn Ritchie:

“‘foreversoon’ represents blissful moments of new love and intimacy. The song harnesses melancholy chords, layered with fuzzy red melodies and gliding guitars that pull you in deeper. I wanted my lyrics to feel like a conversation that expresses my infatuation and sensuality. Time is relentless and memories are fleeting, this song encapsulates those emotions forever.”

It’s a fair summation. Its youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear, think Ride, Curve and Slowdive, but with the fuzz cranked up possibly higher. Ritchie’s vocals certainly share that dreamlike quality of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, and with many of those bands back on the road this year, perhaps the time is ripe to inject fresh blood into the genre.

Glixen, photo by Jesse Beecher

Glixen, photo by Jesse Beecher

Run Time: 3:43
Release Date: February 9, 2024
Record Label: AWAL Recordings

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