Music Reviews

Lisa LeBlanc - Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted

Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted is the newest release by musician Lisa LeBlanc. According to LeBlanc, this six track EP was inspired by her travels through the U.S. in the beat generation tradition. It consists of five original tracks and her take on the American folk song "Katie Cruel". This EP surges ahead with a raw and at times grungy musical aesthetic, which is propelled by Lisa's powerful and pleading vocals. 

Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings (Rotten 2014)

Sweet Nothings is the seventh studio album from the freshly-reunited Maryland metal maestros, Dog Fashion Disco.

If the movie Three Men and a Baby starred George Clinton, Al Jourgensen, and Mike Patton instead of Guttenberg, Selleck, and Danson—that baby would have grown up to become Sweet Nothings. But that doesn't even begin to explain how eclectic this album is. A full detailed description of the audible influences would take much more than the few hundred words I've been allotted, so I'll try to sum it up like this:

The Bunny the Bear - Food Chain

Victory Records veterans The Bunny the Bear bring on the weird for their fifth studio album, Food Chain. As with previous albums, Matthew "The Bunny" Tybor takes on the lion's share—or "bunny's share"—of the songwriting responsibilities. After a short departure, Chris "The Bear" Hutka returns to lend his clean vocals to this sonic clusterfuck.

Eternal Husbands - Eternal Husbands

Matt Leddy and Rick Reid, who call Montreal home, are the musical duo that make up Eternal Husbands. The two musicians have been creating music together for years under various monikers and, once their former and most recent band City Streets called it quits in the spring of 2013, they came together once again and subsequently released the Eternal Husbands EP in August of the same year.

Kill of Rights - Sign of the Crimes

What happens when former members of DBC (Dead Brian Cells), Countdown Zero/The Absurds, Jackboot & the Oppressors, Mister Monster, and Top Johnny come together in band form? Why none other than Montreal group Kill of Rights, which released their first album, Sign of the Crimes last month.

Chapel - Satan's Rock 'n' Roll

Dust off those leather chaps, it's the '80s again. Last month saw the vinyl re-issue of Chapel's first and only full album Satan's Rock 'n' Roll (originally released in summer, 2012), which seems like an appropriate opportunity to look at the album itself, as some of us might have missed it the first time around *cough*.

Archery Guild - Manitòk

Manitòk is the second full-length album by Montreal based indie-rockers Archery Guild. This is an imaginative album that comes at you like a wall of sound, which is exactly the kind of thing you'd hope for considering this is a seven-member collective. Archery Guild avoids the pitfalls of a large ensemble by giving each instrument its necessary space. Working together, the group helps construct the musical story without muddying the sound by playing over each other.