The Pack A.D. have just wrapped up a very successful coast to coast Canadian tour and are preparing to head to Europe but the momentum keeps going on the Canadian air waves. For the past 10 weeks in a row their fifth studio album, Do Not Engage, has been named the #1 album in the country by !Earshot, breaking the previous record of 9 weeks.
In addition, Pack A.D.'s "Animal" is currently #1 on the CBC R3-30 chart, while album cut "Big Shot" peaked at #2 and "Battering Ram" at #4! "Big Shot" also made it to #5 on CBC R3's year-end Top 103 Songs of 2013 Chart!
Released January 28 Do No Engage is the follow-up to their JUNO nominated 2011 release Unpersons. Produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Mooney Suzuki, Dirtbombs) and recorded in a former Motor City chicken-processing plant, Do Not Engage has been met with immediate acclaim.
Throughout the past five albums, The Pack A.D. has spent a total of 17 weeks at #1 on Canadian College Radio, leaving them only three weeks shy of another !Earshot record…for now.
Young Liars premiered a remix of their latest single, “Night Window,” on All Things Go yesterday. The track, which was remixed by Brooklyn’s Great Good Fine Ok, is off of the Vancouver indie pop-rockers upcoming EP, Night Window. The original track, which premiered last month on Indie Shuffle and Exclaim!, is available worldwide on iTunes.
The EP, which comes out digitally on April 29, 2014, also includes the track “Young Again” with a remix by fellow Nettwerk label mate, Boxed In (UK). A full length LP release is expected for later this year (TBA).
"Fitzsimmons' sensitive side is still intact - and he's reclaimed the original spark that makes it so arresting" - Relix
William Fitzsimmons premiered the video for his new track "Lions" on USA Today. This is the second track off his recently released fifth studio album, Lions. This simplistic, dreamy video features only William and his guitar in a sun-soaked workshop. Fitzsimmons commented on its simplicity. "The older I get, the more of a sucker I am for strong, simple flavors," he says. "There's something cool (about) seeing if you can make something fly without too much makeup."
Fitzsimmons will embark on a North American tour in support of Lions, kicking off next week with two New York shows on April 15 at Littlefield in Brooklyn and on April 16 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Along the way Fitzsimmons will stop in major markets like Nashville, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and play the Houston Free Press Summer Fest on June 1 before ending his tour on June 15 in Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair. See below for a full list of tour dates. To purchase tickets for any of these shows please go here.
Grammy-Nominated DJ/Producer Andy Caldwell has unveiled a music video for his latest single, “Hold The Line” featuring Lisa Shaw. The video, which premiered on USA Today, was directed by Ashley Walters and stars Game Of Thrones actress Esme Bianco (also Caldwell’s girlfriend).
Of the video, Caldwell tells USA Today, “We had this idea of going to an old motel and shooting this sort of storyboard about the song. We filmed most of it on an iPhone and then edited it on a Mac. It was pretty DIY, the whole process."
“The songs all creep up on you, rather than being over-the-top. What they will ensure is that you’ll want to go
back and check them out again and again.”
- Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock Magazine
"The Trews' strength is in the hooky rock that dominates the set list... They nimbly balance between commercial pop and tougher rock without falling into either camp.”
- Hal Horowitz, All Music
Since the release of their highly celebrated debut House of Ill Fame (2003), The Trews have gained a reputation as one of Canada's most electrifying live Rock bands. Ten years, five studio albums and thousands of gigs in, the Ontario-based rockers are still going strong and are as willing as ever to break the mold. They release their self-titled, Nettwerk debut digitally in the U.S. on April 22, 2014.
"One of the most pleasing, satisfying aspects of the current psychedelic resurgence... One part Neu! beat, one part Syd Barrett vision." – Clash
"Crisp piano and meaty bass meander around a tight motorik rhythm. It's exciting stuff." – The Line Of Best Fit
"Forlorn and frantic, like Neu! chasing New Order across the beach in Ibiza at 4am."
– The Guardian
Having cut his teeth in much-touted Manchester band Keith, Oli Bayston has more recently been acquiring production credits alongside Dan Carey (Steve Mason and Toy), playing keyboards for the likes of Willy Mason and putting his accomplished song-writing talents on display for The 2 Bears, George Fitzgerald and Rosie Lowe.
Now, under the Francis Bacon inspired moniker Boxed In - the name is loosely derived from Bacon’s infamous Head VI, once described as “the operation through which the entire body escapes through the mouth” - he has stepped into the spotlight to reveal his immaculately produced, energetic sound and signed to Nettwerk for his debut release, due out later this year. A new song, “No Joke,” from the forthcoming album debuted earlier this week on UK blog The Line Of Best Fit.
Filmed by a photographer friend on a recent shoot in India with Jurgen Teller, the “No Joke” video features 'The Kolcata Laughing Society' on one of their uplifting morning 'routines'. After a quick edit, it was set to the glitchy piano and smooth, sophisticated vocals of Bayston's first solo offering.
Iconic frontman Peter Murphy will release his tenth solo album, Lion, on June 3, 2014. Lead single “Hang Up,” as well as the album pre-order, will be available on iTunes starting April 8. Record Store Day aficionados will have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive, limited edition 7” single featuring “Hang Up (Dub Mix)” and “I’m On Your Side” on April 19.
Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve), Lion is comprised of 11 tracks that possesses an elegant master of tone – bass heavy, stark, shimmering and symphonic. It sustains a heart-in-throat tension from start to finish.
“…[“Miracle” is] as fun visually as it is sonically.” – MTV Buzzworthy
"Ghost Beach are the Venn diagram of their influences—Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, The Police, and Daft Punk—and then some, thanks to a shitload of synths, some nostalgic 80s sonics and even the occasional reggae groove. The sound is unmistakably their own.” – VICE’s Noisey
“If you can get people dancing as early as noon. You're good. They did." – NPR’s All Songs Considered
Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach, consisting of Josh Ocean & Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn, have perfected their unique blend of retro & futuristic soaring synth pop with their debut full-length album, Blonde- out now.
Today, Vancouver indie pop-rockers Young Liars share their new single, "Night Window," which premiered on Indie Shuffle and Exclaim! earlier this week. The track is available now worldwide on iTunes. Stepping inside the mind of lead singer Jordan Raine as he reminisces about a teenage romance, "Night Window" is one of four tracks off the upcoming Night Window EP, which will be released digitally on April 29, 2014.
To Listen To "Night Window":
The Night Window EP features infectious dance floor starter "Young Again," coupled with a remix courtesy of UK's Boxed In, as well as a remix of "Night Window" by Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok.