We got the chance to hang out with the great dudes in Modern Baseball when they rolled through Toronto, Ontario on The Greatest Generation World Tour. We talked school, tour life and how great the Philly music scene is. Come check it out!
We have another “An Evening with…” coming, stay tuned this weekend to find out who!
Extras from “Not All Roads Lead To Home: On Tour With Counterparts” Photos by Stephanie Mill
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Safe to Say Announce American Summer Tour w/ Give and Take
Safe to Say (Markham, Ontario emo/grunge) will be taking America head on this June with the boys in Give and Take(Indianapolis, Indiana emo/grunge). Select dates will also feature the newly formed band Mariner(San Jose, California pop punk). This tour marks Safe to Say’s first full blown American experience. Anyone in or around any of these dates should definitely check out one of the best bands Ontario, Canada has to offer.
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In today’s edition of “The Locals” we’ll be exploring a group of bands from the city of Toronto.
As you can imagine, Toronto is a hotbed for many bands to start out. Listed here are a variety of bands from different genres that you should check out. Please note that the bands on this list are strictly from Toronto. Bands from the GTA and Durham region will be omitted and saved for a future edition.
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Wastoids Who are the Wastoids? They are a punk band who are not afraid to get in your face. Borrowing influences from the ‘oi’ and early 90s hardcore bands, Wastoids brings in the new generation of Toronto punk and hardcore. Wastoids also make note of their hometown in the song “My Toronto”, where they shame Mayor Rob Ford for ruining Toronto and not making it what it should be. If you ain’t checkin’ the Wastoids, you are missin’ out. Peeps in the US should check them out as they roll out with Hamilton heavyweights Snakecharmer in May. They will also be opening for the infamous Kitty Pryde in Toronto on April 25th.
My Man My Man is a 4 piece indie-rock and folk pop band that was pretty active near the end of Fall 2013 (that included a US tour with a stop at The Fest) and now they are gearing back up as Spring is rolling out. Easily comparable to bands of the similar genre such as The Decemberists and The Shins, My Man can be enjoyed by the average music listener. Their current release, 65 Songs is chockfull of catchy tunes and will make you want more from this band.
ALVVAYS Lo-fi rock is still kicking around, and one of the bands that have been killing it is ALVVAYS. The band is releasing their debut album this year that was produced by fellow Canadian Chad VanGaalen. The single “Adult Diversion”, will make you feel like it is summer and will have you looped in with its catchy composition, and Molly Rankin’s soft spoken but sad lyrics. The corresponding video is also worth a watch, as it catches the fun and quirky side of the band. This is a band that should definitely be on your radar.
ALVVAYS’ album will be out in Spring 2014!
BADBADNOTGOOD Who knew that one of the most talked about modern-jazz bands hails from Toronto? This internet born band caught the attention of Tyler, the Creator by releasing a video which contained a collaboration of his songs and those of Gucci Mane. This further built their fanbase and opened the eyes of a younger generation, which in turn, got them cosigned by Tyler, the Creator himself. Having already released two albums and toured around the world, BADBADNOTGOOD are preparing the release of their third album. This will be the first album released through Innovative Leisure, and the first non-self released album by the group. Hashing in elements of hip-hop, electronic and experimental jazz fusion, BBNG have been expanding their sound with great results over the past few years.
S.H.I.T S.H.I.T is one of Toronto’s roughest punk bands. This 5-piece powerhouse have been making a name for themselves in the punk scene by playing many shows and festivals such as the annual NOT DEAD YET and Long Winter. The band kicked off the new year by releasing a new 7” entitled “Collective Unconsciousness”, which includes songs that they have been playing live over the last few months. Check it out, it will definitely make you want to go crazy.
Foxmoulder Closing out this list is Foxmoulder. There are not that many screamo/skram bands in Toronto, so Foxmoulder is almost a breath of fresh air. They are as raw as you can get. FM also serves as a throwback to bands similar to this genre, like Jerome’s Dream and pg.99. This will surely interest many listeners, and maybe people who haven’t heard of the genre before. With punchy drums, noisey riffs and vocals with a message of heartbreak and anger, Foxmoulder aims to please the average skram fan.
Locals Only: Volume Three Free Music Compilation/Sampler
Today I released the third, and potentially final, installment of my ongoing music compilation series “Locals Only”. The whole premise of Locals Only, and the whole idea of why I started it, was to showcase just how talented and diverse the Ontario, Canada music scene can be. Each of the volumes features a bunch of different local bands and musicians from a bunch of different genres. Ontario has so much to offer musically and the scene would not be what it is today without all these hard working musicians. Volume Three features 15 new songs from up and coming bands such as Iris (shoegaze), Face Value (pop punk/punk rock), Altona (Hardcore Punk), Hindsight (Alternative Rock), Storyteller (Post-Hardcore) and many more. In my opinion the Ontario music scene is one of the best in Canada and I’m nothing but excited to be a part of it. Come give it a listen, maybe you’ll find your new favourite band.
Turn That Shit Down Exclusive Premiere: Face Value - Anne Hathaway
Introducing Face Value, featuring members of Safe & Sound and Fighting Season. Established out of Hamilton, Ontario, Face Value are the next big thing to hit the Southern Ontario music scene. Blending elements of both pop punk and punk rock, their upcoming EP should definitely be on your radar.
For Fans Of: Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck, Such Gold, State Champs
An Evening With Jonathan O’Callaghan of Liferuiner
Through the years Liferuiner has gone through a lot of drama, to say the least, why have you not just outright quit the band forever?
Jonny: There was a time in my life where I did quit the band and I thought I would never come back to it. It was weird, a lot of people that tour in bands that have done it for a long time, if you talk to them you can tell the people who want to do it for a living apart from the people who just want to play music. When I seperated from the band for the four years or whatever, it was a big part of my life that was taken away from me. Even though I was doing it to take care of my mom, I realized there was a huge thing missing, I don’t know, I just wanted to get back into it. As far as drama that has come from the band and the things we may or may not have done, or things that have been said about us, things we’ve probably deserved, this band has always meant a lot to a lot of people and it means a lot to me. It gives me a platform to talk about the things I care about, the things I stand for, so that will always mean a lot to me, that’s why I keep doing it.
I know it’s a very broad subject, but what are some of the main reasons Liferuiner constantly went through so many member changes?
Jonny: It’s weird, it’s kind of hard to really explain perfectly. I can sum it up by saying that being on the road isn’t something for everyone, and a lot of our member changes were really in the first few years of the band when we were touring nine or so months of the year. We’d go on tour for three or four months at a time and a lot of people just can’t handle that, I mean, I just think that’s the way it is. Some people are born for it, to be on the road, and some people aren’t, I think that was a big thing to do with it.
As Liferuiner stands right now, stylistically, musically and member wise, are you happy with what it’s become?
Jonny: Yeah, it means a lot to me think of where we’ve come from and to see what we’ve progressed into as people and as musicians. I know as funny as it sounds but this is the longest running lineup we’ve ever had and it’s really cool because everyone in the band comes from completely different backgrounds of music. Terrance plays drums in Safe to Say, Burton’s played in a bunch of different bands, like, he’s written music for Circus du Soleil, Mike’s come from Lifestory Monologue, so you can see we’ve all come from all these different backgrounds and bands and I think it’s cool that we can all come together and collaboratively write something that makes sense together. I’m really happy at where it’s come from and what we’ve become and where we’re going with it.
So you’re happy with the style of music you’re playing now?
Jonny: Yeah, style wise I love where we are. We’re all into different kinds of music, you can tell that Mike has a lot to do with writing now because of how melodic we’ve become. I still think it’s super pissed off and super driving, it’s just pissed off for a better reason now.
Liferuiner has become this sort of black sheep or outcast within the Ontario hardcore community, would you say you’re more accepted as musicians when you play outside of Ontario? Or even outside of Canada?
Jonny: I think we’ll always be the black sheep of every scene because we sit in this weird purgatory of music. We’re not actually a real hardcore band, but we’re not a full metal band, and I wouldn’t even call us a metalcore band. We sit on this weird line where we’re just Liferuiner. I think we’re very loved at home and it’s always really cool to play hometown shows, but I think any band will tell you that if you go out of your country, or out of your city, you’re more welcomed just because these kids don’t get to see you as much as hometown kids do. I think a lot of kids are spoiled, especially in the Ontario hardcore scene, because the scene is full of amazing bands like Counterparts, Structures, Exalt, Prophets, you know, all these amazing bands that are from Ontario, they’ve just been spoiled by all these awesome bands playing all the time. So when we go out of town I think it’s definitely more welcomed, not because Ontario doesn’t like us or love us, it’s just because we don’t get to play there as often.
Do find that rumours about you or Liferuiner chase you when leave you Ontario?
Jonny: I mean, it’ll always be there, people will always talk shit. I can go to any city in Ontario, or any city wherever, and bring up any name in the heavy music scene and ten different people will have ten different things to say about that said person, probably most of them will be negative. So yeah, I think it’ll always be there, until someone actually meets you they have no idea of how you actually are, they dehumanize you and just look at you as that one singer of that one band that I saw on YouTube or Facebook or whatever, that’s not a real way to base an opinion on someone. People have come up to me and met me and talked to me at shows who have never seen us live, and they’ll comment on the stuff I say between songs, like, “I just thought you were a completely different person” and I’ll ask what did you think I’d be like and they’ll go off and say “well I heard this, this and that”. It’s really naive to think but you can’t completely judge a person off things other people have said about them. If I’m an asshole to you in person, you have all the right to hate me, but if you hate me because you heard on the internet that I’m asshole, then that’s just a poor way to judge people.
I know you personally, as well as the members of Liferuiner, are very big advocates for gay rights, how do you feel homosexuality is treated in the hardcore scene?
Jonny: I feel like the whole idea of homophobia is brought out more, it’s talked about more, people have become more aware of what homophobia is and why it’s wrong and what equality should be. It’s been brought out more, not just in the hardcore scene, but in society as a whole. As opposed to Christian bands, and I mean, I have no problem with Christianity and religion and everything, my only problem is when people use blind hate and hide behind religion, I think that’s fucked up. But I mean, the really cool thing about it is when, like, when I played a show in Budapest and there were four or five gay dudes that came to see our band, not because they liked our music, but because they knew what would we stood for as a band and they appreciated that. I think that gay rights are a good cause that people should speak up about because I think that homophobia is so universal, it’s not just small, southern states in America, it’s everywhere, man. I think the most amazing thing is, I remember going to shows in, like, 2005 and the one thing every singer would say to get kids going was “let’s go, you faggots” and now shit like that will never be said on stage, and if someone does say it it’ll burn them, in a way that’s a really cool thing because now people are conscience of what they say and the things they do because they’re realizing it’s wrong. I think that alone is pretty awesome.
Liferuiner recently released a music video for the track “Harvest/Famine” off of your latest release “Future Revisionist”, what was main message or idea you were trying to convey with the video?
Jonny: The song is basically about we go through life trying to find out what shapes us and who we are as people. We neglect the fact that everything we need in our life is usually right in front of us, and instead of accepting the fact that our needs should trump the things that we want - we end up accepting all this materialistic shit that we’ll never need and make the things we want the things that we think we need. It’s also about how we shut our eyes to all the things that happen in our life, and all these things get taken away from us because we’re too concerned over what we want. The video is basically me digging a grave or a hole and I’m finding all these things that actually matter to me, things that I actually need, like a picture of my mom and I, and there’s my keys and my passport, theses are things I actually need in my life to survive. I don’t need to go out and buy a two hundred dollar pair of jeans, we get so lost in the idea of materialistic things.
Closing up, what can we expect to see from Liferuiner in 2014? Any big plans?
Jonny: Yeah, for the first time in Liferuiner history we actually have an insane team working for us, made of really cool, like minded people that believe in our band. We have a lot of really cool tours coming up, I can definitely, one hundred percent, say that we’re going to America, I know American kids will be stoked for that. We also have a couple really cool tours in Europe again, Asia and hopefully we’ll close up the year in Australia. I think it should be a great year.
Bumping this interview Aaron did with Jonny OC, vocalist of Liferuiner, back in December. Check it out if you missed it the first time around!
When people think of Canadian Post Hardcore, or dare I say Post Hardcore in general, it’s hard not to have Silverstein at the front of the pack. Hailing from Burlington, Ontario these music heavy weights have been screaming and moshing into the hearts of millions since their formation in early 2000. It’s safe to say Silverstein has influenced a generation with them being some of the frontrunners of early 2000’s post hardcore and emo, running along side bands such as Blessthefall, Chiodos, Underoath, Senses Fail, Alexisonfire, Aiden, Hawthrone Heights, Finch and Alesana. From their humble beginnings packing small town Ontario basements, to selling out shows across the world, Silverstein has left their permanent mark on the genre.
Six studio albums later Silverstein has musically assured their fans time and time again that they will not be going quietly into the night. Unlike many bands of the genre who have fallen victim to time (R.I.P Alexisonfire, Underoath and the countless others) Silverstein remains strong and devoted to their music. With their latest release “This is How the Wind Shifts”, which has received numerous great reviews across a plethora of critics, it’s easy to see that they know where they stand musically. Even with the departure of long standing lead guitarist Neil Boshart, Silverstein continues to pump out jam after jam with the help of new(ish) arrival, and Boshart’s replacement, Paul Marc Rousseau.
In celebration of “This is How the Wind Shifts" a Canadian, or well an Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes, tour has already begun weaving its way through surprisingly smaller towns and cities. Be it a treat to the fans who made them who they are today, or a simple trip down memory lane, this tour will please both the grizzled Silverstein veteran and newbie just the same. To go from playing huge stages for hundreds of thousands of screaming international fans, to playing a floor show to 80+ plus people in Brampton, Ontario, it’s so much of a contrast that it really makes you appreciate what they’ve become.
I for one have nothing but the utmost respect for Silverstein, they, like the many other post hardcore, screamo and emo bands of my early teenaged years shaped me, as well as the countless other fans that grew up during that time. But as I’ve mentioned before, time moves on, and with that moving of time washes away the trends of that era. Post hardcore, for the most part, died down to make room for metalcore… which in turn has been dying out just the same. Arguably the newest and hottest trend sweeping the market is the traditional hardcore revival, which is basically the term “keep it simple, stupid” translated into music. Fast, punchy and aggressive is where it’s at and Silverstein was able to adapt. Sink or swim has been the name of the game, if you can’t keep up, or keeping up is too tiresome, you sink, you lose, you die. I’m not saying Silverstein is invincible, everyone clocks out eventually, but I hope that when their time does come, they go out in a blaze of glory and not a puff of smoke.
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Check out this Silverstein write up Aaron did for Breakdown Magazine. Silverstein said it was cool, so yeah.