High Heels Lo Fi rawks it good & hard in All Sass No Class Kick Ass EP

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Front: Spacker Dave Vestaloyne & Cynthia Gould. Back: Jackie Moore & Doug Lea – photo by J. Roorda Photography

Garage glitz raunch rock band High Heels Lo Fi is revving up to launch their new EP All Sass No Class Kick Ass on February 23 at Cherry Cola’s – and my ears got a sneak preview of the record.

High Heels Lo Fi is: Cynthia Gould (vocals), Doug Lea (drums), Spacker Dave Vestaloyne (bass) and Jackie Moore (guitar); check out their bios. The sound is total kickass punk goodness – and these guys are a blast to watch live. I last saw them at Cherry Cola’s last week, and they were all wayward Catholic school girl with their plaid skirts and dirty mouths, rockin’ hard and reckless. And it was awesome!

The EP’s title All Sass No Class Kick Ass pretty much says it all. Gould’s vocals are cocky, sly and sexy – going from a deep growl to a ‘who’s your rough mamma’ come hither; and the instrumentals are loud, driving and tight. The EP playlist goes something like this:

“Get Me Some” – A rawkin’ and unapologetic punk seduction.
“Unfuckable” – Lust from afar turned to revulsion.
“Eff the Day Job” – A big fun drinking anthem featuring cowbell! (by Lucy)
“How Small is It?” – Calls out all the obnoxious ways certain men try to show what a big man they are – and how they give themselves away.
“Can’t Lose with Booze” – Full of cock and cocktails, a 2+ minute rawk out dance party to the band’s philosophy as a drinking problem with a punk band.

The EP launch on Tuesday will also feature guests King Beez and Blind Cats. I can’t make it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. Keep up with High Heels Lo Fi’s shenanigans here.

 

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Burn Apollo & guest Perivale rock the house @ packed Junction City Music Hall all-ages event

DSCN1896The Junction City Music Hall was rockin’ a packed house last night with an all-ages event featuring two local young bands: Burn Apollo, with opening guests Perivale.

Perivale brought some high-energy rock infused with hints of pop and blues, as well as some 80s/90s-influenced sounds like U2. If Sting and Chris Tait (from Chalk Circle) had a baby, it would be front man Jacob Bihun (songwriter/vocals/guitar). Solid musicianship from the entire band, which includes Nick Corcoran (lead guitar), David MacLean (bass/engineer) and Jordan Dias (drums). Keep an eye out for their upcoming CD Protagonist and go give them a follow on Twitter.

Punk meets rock with a touch of introspective melancholy in headliner Burn Apollo. Mixing up the set list with some covers from the likes of The Clash and Sum 41, and original tunes, the band got the crowd moving – and even inspired some interpretive slam dancing with songs like “First Date.” I was only able to stay for their first set, but was very impressed by the band’s talent. Headed up by the deep, edgy vocals of Finn Scott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), rounding out the band are Tyler Twigger (drums), Jackson Seaward (lead guitar), Michael O’Meara (bass/back-up vocals) and Vivien Shepherd (back-up vocals/soloist). From the cheeky, poppy “She Lied to the FBI” and the stray cat strut sounds of “Hitchin’ a Ride” to a poignant acoustic ballad about growing old together, a well-rounded selection of songs brought out all the feels. Burn Apollo brought a blend of stellar musicianship, sweet harmonies and easy-going presence that made you feel like you were hanging out in their basement. You can keep up with Burn Apollo on Twitter and Instagram. Here are some of Perivale and Burn Apollo from the show last night:

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Erika Werry & the Alphabet: video for Think yer so Smart opening track “What”

For those of you, like me, who missed last night’s launch of Erika Werry and the Alphabet Think yer so Smart CD at The Piston – and with it the premiere of the video for the CD’s first track “What” – here’s the video:

For more Think yer so Smart tunage, check it out on the Erika Werry and the Alphabet Bandcamp page. You can also find them on the CBC Music site.

Erika Werry & the Alphabet upcoming CD launch: Think yer so Smart

4109506142-1Toronto Singer/songwriter Erika Werry recently gave me a shout about her upcoming Think yer so Smart CD release, recorded by her band Erika Werry and the Alphabet and featuring co-producer Ian Blurton on guitar. While I won’t be able to make it to the April 4 release this week, I was able to give it a listen so I could tell y’all about it.

An eclectic 14 tracks, Think yer so Smart is an energetic and soulful mix of folk, roots and alt country, with a bit of punk thrown in. The CD opens with punk rock rant “What” (the video will be premiering at the CD launch on Thursday), an anti-anthem for posers, tools and jackassery, changing gears in the next track with the bluesy country ballad “Matchless,” a hint of gospel flavour with its organ arrangement. “Neil” has a kicky pop sensibility, with playful guitar licks and a story of love from afar. Later tracks are poetic, lyrics painting a picture in the introspective “Uh Oh,” and in the wistful memories and haunting harmonies of “Shirley.”

The songs on Think yer so Smart move and breathe, with Werry exhaling each story with all the ache, heart and soul-searching of life – some with a driving beat, others comfy and slow – like sitting by a campfire, wrapped in a blanket. Check it out on the Erika Werry and the Alphabet Bandcamp page. You can also find them on the CBC Music site.

The launch for Think yer so Smart is Thursday, April 4 at The Piston (937 Bloor St. West – near Ossington) – doors open at 9 p.m. Opening acts include Tim Vesley (who also co-produced Think yer so Smart), and Lost and Profound. Erika Werry & the Alphabet will also be premiering their music video of “What” (the opening track on the CD). Tickets can be purchased at the door only: $15 with CD or $8 without.

Some cool trivia: Think yer so Smart was recorded at the Woodshed (Blue Rodeo’s studio) and the video for “What” was shot in Toronto last summer at Trinity Bellwoods Park on one of the most scorching hot days of the season.

Drop on by cowbell again after April 4 – I’ll have the vid link for “What” posted.