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Sled Island Music Festival – Guest Curator: Julien Baker

Sled Island Music Festival – Guest Curator: Julien Baker

by Sebastian Buzzalino Julien Baker’s delicate folk songwriting feels like a long-forgotten favourite sweater. She is emotive and resilient, leaving…

Spekters: Partying hard with ‘baritone-to-falsetto-filled theatricality’

Tuesday 01st, December 2015 / 20:26
By Sarah Kitteringham

AB - EE- SpektersEDMONTON — Spekters make party music. Hell, there’s a saxophone, trumpet, double bass, drums, keyboards, guitars, and falsetto vocals all over their debut album Up Outta Dodge. If that doesn’t get your party started, you need new friends.

Anchored by lead and rhythm guitarist Mike MacDonald, drummer and co-vocalist Ryan Coke, bassist and co-vocalist Tron Lennon, and newest member and vocalist Duke Stratosphere, this Edmonton band says you should be expecting great things from their fall record. Not only are there 10 guest musicians contributing, but there are samples jammed all throughout.

“[It’s] a powerful front-to-back innovative and energetic rock-operatic explosion of unmitigated, catastrophic joviality,” they say.

“Those who buy the ticket should expect brilliant musicianship, bizarre yet effective storytelling, baritone-to-falsetto-filled theatricality, and one HELLUVA fun ride!”

Recorded at Physics Lab Studio, the 11-track album is a mishmash of genres, ranging from indie to ska to progressive to psychedelic music, all wrapped up under the umbrella guise of rock ‘n’ roll. Opener “Come By the Booth” sets the tone; with jazzy trumpet blasts and a swinging percussion beat laying the foundation. Follower “Hooli & Jed Go Back to High School” is purely ridiculous, a tale of two men who are given the go-ahead to return to class to the soundtrack of hair metal that warps into something entirely different. Later, “Sarah’s ‘Nade” is old timey, evoking Roy Orbison with ridiculous samples declaring love for a woman, while “March of the Longhairs” has military-esque snare with call and response vocals that eventually turns into ska.

Needless to say, Spekters doesn’t take much seriously and expect you at the show with a drink in hand and your dancing shoes already firmly strapped to your feet.

They conclude, “The mission of Spekters is to astound, incite, and entertain with their power, creativity, and spirit of rock ‘n’ roll!”

Spekters perform at Bohemia in Edmonton on December 5th. Listen to their debut or purchase their CD online at their Bandcamp page.

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All Greek To Me: Maplerun Bleed Technical Modern Rock Anthems

All Greek To Me: Maplerun Bleed Technical Modern Rock Anthems

By Sebastian Buzzalino They may sound ultra-Canadian but Greek rockers Maplerun are making a rare cross-Canada tour this month, bringing…