By Team BeatRoute
CALGARY — So many awesome Calgary bands playing Sled (nearly 70), so few pages in BeatRoute! Below is just a peek at some locals you may not have known or who we haven’t had the chance to cover much in the magazine. It’s up to you to find out about the rest!
Smooth R&B and disco-infused house beats will get your booty shaking. Produced by a collection of Calgary beatmakers and DJs, Advances’ main goal is to get you dancing and swaying. They’ll be playing as a live act for Sled Island.
Perhaps the only Calgarian artist set to introduce their seven-piece live band and brand new album at Sled Island 2016, Aleem finds himself hard to put into words. Expect lushness.
Blü Shorts may be the freakiest band in town. They play sludgy, discordant art-punk louder and with weirder than anyone else. One writer called their Sled Island 2015 set the best they saw at the festival.
A heavy cloud of intrigue hangs above duo Chuurch, who appeared in Calgary with little warning a very short while ago. They’ve just dropped their first EP, and let’s say it has seriously caught our attention.
Relentless fury and a patient, white knuckle grip. Crack Cloud travels on a delicate line – one side regimented thought, the other side bringing absolute chaos. With the drums acting as the centerpiece, punctuated guitar snaps, droning synths, hints of saxophone and smooth bass lines add tension and weight.
The Hermitess lives up to her namesake in more ways than one. A live performance from Jennifer Crighton is special not just in its beauty and intricacy, but also its rarity. At Sled Island, she’ll be performing musically with her dissonant and rapturous freak-folk. Yet a whole other side awaits: Crighton has put together a filmic, auditory, and sculptural installation as well.
L. T. Leif
The initialized name is new for Laura Leif, but she’s been doing great work for years. Woodpidgeon, EMBASSYLIGHTS, HexRay, and others owe at least some of their history to Leif. Her new release, Shadow on the Brim / Rough Beasts, is primed for a July release show, and may be unlike anything you’ve heard from her.
It’s been said before, but we’ll say it again: Norwegian Icebreaker are the loudest band in Calgary. They’re a psychotic freak-out mess in the best possible way.
Sinzere is a rapper and singer who plays Sled for the first time following her appearance at the inaugural Femme Wave. She works in different subgenres of hip-hop that take on haters and heartfelt emotion.
Patiently and quietly, Slo Dance make the most unprecedented pop music in town. Minimal production from Evangelos Lambrinoudis and raw vocals from Kaleem Khan will leave you gasping for air.
This year’s Sled Island Music & Arts Festival happens throughout Calgary June 22-26. Check out the festival program guide in print and online for all Calgary artists’ show times.AB, Advances, Alberta, Aleem Khan, Blü Shorts, Calgary bands at Sled Island, Chuurch, Crack Cloud, Hermitess, L.T. Leif, Norwegian Icebreaker, Sinzere Sings, Sled Island 2016, Slo Dance