By Levi Manchak
EDMONTON — 2016 is where it belongs: it’s behind us in the black tint of our collective rear view mirrors. It’s now time to aim our eyes toward the horizon. If the art of 2017 is supposed to come in the form of a deal, let’s make one. If you don’t pretend that you don’t love reading any list the Internet puts in front of you, we won’t pretend that lazy writers don’t love writing them. To hold up our end of the deal, we’ve compiled a list of a few Edmonton-based bands planning on releasing new material throughout 2017.
As a city with a tremendous scene, let me tell you, we’ve come pretty far from having to make our music great again. With these EPs, splits and albums coming from Edmonton’s thriving hive in 2017, our music scene will continue to shake.
Altameda – Did Tom Petty invent classic rock? Did Bruce Springsteen invent arena rock? No. At times though, they’ve both done it to near perfection. Altameda didn’t invent country rock either, but if they take the songwriting chops displayed on their first album Dirty Rain and charge it with their onstage energy, the album they have in the works for 2017 might launch them out of ‘my hometown’ and into ‘the great wide open.’
Betrayers – The grooviest of Edmonton-based ghoulies are almost ready to make spines (and ears) tingle again with a new LP entitled 12 Songs to Haunt You coming out via their own label Yo Ma! Records in early 2017.
Faith Healer – A brand new year and the promise of a brand new record from Faith Healer. It’s like putting a mink coat on a mink. Who better to keep our fancy little souls warm.
Feed Dogs – A group so new that Dean Kheroufi doesn’t even play bass for them yet. Judging from their demo single Floor Meat, we can expect the punk band’s six- to seven-song release to make us salivate when it’s unleashed later in the year.
I Hate Sex – You know how you can fuck someone without ever having sex with them? (The answer is: out of money.) With a Japanese tour of behind them and a new EP planned for release in February or March, you know that you should pay attention to I Hate Sex, right? I know you know.
Jesse & the Dandelions – The group plains on releasing a new record out in mid to late 2017, co-produced by Jesse Northey and Nik Kozub. With two obscenely talented local producers having their fingers on the console buttons, locked in a wild spiral of mutually assured production, the world may not be ready for the record they create.
Power Buddies – If you hate 4 p.m. on Friday, fun, 4 a.m. on Friday, summer, piñatas, talent, or laughing then Power Buddies are not for you. Let’s get you back in the cave. Everyone else stay tuned for their new record in fall 2017.
Jom Comyn – Until doctors perfect voice-plant operations, only a handful of people can reach as low in the register with their voice as Jom Comyn. Some gifts are earned and some freely given. So it goes. We’re lucky that Jim Cuming a.k.a. Jom Comyn will bestow his smooth baritone on our ears with a new collection of songs out sometime in 2017.
Rhythm of Cruelty – Along with their side projects, there are more than a few veins of artistic output for ROC members Ian Rowley and Brandi Strauss. We’ve been tipped that a new LP from ROC, a 7” from Strangled as well as releases from Static Control, Boothman and Private Investigators will all likely be forthcoming throughout the year. Increase the dosage, count back from 10…
Suicide Helpline – What do you get if you combine members of a synth-goth band with members from a glam rock band? A classic punk band planning on releasing an album early this year tentatively titled Pink Jazz. Obviously.
Switches –2017 will see Switches releasing a new tape (possibly a split) that slightly veers away from the straight-ahead garage punk of their earlier full-length I Just Wanna. If you don’t love Switches, then you need to go back to listening-to-music school.
Wares – It won’t be long before people start telling their friends that they saw Cassia Hardy a.k.a. Wares play at a house party in Edmonton “before she was popular.” Their friends won’t believe them, but will still be too lazy to look back through an Instagram feed to find out that it was true. Get into Wares’s new album as soon as it’s out in early 2017.2017 Edmonton releases, AB, Alberta, Altameda, Betrayers, Colleen Brown, Edmonton local releases, Faith Healer, Feed Dogs, I Hate Sex, Jesse and the Dandelions, Jom Comyn, Power Buddies, Rhythm of Cruelty, Scenic Route to Alaska, Suicide Helpline, Switches, Wares