BEATROUTE BC E-EDITION

British Columbia

Recent
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers w/ The Lumineers Live at Rogers Arena

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers w/ The Lumineers Live at Rogers Arena

B6 Jennie Orton Rogers Arena August 17, 2017 Apologies to the always lovely Lumineers, who began their opening set with…

, , ,
Ad

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • timhortonsicedcapp and stayaliveswami are out here covering the 20th anniversaryhellip
  • Theyre baaaack! Tim  Eric tonight at the Orpheum Theatrehellip
  • The Vancouver Queer Film Festival begins today and artistic directorshellip
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to our contributor meetinghellip
  • Tonight! BeatRoute is hosting one of Edmontons finest exports Altamedahellip
  • The true creativity at shambhalamf is the totems What willhellip
  • Mount Eerie brings his hauntingly devastating and equally beautiful songshellip
  • Cousin Arby Vancouvers only country act that matters live righthellip
  • What better way to end your West Coast summer thanhellip
Ad
Ad
Ad

Free The Cynics: Unchained at Last

Friday 14th, July 2017 / 12:00
By B. Simm

CALGARY – When Rich Paxton sails high singing the chorus line to “High At Work,” the first single released off Free The Cynics’ second EP, Post-Iconica, he does it with such conviction, without a trace of irony or sarcasm, that he’s really got you going — this man loves his job! That’s until you listen to the rest of the lyrics a little more closely, which then changes everything.

Snakes stare from my screen

Send a surgeon or a priest…

Mirror tells me what I don’t, what I don’t wanna see 
I’m a cacophony of scumbaggery
Nothing’s easy, nothing works, time slows down ’til it hurts 
Only way I can deal 
I’m high at work

I’m high at work…

It took Paxton, originally from Edinburgh, 22 months to secure a work visa in Canada. During the wait he made good use of his time, started a rock ‘n’ roll band and enjoyed the lifestyle. When he did land his first job, the transition to routine was tough.

“I started working for this lawyer’s office, it was awful, horrible. I had to wear this uniform and was photocopying all day, everyday. ‘How would you like it? Collated, doubled-sized?’ All that shit. It was making me so upset,” recalls Paxton speaking in a smooth brogue Scottish accent, shaking his head, still feeling the bad vibes.

“But I was also partying quite a bit at that time, and caring less about that job than I probably should have. There was a few times I went to work, altered. Definitely more altered than I should have been,” shrugs Paxton, with a sheepish grin.

Certainly not the first time a bit of bad behaviour made for a great song. In fact, Paxton’s trials and tribulations keeping the Cynics alive is probably why their latest release bursts with blazing energy and artful precision. The revamped line-up featuring Erik Juergens (guitar), Brad Vedekind (bass) and Joey DeCosse (drums) blends tough, up-beat jazzy melodies, romping dance floor rhythms and smart arrangements that echo the pop brilliance of Bowie and Manchester in the ‘80s. Mentioning Morrisey puts a bright smile on Paxton’s face.

Collectively, each member of Free The Cynics own a share of the band. Juergens, who Paxton says was a shy boy when he first joined, turns out fiery riffs and dazzling solos forceful as a missile attack then lyrical as falling fireworks. Vedekind, a deep groove progressive R&B ace, locks on to DeCosse’s rock steady beats that can drop down, change up and turn on a dime. And Paxton, definitely not the whimsical type, boasts an impressive range, a flying Scotsman in his own right.

An angry Scotsman too. The rumble of drums that leads off “Vessel” sets the tone to the Cynics’ political perspective without “going all Bono.” And when Paxton hits the chorus, he doesn’t hold back, fiercely spewing out a call to arms, “Don’t just stand there, don’t just stand there. Pick, pick, pick. Pick up a weapon!”

Paxton explains the song’s impetus: “What are we doing about Trump? Or any other maniac? What are we doing about it? Fuck all. So start a riot. Do it! If there’s two million people in motion, who’s going to stop that? Nobody. Just fucking do it!”

Produced by Kirill Telichev, Post-Iconica is a stark but bold recording. By emphasizing the strength of each musician coated with Paxton’s emotive power, Telichev masterfully cultivates the band’s ready-set-go impulse alongside its won’t-get-fooled-again stance — the Cynics unchained.

 

Free The Cynics’ release show for Post-Iconica, on Zen Palace Records, is Friday, July 21 at the Nite Owl. 

, , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

BeatRoute.ca is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.

Search

BEATROUTE AB E-EDITION

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Slut Prophet are ringing in a birthday in style herehellip
  • Did you catch oneloveyyc this past Friday? Heres a shothellip
  • Did you get to see Sam Weber when he camehellip
  • Quick yass for Aiwass Were living our better than besthellip
  • Michael Kiwanuka at Calgary Folk Fest  jedmund  hellip
  • Check out our August 2017 cover featuring Too Many Zoozhellip
  • Lets go!
  • Off to a slightly late start here at local510 buthellip
  • Our own jedmund went to down to Happy Valley tohellip
Ad
Ad