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Abbotsford experimental band “Blessed” to release debut CD

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Abbotsford based experimental rock/post punk band Blessed are excited to release their debut full length album “Salt,” which was released, April 5. Since forming in 2015, they have released two EPS and and a single on Buzz Records.


Today is a good day to call,” said guitarist/vocalist Drew Reikman, who is glad the CD is finally out.Blessed play Lethbridge on Wednesday, April 10. Photo by Jaimi Wainright


“We booked three weeks to record it in 2016 with producer Jace Lasek from Montreal band the Besnard Lakes.
And then we sat on it for a year while we decided how to release it as most people listen to music through streaming. We eventually decided to release it independently,” Riekman said. He and band mates Mitchell Trainor, Reuben Houweling, Jake Holmes and Matt McKeen play Theoretically Brewing, Wednesday, April 10 for the Bummer Club’s video release party with special guests Cosmo Duff.
He noted they have always used outside engineers and producers.


“ It’s important to have the sixth member of the band, who is there when arguments happen,  to that this isn’t worth  arguing abut and this is where you should be focusing,” he said, adding the band is a democracy, so there are always a lot of ideas being explored.
“ And we really like Jace’s work in Besnard Lakes and on all his other projects like Suuns and Wolf Parade, so just to have him as that guy was amazing,” he said.


 They decided to get away to Montreal to fully immerse themselves in the recording and experimental process.
“It had a different feel and a different dynamic in Montreal than when you’re a recording at home and sleeping in your own bed and hanging out at your own haunts, it’s easy to get distracted. But everything was different in Montreal. We worked in the studio, slept there and started working again,” he said, adding the band had the songs worked out before they recording them.

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Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar sing sweet , soulful blues

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 As usual on a Wednesday, I only catch the end of early starting shows. But I was glad to catch the end of Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar at the Geomatic Attic, Wednesday, March 27.Samantha Martin and Mwansa Mwansa at the Geomatic Attic, March 27. Photo by Richard Amery
 They were in the middle of a long, soulful jam on Proud Mary, which started off slowly and picked up the pace to a fevered tilt like Tina Turner was wont to do back in the day.


 Her hot seven piece bad got to show off their musical chops including Lethbridge singer Mwansa Mwansa who has been with the band  for a couple of years.


 The standing room only crowd called them back for an encore of another extended jam on “Send me A Letter.” Martin’s ragged, yet soulful voice rang through the room as the crowd focused on her, breaking out in applause as a few danced in the aisles. She brought out the spirit of Janis Joplin as well as her inner Tina Turner, while still making “Proud Mary,” her own.


After all the band members soloed and broke it down, Singers Mwansa Mwansa and Sherie Marshall, sang a few bars on their own and brought the band crashing back in  with a rousing version of  “Send Me A Letter.” As it ended, Martin wandered through the crowd, shaking hands and saying farewell, promising to be back soon.

– by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 12:28 )
 

Juno winner Donovan Woods tells stories and plays mellow music for Geomatic Attic

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 The Geomatic Attic tested out the Sterndale Bennett Theatre as a new venue and packed approximately 160 people into  the room, Sunday, March 24 for a captivating show with Sarnia, Ontario and newly minted Juno Award winner Donovan Woods and the opposition, his backing band including lead guitarist Dean Drouillard, who has played with Buffy St. Marie, Deep Dark Woods drummer Joshua Van Tassel, bassist John Dinsmore and keyboardist Robbie Grunwald. Donovan Woods brings Katie Pruitt up on stage for an encore, march 24 at the Sterendale Bennett Theatre. Photo by Richard Amery
Woods had a mellow, whispery contemporary folk pop  sound along the lines of Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Dan Mangan with a touch of Paul Simon.


 He switched guitars and patch chords pretty much every song, telling stories all the while.
I was sad to have missed opener Katie Pruitt, even more after she joined Woods on stage for an encore of “ I Ain’t Ever Loved No One Like You.”


 “There was a time in a career where I wouldn’t have let someone who sings as well as Katie on stage with me because I’ve made a career of musical mumble speak,” chuckled Woods, who spent most of his set cracking jokes and telling stories about the  giant banner behind him, and writing songs like “What do They Mean” with “ the guy from Lady Antebellum (Charles Kelley)” and Jake Etheridge, “who is really famous in Holland.”


 He played a captivating set of  songs from his  latest CD “Both Ways,” and a few songs he wrote in Nashville including “Portland, Maine” which Tim McGraw recorded for his 2014 “Sundown Heaven Town.”


“I never thought I’d write a better song than that and I was going record it myself, then Tim McGraw said he wanted it. And I said yes because my goal is to be rich and rich in Sarnia is having two sleds and a trailer and a Ford 150 to go to beautiful Lake Huron,” he deadpanned, noting McGraw made it track 11 on the CD “where all the hits go.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 12:04 )
 

21st Avenue show their grunge influenced groovy side

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I missed She Hangs Brightly’s return to  the Slice, Saturday, March 23.  I was in time  for new local band 21st Avenue. I only caught one s21st Avenue at the Slice,March 23. Photo by Richard Ameryide of  21st Avenue during CKXU ’s Musical Melee Battle of the Bands, last week, March 16, but caught the full experience, March 23 at the Slice.


 Instead of a more country rock sound, this show was a heavier, more grunge and psychedelic rock influenced set.
 They had plenty of groove and hot guitar solos and a lot of energy.


 They wound up their set with covers of the Pixies’“ Where is my mind,” and  the Red Hot Chili Peppers’“Californication.”
New lead singer, Oztin Bowden, who sang quite well,  noted  he was usually a guitarist, and picked up guitar for the last couple of songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 08:57 )
 

Tyrants of Chaos rock their CD release party

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Local power metal band Tyrant of Chaos held a wild CD release party  for their CD“…into oblivion”, Saturday, March 23 at La Cité Des Prairies. Phil Sirias of Tyrants of Chaos raises the horns at their CD Release party, march 23 at La Cite Des Prairies. Photo by Richard Amery
 They had a good 200 people of all ages there to  experience the show.


 I missed Sessions’s opening set  but was in time for their most of their original set.


 They were super tight, with dueling guitars  and incendiary guitar solos from Curtiss Vaselenak and Arik Wagner , big riffs, thundering rhythm form Ryan Dyck and bassist Paul Denton and Phil Sirias’s air raid siren vocals.

Thought Sirias showed his more melodic, soulful side on “One,” one of Vasselnak’s songs.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 April 2019 08:51 )
 
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