Brother (the band)

By Diana Myers

Brother is a hard edge nuance of punk rock, whispering its dirty deeds from Canada’s East Coast. They’re a multitude of slithering rock tones, towing the line between lyrical haunting and soul cutting riffs, while bruising the air with affable vocal melodies.

Jarek Hardy - "New York Alone"

"Expect the unexpected."
I don't know who said it, and fuck looking it up because my body is currently battling the plague.
I like the hears of it, but living by it in this robotic day in music is tricky.
I've come to expect 'the same old' whenever I'm asked to review something.
I know, I'm a pessimist.
(at least I am when I'm sick.)
Thankfully there are still musicians out there who can cause a 'Lucille Bluth when Gene Parmesan shows up' surprise in me.

Todd Allen is Awkward.

I have pizza to thank for this post.
Pizza led me to Squarecrow which led me to Todd Allen solo who lead me to his new album which is, like pizza, a little slice of heaven.

Brutal fucking Youth.

I spent most of tonight getting drunk and learning Taylor Swift songs (ok, one song, I'm not that bright) on guitar for the spoof cover band I'm forcing my sister to be in because I just found out she actually has an amaazing voice. I have it all planned out, we'll call it Tailor Swift and our first hit will be "I Knew You Were Butter When You Slopped In" .. clearly directed at that I Can't Believe It's Not Butter margarine that is actually butter as the lyrics (and eventual video) will explain.
So yeah, going from that pop pun-iverse to listening to the new Brutal Youth EP Bottoming Out was kinda like transferring from an all girls private school to a penis packed public school.

14 of my favourite t'ings from 2014. a list!

Aside from this -

- here are 14 of my favourite music things from this year, completely off the top of my head and loosely in order:

1. THIS COMPILATION. (Sorry but, truth.)
Everything on this is the best of 2014 for me, even if it wasn't actually released this year.. who gives a flying turd.
Snacks?' "Morning Bru" is one of the greatest songs of all time.. PEARS & The Hunters put out a couple of my favourite albums this year.. osoosooso's EP was my spring-to-summer fling yadda yadda yadda every song on here is perfect.

2. Mikey Erg​/​Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers Split

3. The Creeps - "Cancer" and the rest of Eulogies... it's the kind of thing wet dreams are made of.

4. Indonesian Junk demo ... so into this. Daniel James!

5. The Raging Nathans - Losing It . 

6. Caffiends/Wolf-Face Split

7. Tinkerbelles - Fine Asses

8. Dune Rats - S/T

9. Born Wrong - Art District

10. The Dirty Nil - Cinnamon/Guided By Vices

11.  White Lung - Deep Fantasy

12. Gnarly Whales - Can't Even Get Depression Right

13. Squarecrow - "Don't You Worry" .. something about this song mannnn. but the whole album is great as well.

14. Stuck Out Here - Getting Used To Feeling Like Shit ... had these songs stuck in my head for a good chunk of 2014.

There are SO many more. SO. MANY. MORE. But I'm SO LAZY. And smoked wayyyyy too much weed this year to remember everything I loved. "It's better to have loved and forgotten than never to have listened at all."

2014: THE END.

Fireflies from Hell..

New favourite band from my new favourite city: Tinkerbelles from Chicago.
Fuck do I ever miss Chicago.
Luckily this garage punk duo from the city I never found to be that windy are doing a great job of bringing Chicago to my earholes.
Definitely one of my favourite discoveries as of late.

I think I'm getting repetitive stress disorder from scratching my butt all day.

I was just thinking about how bands like Greys, The Dirty Nil and Single Mothers have created this sound that screams dirty Southern Ontario punk rock for me right now.
I know there are so many wicked bands in these parts busy defining this'n'that sub-genre of punk, but those guys have a specific sound so recognizable and 'homegrown' they could almost be in a commercial for Foodland screaming "Good things grow in Ontario".