Saturday, 28 January 2023

*** HILLSBORO + BONNUIT + GILLIAN STONE + DIVISIONARIES live show review ***

HILLSBORO / BONNUIT / GILLIAN STONE / DIVISIONARIES


@The Space Time Continuum 
in DUNCAN
on January 21st, 2023

Live Show Review

     So I have been on Vancouver Island for four years and it wasn't until Hexis came to Nanaimo in the spring of 2022 that I finally ventured out to a show. There were a few reasons, but the main one was when I tried finding the scene online (in Nanaimo in particular) through facebook groups I kept coming up very empty handed. I therefore couldn't find anyone to start a decent band, nor did any bands that I did find appeal to me. Since then I have found The Monarch, Tapioca, Liminal Shroud, and Jisei aaaaaaaand I founded an emo-violence/screamo band with my island buddy Dalton. So things are definitely looking up.

     I was invited to this show because someone who supports Zegema Beach told me that their son played in one of these bands and then Drue from Bonnuit sent me an introductory email asking if I wanted to come see the show. So I did. And now I know double the bands and people on the island. That was fun and I'm excited to do it again. The next show I'll be at is the Mares Of Thrace show in Victoria on February 18th. Additional thanks to Kai, Kyle, Brian, Josh, Austin, Chelsea, and those two other guys with "B" names that I am currently forgetting.


DIVISIONARIES
     The opener was twangy, fun, groovy...surf rock'n'roll? I don't really know this isn't the style of music I know too well but I definitely enjoyed their set especially the dual vocals. I spoke with their drummer in the bathroom line and he explained it was only the band's third show. In this video you can watch Brian knock a painting off the wall and it land on his head, but he was able to save it before it all came crashing down. Heroic.
(2023) DIVISIONARIES
For fans ofjangly surf rock and NOT Sublime

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GILLIAN STONE
     I knew nothing about any of these bands (done on purpose) so when she finished her quick setup and began her mesmerizing drone/folk/ambient/rock from Toronto I was astounded. Her voice is awesome, very powerful but also original in both the sound and the occasional additional flair in delivery. We also spoke after the show as she reminded me of a Ramona Cordova meets Grouper mixture. Great stuff, (she even played a Black Sabbath cover) and the song I've embedded below is totally new!!!
(2023) GILLIAN STONE "Endless Journey Pt.1" (from her next album)
For fans ofGrouper and Ramona Cordova
https://youtu.be/_fy7zZ0m9Qg

extra video: :"Amends"
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BONNUIT
     Drue (the inviter) plays guitar in this band and they played really cool, artsy, and abrasive rock not unlike Sonic Youth, and are described on their bandcamp page as post-punk shoegaze. The three piece had a wide variety of sounds so this video doesn't really do them justice but it's just another reason to check them out as they seem to play the island quite frequently and have an LP in the works. Thanks again for the invite Drue <3
(2023) BONNUIT
For fans ofSonic Youth and Pavement

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HILLSBORO
     This Victoria band seems to be garnering quite a following, and after seeing them live I am official one of the followers. This new five-piece includes two guitarists as well as a violinist, collectively concocting a very unique and mature sound for a such a young group of individuals. They played a few songs ranging from alternative/sing-along "Closer" (for which they released a video last week, embedded at the bottom of this post) to post-hardcore with yellin' with a song about pirates, but I don't know if the actual title is "The Pirate Song". Fret not, I expect to be posting about them multiple times in the future so we'll get to the bottom of it.
* Oh also, very funny part in the video embedded below, after using a bow for a few parts Bonnuit tossed it to the side where it lay until the Hillsboro set. The vocalist/guitarist of Hillsboro sees the discarded bow and uses it briefly before tossing it aside. The bassist sees the flying bow, stops playing and holds it out the violinist who is still using their own bow from the set, thus sending the bassist into a spiral of confusion, all caught on video. I laughed and I laughed. Too good.
(2023) HILLSBORO "The Pirate Song" (not necessarily the actual title) (from 'upcoming EP')
For fans ofSpielbergs and American Football

extra video: "Closer"
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ADDITIONAL LINKS

HILLSBORO "Closer" official music video
https://youtu.be/JBRGY2JQqzw

Thursday, 26 January 2023

*** PODCAST #109 Best of 2022 w/Dave Cullen (Crowning, ZBR U.S.A.) ***


props to: Everyone who made music, but especially Alas, Apostles Of ErisAtameo, Blind Girls, Brahm, Caracara, Crossed, Darko US, De Facto EnScripture, Gil Cerrone, Gospel, Gossip, Hetta, Keratin, Lower Automation, Massa Nera, Party Hats, Piri Reis, Spielbergs, Thank You Driver, The Sawtooth Grin, The Wind In The Trees, Venus Twins, Vibora, Victor Shores, Works, and Yearning

     The Daves are here to ramble on about all things screamo and include their unnumbered Top 15 Releases Of 2022 as well as: Crowning's 2022 and first show in four years, incorrect opinions, incorrect pronunciation, incorrect lyrics, incorrect art interpretation, incorrect assumptions, carrying the screamo torch, shout-outs to bands that were shuffled off of our lists, thoughts on new Botch, best new band, best demo, best new young'uns, best song, best music video, best comp/split, best show, ZBR's coolest "old" release, 2023 excitedness, best physical release, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Brutus, De Facto Enscripture, Hetta, Piri Reis, Spielbergs, and Works. Listen to podcast #109 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.




ZEGEMA BEACH RECORDS
ZBR Fest 2023


1 The first time the dude hit the kick drum I felt like my entire choad shifted in my body.
SPIELBERGS "The New Years Resolution" (Cullen)
WORKS "Punishment" (Norman)

2 The last 2 minutes are like flip every table over human pyramid champagne everywhere real genius popcorn house explosion.
PIRI REIS "Heimlich Manoeuver Tiger Suplex"  (Cullen)
DE FACTO ENSCRIPTURE "Adam Smith, What Have You Done?" (Norman)

3 It's weird as fuck, I get it even less, I just trust that it's awesome.
BRUTUS "Liar" (Cullen)
HETTA "Sugar Glass" (Norman)

4 Lightning Round
~no music

~Dave

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PODCAST #109 linked here

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023

*** PODCAST #108 Erik Ratensperger (Jeromes Dream) ***

Picture: Nicolas Flamel

     Back in...2002? Maybe 2003, I purchased the JEROMES DREAM discography double cd and officially fell hard for their material, like so many other fans of screamo. In a twist I never would have seen coming, that same band reunited after over 15 years and will be playing Zegema Beach Records Fest 2023. After seeing them in early 2022 I spoke with the drummer Erik and we essentially set up this podcast in which we go in depth on many-a-thing including: Refused touring the U.S., Victory bands, sister influence, faking out your music teacher, his early bands Forgotten SoulsShoplifterBrace and Kid Suspicious, the formation of JEROMES DREAM, band treasure hunts, ZBR Fest talk, the chopstick demos, Amalgamation and Orchid split stories, the first tour, the new record, addressing Nick not being in the mix and moving forward (props to Sean Leary), first reveal notes on 'The Grey In Between' on Iodine Recordings, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Gil Cerrone, John Cota, Ovlov, Paul Newman, Portraits Of Past, and Stove. Listen to podcast #108 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.




1 Applying the Theme of Escapism
PORTRAITS OF PAST "KQED Equals Volvo" (Erik)
GIL CERRONE "Flat Earth" (Dave)

2 We Didn't Know What Was Ahead of Us
PAUL NEWMAN "Beeline to Mamou" (Erik)
JOHN COTA "stevejobs" (Dave)

3 Screamo Is Just Team Outcast
OVLOV "Baby Alligator" (Erik)
STOVE "Duckling Fantasy" (Dave)


~Dave

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PODCAST #108 linked here

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