Music

Profile: Damn Kids

Damn Kids finds success after taking his music into his own hands. Photography by Thomas Van Der Zaag About two years ago, Stephane Deschenes was set to go to OCAD University for graphic design. But on what would have been his first day, he called the school and told them to cancel everything. He wasn’t going. Although art was a passion of his, he had spent that summer making music and realized that’s what he really needed to be doing. …

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July Talk “Guns and Ammunition”

Earlier this week, July Talk added to their growing repertoire of clean, impressive, black and white music videos with a brand new one for their song “Guns and Ammunition”. And to keep in the spirit of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, this video was directed by Adam W. Crosby and July Talk bass player Josh Warburton, who both worked on the band’s previous videos for “Paper Girl” and “Let Her Know”. This time around, we find the band …

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Decades “In Sequins”

Toronto band Decades has premiered the first music video off of their upcoming debut album. The pink-hued “In Sequins” video plays with optics, lending a beautifully eerie tinge to accompany the song with a very similar feel. A song about love and longing, abstract images of the sequined legging clad object of desire is interspersed throughout the performance driven video. Coming off of a performance at Canadian Music Week, the video premiered on Interview Magazine. The band’s modern take on 80s shoegaze …

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Feature: First Rate People

First Rate People: Act II Photography by Jalani Morgan / Assistants: Lorne Bradley & Kahlil Hernandez Have you listened to First Rate People’s (FRP) new single, You Won’t Get This Joke At All? It’s good. It’s clean, addictive and just all-around interesting musically. Its moves from a guitar and vocals-style song to a dance post-disco synth-pop sound, and then goes on to marry the two. YWGTJAA (yes, that happened) is cause for using the repeat button. After getting a lot …

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Feature: Decades

Dreams. Diligence. Decades. Despite Toronto’s growing indie band overcrowding, Decades proves that the cream always rises to the top. Photographer / Dimitri Karakostas “They can see that we’re worth working with because there is a chance that they’re going to see…results,” says Peter Gosling, leaning forward from his once nonchalant posture. Gosling is talking about how the band he sets the beats for, Decades, adds value to the increasingly congested music industry. And when the boys of Decades talk about …

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Feature: Cold Specks

Humbly, Yours A modest look into the year that Cold Specks blew up. Photography by Gemma Warren —- She’s played sold out shows around the world, been raved about in a ton of major music publications, and her debut album was shortlisted for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize next to Canadian big-timers like Drake, Feist and Grimes. But even with this list of accomplishments to her name, Al Spx remains one of the most humble ladies around. Spx is the …

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