If art is the best barometer of a civilization’s condition, our neighbours south of the border may have learned more tuning into a New York radio station than during last month’s state of the union address. With some luck, they might’ve caught a song from The Secret History’s Americans Singing in the Dark. The album is a literary work in indie pop packaging, and songwriter-in-chief Michael Grace Jr. is far from finished with the nation that has become his muse.Read More
Against a backdrop of vintage furnishings and kitschy décor, Jim Kilpatrick finally takes a break for a coffee. He’s spent the better part of the day so far traveling to, and unpacking in, a small café on the edge of Ottawa’s Chinatown, a task that most would agree has earned him a chance to enjoy one of its caffeinated offerings. Touring for his newest album, and others before it, has frequently brought him to places like this one – pockets of comfort dotting the long Canadian highways with which he’s grown familiar.
Depending on who you talk to, it can seem like just about everyone in Toronto has one thing in common: they’re not from Toronto. Jesse Crowe and Josh Korody, the songwriting duo (and incidental roommates) behind shoegaze outfit Beliefs, both fall into that category. But if there’s anything that their speedy ascent within the city’s music scene and natural affinity for their new home prove, it’s that it’s not where you’re from, but where you choose to stay.Read More
With a career spanning over two decades, two bands, two solo albums, and myriad side projects, Lætitia Sadier hasn’t yet run out of things to say. For ION, I found out that there’s plenty going on in the world to inspire the former lead singer of a band once known for its Marxist leanings.Read More
Armed with tightly wound, two minute tracks, somewhere in the borderlands straddling lo-fi garage rock and eighties-doused indie pop, resides Literature. I chatted with the guys, and learned a bit about Austin’s gleeful answer to the mundanity of everyday life.Read More