Local – Cut From Steel http://cutfromsteel.com Music Blog Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:31:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i0.wp.com/cutfromsteel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-cfs_bloglogo.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Local – Cut From Steel http://cutfromsteel.com 32 32 45325159 Terra Lightfoot – Paradise http://cutfromsteel.com/terra-lightfoot-paradise/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:00:05 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8580 Paradise is the first single off Terra Lightfoot‘s upcoming album, New Mistakes. Paradise is a strong single and it really allows Terra’s strong vocals to shine through. I’ve been a fan of everything Terra Lightfoot has released to this point. She’s an incredible talent and her live shows are really worth checking out.  This new song, […]

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Paradise is the first single off Terra Lightfoot‘s upcoming album, New Mistakes.

Paradise is a strong single and it really allows Terra’s strong vocals to shine through. I’ve been a fan of everything Terra Lightfoot has released to this point. She’s an incredible talent and her live shows are really worth checking out.  This new song, Paradise, has me feeling conflicted. The song starts off really great but, in my opinion, it loses a lot of steam in the second half. The chorus sucks the great funky energy out of the song and it weighs it down into easy-listening rock territory.

If you listen to songs like All Alone and No Hurry, you’ll get a sense of the edgier, and less polished, sound that Terra has become known for. Of course, artists grow and change and draw their inspirations from different things and it is completely expected that each album will sound different from the last. I’m cautiously optimistic (and fully hoping to be proven wrong) that we aren’t taking a shift into radio friendly soft rock with this upcoming album.

Terra Lightfoot’s new album is out in October and you can pre-order it now.

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Single Mothers – Long Distance http://cutfromsteel.com/single-mothers-long-distance/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:02:03 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8462 Beloved punk band Single Mothers are back with a new track and a new album on the way. “Long Distance” is the first single from the new album, ‘Our Pleasure’, and it makes me realize how much I’ve missed this band. There is a lot of really great punk in Southern Ontario these days and Single […]

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Beloved punk band Single Mothers are back with a new track and a new album on the way. “Long Distance” is the first single from the new album, ‘Our Pleasure’, and it makes me realize how much I’ve missed this band. There is a lot of really great punk in Southern Ontario these days and Single Mothers have managed to carve out a special corner of that market.here is something slightly off kilter and different about Single Mothers that makes them so amazing.

They are a really great band to see live; front man Drew Thompson is a force of nature on stage. Check out the new single and be sure to catch them on tour once the album comes out.

The new album, ‘Our Pleasure’ is out on June 16th and is available for pre-order.

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The Dirty Nil and The Flatliners Interview Each Other http://cutfromsteel.com/the-dirty-nil-and-the-flatliners-interview-eachother/ Thu, 25 May 2017 18:11:04 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8508 The Dirty Nil and The Flatliners are embarking on a tour (with Sam Coffey) this summer. It’s the stuff of every band’s dreams – touring with your friends. Both The Dirty Nil and The Flatliners are terrific bands who have been interviewed on Cut From Steel in the past and so we thought it might […]

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The Dirty Nil and The Flatliners are embarking on a tour (with Sam Coffey) this summer. It’s the stuff of every band’s dreams – touring with your friends. Both The Dirty Nil and The Flatliners are terrific bands who have been interviewed on Cut From Steel in the past and so we thought it might be interesting to step away and see what kinds of questions the bands would ask each other. The guys did not disappoint.

Catch the Hamilton show tonight (May 25th) at Absinthe. Friday (May26th) in London at the London Music Hall
The rest of the show details are here.

The Flatliners interview The Dirty Nil

Q – There aren’t many bands out there that are as powerful of a live band as the Nil. When you guys were growing up, who were some of the first musicians to really inspire you to follow this path? And why do you think you connected to those particular artists?

Kyle: When we first started playing we were really into bands like Led Zeppelin and the Who. I remember Luke and would sit and obsessively watch live videos of them and countless other bands thinking, this is what we want to do. I want to play loud and hard and fast to as many people as possible. Those bands were larger than life and embodied to us what rock and roll music is. I personally just loved everything about the way they played, especially players like Bonham and Keith Moon who were masters of the kit in their own ways. I feel hopelessly in love with what they did.

Q – Congrats on the Juno boys! A big win for a more-than-deserving band. Walk us through the moment that they called your name as the winners, what it means to you today, and what Luke meant when he said “weed rocks”?

Luke: Well honestly it was a pretty nice moment but all I could think was, “I really hope they’re bringing more chocolate soufflé to the table“. As for my closing remarks, I am the lord’s instrument. He speaks through me and I deliver his message to the children.

Q – What was it like hanging out with the man, the myth, the legend Kiefer Sutherland? Follow up question: When can we expect a Nil song featuring Big Kief?

Kyle: Luke came up to me and said “Fucking Kiefer Sutherland is over there,” and there he was. He recognized Luke and stopped to talk to us a bit. I am still kicking myself for forgetting to tell him how much Young Guns rules.

Q – Where can I get shiny space pants like the ones Luke has? Also, do you think he’d mind if I got some too?

Luke: And the lord said: “through Ebay, anything is possible”. The working title for our new album is “Silver pants from China (please don’t give me cancer)“. And bud, we need more spacemen, suit up.

Q – Do you think Gene wears khakis or corduroys?

Luke: Buddy, he gets the best of both worlds. Khaki pants and corduroy jacket.

The Dirty Nil interview The Flatliners

Q – You guys just got back from Brazil so what the fuck was that like? South America must be pretty sweet.

Chris: Our trip to Brazil was short, but nothing short of incredible. For so many years now, we’ve been overwhelmed with our fans there telling us to “Come to Brazil”. To kick it off alongside Rob Zombie, Slayer, Ghost, Prophets of Rage and Rise Against kinda made us look like softies – but god damn did we have a blast! To look out into the crowd at that festival and see people singing along to new songs and old songs alike was a really powerful thing. Just wait til the Nil gets there and blows brains everywhere!

Q – You guys have been at the touring game a lot longer than we have and have been many places we have not. What’s one or some of the places left you want to play in the world? or even…space?

Chris: We’re hopeful that this whole music thing pans out well enough that we can pay a space scientist (that’s a thing right?) to find a big and strong enough ice particle in the rings of Saturn for us to play a show on. If that never happens, then I’ll consider these last fifteen years a huge waste of time…. But reeeeeally, I’d really to play in South Africa someday. For as much ground as we’ve covered in our day, there’s a lot of uncharted territory for us. Let’s just spin the globe and see where we’ll end up!

Q – Which one of you can out party all the other guys if you went head to head?

Chris: If we’re talking classic drinking games, Scott and I may be in a dead-heat for a good while, neck and neck and twirly eyed. But I think he might take that cake eventually, on account of me getting sleepy when I marathon-drink these days. If we’re talking about the devil’s lettuce, Paul and Jon can fill a room with smoke so quick and thick that they wouldn’t even know the other guy was still there.

Q – Which one of us is going to die on this Canadian tour?

Chris: Hopefully none of us, because safety first AMIRIGHT?! But in actuality, we all die eventually so let’s have some fun. Grim enough for ya?!

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Pushing boundaries with the HPO http://cutfromsteel.com/intimate-and-interactive-with-the-hpo/ Mon, 15 May 2017 19:47:57 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8490 The great thing about a city like Hamilton is a thriving music scene that makes great music accessible and available to everyone. The really great thing about our music scene is the diversity of genre and style it has. This diversity extends all the way to orchestral music through our beloved Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO). […]

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The great thing about a city like Hamilton is a thriving music scene that makes great music accessible and available to everyone. The really great thing about our music scene is the diversity of genre and style it has. This diversity extends all the way to orchestral music through our beloved Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO). Not only do we have these world class musicians playing beautiful classical music, we even get to experience them push the boundaries and explore different musical genres. The HPO go out of their way to be approachable and welcoming to new audiences. We’ve seen this happen when they’ve collaborated with artists like Illitry, Basia Bulat, The Medicine Hat, Hachey the MouthPEACE, and others.

In the tradition of pushing the boundaries of classical music, there is a really exciting event happening this week (May 17th) that promises to be an exciting evening of music, video projections, and lights.

Music director Gemma New was brought on two years ago and one of her main goals has been to push the boundaries and to make classical music as accessible and enjoyable for as many people as possible.  She is an incredibly accomplished musician and is only one of three female directors of a major professional orchestra in Canada. She’s also much younger than music directors tend to be.

Gemma is hoping to create an alternative orchestral experience; imagine a cool bar vibe where the music just happens to be classical. This ‘Intimate and Immersive‘ event promises to do just that. Gemma was kind enough to answer a few questions about this event.



Q – Can you tell us about your experience working in Hamilton with the HPO so far?
We’re reaching the end of the second season and it’s been a fantastic experience. I love the music we’ve worked on and the great energy of the musicians. We all share a passion for bringing great music to as many people as possible and it makes it exciting to do my work. The morale and spirit of the orchestra at the HPO is wonderful and I believe that it resonates with audiences; they can pick that up. I’ve been really impressed with the talent here and with everyone that I’ve gotten to work with so far. The experience with the HPO has been really great.

Q – What sorts of work have you been most excited about?
I’ve been working towards creating an orchestral experience that would appeal to the most experienced orchestra fans as well as those who have never attended before. I want to make orchestral music engaging and interesting to everyone regardless of their experience with this type of music. From the moment that people walk in through the door I want them to feel like they are welcomed and they belong. I want to make people feel engaged with what is happening around them. I’m always looking at the big picture and I always want to keep in mind that we are all playing for the audience’s benefit.

Q – Can you tell us a little about the Intimate and Immersive show?
I want to create an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable; including people who aren’t used to classical music. My hope is that people will come out and try it out. We are building a round stage in the middle of the venue and the audience will be seated around it. The plan is to have the audience physically as close to the musicians as possible. The local band Illitry will record the first half and will then reimagine it and play it back during intermission. We’re asking our musicians to get a drink and to hang out with the audience during intermission. We want the musicians to be accessible and involved with the audience, rather than to have the audience sitting and relaxing. There are a few fun extras planned.
There will also be lights and video to go along with the music; this is designed to compliment the orchestral playing. The video that our creative agency (Rob Carter of the agency TMD) have come up with is wonderful and it will compliment the music so well.

We are building a round stage in the middle of the venue and the audience will be seated around it. The plan is to have the audience physically as close to the musicians as possible.

Q – Have you seen this type of approach to Orchestral music done well in another city?
Yes, I’ve seen something like this in Miami. The audience was engaged and was physically close to the music. It was a wonderful

Q – What do you have planned for the HPO in the next year?
We are doing this show on Wednesday as a bit of an experiment and we are planning another one for December. We’re pushing the boundaries and don’t know exactly how this will go but we are learning and exploring. We’ll see what works from this first show and learn from that. We’re always looking for the best ways to do something.

We have a lot planned and a lot of it has to do with sustaining some of the things we’re already doing. I would love to grow our family program, our indie series, and many of the other things we’re currently doing. There are a lot of exciting things planned that I can’t really get into just yet.

Thank you!

Event information for the HPO: Intimate and Immersive.

Here is an example of the youth orchestra at work:

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Run Maggie Run – Lion Tamer http://cutfromsteel.com/runmaggierun-liontamer/ Tue, 09 May 2017 15:45:25 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8444 Hamilton based indie rock group, Run Maggie Run, have released a new video for the debut single off their upcoming self titled album. Catch their album release show on May 10th, 2017 at The Spice Factory. Details here. Lion Tamer is a fun song with a catchy melody and solid lyrics. The thing that sets this […]

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Hamilton based indie rock group, Run Maggie Run, have released a new video for the debut single off their upcoming self titled album.

Catch their album release show on May 10th, 2017 at The Spice Factory. Details here.

Lion Tamer is a fun song with a catchy melody and solid lyrics. The thing that sets this song apart from most current indie rock songs are the great vocals.  Lead vocalist, Gavin Rees, has some serious pipes and something tells me a huge range. He’s like an old timey crooner singing indie rock and it’s pretty neat.

The debut album will be available through all major streaming websites and through the Run Maggie Run Bandcamp page.

The band is made up of Gavin Rees – Lead vocals, Guitar, Peter Keillor – Percussion
Dylan Drung – Lead Guitar, Darren Mcmenemy – Bass, Vocals, Jared Gour – Keys, Alt-Percussion

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Backbiters – S/T http://cutfromsteel.com/backbiters-st/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:35:55 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8398 Hamilton’s ferocious 3-piece punk band, Backbiters, have recently released their EP “S/T” and it is all kinds of good. The guitar work on these songs is insane and it really sets the album apart from similar contemporary Punk. The vocals are ferocious and the music just hits you like a freight train. This collection of 6 […]

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Hamilton’s ferocious 3-piece punk band, Backbiters, have recently released their EP “S/T” and it is all kinds of good.

The guitar work on these songs is insane and it really sets the album apart from similar contemporary Punk. The vocals are ferocious and the music just hits you like a freight train. This collection of 6 songs is solid.

Be sure to listen to the EP and try to catch these guys live if they play in your area.

Backbiters are playing with Astral Witch and Familiars at The Doors Pub in Hamilton Saturday April 29th.
Favourite tracks: Invisible, Man, Hands Out.

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ttwwrrss – Snazzy http://cutfromsteel.com/ttwwrrss-snazy/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:59:55 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8390 Today is a good day because we have a new single from Hamilton’s ttwwrrss (pronounced ‘towers’). Very Snazzy is considerably more upbeat and bright than ttwwrrss’ previous releases. While the track is brighter and more upbeat it still has that signature ttwwrrss production that we love so much. This is a great track. Very Snazzy by ttwwrrss […]

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Today is a good day because we have a new single from Hamilton’s ttwwrrss (pronounced ‘towers’). Very Snazzy is considerably more upbeat and bright than ttwwrrss’ previous releases. While the track is brighter and more upbeat it still has that signature ttwwrrss production that we love so much. This is a great track.

From the artist:

“Detective Sonny Crockett is tired. He scans the dismal room, having long ago traded in his sailboat for a one-room apartment on the industrial outskirts of Miami. He misses his Ferrari Daytona Spyder, he misses Gina, he misses his double life as a a drug runner and middleman, but most of all he misses his pet alligator Elvis. A neon light flickers in vain outside the window. Crockett closes his eyes. The brooding ghost of Edward James Olmos appears. “I’ve always tried to do what’s right,” he murmurs. “That’s the code I live by. Do you understand that?” Crockett nods. But truthfully, he doesn’t understand. He feels the full weight of five seasons of cynicism and futility and a nascent fear that gnaws away at the hem of his stained white Versace blazer. Why isn’t it 1986? Why did Miami Vice get cancelled? Where did all these earth tones come from? There are certain colors you are not allowed to shoot, such as red and brown. Michael Mann taught him this.”

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Scott Orr – “Undeniable (Acoustic Version)” http://cutfromsteel.com/scott-orr-undeniable-acoustic-version/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:12 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8387 Hamilton based singer-songwriter, Scott Orr has released an acoustic version of his album Everything. “Undeniable” is the new single off this project. This is a beautiful song that lets Scott’s great voice and incredible songwriting shine. All of these songs were terrific on the original release, but there is something sweet and magical about the […]

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Hamilton based singer-songwriter, Scott Orr has released an acoustic version of his album Everything.
“Undeniable” is the new single off this project. This is a beautiful song that lets Scott’s great voice and incredible songwriting shine.

All of these songs were terrific on the original release, but there is something sweet and magical about the acoustic versions. “Undeniable” (along with the rest of the album) was recorded live off the floor style and Scott has managed to capture great warmth and intimacy in this recording.

Speaking of recording, if you’re into the behind the scenes of the music scene, you might want to check out Scott’s studio tours on youtube. This is a great series that shows insights into local musician and studio engineers workspaces. 

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The Dirty Nil – Caroline http://cutfromsteel.com/dirty-nil-caroline/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:21:32 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8378 Fresh off a Juno win and straight into your hearts, The Dirty Nil are back with some music for ya. “Caroline” is the first single off the newly released Minimum R&B – a collection of singles, b-sides, and rarely heard tracks. Some of these songs are familiar fan favourites (Fuckin’ Up Young, Nicotine) and some of them […]

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Fresh off a Juno win and straight into your hearts, The Dirty Nil are back with some music for ya. “Caroline” is the first single off the newly released Minimum R&B – a collection of singles, b-sides, and rarely heard tracks. Some of these songs are familiar fan favourites (Fuckin’ Up Young, Nicotine) and some of them are rare tracks. “Caroline”, for example, has only appeared on a limited run 2009 EP that was put out on CDs. The song has been performed live a few times and now it has finally been recorded and widely released.

“Caroline” stands out because it is at least twice as long as most Dirty Nil songs and the tone is softer and more reflective. It’s a really great track. It’s still punk, and it’s still fantastic, it’s just a little more laid back. It’s like when, instead of drinking your vodka straight, you add a splash of grapefruit juice for a low stakes cocktail. It’s still vodka, but suddenly your friends and family are less worried about your ‘social drinking problem’.

Minimum R&B is a great celebration of The Dirty Nil for fans and a great primer and intro to the band for those who are just discovering them. Add this to your BBQ / Cottage party playlists and let the good times roll.

Download Minimum R&B here.

The Dirty Nil are headed on tour again! Check ’em out:

4/18 – Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads ^
4/19 – London, UK @ KOKO ^
4/20 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2 ^
4/21 – Bristol, UK @ Bierkeller ^
4/22 – Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor ^
4/23 – Derby, UK @ The Venue ^
4/24 – Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios ^
4/26 – Cologne, DE @ Underground ^
4/27 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden ^
4/28 – Münster, DE @ Uncle M Fest 2017 at Skaters Palace ^
4/30 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
5/2 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpole
5/3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Nachtleben5/4 – Munich, DE @ Orange House
5/5 – Stuttgart, DE @ Kellerklub5/6 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Obenuse Fest
5/7 – Solothurn, Switzerland @ Kofmehl – Raumbar
5/8 – Vienna, AT @ Arena 3 RAUM Bar
5/25 – Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe*
5/26 – London, ON @ Rum Runners*
5/27 – Howell, MI @ Bled Fest*
5/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club*
6/3 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub*
6/4 – Whistler, BC @ Garfinkel’s*
6/10 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks*
6/12 – Timmins, ON @ The Working Class*
6/15 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s*
6/17 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace*

^ = w/ The Menzingers and The Flatliners
* = w/ The Flatliners and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs

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Arkells – Knocking At The Door http://cutfromsteel.com/arkells-knocking-door/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:05:41 +0000 http://cutfromsteel.com/?p=8373 Arkells are back with what can only be described as a banger.  “Knocking At The Door” is indie rock’s answer to ‘Every Day I’m Hustlin‘ and The Roots’ ‘The Fire‘ in one killer song. The video features many athletes,artists, and other people working hard, grinding, hustling, and working to achieve their dreams. The video was shot […]

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Arkells are back with what can only be described as a banger.  “Knocking At The Door” is indie rock’s answer to ‘Every Day I’m Hustlin‘ and The Roots’ ‘The Fire‘ in one killer song. The video features many athletes,artists, and other people working hard, grinding, hustling, and working to achieve their dreams.

The video was shot around Toronto and looks really great. It isn’t just glam shots of Toronto but the shots and the editing weaves together to tell a story of a city and a band, and many individuals all just trying to make it happen.

The song itself is electric and the addition of horns is incredible. The Arkells are a great live band and this song has all of the makings of an amazing live performance.

Max Kerman on how “Knocking On The Door” came together:

“We’ll be knocking at the door, 10 times!”, followed by 10 soul band shots, James Brown style. It started as a random moment in the middle of a set in Philly on Jan 19, and eventually became a refrain we began building every night on tour.

The day after we got home from tour in the middle of February, Tim sent me this drum groove with a heavy, southern marching band vibe. I started playing piano over the song and singing “That’s me, I’m knocking at the door!”. By March 10 we were in the studio recording the song. Now it’s out. There’s some ideas that need time to simmer, and then there are some ideas that need to be recorded immediately. From the moment the song was born, we couldn’t wait to finish it with our extended players – The Northern Soul horns & The Arkettes. Can’t wait to play it live this summer.”

Find this song on all of the major downloading / streaming platforms.

 

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