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Urban Canals - See You On The Other Side

New EP from Urban Canals available now!

Today on FreshlyMinted[FM] we review
Urban Canals‘ new EP “See You On the Other Side

This album is an emotionally vulnerable trip through the dark passages of our ethos with experienced guides showing us the true beauty shining through.
It’s like sailing a raft down a river of sound.  The turbulence constantly growing the further you venture, providing a rollicking good time that only occasionally slows to allow us to catch a breath.

Jamie’s vocals tear through the psyche like a mournful spirit, crying out with an absolute tenderness that smolders with passion.  Even when delivering lines such as “we didn’t give a f**k what other people had to say” there’s a feeling that she really cares about she’s singing.  I hope they weren’t right, and this is a band that was “meant to last“.

Urban Canals displays a harmony and fellowship that is rarely seen in a first release.  They play off each others strengths to create a soundscape that dazzles the mind.  There’s a clearly audible passion amongst them that is wonderful to hear.
From the beginning to end, the cohesion is solid between Alex Hindriks’ guitar work, Alex Rolstons’ driving drums and Jamie Stoneman’s soothing bass and keys.

I love the outro on ‘First Time Flying.’  It’s moments like this that really showcase the kicking vibe that makes Urban Canal‘s stand out from other indie bands.
At times, such as during the first track ‘Eye Contact,’ there’s a groove that reminds me of early 60’s pop bands, funky yet refined.
“Balconies,” as short as it is at only 48 seconds long, is a tender expose that highlights the variety of sentiment expressed throughout the album.
A truly Brantfordian track, “Back to the Factories” speaks to the confinement we all feel in an urban decaying sprawl.  Alex Hindriks adeptly takes the lead on this track, with Jamie providing backup vocals and an introductory joyful shout.  I had flashbacks of “breaking windows and smashing walls…back there in the factories.” “It’s all we’ve ever known,” indeed.

From beginning to end, this is a very strong album from Brantford’s Urban Canals that we at BrantfordBands highly recommend picking up today.

A word from the band:

We encourage you to go to our Band Camp and download it for free!
[ BB Edit: Love Urban Canals?  You can also name your own price and pay as much as you’re able 😉 ]
We would like to thank Dan Taylor and Nikole Taylor at CCSound Studios for all their hard work and time in and out of the studio. We would also like to thank Jesus Maza and Breanne Mackenzie whom have taken all the photos you see associated with the album’s design. Thank you all so much! We couldn’t have done it without you

Have a listen for yourself,
and download Urban Canals‘ “See You On the Other Side” NOW!

 

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Hit the Spot – Mammoth Seed at Two Doors Down

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BrantfordBands’ Hit the Spot

On Saturday, February 28th we caught Brantford heavy metal band Mammoth Seed at Two Doors Down.

Two Doors Down has a long history of supporting local bands in Brantford, and they continue that tradition with great zeal.  Though they’ve remained at the same location, the setup has changed over the years.  The furnishings are eccentric yet refined with elements such as an elaborate ceiling painted in an almost rustic fashion, various rock and roll memorabilia and a pool table that converts into a table..table.  There’s a fair amount of seating with lots of standing room around the bar and stage to enjoy the music while consuming the alcoholic libations.

Mammoth Seed brought the rock HARD.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to catch opening bands Dylan Browne or the Carpenteers though we heard great things about them.
What we did hear was Mammoth Seed slamming out the heavy beats that had the crowd head banging along throughout the night.
Massive beats from Alex Sousa laid the foundation for  Ty Quackenbush’s deep and solid bass riffs.  Upon this solid base Andy Dmytryshyn brought down killer rhythm and epic solos while Alex Dickens laid his vocal soul bare for all.
Alex channels the spirit of Jim Morrison and Frank Zappa with his guttural vocals, especially when talking to the crowd.  Ty’s funky / grungy bass playing is reminiscent of Black Sabbath especially interwoven with Andy’s Iron Maiden-esque wailing guitar lines.
The band evokes a 70’s/80’s heavy metal feel with deep heavy bass lines overlayed with shrieking guitar and all held together by solid driving drum lines.
I will say that the levels at this show could’ve been several decibels lower…
I know, sacrilege! At certain points the overpowering monster that is Mammoth Seed was almost too much to take.

Highlights of the night included a song dedicated to Canadian national sport Curling, and a beautiful Mannequin torso with taped off ti**ies adorning the set.

All in all, a serious slamming set that leaves us eager for more Mammoth Seed.
Can’t wait to hear more youself?  Check out their track online:

Mammoth Seed - Don't Take Me There

Mammoth Seed – Don’t Take Me There

 

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