For this week local I stumbled upon this Toronto band called The Box Tiger. This indie rock band was formed 3 years ago but hey already sound mature enough and they also give a strong vibe. The lead singer Sonia Sturino energy and charisma reminds me of a young Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ready to burst. She have thaThey first released a self titled album back in 2010 with 5 tracks but they came back last month releasing a new single called Set Fire To Your Friends alongside a music video.
The music video look very professional, it’s clean, and great focus with beautiful images. Even though the video looks bright and joyful Sonia is kind killing every band member one at a time. Killing might be harsh here but she’s so cute and looks so innocent that I wouldn’t be afraid to be killed by her! The rest of the video where they play inside a basement is where you can capture what the band is all about. The song itself is very poppy with the conventional structure verse-chorus. In the verse we can hear the little guitar melody and it’s slowly building up to the fast pasted guitar strum in the chorus.Very typical but they were able to bring something different and it made it very catchy and fun. One of my favorite things is when you hear a song one time and when you listen to it a second time you already know the lyrics and with this song this element is there.
I’m very happy to see them coming back to Montreal in 2013. They will be playing at Divan Orange alongside Casino on January 12th.
This Atlanta based artist have a bright future coming up. Evan Andree just released his new EP Invisible Sap, a follow up on his first two part EP released last February, Flags and Flags pt. II. This energetic and joyful artist is nothing but fearless and always go forward by trying to find the perfect sound that fit his personality. This new artist already got a push with the help of Nike UK by working with his single Panic on their 2012 London Olympic marketing campaign “Find Your Greatness”. He was fortunate enough to share the stage with artist like Appleseed Cast’s Christopher Crisci, The Leeve, I fight Dragons, A Silent Film and many more.
Going in a different direction with his new EP, Invisible Sap, Evan included bright guitars and poppy rhytms. On his first two parts EP he was more influenced by the indie electronic movement we are currently in right now. I personally fell in love and prefer his song Panic from his EP Flags, part II. His new songs are more like a Death Cab for Cutie sounds which gave an interesting but also great turn to his career. The opener American Dreams clearly represent his new indie pop sound with a pop rock consistent drum beat and a colorful guitar melody. My favorite on the EP is the second song called Your Song. Strumming guitars and dark hopeful lyrics à la Coldplay. The last song Mr. Teleportation is the catchiest song from the EP. After one listen I could sing it with him, well, with my Ipod…
Looks like 2012 was a good year for Evan Andree and the best is yet to come after the release of his new EP. The EP is available for FREE exclusively on briterevolution.com. Keep an eye on him and download Invisible Sap to support him.
Giants Must Fall is the new local ambient/indie rock sensation in the underground scene in Singapore, a.k.a the City of Lions. They dropped their first EP on November 10th and since then they have been getting a lot of messages pouring in from all over the world on how their songs moved them. Very often, the first EP of a new up and coming band is always going in different directions and it’s usually a mess, but this band seems to know where they’re going and who they are with their The Leprosy Ep.
This very soothing and calming Ep includes refined, minimalistic and beautiful constructed songs. The emphasis on the instumentals brings an effect of lightness and quality for a first Ep. To show a little versatility in their style they came up with the song Leprosy with heavier guitar riffs then the other songs. They also did a second version of Leprosy on the Ep to show another side, to make us see the song in a different way which I found very interesting. The second version of Leprosy is also my personal favorite of the EP. Burning Bride, the second song of the EP, is the one with the powerful vocals that will keep you hooked on them.
Giants Must Fall looks like they have it all figured out for themselves with a promising future. Keep an eye on them!
After three years of touring and writing, this awesome indie rock folk band released the album Songs of Patience yesterday(July 17, 2012). I honesty didn’t know what to expect from them, which way they would go or what they would sound like. It’s probably because of the fact that I know they existed but I never really followed their music before this album. I read in the news that this well anticipated album was coming out and everything but I didn’t bother to listen to their first album. That’s where I was wrong. I should’ve listen to them from the beginning. This band is great.
From the UK, the duo moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue music in America. We can hear it well on this album that they’ve been influence by the UK and the American culture. This clash of music brought us the song Wasteland taken from Songs of Patience that sounds like a poppy ballad of Oasis but still has hints of American indie folk. The most stand-out songs on the album are their early released Lay down followed by Magnolia and Come on Maker. The duo proclaims that this album is the work they are the proudest of yet. It’s a serious album that shows us the perceptions of the world they see around them. They wanted to make each songs special and wanted the people to have an idea of what the songs are about. He says “. . . Although the songs are serious, the whole album feels more colorful than ever.”
I thought this album was great but it didn’t actually brought anything new on the scene. It’s a sound we’ve heard before and actually know. Not that it’s bad, it’s a very good album. My point is that it’s a familiar sound we’ve heard from the mid/late 90′s, but it’s still very refreshing at the same time.