House of Burners CD review

My album review… Haut!

BeatRoute Magazine

houseofburnersEDITHOUSE OF BURNERS, PRE-ROCK RECORDS

Speculating that the maturation of Canada’s musical talent will eventually lead to a grey-powered revolution, the hardcore harbingers behind Saskatoon’s doom rock band, Shooting Guns, have struck upon the idea for a retirement home aimed at aging rockers. Built on the foundation of Shooting Gun’s own label, Pre-Rock Records, the House of Burners compilation is a self-serve buffet of some of this country’s most notorious heavy rock outfits.

Rallying under the Pre-Rock banner, likeminded bands such as Ian Blurton’s Public Animal, Krang, Black Thunder, Chron Goblin, Hawkeyes, Devonian Gardens, Mahogany Frog, Lavagoat, and The Pack A.D. all put up equal shares of loudness and lucre in support of Ginther’s pipe dream.

The perfect summer road-trip soundtrack, House of Burners rips from beginning to end with outstanding tracks including The Switching Yard’s consummately repeatable “Tanya” and a dashing live-in-concert recording of Bison’s “These Are My Dress…

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THE PACK A.D.

My cover-story for the February 2014 issue of Beat Route, Alberta and Beat Route, British Columbia.

BeatRoute Magazine

PackAD-mVANCOUVER DUO FLIRTS WITH DARKNESS AND LIGHT ON THEIR LATEST ALBUM

Well-defined personal boundaries have long been a key component of The Pack A.D.’s sustained success as an exclusively female blues-rock sensation. An asymmetrical team of sonic workhorses, guitarist/vocalist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller shoulder the yoke together to blast out stripped-down street anthems with equal quotients of fury and conviction. Responsible for producing four galvanizing albums, The Pack A.D. has maintained an admirable pace since forging their creative partnership in 2006. To their credit: Tintype (2007), Funeral Mixtape (2008), We Kill Computers (2010), and Unpersons (2011), which received a JUNO nomination in the category of “Breakthrough Group Of The Year.” Buoyed by well-deserved accolades and a devoted cult following, the pair displayed neither fatigue nor duress when confronted with their biggest challenge to date: topping themselves.

“I’m really pleased that the last album did so well. It’s been…

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ALIENS EXPOSED

ALIENS EXPOSED.

So…I finally got to interview Michael “Come with me if you want to live!” Biehn.

CALGARY COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO 2014

CALGARY COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO 2014.

My write-up of the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014

 

HOUSE OF BURNERS COMPILATION

My interview with Pre-Rock Records founder Jim Ginther about his label’s new compilation House of Burners!

BeatRoute Magazine

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BETTER TO BURN OUT THAN TO FADE AWAY

Anyone who has experienced the Canadian Prairies from the backseat of a car can attest to the placating effect of rolling down an endless black ribbon of highway that traverses a vast and seldom-varied ocean of waving wheat. An homage to those derelict driftwood-coloured farm buildings which dot our cultural landscape, the incendiary new House of Burners compilation is destined to become the unofficial road-trip soundtrack of summer 2014. Bringing together 16 of the best-loved hardcore, punk, stoner and heavy rock bands from across the country, HoB was conceived by infamous Saskatchewan doom rockers, Shooting Guns.

“Basically, up until last year, we got our records out there by dropping them off at record stores while on tour,” explains Shooting Guns drummer Jim Ginther. “Our group comes from a strong DIY background, so we’re used to getting things done on our…

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