MUSIC BC'S SXSW SHOWCASE & CAESAR PARTY
We are thrilled to announce our return to SXSW in Austin, TX.
Our popular annual showcase is taking place at the legendary Canada House on Saturday, March 19th, highlighting the brightest up and coming talent from British Columbia, Canada.
Saturday, March 19th, NOON
Canada House (Friends Bar, 208 East 6th St. Austin TX)
12:00pm- Jody Glenham and the Dreamers
12:45pm - Twin River
1:30pm - Humans
2:15 - Bear Mountain
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Jody Glenham & The Dreamers
Jody Glenham is a Vancouver based musician and songwriter. In 2013 Jody travelled to California to collaborate with producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives, Avid Dancer) at his LA studio, Red Rockets Glare. The songs they recorded were released independently by Jody in 2014; ‘Dreamer EP’ features hazy six-string strums mixed with melancholic harmonies and dreamy soundscapes.
The EP's leading single - 'Between You and Me' - debuted on KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle and was included in Nick Citton's feature film ' My Good Man's Gone' which premiered at Vancouver International Film Festival 2015. The morphine-dripped, Mazzy Star-styled EP also held #1 locally on Vancouver's CiTR 101.9 FM's 2014 charts.
Jody has recently shared the stage with Christopher Owens, Pure Bathing Culture, Cults and Dean Wareham (Luna, Galaxie 500) and was featured in a 'Women to Watch' podcast on CBC Radio in Canada. She has played showcases for CMW and NXNE in Toronto and has appeared at Sled Island, Rifflandia and Khatsahlano music festivals.
Although sometimes found playing solo, Jody is often joined by her six piece backing band, known as The Dreamers. In 2015, the band recorded a dark and moody 7 inch with local producer, Jason Corbett (ACTORS). This record, 'For Frances', was released via Kingfisher Bluez in July 2015.
Jody also plays as part of Louise Burns and SAVVIE, and is currently writing with new project, Medium Cool. Jody's past projects include fronting debaucherous surf/garage rock group, Pleasure Cruise, as well as playing as a part of White Ash Falls and backing up local writers Tariq (Brasstronaut) and Christopher Smith (Dralms).
These days, Twin River is almost unrecognizable as the same band that first emerged on Vancouver’s indie scene in 2009.
At that time, it was a stripped-down folk duo featuring singer-songwriter Courtney Ewan Bromley alongside guitarist Andy Bishop (White Ash Falls). Their performances were quiet, intimate affairs in which the two harmonized on sparse ballads.
“For a long time it was us sitting up there, cross-legged on stools,” Ewan Bromley remembers. “It was totally open-ended. We got together when we could and played the songs that we wanted to play. It was mostly us hanging out, honestly.”
Things began to change in 2011 when the pair made their four-song Rough Gold EP. They recorded the session with local guitarist Malcolm Jack (Capitol 6, ex-Sun Wizard) and singer-keyboardist Rebecca Law Gray (Chains of Love, Mode Moderne), who helped to imbue their rootsy tunes with full-bodied sonic depth.
After that, there was no turning back. Dustin John Bromley (Pleasure Cruise, Keep Tidy) joined on drums, establishing a five-piece lineup that favours noisy pop-rock and atmospheric synth textures over quiet laments.
“This might sound pretty cheesy,” Ewan Bromley says, “but I think it was a case of growing up and not wanting to write sad music. I don’t really listen to a lot of slow, sad stuff anymore. It’s more fun to play in a synth-y rock band, and more fun to listen to.”
This radically overhauled sound is on full display on the group’s debut full-length, Should the Light Go Out. It was recorded in the dog days of summer 2013, with sessions taking place at Kelowna, BC’s Bottega Studio with producer Darcy Hancock of Ladyhawk, and in Vancouver at the Hive Creative Labs with Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, the New Pornographers, Black Mountain).
This yielded a sunshine-streaked collection of songs that span the full range of Twin River’s new sound. Opener “Bend to Break” charges out the gate with fuzzy strums, punk-injected rhythms and reverb-kissed pop sweetness, while “Secret in a Séance” takes a spooky approach to giddy hooks, and “Word to the Wise” is shot through with jagged, surf-tinged guitar leads. Any folksy influences are reduced to an undercurrent.
Twin River’s diversity shines on the garage-psych stomper “Anything Good,” which was written and sung by Bishop, and on the Disintegration-style 10-minute revenge tragedy “Golden Man.”
“I have a tendency for long, cinematic songs that often gets tamed by the band,” Ewan Bromley says of the latter cut. “I had this long saga in my head, lyrically, and there was nothing I could get rid of. I said, ‘Sorry guys, we have to have six verses.’ It felt so good that, once we got going, it was hard to stop.”
While the outfit is still a relatively new entity, it has already undergone a radical process of reinvention. With its lineup now solidified, and with a new sound that opens up a world of possibilities for the future, it’s clear that Twin River has arrived.
HUMANS is a Canadian indie-electronic duo made up of musicians Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq.
Since coming together in 2010, HUMANS has established itself through creating sounds that successfully fuse experimental electronic elements with catchy indie-pop hooks. Focusing on performance and production styles of both the past and present, HUMANS has consistently impressed upon audiophiles with their technical and compositional skills. Using a combination of synthesizers and instruments, the sound has a certain way of being very unique, while not tied down to one specific genre.
The duo’s self-released EP Avec Mes Mecs (2010) captured the blind, wild, captivating joy of unrestrained youth, and seminal lyrics like “Who knew all we had to do was party” quickly made the EP a house party staple. The follow up EP, Traps was released in 2012 with Hybridity Music. The release saw critical acclaim and college radio success, holding the #1 position for 6 weeks on the earshot electronic charts, and ranking in the top ten on BPM. Traps received a 4/5 on Resident Advisor, and the record was featured on XLR8R, Prefix, Indie Shuffle, Spinner, Interview Magazine, Rcrd Lbl, and scored the cover of Beatroute Magazine. Remixes included acclaimed producers Nautiluss and Max Ulis.
In 2013, the EP lead HUMANS on a North American tour including slots at Osheaga, Squamish Valley Music Fest, Bass Coast, SXSW, Shambhala, and CMJ. Their music has been featured in placements with Red Bull, Entourage, CSI, and MTV. When not making music, Slade works on a number of projects including Bass Coast Festival, while Ricq is a well respected indie director and illustrative visual artist.
Their debut LP, Noontide is an evolution of HUMANS carefully constructed, innovative mix of heavy electronics and modern pop sensibilities. The album is a synthesis of time and space, and a testament to the many influences that make up the band’s core. Noontide was released February 24th 2015 via Hybridity Music, one of Canada’s leading independent electronic labels. The album captured the attention of fans and industry alike earning them nominations at Canada’s Junos and Western Canadian Music Awards for “Electronic Album of the Year”.
2016 is set to be a banner year for the duo with their next EP Water Water slated for release on March 4 via New York label Mom & Pop in the USA and Haven Sounds in Canada.
As human beings living in the digital age, interconnectivity is at the core of everything we do. Paradoxically, achieving a true sense of connection is often our greatest challenge. For Vancouver electro-dance band Bear Mountain, finding a way to seal the rift that exists between technology and the natural world has become a beacon that guides much of what they do.
Formed in 2011, Bear Mountain (Ian Bevis – Vox/Bass/Laptop, Kyle Statham – Guitar/Vox/Synth, Greg Bevis – Drums/Percussion/Vox/Keys, and Kenji Rodriguez – Creative Direction/Percussion) quickly began amassing attention online after self-releasing their debut album XO the following year. Trailing two back-to-back number ones on popular online music aggregator, Hype Machine, the band soon inked a deal with independent label Last Gang Records who went on to re-release XO in 2013.
Blending live instrumentation with fully immersive visual projections and lighting components, Bear Mountain (who take their name from Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel The Dharma Bums) far surpass the parameters of a traditional indie band. While their highly rhythmic, vocally driven sound draws heavily upon a shared appreciation of house music and always keeps an ear to the dance floor, their atypical live show has been likened to performance art that seeks to awaken the senses and push the boundaries of the live experience indefinitely.
“This band, our music, Kenji’s artwork, and everything we do is really about unifying that relationship between technology and nature, analogue and digital,” says frontman Ian Bevis. “For us, there is something really stimulating about producing music and for the most part our songs are producer-based tracks. Where things get interesting is on stage when we translate those techniques into the live setting,” adds Kyle Statham. “When we’re up there we’re always rocking things out like a band usually would but we’re also bringing in this visual language and an element of storytelling, which takes shape in real time and in front of the audience.”
Over the course of past two years, Bear Mountain has taken their much talked about live show on the road across North America opening for acts like Bloc Party, Hot Chip, and Cut Copy, and performing at festivals such as The Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Sasquatch. The band is now currently hard at work on their sophomore album, which is due out in early 2016.
Anyone who caught on to the slow-burn success of 2012’s desolately hook-laden Ancient Mars could sense that something in The Zolas was threatening to bubble over, and after a year of recording, 2015’s Swooner (Light Organ Records) shows an alternative pop collaboration at the top of their creative game. Original members Tom Dobrzanski and Zach Gray have been joined by another longtime duo Cody Hiles and DJ Abell and this is the first album they’ve completely self-produced at Dobrzanski’s Monarch Studios in Vancouver.
Swooner marks a major departure from both the cabaret rock of 2009’s Tic Toc Tic and the atmospheric minimalism of Ancient Mars. This time around the band dove headlong into vibrant, experimental pop, stirring modern production into the influences that surrounded them as kids growing up in the ‘90s.
“This is the most ‘us’ of anything we've done,” Zach observes. “It’s fun to be in an era of music where people are ready to appreciate messed-up combinations of influences, and we had a good time pushing that.” Even just in the rhythm section you can hear these mispaired influences crop up in unexpected places. Drums that revolve from Queens of the Stone Age to Dr. Dre, bass textures evoking The Pixies or Kraftwerk. Instrumentally the album features flashes of grungy hard-panned guitars, Prince-like synth flourishes, eurodance vocal samples, watery electric pianos and arpeggiators, all of which feel shockingly comfortable in their new homes.
Swooner moves on from Ancient Mars’ lost love and nostalgia into a cross-section of conversations between a generation of friends about life in 2015; the balancing act we all reckon with between fun and dread. “This album is about how fucked up it feels to step out for a cigarette and a quiet moment at a party, read about disease and climate catastrophe on your phone, finish your cigarette and go back in to dance,” says Zach. “Songs about pre-drinking in your apartment, party drugs in Europe, political arson, jerking off to internet porn, pure love in a group of friends, being single and how great it is, being single and how much it sucks, finally realizing what you want to fight for and then getting distracted. It's the realest, most fun album we've ever made by far.”Swooner comes out March 4!
BREAKOUT WEST MUSIC X INTERACTIVE SHOWCASE
Join us on the final night of SXSW Interactive for a showcase that focus on bold music and big ideas from western Canada! We are excited to be once again joining forces with Alberta Music, Manitoba Music and Sask Music for our annual showcase featuring BC Artist The Zolas as well as Close Talker (SK), The Lytics (MB), and The Wet Secrets (AB)
Tuesday, March 15th 3pm - 6pm
The Majestic ( 419-B E 6th St.)
3:15pm - Close Talker (Sk)
4:00pm - The Lytics (Mb)
4:45pm - The Wet Secrets (Ab)
5:30pm - The Zolas (BC)