The Jim Beam INDIES with Indie88

Sat May 12 2018

7:00 PM Doors

The Phoenix Concert Theatre

410 Sherbourne Street Toronto, ON M4X 1K2

Ages 19+

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Part Concert and part awards The Jim Beam INDIES with Indie88 are a celebration of national and international independent musicians. 

This year features full performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Said The Whale and Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs

Set Lengths:

The Rural Alberta Advantage (45 mins)
Said The Whale (30 mins)
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs (25 mins)

For more information check out:

indies.ca
cmw.net/music

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The Jim Beam INDIES with Indie88

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  • The Rural Alberta Advantage

    The Rural Alberta Advantage

    Indie Rock

    The RAA's percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak have taken the trio of Amy Cole, Paul Banwatt and Nils Edenloff from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as "Canada's best unsigned band" to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note. The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards, long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, awarded the Galaxie Rising Star for Recording of the Year at the 2010 Indie Awards and the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014. Their fourth album, The Wild, is out now.

  • Said The Whale

    Said The Whale

    Alternative Rock

    Long before Vancouver’s Said The Whale became a JUNO Award-winning, radio chart-topping indie rock band, it was an exploratory songwriting experiment led by high school friends Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester. Now, a decade since their 2007 formation, they have taken the project back to its freeform roots while simultaneously venturing forward into uncharted art-pop territory.
     
    As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide is the group’s fifth album, and it was recorded amidst a period of turnover. Following the success of 2013’s hawaiii, which spawned the Canadian rock/alternative number 1 hit “I Love You,” bassist Nathan Shaw and longtime drummer Spencer Schoening both left the lineup. Now operating as a trio — with frontmen Tyler and Ben and keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown — the group briefly considered making separate solo records before ultimately deciding to enter the studio with no preconceptions and no concrete plan.
     
    “It’s a return to how Tyler and I used to make music, which is just experimenting with anything and everything,” Ben remembers. “We started out using Casio keyboards and drumbeats on our computers, and then we turned into a rock band. This is a return to being free to make anything.”
     
    Recording took place in various Vancouver studios, with We Are The City’s Cayne McKenzie serving as producer and helping to guide the record’s organic synth textures and unpredictable structures. Arrangements were chopped up until they became unrecognizable from their original form, scratch vocals were soaked in effects and used in the final mixes, and assorted song fragments were gutted and stitched together. The sessions were briefly interrupted by the birth of Tyler’s son, and Jaycelyn got married and had to record some of her parts while on honeymoon in Southeast Asia.
     
    And yet, regardless of the piecemeal recording process, the result is the most focused album of Said The Whale’s career to date. Thick bass grooves and shimmering electronic tones unify the album and permeate the space once reserved for guitar strums. “This is the most cohesive record we’ve ever made, between my songs and Ben’s songs,” Tyler says. “Musically, there was more collaboration than ever before.”
     
    Previous Said The Whale records highlighted the contrast between Tyler’s eclectic rock influences and Ben’s salt-of-the-earth folksiness. Here, their styles become one: Ben-sung lead single “Step into the Darkness” rides a giddy drum loop towards its towering pop chorus, while Tyler’s “Confidence” sets soul-searching lyrics about the harsh realities of adulthood against a sublime backdrop of dance beats and deconstructed synth stabs. “Emily Rose” is an aching tribute to a friend who passed away in a car crash, and “Heaven” is a bittersweet eulogy propelled by swaggering blasts of electronic bass.
     
    Despite the album’s many adventurous sonic forays, it remains true to the spirit of Said The Whale’s classic work. At its core, As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide is a singer-songwriter record, guided by introspective lyrics and alchemical group harmonies from Ben, Tyler and Jaycelyn. “This is our most personal, earnest record for sure,” Tyler says. “Even the upbeat songs are lamenting and sad.”
     
    After so much change and uncertainty in recent years, Said The Whale has emerged as a unified force. While some listeners are bound to see the overhauled sound as a reinvention, it’s really just the latest step forward. They’ve evolved, but the DNA is the same, and the group’s musical partnership is more fruitful than ever.

     

  • Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs

    Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs

    Rock

    Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs are a power pop band from Toronto. Formed by Coffey, a former mechanic's apprentice from Kitchener, Ontario, with its members collected from various Ontario small towns, they rapidly ingratiated themselves with Toronto's punk scene. The band released a stream of DIY singles before signing to Oakland punk/garage rock label Southpaw Records (Ty Segall, Young Guv) for their Gates of Hell LP in 2014, which received praise from outlets like Pitchfork, Spin and Noisey. Touring extensively and playing with bands like Redd Kross, Black Lips, Screaming Females and The FLAMIN' GROOVIES, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs have become regulars in DIY venues up and down the East Coast.

    The band have been working on their follow up for almost two years, and in that time have developed from the lo-fi aesthetic of their earlier releases to recording for the first time in a real studio. Working with producer Alex Bonenfant (METZ, Crystal Castles) these songs embrace Coffey's abiding love for, and near encyclopedic knowledge of 70s glam and power pop in the interest of evolving past their garage roots to make what Coffey calls "downtown music." This potent brand of guitar pop draws influence from a broad swath of the genre's history, including acts like Big Star, Dwight Twilley, Cheap Trick, Teenage Fanclub, Kiss, The Undertones and The Exploding Hearts. It's a sound that at once revels in a rough and anarchic feel, best exemplified by Coffey's impassioned wail of a singing voice, while displaying a deft and at times sophisticated approach to songwriting and arrangement. The Iron Lungs employ harmonized leads, call and response backing vocals and a seemingly endless supply of shout along choruses, as Coffey empathetically presents a collection of nostalgia-tinged dramas about teenage suburban isolation and escape rooted in an unshakeable belief in the transformative power of guitar music. It's an ambitious record, and one where obvious care has been taken to refine every element of the finished product. It's an ambition that even on the 9+ minute epic medley that makes up most of the record's second side, never crosses over into pretension, perhaps because it clearly comes from an place total sincerity. As Coffey puts it, "honestly, I just wanna rock."

CMW Presents

The Jim Beam INDIES with Indie88

Sat May 12 2018 7:00 PM Doors

The Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto ON
The Jim Beam INDIES with Indie88
  • Sorry, you missed this event.
  • Check out other similar events on TicketWeb.

Ages 19+

Part Concert and part awards The Jim Beam INDIES with Indie88 are a celebration of national and international independent musicians. 

This year features full performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Said The Whale and Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs

Set Lengths:

The Rural Alberta Advantage (45 mins)
Said The Whale (30 mins)
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs (25 mins)

For more information check out:

indies.ca
cmw.net/music