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Devin Horsman
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posted 01 February 2005 01:52 PM      Profile for Devin Horsman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What do you think are the best bands in the genre indie pop / indie rock from your town?

From Halifax NS
-The Burdocks
-Superfriendz
-Porcelain Gods
-Sloan
-Joel Plaskett Emergency


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It's not my city anymore, but there's a bunch of really good indie-ish stuff in Montreal. Check out the upcoming film and CD What is Indie? along with a brand-new blog.

Also, Paul Cargnello is a good indie artist in Montreal.


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lol we don't have many.
Celtic Cross(celtic duh)
Clasroom Zero(hard rock)
United Snakes of America(hard rock)Guitarist played with helix on the half alive album.

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Stolen Minks!

Also, I miss Queen Size S.H.A.G.


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Oshawa's local music scene...Sucks. So bad. Even my band sucks. There are a few talented bands that come through here every now and then, like Cryptopsy, Green Beret, etc. But for the most part our local bands are teh suk.
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I doubt most "local" bands in TO are really from TO, so I'll vote for my favourite band from back home:

Mannequin Depressives. Not at all rock. 80s synth mixed with 2k ebm. Good friends of mine and fine musicians to boot.


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Here in Edmonton, the best local bands are Columbus and the Vertical Struts. And I'm not just saying that because they are on my record label. Honest.

[ 01 February 2005: Message edited by: black_dog ]


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I prefer the now-defunct Operators *780*. (Kick-ass punky reggae... you must download this track: http://operators780.com/media/02%20Indecision.mp3 )

Other faves include Fractal Pattern (instrumental art-punk), The Floor, and the Wolfnote.


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Oh yes, I forgot about the Floor. I think the Operators broke up.
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Which is why I called them the "now-defunct Operators".

I forgot the Swiftys, too. Those guys are fantastic.


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posted 01 February 2005 06:55 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Casanova Playboys.
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Oshawa's music scene used to be so good!
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Sackville, NB. Has to be In-Flight Safety. Coldplay meets Sigur Ros, they're amazing.
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quote:
Originally posted by Gir Draxon:
The Casanova Playboys.

You're such a smartass.


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I would have to say The Organ (Vancouver), and that's probably because I just saw them play recently. They were really good!
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Sock Hop Arousal

Dub/FUnk post-punk Extravaganza

[ 02 February 2005: Message edited by: N.R.KISSED ]


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quote:
Originally posted by Papal_Bull:
Oshawa's local music scene...Sucks. So bad. Even my band sucks. There are a few talented bands that come through here every now and then, like Cryptopsy, Green Beret, etc. But for the most part our local bands are teh suk.

Cuff the Duke on Three Gut Records is pure Oshwanian. They push it all the time at their shows. They are a stellar live band, CD is not very good (but gains a lot of value after the live show in my opinion).


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quote:
Originally posted by girlincrisis:
I would have to say The Organ (Vancouver), and that's probably because I just saw them play recently. They were really good!

Young and Sexy and the Salteens, and the New Pornographer brake offs like Destroyer and AC Newman are all in vancouver. Sometimes the fact that these bands never seem to make it past the prairies often makes me envious.

Only sometimes - because we get more of the Montreal/Toronto circuit .

Ottawa bands: ...as the poets affirm - kinda cool instrumental rock.
Department of Foreign Affairs - haven't seen a show but i am anticipating some good things.
Chris Page - never been to a show, CD is really good (in my opinion of course)

I have to admit I have no idea what is really going on locally. Its a huge shame . It seems sometimes too punkish for my tastes.


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quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins:

Department of Foreign Affairs - haven't seen a show but i am anticipating some good things.


Ohhh... I LOVE that name. I have no idea who they are or what they play... but I will own that band. I WILL EAT THEIR SOULS.


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quote:
Originally posted by HellofaSandwich:

You're such a smartass.



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quote:
Originally posted by HellofaSandwich:

Ohhh... I LOVE that name. I have no idea who they are or what they play... but I will own that band. I WILL EAT THEIR SOULS.


band site here: http://www.deptforeignaffairs.com/


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quote:
Originally posted by Gir Draxon:


Wait; you actually like the Casanova Playboys? You're the first person I've met to admit that...


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DOA

They get my vote for best indie band in Canada.

[ 02 February 2005: Message edited by: Tim Kennelly ]


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quote:
Originally posted by HellofaSandwich:
Wait; you actually like the Casanova Playboys? You're the first person I've met to admit that...

... and I hope not the last


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I have the advantage of living in a city where our "indie" bands kick the living crap out of every single one of yours.

In Montreal:
The Arcade Fire
The (now disbanded) Unicorns
Heroes and Villains
Hexes and Ohs
Aids Wolf
God Speed You! Black Emperor (R.I.P.)
...and too many more

Of course, Toronto rocks pretty hard too, despite bearing the despisal of the R.O.C.:
The Outfit
The Constantines
The Sadies
Jim Guthrie
The Deadly Snakes

And Cuff the Duke from Oshawa is pretty good...but I guess they've moved on to greener pastures.

Also: Halifax, you accidentally spelled "Thrush Hermit" as "The Joel Plaskett Emergency." I urge you to repair your error.

[ 02 February 2005: Message edited by: Catchfire ]


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Jim Guthrie and the Constantines are actually originally from Guelph as are Royal City and King CObb Steelie amongst others.
I saw Cuff the Duke open for Nick Cave and really have very little time for them to put it politely.

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Actually, only some of them are from Guelph. They all went to school there, however, but call their home Toronto. That goes for all of the Three Gut bands (a label based in Toronto, named after Jim Guthrie)
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Audra: You went to a Minks show?! Where the hell was I?!

also: Sharp Like Knives.


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quote:
Actually, only some of them are from Guelph. They all went to school there, however, but call their home Toronto. That goes for all of the Three Gut bands (a label based in Toronto, named after Jim Guthrie)

Actually all three bands and the label were formed in Guelph and then moved to Toronto. As for every member of each band I do know that both Aaron and Jim Guthrie are Guelph boys(Royal City is a reference to Guelph) of King Cobb some members were born and bred Guelphites, others went to the U of G and lived in Guelph for a substantial period of time.Trust me on this I'm from Guelph and have known Aaron and the King Cobb's for a very long time. I'm not saying this for name drop cred but just to set the record straight. I don't know them personaly but I am fairly certain the Constantines were also Guelph locals.


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Bry Webb is from London. And both Jim Guthrie and The Cons consider themselves Toronto-based bands. If you asked them, they would tell you. But, whatever. The Unicorns are from B.C. The Arcade Fire is from all over. The Outfit is from London, Toronto, and Ottawa. I didn't realize there was going to be an audit.
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Well, you still have The Dears, right?

I still think that The Operators' self-titled album was the best release of 2004, though.


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quote:
Bry Webb is from London. And both Jim Guthrie and The Cons consider themselves Toronto-based bands

I'm not sure if all this pedentry is necessary nothing you've said contradicts my original point, these bands originated in Guelph.The thread is about bands from your town. I also come from Guelph and like these bands I am also Toronto based. That is the nature of the music bus. that bands from small towns usually move to the large urban centre.


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Papal Bull: Have you heard of Cuff the Duke? I don't even know if they play Oshawa now - they seem to have a lot of shows in bigger cities these days. Check them out though - Oshawa born and bred.
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Life is pretty good in Vancouver at the moment.

Black Rice
Blood Meridian
Billy & The Lost Boys
Young & Sexy, plus the the lion's share of the Mint Records stable (including those mentioned above)
The Pink Mountaintops

Etc etc. One Vancouver guy who's more famous elsewhere is Julian Fane, who released his debut record on Planet Mu last year. For anyone who wanted to like the new M83 record but found it overly grandiose and bloating, this may be up your alley.

(I love the new M83 though)


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quote:
Originally posted by Catchfire:
I have the advantage of living in a city where our "indie" bands kick the living crap out of every single one of yours.

Also: Halifax, you accidentally spelled "Thrush Hermit" as "The Joel Plaskett Emergency." I urge you to repair your error.

[ 02 February 2005: Message edited by: Catchfire ]


I urge you to repair your error.
Thrush hermit was the precursor to Joels own band, the emergency. I understand your confusion, but if you aint heard the emergency you havent heard what joels all about.

Joel Plaskett Emergency


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I know who Thrush Hermit is. They were a good band with two good albums before Joel went solo and turned up the suck knob.
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Toronto peeps are forgetting Great Lake Swimmers! For Shame!
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Yet another former Guelphite, originally from elsehwere and now based in Toronto and on Three Gut records is the delightful Gentleman Reg
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quote:
Originally posted by meades:
Toronto peeps are forgetting Great Lake Swimmers! For Shame!

GLS made a super album. On stage... They need to bring the crickets. Its a shame cause his voice is amazing, his onstage presence isn't, not to say that no one shouldn't go see them live because its still worth while, for the music.


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quote:
Originally posted by Hawkins:

Ottawa bands: .
Chris Page - never been to a show, CD is really good (in my opinion of course)



Chris Page used to be in the Stand GT based out of Glengarry County (between Cornwall and the Quebec border). Great band. Crash 13 was another great band from the same era from Glengarry.


Don't know much about what is happening in Belleville right now but from 1993-1995 Shotmaker ruled the world. I've talked to people from Australia and Germany who were influenced by these Screamo Pioneers. I was fortunate to see them live about 10 times and every show was a great one.


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My favorite topic! Music. Bands from Toronto I love are:

The Vulcan Dub Squad (saw them at the Poor Alex last night)
Puddy
Sons of OTIS
From Beyond
The Illuminatti
Nice Cat
Electric Magma
Broken Social Scene
Do Make Say Think
SIANspheric
Sin Dealer
The Underdrive
Damn13
Maximum R & R
Shallow ND

Other great Canadian indie bands:

The Pink Mountaintops (VAN)
Jerk With a Bomb (VAN)
Black Mountain (VAN)
sHEAVY (NFLD)
Dutch Oven (Montreal)
Floating Widget (Montreal)
Fiftywatthead (Windsor)
Mister Bones (Windsor)
Iron Giant (NB)
C'mon (Tor)
Bionic
Bucket Truck

I'll think of more later.

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Spin Magazine had a feature on Montreal (the coolest place in North America for indie rock, or something to that affect) in this month's issue (the one with The Killers on the cover). They featured a lot of good bands: Unicorns, Sam Roberts, Stills, Arcade Fire, Stars, etc, etc. I bet a few American indie rockers are making the move up to Montreal to join in on the scene.

[ 08 February 2005: Message edited by: HellofaSandwich ]


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toronto:
hello, LAL!
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