MUSIC PREVUE // ALT-COUNTRY
Drag the River
Sun, Aug 18 (8 pm) Fandango’s Answered by: Noah McCann Hometown: Toronto, ON Genre: Neo-vintage rock Lastest album: Makings of a Man (To be released Sep 2013) Fun fact: The band members are all brothers, originally from Peace River, AB. First album Weird Al Yankovic on cassette, unfortunately. Joel bought it for me for Christmas, and we used to get to open one gift early. I chose that one—wasn't impressed. First concert I think I saw Finger Eleven play at the Calgary Stampede many many years ago—wasn't very memorable.
Last album Youth Lagoon, Wondrous Bughouse on vinyl.
Favourite album Grand Funk Railroad, Closer toHome—a childhood favourite.
Last concert Father John Misty, we all went together actually. He ended up throwing a bit of a hissy-fit at the end of the show right before his encore and we still aren't sure what about.
Favourite musical guilty pleasure Kings Of Leon. [I've] been a fan from early on—actually all the brothers were. It was one of the bands we could all agree on and I can still appreciate their live show. I don't have "Sex On Fire" on my iPod. V
The Electric Revival
Thu, Aug 15 Bohemia The subgenres of rock music continue to grow, reflecting the stylistically varied influences of listeners. Local three-piece the Electric Revival has come up with its own take on the genre, evoking essences of Led Zeppelin and the Black Keys—with it all topped off by frontman Ian Dillon's custom-made theremin. The band recently released its second studio album, Pirate Radio, and before its upcoming show, Dillon shared his Soundtrack picks with Vue.
On the road
Morning: My morning album is almost always Rome by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi. Noon: Any live Led Zeppelin, The BBC Sessions or How The West Was Won. Night: By the evening I’m ready to rock ‘n’ roll: Iggy & the Stooges, Raw Power
Morning: We’ll start the morning with some good driving music, The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers or Goats Head Soup Noon: Kadavar, Abra Kadavar Night: We always load our gear out with “Night Train” pounding on repeat from Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction.V
// Carrie Waite
ot to try to, you know, make and they were just sitting around." you guys like me, but I loved The second seven-inch, released it there," Jon Snodgrass professes on Last Chance Records, showover the phone. cases two new studio songs acAdmittedly, Edmonton is not companied by live versions of the always an easy city to love, but same. One of the new songs, titled Snodgrass is "Here's to the making his sec- Tue, Aug 20 (9 pm) Losers," offers a ond trip here in With Fire Next Time, Worst sample of what's two months— Days Down, Old Wives to come on the the first of Wunderbar, $12 (advance), $15 group's upcomwhich was with ing full-length, (door) his other band, which Snodgrass Scorpios, in July. describes as beThis time he's back with Drag the ing more rock 'n' roll than previRiver, his alt-country group that ous Drag the River releases. evokes a decidedly different expe"It definitely sounds like a Drag rience than the indie-rock sound the River record, but there's of Scorpios. something else going on; I don't It's been three years since Drag quite know what it is," he adds. the River released an album, but "It's a little old, little new." the group's certainly made up for lost time with three new record- The album has been in the works ings in the span of three months. for more than a year now, but Two seven-inch discs were re- Snodgrass admits the band was in leased this month, the first on no rush to release it and wanted Hometown Caravan Records as to let it come together on its own an installment in a Burt Elmer's terms. fishing series, featuring two previ"However people do things ously unreleased songs and one is fine, but I've always sort of new track. thought it was crazy to book stu"'These songs were written and dio time a month or two months recorded on the spot for our bud- in advance and you know on Audies who were starting a fishing gust 15 I'm going to be ready to show. The show never happened, play some music. I don't know but they're still buddies, there's how I'm going to feel that day," he still fish and the songs are just explains. "You just kind of record OK,'" Snodgrass chuckles as he whenever you can and you feel reads the disclaimer printed on like it and you feel inspired. There the back of the disc. "It's a little doesn't need to be a deadline on self-deprecating, but it's true ... a record." they're cool songs but we record- MEAGHAN BAXTER ed them three or four years ago MEAGHAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM
VUEWEEKLY AUG 15 – AUG 21, 2013
Published on Aug 14, 2013