Sunday, October 16, 2016

Band Spotlight - Dark Originn


A mix between Megadeth and Motorhead with a little Judas Priest thrown in, Dark Originn breathes new life into this classic sound. 

Their frontman is the embodiment of every metal frontman. His dark growly voice just sends shivers down your spine. His theatrical performances make you unable to take your eyes off him. The guitarist shreds these technical riffs with such ease and his leads and solos are fantastic. The bass lines are super thick but have a nice level of bite in them to make them stand out. Between the bass and the drums they really make such a strong backline that the guitar and vocals have room to really shine. 

The songs always have that taste of classic metal, Sabbath, Deep Purple, but have some of the modern metal song structuring that makes them unique. I could see them on a large stage with fans chanting along with the band at any metal festival. I can't wait to see the band get into the studio and lay down a solid 3 song EP and start growing beyond just Vancouver. I could see this band doing some huge things in Europe and Russia. 



Check out their Facebook page HERE
Their Reverbnation page HERE.

No Storm Can Stop These Bands!

Vancouver's BIGGEST storm in years rolled up this weekend, besides seeing devastation on the internet, and hearing a story about a poor boy who lost his life, I didn't know what to expect when I took to the streets to go to the Media Club. Apparently... nothing. There was barely any wind, no rain and it was actually fairly warm out. After a pleasant trip to the venue I was excited about hearing the acts that were performing that night!



Rocket To Venus was on the stage as I walked in. I was very happy to have caught almost all of their set. Their sound is fantastic. Their stage presence so theatrical that its just sheer entertaining to watch them perform. The use of vocal effects just added the icing on the cake. Having different vocal effects really helps add dynamics and separate different parts of the songs from each other. Their guitarist was just a rock star that night, covered in sweat, playing that guitar like his life depended on it. Their lead singer throwing his entire body into the performance. Using all of the stage and even the dance floor to perform in. Their bassist played a great set, really being the backbone of the band and making sure everything went smoothly. Their drummer had a few mistakes but upon hearing that he's only been with the band for two weeks, it makes sense. I want to see this band in front of a full audience and see them just rock that stage again!



Bone State Rebellion was up next, having had a rough time with sickness within the band and a busy work schedule they really just let this set be a lot of fun. Sadly it took the sound guy about three songs in order to add some reverb and delay to the vocals but overall the band sounded great. No one would have even know that the lead vocalist was sick. They added two covers into this set and just rocked the socks off both. It was great seeing the crowds reaction to some well known covers that were played perfectly. If you haven't seen this band then you are definitely missing out!




My Mother The Carjacker is a mouthful to say and they were definitely, a mouthful this night! Broken strings, bass problems, broken drum sticks and bananas were just a few things that happened during their set. The band just powered through all the problems with such enthusiasm you almost didn't mind it. Their onstage banter really just had you laughing the whole night. Their sound was nice and tight. I had wished the sound guy had turned up the guitar a bit as it was lost in the mix at points. Their antics on stage are like watching a comedy show as well as hearing some epic music. During what turned out to be their last song a banana swallowing contest erupted between the bassist and drummer while the guitarist/vocalist played the track to their new music video! Obviously hilarity ensued and videos will be posted shortly. The sound guy then cut them off and they couldn't finish their set which caused the outcry from the crowd "we can't end on a ballad!!???" But it was meant to be. If you have not witnessed the amazingness this band has to offer, then go and check out their newest music video! But also.. check out all of their music videos because all of them are top notch!



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Best In Vancouver - CRNKSHFT


Roaring in from tour, CRNKSHFT is all warmed up and ready to blow away the competition. We had a great chat with the band about their upcoming show in the Best In Vancouver competition.

Hammer Records: For those who might not be familiar with your band, can you give a brief description of the sound of your band?

CRNKSHFT: CRNKSHFT’s original sound is influenced by hardcore bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Korn. Grunge bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains, and metal bands such as Pantera and Metallica. That gives us a refreshing sound that’s forges these genres together. Their riffs are designed to get your blood pulsing, their dynamics get your fist pumping, and the melody keeps you singing along. We prides our selfs on writing raw, emotional, music; that is transforming a genre that we have branded “H.F.R.”(Hard Fucking Rock).

Hammer Records: Have you checked out past “Best In Vancouver” competitions? What do you think gives your band the edge on the competition?

CRNKSHFT: The power of our sets are high in energy and our front man has a great way of engaging with the crowd. We have been able to have people come to our shows and have them appreciate metal music even if that's not their style of music.

Hammer Records: What do you think of the battle of the bands competitions? Do they help build a scene?

CRNKSHFT: any competitions that let people engage with live music is good for our music scene. It brings bands and fans together.

Hammer Records: What do you want to say to the sponsors who are helping putting on the event?

CRNKSHFT: Thank you to all the sponsors that are putting the time and effort towards this event and bringing bands together. It's a great push for our local music scene.

Hammer Records: Aside from playing the showcases, what is in the future for the band?

CRNKSHFT: We're getting ready to release our E.P, we're heading on a Western Canadian Tour this September and a summer European Tour is in discussion at the moment.

Hammer Records: Do you believe in promoting with handbills or other methods that aren’t online? Or do you think that online promotion is key?

CRNKSHFT: We don't think that online promotion is the only solution, we believe in engaging directly with people and approaching radio stations and other forms of distributors

Hammer Records: What are your social media links and how can people find your music?

CRNKSHFT: https://www.facebook.com/crnkshfthttp://www.soundcloud.com/crnkshfthttps://twitter.com/crnkshftbandhttps://www.instagram.com/crnkshftband/https://crnkshft.bandcamp.com/merch/shaft-shirtshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8nMR5NEi90

Best In Vancouver - Elle Wolf

This indie band is on the prowl and going to devour the competition and win the title "Best In Vancouver". We had a quick chat with the group about their upcoming show.

Hammer Records: For those who might not be familiar with your band, can you give a brief description of the sound of your band?
Elle Wolf: Elle Wolf is a 5 piece folk rock band with a bit of an edge. The boys in the band bring a rockier side to things with inspirations from classic rock bands, while the girls bring a more folk side to soften things up. Elle Wolf is influenced by the sound of Metric, Florence and the Machine, July Talk and Laura Marling.

Hammer Records: Have you checked out past “Best In Vancouver” competitions? What do you think gives your band the edge on the competition?

Elle WolfHonestly, we are pretty excited to see the other bands. Elle loves her stoner rock so she's going to be dancing to The Poolsharks. We are really into driven guitar bands and The Bicyclists rad UK inspired sound reminds us of the strokes, so they are going to be great fun. Sail With Kings also sounds amazing, they should probably win on their beard game alone. We got some female power in Elle Wolf that might give us a bit of an edge, but we are just really excited to be playing with these other rad bands. 

Hammer Records: What do you think of the battle of the bands competitions? Do they help build a scene?

Elle Wolf:  Anything that brings bands together that wouldn't have other wise met is pretty cool. We are all about creating a community and playing music with everyone. If we could build a Vancouver Broken Social Scene, that would be a dream and we've kind of already started that with a few bands.  

Hammer Records: What do you want to say to the sponsors who are helping putting on the event?

Elle Wolf:  "Thanks!" the more opportunities for smaller bands around this city the better. 

Hammer Records: Aside from playing the showcases, what is in the future for the band?

Elle Wolf:  Elle Wolf is heading into the studio with Dan Ponich in November and we will be dropping our first EP early spring with the launch of our Western Canada tour. We are hoping to get into the festival circuit next summer and just keep on playing. 

Hammer Records: Do you believe in promoting with handbills or other methods that aren’t online? Or do you think that online promotion is key?

Elle Wolf
We think a lot of different methods of promotion are good. Online is our preferred method because we can reach out to more people that are actually interested in what we have to share, in a shorter amount of time.

Hammer Records: What are your social media links and how can people find your music?

Elle Wolf:
www.facebook.com/ellewolfmusic
www.soundcloud.com/elle-wolf
we are also on 
instagram @ellewolf
twitter @ellewolfmusic


Best In Vancouver - Blue Lake City

Rock and roll band, Blue Lake City plan to take the title "Best In Vancouver" at this years competition. We had a nice chat with the band about their thoughts on the competition.

Hammer Records: For those who might not be familiar with your band, can you give a brief description of the sound of your band? 

Blue Lake City: Straight up rock n' roll is the only way I can describe it. I can't keep up with all these sub-genres of genres these days. Post-this, electro-that. It's too confusing haha.The five of us have vastly different tastes in music ranging from punk to jazz to hip hop but even after all those influences, it's still just rock n' roll at the end of the day.


Hammer Records: Have you checked out past “Best In Vancouver” competitions? What do you think gives your band the edge on the competition?
Blue Lake City: We participated a year or two ago so we checked out some of the bands competing at the time. Some were great, others not so much. I'll definitely check out this year's participants. As for an edge, it's hard to say. I find that most of the rock bands here in Van aren't all that supportive of each other as it is. It's like every show is a competition and too many inflated egos and rock star attitudes when they're playing the same stages as everyone else. Maybe I'm just meeting the wrong bands and people haha. The local punk scene however... now they seem to help each other out.

Hammer Records: What do you think of the battle of the bands competitions? Do they help build a scene?
Blue Lake City: I think they're great. As long as there's some worth while prizes designed to help bands move up and better themselves and ample promotion to try and attract a crowd. Only so many of your friends are gonna come and see you play for the 10th time and I find there's a lot of pressure on the bands to fill the venue. That's the promoters job, not the bands.   

Hammer Records: What do you want to say to the sponsors who are helping putting on the event?
Blue Lake City: Keep it up! We all appreciate it. Without them there'd be no battle. Well, there might be but I bet the prizes would suck. 

Hammer Records: Aside from playing the showcases, what is in the future for the band?
Blue Lake City: We recently finished recording our first album a few months ago. It's in the mixing stages and we still need to decide how we're going to distribute it. It's all independently funded so money is tight. Do people buy CDs still? Cassette tapes are fucking lame. We've been toying with the idea of a small run of vinyl but in the end it might just be a digital release for free and used to promote any live shows. 

Hammer Records: Do you believe in promoting with handbills or other methods that aren’t online? Or do you think that online promotion is key?
Blue Lake City: It seems these days that online promo reaches the most people but any kind of promotion is great. I personally enjoy seeing posters plastered to light posts. Handbills dropped in dirty pub bathrooms, stuck to the wall of the stall with spit. I don't listen to the radio but maybe get the local stations to announce an event from time to time? I don't know. Again, that's the promoters job. Not mine.

Hammer Records: What are your social media links and how can people find your music?
Blue Lake City: https://www.facebook.com/bluelakecity/?notif_t=page_fan&notif_id=1473803632209762

https://www.muzooka.com/blue.lake.city
https://bluelakecity.bandcamp.com

Best In Vancouver - Sail With Kings



Taking folk to a whole new level, Sail With Kings are hoping to sail through the competition and win the title "Best In Vancouver". We had a quick chat with them about their upcoming performance.

Hammer Records: For those who might not be familiar with your band, can you give a brief description of the sound of your band

Band: Our sound focus mainly on getting the crowd involved, to feel something more than just the vibrations of sound, but to feel enlightened, empowered and uplifted. We play Power-Folk, the first of its kind ;)

Hammer Records: Have you checked out past “Best In Vancouver” competitions? What do you think gives your band the edge on the competition?

Band: We definitely have! And we don't look to particularly have an edge on the competition, but more or less present to Vancouver that our sound in itself is very unique, for we put true technicality, thought, and our talent into each and every song. 

Hammer Records: What do you think of the battle of the bands competitions? Do they help build a scene? 

Band: What I personally think, is that they DEFINITELY help build the scene, and promotion companies or any company/business putting on shows in general are what keeps the local/"underground" music flowin'. 

Hammer Records: What do you want to say to the sponsors who are helping putting on the event?

Band: We'd just like to say thanks for the exposure and the possibility to have our music spread further than we could have done by ourselves, for we know we can't do it alone! 

Hammer Records: Aside from playing the showcases, what is in the future for the band?

Band: Currently we are on the search for some key additions to the band, whilst working on getting ready to record a 10-14 song full length album, so aside from all that and playing many many shows along the way, we plan to endlessly tour and raid the world with our music 

Hammer Records: Do you believe in promoting with handbills or other methods that aren’t online? Or do you think that online promotion is key?

Band: I believe online promotion is key, for people check their Facebooks every 2 minutes, but nowadays I'm not sure if anyone would actually stop and read a poster on a postered-up light post. But, other methods NOT online would definitely work, just depends on what they are. 

Hammer Records: What are your social media links and how can people find your music?

Band: They can check us out on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, ITunes, Spotify, and pretty well any other distributors their are. Just type in "Sail With Kings". 


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Best In Vancouver - Sleepcircle


Sleepcircle is getting ready to rock the stage at Studio Records for the Best In Vancouver competition. We had a quick chat with the band about their thoughts on battle of the bands competitions around Vancouver.

Hammer Records: For those who might not be familiar with your band, can you give a brief description of the sound of your band?
Sleepcircle: A juicy blend of alternative, metal and prog.

Hammer Records: Have you checked out past “Best In Vancouver” competitions? What do you think gives your band the edge on the competition?
Sleepcircle: Our band has an edge because of our songwriting and coordinated outfits.

Hammer Records: What do you think of the battle of the bands competitions? Do they help build a scene?
Sleepcircle: Battle of the bands are great! It introduces you to regulars and up and comers in the scene and their girlfriends!

Hammer Records: What do you want to say to the sponsors who are helping putting on the event?
Sleepcircle: We love Jack Daniels! Not only is it a smooth and delicious Tennessee whiskey but a 260 is the perfect size and weight for braining the raccoons that are always rummaging around in the trash cans out back.

Hammer Records: Aside from playing the showcases, what is in the future for the band?
Sleepcircle: We're currently working on our EP and working to expand our presence in the Vancouver music scene through show and events such as this one.

Hammer Records: Do you believe in promoting with handbills or other methods that aren’t online? Or do you think that online promotion is key?
Sleepcircle: Online promotion is obviously crucial in promoting bands and shows in this social media age. It never hurts to do some boots on the ground promotion either! We imagine one day doing a WW2 style leaflet bombing campaign in which we drop thousands of leaflets over a city that say, "BUY OUR RECORD BUY OUR RECORD BUY OUR RECORD."

Hammer Records: What are your social media links and how can people find your music?
Sleepcircle

Instagram: sleepcircle