Louise Burns

Canadian singer-songwriter, Louise Burns has an indie folk/pop sound similar to Stevie Nicks, Of Monsters and Men and Lana Del Rey on the album Young Mopes. Burns is a former member of the band Lillix, which is an all-girl punk rock band that started in 1997. In 2011, Burns debuted her first solo album titled Mellow Drama. Two years later she released her second album, The Midnight Mass.

Young Mopes was released in 2017 and recorded at The Hive in Saanich, BC, 602 Studios, Inc. in Vancouver, BC and Golden Ratio in Montreal Quebec.

The entire album has an upbeat melody, but the lyrics borderline sadness, this seems to have been deliberately done. Each song as its own distinct vocals and beats, but they all share a commonality. They are the perfect songs to listen to on a midnight drive.

The songs work as midnight drive songs because of their similarity, but this can also make each song blend together.

The best song by fair on the album would be “Moonlight Shadow.” It has that Lana Del Rey “Ultraviolence” feeling. That feeling every heartbroken girl has felt in her lifetime comes through in “Moonlight Shadow.”

While the song that is relatable to Stevie Nicks’  “Edge of Seventeen” is “Storms.” This one gives off a dancing on the beach with a wine cooler vibe. This is the complete opposite feeling given off by “Edge of Seventeen,” yet they have that are similar to each other.

– Alex G

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Demon Hunter

As a Christian metal band, Demon Hunter stands true to their name in their newest album entitled Outlive. Their lyrics are packed with religious connotations and, well, Ryan Clark’s bone chilling screams sound like the roars of a demon—quite impressive.

But don’t let that scare you off: he and the other band members sing with that typical manly gruffness, but every now and then they’ll flip a switch and show a sultry sensitivity in their voices like they do in “Died In My Sleep.” Even when they slow things down, however, an edgy undertone lingers beneath the surface. On the other end of the spectrum, songs like “Jesus Wept” have their foundation built on the machine-gun speed of the bass drum, and I must beg the question of how that is physically possible. No matter the mood, nearly every song has that classic wailing guitar solo which either puts on an epic performance or cries out in heartbreak. Outlive is a proper representation of what every metal fan expects to hear.

. . . with the addition of a few surprises. One of the most extreme songs on the album is “One Less.” During the refrain, the drums will come to a complete stop and leave Jeremiah Scott to strum his guitar on each beat. A possible reason for doing this could be to put special emphasis on the lyrics: “I never wanted to be counted with the others; I’m not afraid to be the only one alive.” Yet another song, “One Step Behind,” is entirely different with its soothing vocals and a tempo that slowly ambles forth. Unlike the other songs, it features an electronic sound which carries a melody so chill, it’s reminiscent of Owl City. “Patience” begins with a gloomy piano solo which is abruptly cut off with that same-old metal sound, so fast it seems to run with the wind. Outlive ends with a song called “Slight the Odds” that ingeniously blends an edgy guitar with a classical violin which diverges from the beaten path of the entire album.

Metal has an acquired taste, but Demon Hunter has provided an album that sticks to the basics while spicing things up now and then to hold the listener’s attention. It is highly recommended for anyone who is new to the genre because it will provide a small nudge out of your comfort zone while adhering to the typical song-writing conventions. The only thing is, you should grow out your hair before listening to Outlive because you’ll want to properly head bang to that heavy beat.

-Sabrina D

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Falling Down

The rock band Happyness, comes from London where a group of three individuals decided to come together and create some of the most interesting music anyone has heard. The band has been able to make their first tour in 2013 that started in November of that year. Instantly their popularity has grown by the thousands from that moment on and their new album that was just released this month, still holds up to what they are known for. From the first song on their album Falling down, which gives us the guitar solos that make us want to keep listening until they break into their great vocals. To even the last song on their album Tunnel Vision on your part in which they have an upbeat tone set to a ghostly set of lyrics. This album all together has the music that all die heart fans were looking for and more. That is why this album is one that has to be listened to over and over again to get the full grasp of each and every song. Happyness has only been getting better throughout the years and we can only wait to find out what amazing things that they will show us next.

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– Howard M

Guppy

Charly Bliss is a Brooklyn born and bred band consisting of perky vocalist/guitarist Eva Hendricks, a cutesy blonde with a firecracker personality on the mic. The second guitarist and former child actor, Spencer Fox, is known for the speedy son Dash in the critically acclaimed movie The Incredibles. However, we can infer Fox is determined to show off his awesome guitar skills to prove he’s more than a former Disney Star. Drummer Sam Hendricks, Eva’s older brother, hits his kit rapidly to keep up with his sister’s speedy voice. Bassist Dan Shure plucks his strings with a deep twang to balance out the high pitch of Eva’s vocals, making the sound overall goes smoothly. Charly Bliss is overall reminiscent of the 90s Indi sound and be described as the hyperactive younger cousin of Weezer and The Strokes. I can say with certainty they would make Julian Casablancas and Rivers Cuomo proud.

– Jon B

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No Middle Name

Fondness is reminiscent of the 80s British independent music scene, and what a breath of fresh air it is! There isn’t too much dust on this retro sound which bring the back fond memories of larger than life groups such as The Smiths and The Stone Roses. No Middle Name Consists of only one member, the talented David Bailey, one half of the duo The Title Sequence. Bailey sings sentiment lyrics about serious life events. His crooning is about the ones he desires or the existential crises youth all around the world grow from. Overall, I cannot recommend this man enough!

– Jon B