Alexisonfire has always taken pride in keeping promises to fans. Exactly one year after the members of Alexisonfire announced they were going their separate ways, the band has announced a 10th anniversary Farewell tour. Spanning the month of December 2012, beginning in London UK and ending in Toronto ON, the tour touches down on four continents in 24 days, including their first and only performance in South America. The band will also release the Death Letter EP, which features material from previous platinum-selling AOF releases reworked by Dallas Green and Wade MacNeil at Jukasa studio in Hamilton - fans can hear a reworked version of "Happiness By The Kilowatt" for the first time on the Dine Alone Holiday Sampler.
"I think that there was a lot of doom and gloom surrounding the last Alexisonfire tour. Now that the dust has settled, and everyone has gone down their separate paths, I think it's important to get proper closure on 10 years and share it with the our fans. After this we can leave Alexis in our rear view and remember it fondly, not as something we had to escape." – George Pettit
Ajay Bhattacharyya and Amy Kirkpatrick, known collectively as Data Romance are two 25-year-olds from the wind-swept reaches of Victoria, on Canada's Vancouver Island. While the music and vocals seemingly come from opposite ends of the artistic spectrum, it's this dichotomy that ultimately blends to create the band's unique personal sound. The duo's full-length "Other," slated for release February 19, is a lush, cryptic expression of dark feeling that is internalized and reproduced as its own sensory journey.
In some ways, music doesn't get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of The Civil Wars, a duo comprised of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic accoutrements. To kickoff the holiday season, the band's released a digital split of Tracks In The Snow, which features the title original, plus a bonus version of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."
From the band that's been both accurately and inaccurately labeled just about everything this side of Top 40 comes a true-to-form rock-n-roll record. Scratch that, true-to-form is not Deer Tick's style. Let's start over…
Naturally, after so many years of critics praising [and making fun of] of their "folk" and "country" sounds, the band wanted to make a record that was truer to their live set: raw, loud, heartfelt, and completely uninterested in whatever the hell the rest of the music industry is up to. On Divine Providence, the results are unlike anything you've heard on a Deer Tick album. Deer Tick achieves something that is a lot more accurate to their live sound - Distorted guitars are aplenty, It's got a little Exile, it's got a little In Utero, it's got a little Nilsson Schmilsson, but it's 100% Deer-Fucking-Tick in their purest, and most carefree form. Man, you can practically smell the sweat and the beer!
LA skate punks FIDLAR have announced the release of their debut self-titled album, available January 22 on Dine Alone Records (Canada). FIDLAR, an acronym for "Fuck It, Dog, Life's A Risk" denotes the very ethos of members Zac Carper, brothers Elvis and Max Kuehn, and Brandon Schwartzel, who formed in 2009 playing house parties and skateparks across LA.
"Rock needs a band like this from time to time. Someone to remind all those Coldplay's of the world where music's balls are." - Nylon Guys Magazine
FIDLAR available January 22
Great Bloomers' infectious blend of organ-textured folk rock has made them Toronto's must-see act since releasing their debut album, Speak of Trouble, in 2009. Distant Fires, their Dine Alone debut, marks an explosive return for Great Bloomers. Distant Fires has also captured the attention of critics across the country. Exclaim! Magazine nods towards Sostomi's "Bill Callahan by-way-of Tom Petty" vocals, while Beat Route Magazine notes that Great Bloomers "are ready to step into centre stage and claim the praise that they have rightfully earned."
"this latest release by Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Arranger Lowell Sostomi is a joy to listen to. It is a very rich sounding, contemporary rock album with depth, variety, and the same heartfelt vocals which I found in Lowell's earlier work. It deserves considerable attention." - Gordon Lightfoot
Consider the tales of Spencer Burton, who feels, writes, and sings under the moniker of Grey Kingdom. Born in Hamilton, ON, raised miles away in Kelowna, BC with a hankering for travel, eating pie, and hunting for edible mushrooms, Burton's upbringings are as sincere as his demeanor. Grey Kingdom beautifully showcases Burton's talents as a musician, singer and songwriter. His lyrics resonate as a sincere, personal testimony. His folk inspired melodies and stripped down acoustic approach are enhanced by the addition of strings, steel guitar and haunting harmonies -- the perfect backdrop to his touching tales of love, and love lost. The latest album "Light, I'll Call Your Name Out 'Darkness'" is available now from Dine Alone Records.
Never one to disappoint, Kate Nash's triumphant return sounds like nothing else around right now: a hypnotic bass guitar riff sets the scene on the title track for new EP 'Death Proof,' eventually revealing itself as a wicked Dick Dale & His Del-Tones meets Debbie Harry dirty club track. Whilst recording in LA, Kate has honed a new sound that she developed from using the bass guitar as the centrepiece of her writing. Despite this being new territory creatively for Kate, her undeniable and unconventional lyricism is stamped all over it. The EP is out now through Dine Alone Records and is available for free by pre-ordering her third album titled 'Girl Talk' – due for release early next year – via Pledge Music.
Like all families, Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same blood. Whilst the band might not share actual familial bonds, the ties that keep this Nashville 6-piece together are just as strong. The band's latest effort, Kids Raising Kids, serves as a culmination of 5 years of hard work shared amongst friends, family, and fans. Heralded for it's "warm, homegrown sound," Paste Magazine was quick to note the Nashville influences coursing through the album: "Emergent, vibrant, Southern, and deeply rooted in a musical background that creates a truly distinctive character...From the sound of it, Kids Raising Kids may be the first big step towards an ever-rising future."
A few years ago, when Georgas was first toting her guitar through the Vancouver music scene, she was known for her acoustic leanings. Then the more intricate production of her nascent recordings, in combination with her luscious voice, helped raise inevitable comparisons to Canada's most favored musical export, Feist. But with Hannah Georgas, she's found bold new ways to marry her essential singer/songwriter sensibility to elaborate studio soundscapes, while significantly upping the playfulness factor. It's an album of rich, emotionally resonant synth-pop that isn't afraid to walk a fine line between vintage new wave and contemporary ethereality, easily gliding from tongue-in-cheek come-ons to hauntingly emotional head trips.
Born out of sorrow, powered by passion, ripened by hard work, The Lumineers have found their sound when the world needs it most. The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music—the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics. It is all on display on the band's first, self-titled full-length album out now via Dine Alone Records
Dine Alone Records was proud to announce the addition of Marilyn Manson to their expanding roster in Canada earlier this year. The tumultuous relationship Marilyn Manson has cultivated with the public through his genre-defying music and anti-status quo message of thinking for oneself has resulted in sold-out tours, protests, legal battles, adoration, hate, more than 50 million records sales, award-winning distilled spirits, several Grammy nominations and, most importantly, a long list of some of the most enduring and powerful singles ever. Check out the latest full-length "Born Villain, released in May and the new "Slo-Mo-Tion Remix EP" both out through Dine Alone Records.
Moneen has always thrived on their trademark melee of melodic components pop that has no business being so profound; rock that shouldn't be so ambient; punk that has no right being so delicate. We enjoy writing music that makes us want to jump off the walls and roll around on the ground while still maintaining a song's integrity, of course, offers bassist Erik Hughes of his band's general take on music making.
There's something comforting about a band name that delivers exactly what you are expecting to hear. The band realizes the potential for a sort of kitsch status being inadvertently placed upon them. However those curious to dig deeper will quickly realize their conviction for delivering authentic and original hard rock tunes. The band was formed in 2009 by Jon Harvey (Bass & Lead vocals), Jeremy Widerman (Guitar & Vocals), Brandon Bliss (Organ & Vocals) and Steve Kiely (Drums & Vocals) as somewhat of a side-project for their other more serious bands (The Reason, Saint Alvia). Quickly the original plan of getting wasted and playing sloppy rock got twisted into something new entirely. Everyone's influences gelled in a cohesive and exciting new take on all of the classic rock that had come before them.
One of the more indefinable acts to emerge from Montreal's burgeoning indie scene in recent years, Parlovr is a trio built on unrelenting creativity, ambitiously pushing towards a blend of retro surf and soul nestled within hyper modern pop songs quickly earning global attention. "Thematically, the whole record is about remembering, and pining over relationships and all the different shapes they take throughout one's life," Cooper explains. "Heartbreak, infatuation, teenage love, old age regret, faded feelings."
Shovels & Rope is a Charleston, South Carolina-based duo consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. They perform as an energetic two-piece band, stirring up a righteous racket with two old guitars, a handful of harmonicas, the occasional keyboard, and a junkyard drum kit harvested from an actual garbage heap and adorned with tambourines, flowers and kitchen rags. The songs are the deadliest arrows in this bands quiver. Raw and imagined, effortless and insightful, the pair's panoramic songwriting and raucous performances drive Shovels & Rope's newest release O' Be Joyful. Recorded in the twosome's house, backyard and van, as well as various motel rooms across America, the 11-song set offers a compelling encapsulation of Hearst and Trent's unique approach, channeling their creative chemistry.
Simone lives less than a mile from the creek-house he was born in, and travels his own country and abroad sharing his songs and stories. As one listens, this seems the album Felice has been laboring towards since he first began writing and making music, as it truly showcases Simone's extraordinary storytelling and lyrical style; a unusually rich balance of the sacred and the obscene, heartache and hope in the same breath.
This sophomore album represents the next adventurous step in Yukon Blonde's career. Its ten tracks are short and punchy, as the band trimmed the fat and packed hooks and brisk tempos into streamlined arrangements. The album still bears some of the hallmarks of what made Yukon Blonde so beloved to begin with: the jangling riffs, the warm harmonies, and Innes' inquisitive lyrical questioning of the world around him. This time, however, the songs are jacked up on sugar-spiked pop and coursing with adrenaline.