The RHR artist song of the week comes from Dave Marsh and The True Love Rules. The New Album, The Cause of Many Troubles, has been on repeat during my travels this winter. It’s been with me to Jamaica, London, Florence and Cambridge and it fits every moment. The track “Sexy Girl” (CLICK HERE) is our Thursday Track this week, but I implore you to check out the rest of the album as soon as possible!
A snippet of an album review from CBC’s Bob Mersereau
“What makes these tracks so enjoyable is how well Marsh has put them together. With a rather encyclopaedic knowledge of rock’s past, he can summon just the right guitar line, the perfect background vocals, the right time to use a crazy synth, the appropriate amount of echo on his voice, all the little pieces that make each song sound so great. And what’s so interesting is he takes all these bits and pieces, largely found in late 60’s to mid 70’s albums, and spins them into thoroughly contemporary alt-pop. So you get all these moments where you start thinking about, say, the big Traffic/Mad Dogs and Englishmen/Delaney & Bonnie sound on the title track, or the winking nod to Bowie in This Is How We Say Goodnight (“So let’s talk serious under the moonlight”), but there’s no one song that they resemble, nor seems more vintage than new.”
Following last week’s folk pop track, “The Right Idea” by Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case, we now have this week’s Song of the Week by The Mouthbreathers.
This band is from Sackville, NB and are gaining a lot of attention these days. A killer throw back to The Maritimes in the 90s, but not enough to sound dated, these pop-punks are WAY cool. And I don’t say that often about pop-punk. I struggled to chose between track 1 on their first effort (Appetite for Deconstruction) and track 1 on the follow up EP (Stone Soup), but ultimately settled on “Standards” from Stone Soup.
“You’re good lookin’ but you got bad manners,
Good lookin’ but you got bad manners,
So I don’t even care what your favourite band is.
I don’t even wanna know…”
Congratulations to the RHR artists nominated for awards during this year’s East Coast Music Week! All EXTREMELY well deserved. A list of RHR artists and their nomination category is pasted below. Go team! I have the best roster in the land 🙂
For a full list of nominees, please visit HERE.
TOM SWIFT: Blues Recording of the Year
THE LITTLE DITTIES: Children’s Recording of the Year
MEAGHAN BLANCHARD: Country Recording of the Year
RYAN COOK: Country Recording of the Year
JOSHUA VAN TASSEL: Electronic Recording of the Year
SCIENTISTS OF SOUND: Electronic Recording of the Year
KIM WEMPE: Fan’s Choice Video of the Year (“Never Promised You Nothing”) AND Pop Recording of the Year
THE MOTORLEAGUE: Fan’s Choice Video of the Year (“North America”) AND Rock Recording of the Year
ACRES AND ACRES: Folk Recording of the Year AND Group Recording of the Year
STEPHEN FEARING: Folk Recording of the Year
THE CHRONOS BAND: Jazz Recording of the Year
BLACK MOOR: Loud Recording of the Year
QUAKE MATTHEWS: Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
RAIN OVER ST. AMBROSE: Rock Recording of the Year
ALAN JEFFRIES: Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year
CHRISSY CROWLEY: Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year
MAXIM CORMIER: Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year
Some of you lovely music supervisors have come to me looking for east coast fiddle music, and I’m happy to announce I have a fantastic new name to add to the roster! Enter Chrissy Crowley, from Cape Breton. Her album “Last Night’s Fun” includes originals and traditional arrangements, and The Canadian Folk Music Awards sent her home with “Instrumental Solo Recording of the Year” in 2013.
Check out a glowing review from The Guardian (UK) below, and the video of Chrissy in action above. Hit me up if you need some of this flavour for your projects!
“A seriously swinging Cape Breton Fiddler. Some things just seem predetermined, inevitable, unavoidable. And so it is with the chosen vocation of one Chrissy Crowley. Born into a large family steeped in the ways of Celtic music, this unfeasibly young fiddler has taken on the twin mantels of both protecting and promoting the sounds of her native Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the region where Celtic music prospers thanks to the Scottish, Irish and French-Acadian backgrounds of its residents. It’s when she picks up her fiddle that she undertakes the true ambassadorial role, the sound of Cape Breton history emerging with every thrust of her bow. While technically flawless, Chrissy’s playing also swings along with a sense of youthful mischief, while her natural curiosity will surely see her expanding the Cape Breton tradition in years to come. For now though, give your ears and heart over to a spellbindingly precocious talent.”
-Nige Tassell The Guardian (UK) 2012
Dear Pop Bands / Artists,
Do you have music that you’d like us to listen to? Do you own your master / sync rights? Do you want to be part of the RHR family? We’re currently looking for some new pop sounds to add to the database. You can be from the East Coast or beyond. Send music for consideration to info (at) rockinghorseroad.ca