Monthly Archives: August 2015

Paint Announces Theatrical Release for 11:11

Paint has announced that they will premier their experimental sci-fi short 11:11 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on September 11.

The screening will be accompanied by a Q&A session with the cast and crew hosted by Dan Gorman, Greg Legros, and Casey Lyons of film+music podcasts Time Bandits and See You Next Wednesday.

The short is part of the “Paint Cinematic Universe” based around four new interconnected songs taken from the band’s Based on Truth and Lies EP.  The film chronicles a young man’s downward spiral following the end to a love affair, drawing inspiration from the films of David Cronenberg, David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch. It’s also influenced by the Who’s Quadrophenia as well as U2’s collaborations with Anton Corbijn.

11:11 was directed and produced by Toronto film and music director R. Stephenson Price and Paint frontman Robb Johannes wrote and produced the film. It stars Zac Che as the film’s protagonist Trevor and Victoria Urquhart as Taylor. The film follows Trevor over the course of four seasons over four years as he begins a downward spiral into oblivion where nothing is as it seems.

11:11 began as an experiment in creating a minimalist black-and-white visual accompaniment to four Paint songs as we ventured into the uncharted territory of doing an EP instead of an LP,” Johannes said in a statement. “Anton Corbijn’s collaboration with U2 on the film Linear turned what could have become a forgettable album (No Line On The Horizon) into a unique way to experience music through a multifaceted marriage between songs and visuals. 11:11 [initially] took its cue from Linear to be a 16-minute real-time set of moving pictures to accompany Paint’s Based on Truth and Lies EP.”

The film was produced for $6000 and was partially funded by an IndieGogo with FACTOR providing funding on the Based on Truth and Lies EP.

“[We ultimately] ended up using each scene of that original screenplay as a framework and really digging into each one to find what was buried beneath the surface narrative as we continued to add new elements into the fold throughout production,” Price said in a statement. “Obviously this might be the reason why the project inflated to five times the initial project size, but we like to think that the film needed — or wanted? — to become what it ultimately did.”

“What was seemingly a simple story of an illicit relationship-turned-marriage gone wrong … became something significantly more grand and altogether creepy, unsettling, and touching,” Johannes added.

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Stream Black Atlass’ ‘Haunted Paradise’ for Free

Black Atlass has shared a free stream of ‘Haunted Paradise’, the first of three singles he will release via Fool’s Gold Records.

In addition to the singles, Black Atlass, aka Alex Fleming, will also release a series of self-published ‘zines featuring featuring original artwork from Fleming.

The moody track had its debut on Jaden Smith’s MSFTS FREQUENCY Beats 1 show.


Mod Sun Announce Fall Tour Dates

Image courtesy of Earshot Media

Mod Sun has announced the dates of his upcoming fall tour dubbed the Pink Lemonade Tour in support of his current release Look Up.

He will be joined by LA’s New Beat Fund, Australian rapper Allday and Rhode Island hip-hop artist Benny Freestyles.

He also recently unveiled the video for ‘Free Love’. The clip was shot by Mod himself at the Hippy Hideout in North Hollywood, California in May of 2015;

It’s the same location he directed Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Sail’ at, which has since gone on to garner over 30 millions views.

Look Up features appearances from Machine Gun Kelly, Jody Highroller, G-Eazy, Blackbear, Travis Barker and Dizzy Wright as well as his audio book Did I Ever Wake Up?


Busty and the Bass Announce Tour Dates

In addition to announcing the dates of their upcoming tour, Montreal’s Busty and the Bass have also shared a free download of their debut EP Glamout now on Indica Records.

After beating out hundreds of hopefuls in CBC Music’s Rock Your Campus competition, a search for the best college band in Canada, the nine-piece electrosoul/hip-hop collective have since gone on sell-out major music festivals including Toronto’s Canadian Music Week NxNE and a recent gig at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

Busty and the Bass recently played three sold-out shows at the Montreal Jazz Fest and opened for Wyclef Jean at Expo Quebec. For a taste of what to expect, check out the videos for ‘Tryna Find Myself’ and ‘Models’;


Stream Born Ruffians’ ‘When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away’ for Free

Born Ruffians have shared a free stream of ‘When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away’ from their forthcoming album RUFF, out on October 2 on Paper Bag Records.

The band had this to say about the track in a statement; “The second half of the track was improvised in the studio unexpectedly. Luke (Lalonde; guitarist and vocalist) was testing out vocal sounds and repeating the words “on and on and on and on”, which actually is the name of another song on the record (the one that coincidentally follows ‘When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away’). It was a rare, unique studio moment that led to the very atmospheric, moving feel of that vocal line. You can’t plan everything that’s going to happen when you make a record; sometimes the most interesting moments just happen organically.”

The new album finds Born Ruffians exploring self and aesthetics. It represents both a return to form and departure from convention. It’s a culmination and a disassembly of the band’s sound.

RUFF was written over the course of two years starting in 2013, some songs were even written in a few days or in a single band practice. They recorded the album with Jeff McMurrich over the course of three weeks and once again turned to Rusty Santos to produce the 11 track effort.

Catch Born Ruffians on the following dates;

* With Young Rival
Sep 12 Toronto, ON @ The Pheonix (Indie 88 2nd Birthday)
Sept 16 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa (POP Montreal)
Sep 17 Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
Sep 18 St Catharine’s, ON @ L3 Nightclub
Sep 19 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
Sep 24 Burnstown, ON @ Neat
Sep 25 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
Sep 26 Peterborough, ON @ The Red Dog
Oct 06 Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Oct 07 London, UK @ 100 Club
Oct 08 Brighton, UK @ Patterns
Oct 10 Metz, FR @ Les Trinitiatres (Zikametz Festival)
Oct 11 Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloof Bar
Oct 14 Paris, FR –@ La Cigale (MaMA Festival)
Oct 15 Dusseldorf, DE @ FFT
Oct 16 Munich, DE @ Milla
Oct 17 Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Oct 27 Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen *
Oct 28 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Oct 29 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*
Oct 30 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub*
Nov 02 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*
Nov 03 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
Nov 04 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom*
Nov 06 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
Nov 07 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon*
Nov 08 Houston, TX @ Studio at Warehouse Live*
Nov 09 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
Nov 10 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder*
Nov 12 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*
Nov 13 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Music Thing *
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*
Nov 15 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s*
Nov 17 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
Nov 18 Seattle, WA @ Barboza*
Nov 19 Nanaimo, BC @ The Cambie Pub*
Nov 20 Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub*
Nov 21 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial Theatre*
Nov 23 Nelson, BC @ Spiritbar*
Nov 26 Calgary, AB @ SAIT’s Gateway*
Nov 27 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room*
Nov 28 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s*
Nov 29 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre*
Nov 30 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry*
Dec 01 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*
Dec 02 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch*

Don’t Live Up
Stupid Dream
Yawn Tears
Don’t Worry Now
When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away
& On & On & On
Fuck Feelings
(Eat Shit) We Did It
We Made It
Let Me Get It Out
Shade To Shade


Stream or Download Company of Selves ‘Presidential Model’ for Free

NYC’s Company of Selves have shared a free stream/download of ‘Presidential Model’ from their forthcoming album Butterfly Handlers & Memory Travellers, out on September 25 via Fleeting Youth Records.

Click on the embedded soundcloud file for the free download of the track.

The song provides listeners with their first taste of the album with plucked guitar, hazy piano with the other instruments providing a swirling undercurrent.  Lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Christopher Hoffman softly sings the story of a woman awakening from a world of mind control imprisonment with subtle back-up vocals from Christina Courtin.

The band is made of a group of friends who have been playing around NYC for some time. Butterfly Handlers & Memory Travellers is a novella dealing with escapism, mind control and fantastic paranoid romanticism. The album is encoded with backwards messages as well as occult and philosophical soundbites.

Multi-instrumentalist Christopher Hoffman dubbed the band’s sound, “Escape Rock”.


Stream The Underachievers’ ‘Allusions’ for Free

With its woozy sounds and sinister raps, The Underachievers‘ ‘Allusions’ may or may not induce hallucinations.

The track can be found on their forthcoming sophomore album Evermore – The Art of Duality, out on September 25. They also shared the video for Evermore, a short film featuring three tracks from the album, ‘Chasing Faith’, ‘Raindance’ and ‘Allusions’;