PONDERCAST EP 17 : PULL OF THE VOID

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Come on a walk with Laurie Brown to a dizzying, heart pounding cliff edge (without pulling your butt out of your seat.)  In Pondercast Episode 17 : Pull Of The Void, Brown recounts her walking trip through England and Wales all along the South Coastal Path, through Devon and Cornwall, and up the Welsh coast. She was drawn to high places – so many cliffs with commanding views. There, standing at the edge of things, she thought about being at the edge and lo, a new Pondercast episode was born!

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Pondercast is for explorers – it guides you to the clouds for a mind-bending view. Laurie Brown (formerly of CBC’s The Signal) sparks some new thoughts as the soundscapes of Joshua Van Tassel help you ponder the night, being human, and, of course, music.

Recently, Killbeat Music partnered with the team at Pondercast to bring you Ponderbeat, a series of special episodes featuring selections curated by Brown from some of Killbeat’s latest releases. Listen to the first Ponderbeat Episode here.

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And of course, the best way to learn about new episodes and stay in touch while your up in the clouds is through the Pondercast Newsletter. Sign up here.

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nêhiyawak SIGNS TO ARTS & CRAFTS

TRIO FROM TREATY 6 SHARES GENRE-DEFYING NEW SINGLE “somnambulist”

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SUMMER TOUR DATES CONTINUE AUG 10

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nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy in Treaty 6 Territory. The trio of Indigenous Canadian artists – Kris Harper (vocals, guitars), Marek Tyler (drums), and Matthew Cardinal (synths, bass) – transcends a new intersection of contemporary sound and traditional storytelling with its diverse yet singular music. The band – whose name refers directly to their nêhiyaw ancestry – is a spirited expression of Indigeneity in the modern world. At times grand and emotional, at times cool and restrained, their music is a diverse blend of terse post-rock, analog electronics, and carved log percussion against a beautiful surrealistic pop backdrop.

Newly signed to Arts & Crafts, the first song released is “somnambulist,” with its tapestry of chiming guitar, sheer ambience, and resilient poetry. The lyrics reflect on the extraction industries and the impact they have on the way people think, live, build, and represent their culture artistically. ‘How long have we been here? Just wanted to know what you think about it? The words pierce through the juxtaposition of Harper’s honeyed cadence and airy syncopation. Harper gives context:

“Largely influenced by the painting, The Virgin Of The Navigators by Alejo Fernández, “somnambulist” attempts to represent a series of perspectives that also include some choice teachings from psychologist and scholar, Amos Wilson as well as filmmaker Robert Weine. Terms that describe aspects of the extraction industry are also used to draw parallels not only direct cost in human life that equates to technology, but also measures some of the impacts that extraction has on the way people think, live, build, and represent their culture artistically.”

Produced by Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer) and joined by Jason Borys (sound design) and Courteney Morin (visuals), “somnambulist” introduces nêhiyawak as a band inspired by collective experience, and empowered progress.

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“somnambulist” was officially released yesterday, on Sunday, July 15, 2018, the anniversary of the completion of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway (C&E). Harper explains: “The music is a ripple of the sound from the same date in 1891, when James Ross drove down the last spike at Strathcona, Alberta, on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River opposite Edmonton, Alberta. “somnambulist,” birthed by the banks of kisiskâciwanisîpiy in amiskwaciy, is the echo coming off the end of that spike maul, ricocheting into history an irreversible ping.”

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TOUR DATES
Aug 10 - Regina, SK - Victoria Park
Sep 13 - Vancouver, BC - Westward Music Festival
Sep 14 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret
Sep 15 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival

NOTES
nêhiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ
Pronunciation: neh-HEE-oh-wuk
Meanings: Cree People, People of the Plains, Plains People, Exact People
Note: There are no letters capitalized in Cree language. Please write name in all lower case.

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DEAD SOFT SIGN TO ARTS & CRAFTS FOR NEW EP, SHARE NEW SINGLE

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NEW EP, NEW EMOTION, DUE OUT VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

TOUR DATES WITH THE DIRTY NIL BEGIN OCTOBER 25

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Hailing from from Gabriola Island, Dead Soft describe themselves as “grunge-punk for the people.”

Today, the band announces their signing with Arts & Crafts for a new EP and starts things off with a banger new single, "Kill Me", with cathartic scream-at-the-sky, let-it-all-out vocals, and an  anthemic chorus that is at once commanding and resigned.

According to vocalist/songwriter Nathaniel Epp, the song is “about the ending of a personal relationship, trying to destroy an unhealthy state of mind and adopt a new one. It's about kicking someone out of your heart, clearing out the psychic space they took up, and offering them an invitation to do the same.”

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The forthcoming EP, New Emotion, out this fall on Arts & Crafts features five catchy, earnest fuzzed-out rock songs that act as an empowering reminder that you are in control of your life, even when life feels out of control.

With themes of loss/renewal and new beginnings taking centre stage on the EP, New Emotion, it’s fitting that the title is taken from the song “Here Comes The Rain Again” by The Eurythmics. “We chose this as the name for the EP due to the mysterious duality of the meaning,” says Epp. “‘New Emotion’ in and of itself sounds bright and new, but the lyric it stems from - Here comes the rain again / Falling on my head like a memory / Falling on my head like a new emotion - evokes a sense of sadness and longing.”

Formed in 2011 by partners Nathaniel Epp (vocalist/songwriter) and Keeley Rochon (bassist/vocalist), the theme of new beginnings align closely with changes in the band. Specifically, the recent additions of Alex Smith (drums) and Kyle Schick (guitarist) have allowed for a bigger sound, more hooky guitar leads, Beach Boys-like harmonies, and more strength and purpose.

Facing down the realities of living as an artist in one of North America’s most expensive cities, Epp and Rochon left Vancouver for the familiar environment of a small coastal town, Gabriola Island, where they now run a landscaping company in between writing music and touring.

Thinking on the experience of moving back a small town and the themes of the new EP, Epp is hopeful. “So far the change of scenery has been inspiring and is a constant reminder that life is a journey and I am at least partially in charge of my destiny. Even if it is a battle. If you don't like your situation, blow it up!"

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TOUR DATES WITH THE DIRTY NIL
Oct 25 - Detroit, MI - DIME Underground
Oct 26 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
Oct 28 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Oct 30 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
Oct 31 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s Cantina
Nov 1 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room - Temple
Nov 2 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Nov 3 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 4 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
Nov 6 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon - The Funhouse
Nov 7 - Portland, OR - Holocene
Nov 9 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
Nov 10 - Los Angeles, CA - THe Echo
Nov 11 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
Nov 13 - Austin, TX - Barracuda
Nov 14 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
Nov 15 - New Orleans, LA - Santos
Nov 16 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Purgatory
Nov 17 - Nashville, TN - The End
Nov 18 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Nov 20 - Washington, DC - DC9
Nov 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
Nov 23 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Nov 2, - Boston, MA - Middle East - Middle East Upstairs
Nov 26 - Quebec City, QC - L'Anti Bar & Spectacles
Nov 27 - Montreal QC - L'Escogriffe
Nov 28 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
Nov 29 - Kitchener, ON - Wax Night Club
Nov 30 - London, ON - London Music Hall
Dec 1 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House

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