The stereotypes like the cars and the clothes, they’re overrated and no one knows this more than Hamilton’s own, The Emsee. His third installment to his discography is called Empty Promises and the album full of the exact opposite. The Emsee is looking to put an end to the corny hip-hop that’s been littering the airwaves around the city and on the radio, as promised on the track “Return (To The Music Biz’)” : "I’m sorry that I left you but there’s a few things I had to before I could come back and protect you."
The Emsee has collaborated with a number of well-known local and national features on the album like Joey Turner from Hamilton Indie-Folk band Go To The West, Hamilton Hip-Hop artist G-Profit, and Two-time Juno Award winner and Hip-Hop veteran Moka Only on the final track of the album, “Make It Happen.”
In 'Change The Past', Emsee brings back some old Churchill memories: “On my 16th birthday, I was so upset / the fact i was unsigned had me so damn stressed / I told Miss Samad I’m too old, no one’s gonna care about the music that I make / it’s really not that rare.” - So, you know he’s digging deep into this album emotionally.
If you’re looking for rhymes that include drinking, smoking kush, and beefing with other rappers for no apparent reason, then this album isn’t for you. Just by the content on the first 3 tracks alone proves that The Emsee isn’t to be taken lightly at this time or in the future for that matter.
Overall, The Emsee has worked extremely hard on an album that all of us Hamiltonian’s can be proud of. The third release from the Canada’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist definitely won’t be his last and we can expect much more progress from Empty Promises in the future. The album has a ton of standout tracks that include “Stick Up”,”Change The Past”, “Make It Happen”, and “The Warning”.
If you’re in the GTH (Greater Hamilton Area), be sure to clear your schedule tonight for the album release of Empty Promises tonight at Club Absinthe with performances from Transition, D-TOXX, Topicz, G-Profit and of course, The Emsee. The show starts at 9 PM and tickets are $10 at the door and don’t forget to get yourself a copy of the album. See everyone tonight!
It’s Tuesday and nearing the end of the summer, what are you doing tonight?
I know that if you live in Hamilton, you’ll be checking out and supporting some local music at the Casbah tonight.
Go to the West is an acoustic/folk band from right here in Steel City and have been playing shows in and around southern Ontario since 2010. The project started out with a solo act, founded by Joey Turner. To this day, the band has recruited some permanent members in Shane Cabral & Ethan Hibionada.
The band is releasing their second EP, Weir & Dunsmure, tonight in downtown Hamilton at the Casbah on 306 King Street West, alongside a live acoustic set by Fighting Season, Matthew Cabral and James Wilson.
The show starts at 8 PM and you can get advanced tickets for $8 or $10 at the door so be sure not to miss out! You can also buy the EP at the show, along with t-shirts and other merch.
You can check out the album on their Bandcamp page HERE and all of their previous work.
Hopefully see all you local people out tonight to support!
Title Fight drop new track, ‘Be A Toy’ ahead of new EP.
So Floral Green fans, have you been anxiously awaiting to hear new Title Fight material? Look no further because the guys are back with a new song from their upcoming EP, Spring Songs.
The new song is called 'Be A Toy' and brings back the mellow punk sound from Floral Green. The Kingston, PA band will be heading on tour in September across the United States, making a few pit stops in Toronto (October 8th @ The Mod Club) and Montreal (October 9th @ La Tulipe).
Their last stop in Toronto was at Sneaky Dee’s back in November of 2012 with Pianos Become The Teeth & London, Ontario’s own Single Mothers.
Check out the new song and Tour Dates below!
TITLE FIGHT TOUR DATES:
*WITH: Balance & Composure, Cruel Hand, and Slingshot Dakota.
August 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest September 12 - Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar September 13 - Virginia Beach, VA @ The Jewish Mother September 14 - Greensboro, NC @ Green Street Club September 15 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade September 16 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth September 18 - Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar September 20 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s September 21- Dallas, TX @ The Door September 23 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre September 24 - San Diego, CA @ The Epicentre September 26 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse September 27 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium September 28 - Berkley, CA @ 924 Gilman September 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound October 1 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre October 2 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada October 3 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird October 4 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro October 5 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick October 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom October 8 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club October 9 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe October 10 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub October 11 - New London, CT @ The El ‘N’ Gee October 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer October 13 - Patchogue, NY @ 89 North
Bands weigh on the great debate that is “paying for meet & greets”.
Have you ever seen the opportunity to spend a little more on concert tickets than you usually would to get that “VIP” experience, where you can meet the band or get a limited edition poster with your purchase?
Sure, we’ve all been tempted to meet our favourite band and have a chance to talk to them about their music or general interest for just 5 minutes but would you honestly pay top dollar to have that privilege?
I question this opportunity simply because it should be a welcomed time for artists to be able to SPEAK to their fans truthfully and candidly. After all, they are supporting their progress and their work by noticing their existence and buying their music (hopefully).
BUT, then again, there is boundaries to the appeals of fans to the artists. You’ve heard of many creepy fans for some big name artists, who’ve run fan sites or “unofficial” Twitter’s of bands dedicated to their artists crush or undying love for them.
The decision to make the purchase of a meet & greet with bands is a bit much, considering some big name bands charge a ridiculous amount to just talk to them for a few minutes of their time for a photo, autograph and then they are on their way.
NME caught up with a few bands to have their say on the issue and what they truly think (or never thought) about paying for meet & greets.
Is this the opinion of every musician and artists? Or is management/record labels the ones to blame for the money grabbing opportunity? Let me know what you think in a reblog of the issue! - BN
Hollerado releases video for ‘So It Goes’ behind a great story
One of the biggest standout tracks on White Paint is the song ‘So It Goes’. Lead vocalist, Menno Versteeg, of Dutch descent, goes into detail about his grandfather’s life during World War 2 in the song and it all makes sense afterwards.
I’m not going to ruin the story for you, watch it for yourself. It’s pretty cool!
Oh yeah, he travels to Holland and Germany as well.
In light of Mr.West’s highly anticipated release of Yeezus back on the 18th of June, Wilfred Laurier University alum and Canadian hip-hop artist, Shad, collaborated with fellow Canadian Producer & Juno nominated DJ, Scratch Bastid, on Kanye’s end track of Yeezus, ‘Bound 2’.
And wow, if there was ever a person to absolutely make a track their own, Shad would be the one to do that.
If Kanye would hear this, I think he could even be proud of such well written and flowed track like Shad + Scratch Bastid put together.
Mayhem Festival 2013 was amazing. Although the lineup was great I feel that it could have been better. Obviously other attendees will have a different opinion or they may even share mine, who knows. Regardless, unlike many previous years, the lineup could have been stronger.
I’m not going to go on a huge rant about the festival so I’m going to post my top 5 bands from yesterday’s date in Toronto, Ontario.
1. Rob Zombie I’m not putting Zombie first because he was the headliner or simply because he is who he is, he really put on an amazing performance. He sounded awesome live and his band performed perfectly. John 5 is a face-melting guitarist and was the days most consistent, in my opinion. Combined with the pyro, stage props, videos playing on stage and a crushing performance, Rob Zombie took the show.
2. Five Finger Death Punch I know, I know. Headliner first, co-headliner second. It’s truth! The only thing FFDP lacked that Zombie didn’t was the almost horror film like show that he put on. Ivan Moody is one of the most dominant vocalist, not only in metal but in music in general, that I’ve ever heard. Doesn’t matter if he is yelling aggressively and passionately, singing a melodic choruses, or singing acapella, he is the heart of Five Finger Death Punch. The band hit ever note powerfully and precise. FFDP is always a treat to see. I can’t wait to see them again in the future.
3. Job For A Cowboy JFAC always puts on an incredible performance. They keep getting better and better and heavier. Everything about their live set was fantastic. There isn’t much else I can really say about it. 10/10.
4. Amon Amarth My first time seeing them and it was breathtaking. The melodic death metal band from Sweden definitely set the bar high as the opener on the main stage. Johan Hegg is a powerful vocalist and was one of the most grateful frontmen I’ve ever seen. Constantly smiling at the more-than-welcoming response given to them by Toronto’s crowd and verbally expressing how grateful the band was to land number 9 on Canada’s Top 200 music chart, and number 2 on the Hard Music chart. One of the best sets all day. I can’t wait to see them again one day.
5. Huntress The show was opened by female fronted American heavy metal act, Huntress. I had never listened to the band before seeing them and I was extremely impressed by their performance. Only being around for a few years, releasing two albums in two years and plans for another in the near future, Huntress is going nowhere but up. Jill Janus is a brutal force behind the mic and has not only a beautifully well ranged singing voice but she has thrashy and demonic scream that she frequently brings to the stage. I look forward to following the success of Huntress and becoming a fan!
I’m getting to stoked on this years Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival!
It’ll be the first the festival has come to Canada since the very first Mayhem tour, headlined by Slipknot and Disturbed.
Wednesday the festival is playing at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, Ontario and the closer and closer it gets the more excited I get.
There are a handful of bands I can’t wait to see on Wednesday. I’m very disappointed that Behemoth had to drop out of the festival due to medical complications with drummer, Inferno.
Still, I can’t even explain how excited I am to tick a few of these bands off of my “bands to see” bucket list.
Obviously, I’m really looking forward to seeing this years headliner, Rob Zombie. Seriously, you’d be a fucking idiot not to be excited. I’ve never had a chance to see Amon Amarth or Children of Bodom either. Two bands I’ve been a fan of for many years that I’ll now get to tick off that list.
Five Finger Death Punch is always a treat to see. They’re super tight live and put and a very energetic and aggressive performance.
Mastodon and Machine head are also among the group of bands I can’t wait to watch. Both the bands have been giants in the heavy metal scene for years and I haven’t seen either since the first Mayhem Fest tour in 2008.
I’m looking forward to seeing Job For A Cowboy again. They’ve easily been one of my favorite bands since I first heard them in grade 10 on Myspace. The band is one of few “deathcore” bands that continued to get heavy and slowly made the transition from that deathcore band, that pig squealed in Entombment of a Machine, to a full blown technical-death metal juggernaut.
I’m not sure how many times I’ve said can’t wait or stoked but fuck it. I’m stoked and I can’t wait ahah.
Battlecross is going to be awesome and Born of Osiris always puts on a great show. To be completely honest I could careless about the rest of the bands playing but I’m going to show my support and make effort to check out Emmure, Butcher Babies and Huntress.
Before I go to work I want to write a brief piece on the song “M∆CHINE” by Sumerian Record’s heavyweights, Born of Osiris.
First point I want to make is that this song is absolutely epic. The into is so heavy and powerful. It sounds like it belongs at the beginning of an episode of Spartacus, but then it loses me a bit. I feel like the synth is a little over the top in the chorus and actually reminds me of bands I don’t want to be thinking about when I’m listening to Born of Osiris, (i.e. The Browning, Abandon All Ships, Enter Shikari). I’ve never really been opposed to the synth in BOO’s music or their samples but this just doesn’t stick with me. Although, after listening to it over and over it grows on you and it certainly fits in the song.
Now, the vocals are devastating. Ronnie Canizaro is a monster behind the mic and vocally has continued to improve album to album since the band’s formation in 2003. The lyrics are deep and like most of BOO’s lyrics give the sense of a higher power, the work of entities, and really how small we are compared to the universe around us.
Instrumentally, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to complain about BOO’s talented musicians. Like I previously stated, my only issue was the synth in the chorus, but the guitars and incredible, the drums are incredible and the song is just as groovy as I would expect it to be. The band sticks to their roots and maintains their own sound, opposed to sounding like one of the hundreds of bands trying to pull off this vicious blend of technical metalcore and djent. It doesn’t work nearly as well for them as it does for Born of Osiris and labelmates, Veil of Maya, After The Burial, The Haarp Machine. Betraying The Martyrs, and Periphery.
Overall, I enjoy the song and I’m really looking forward to seeing them next week at Mayhem Festival at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, Ontario, and to hearing the rest of the album. Maybe they’ll play more new tunes at the show!