Canada - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 15 - 01/12/98
Canadian Rawk in 1997
Guided by Laura
Well, since this is the first issue of the Kafé in '98, I made a quick
list of highlights for 1997:
Toronto's By Divine Right can hardly be called a new band, as
they've been around for years. But ever since they released
All Hail Discordia on Squirtgun Records
earlier this year, the stars have been shining in their favor. They are now
happily signed to Nettwerk Records, and thanks to Lee Maslin, and their
strait-ahead rock'n'roll style, they just seem to be more and more successful as time
Most baffling overnight success:
Neko Case and her Boyfriends - Ok, tell me what is so
exciting about Matt Murphy in a cowboy hat dancing to the squawks of former members
of MAOW. It gets old fast, but she's making more money than I ever will.
Great records this year:
Radioblaster: Listen Closer (Squirtgun),
this sophomore release from Toronto popstars, was more mature, and
darker, but also reached new levels of intensity for the band. Great job.
Plumtree: Plumtree Predicts The Future (Cinnamon Toast) is
also a sophomore release from these Halifax pop girls.
I think it is a great addition to the record collection, way to go!
Noah's Arkweld: Fun (Squirtgun) - this album is one of the best this year for sure,
so many interesting things happening in it. I would also
have to say that Noah's Arkweld live is just getting better and better.
Elevator To Hell: Eerieconsiliation
(Sub Pop) - yet another masterpiece from Rick White.
Change Of Heart: Steelteeth (Virgin)
Eric's Trip: Long Days Ride Till Tomorrow (Sappy/Sonic
Thrush Hermit: Sweet
...and tons more!
Best Canadian band,
live shows this year:
Thrush Hermit certainly take the cake in this country for
pure rock'n'roll attitude, sorry Local Rabbits, you just can't touch
the Hermits. With that neon rock'n'roll sign, and wacky bassist Ian
Mcgettigan you just can't loose. A tough act to follow anytime, anywhere!
Tristan Psionic - as always, nothing beats a good Tristan
Psionic show. They make you want to move to Hamilton.
Poledo take the cake for heavy rock, this year saw their last
tour, an amazing thing.
Wooden Stars are an amazing band, with jazzy melodies, haunting
I saw a lot of great shows this year, honorable mention would have to go
to Orange Glass, Noah's Arkweld, and Elevator to Hell.
And the best foreign acts that came here this year would have to be
Superchunk, Stereolab, Radiohead and
Yo La Tengo.
The most disappointing
shows this year:
Sloan - I think the Varsity Arena show sucked large, although,
I do not feel Sloan are in any way becoming a bad live band,
smaller venues, and lower ticket prices would be cool.
Radioblaster - Now don't get me wrong, Radioblaster are really
great, but I think that the kid-following is lacking here. I'm not
criticizing them, I'm criticizing their fans for not rocking out to
them like they should, it makes the show better you dorks. What's
with all this "I'm too cool, to act like an idiot" stuff?
The Monoxides - HELLO, what did you think you were doing
when you ditched the 666 shirts?
Treble Charger - I have never been so bored in my life as
when I saw Treble Charger at Mel-Lastman-Square. Remember your roots,
That would have to be the closing down of the Enclave, that
was the most confusing thing on earth. What is to become of Scratching
Post? And next would have to be the sudden deals between Squirtgun
and Nettwerk. Don't forget Jale and Chixdiggit getting
the boot from Sup Pop either!
Coolest indie cred:
Midnight Owl Records in Coquitlam BC is the most hard-working,
honest label in the country, and don't you forget it.
I am counting down the days until they rename Sonic Unyon Records,
"Sonic Unyon Marketing And Distribution Corporation". How many billions
of labels they distribute I cannot really say. But the number just seems
to get bigger and bigger. Watch out, or that Unyon will have your ears
This prize was invented in honor of Jale, who re-named
themselves "The Vees" because the "initial thing" didn't work anymore.
It must feel like a sentence being in Jale.
This year saw the last notes come from The SuperFriendz,
hHead, and Poledo, all were long-time mainstays in
the Canadian scene and will be missed.
Copyright © 1997 Laura Bowman