Canada - Full Moon 44 - 05/18/00
Self Portrait Vol. 2
Although Richard Sigesmund has decided to move on to other things, the great music that
he has exposed Canadian indie fans to through his Permafrost Records label will continue to
live on. His vinyl only Self Portrait series began with a series of pop songs. The
second installment featured some great emo and math rock tracks and the third was to feature
spacepop but alas it was not to be. So for the purpose of this review we will examine the
second 7" in the Self Portrait series.
Volume 2 begins with a great song by North of America. The Montreal quartet's The
sneaks are everywhere! features their trademark math rock sound. The second song on the 7"
is by a Winnipeg band called March December Swing. The joy of photography starts
off slow but then builds up into a climatic rocker.
Side B of the 7" features an awesome song by Porter Hall. The Winnipeg group's poppy punk
sound is rather infectious and stays with the listener long after the song is finished. Watch
for their debut album to be released by Endearing Records really soon. The last track on the
record is by New York's Haywood. They contribute a good rock song which provides a fitting
end to the album.
Blair from Endearing is now selling off what is left from the Permafrost Records catalogue at
really cheap prices. Contact him for more details and get a deal on some great indie rock.
Copyright © 2000 Shawn Despres