La Scéne de la Scéne
by Stephan MacLeod
Last Music Fest of the Summer
You can Dream Among Stars and watch the band of the same name at the Cymbria Music Festival
The Cymbria Campground in South Rustico is hosting a three day music festival to cap off the summer with over a diverse selection of over twenty-five bands. With the purchase of a $35 weekend pass, you get to camp out while you rock out to the music of Flush, Dreams Among Stars, Port Citizen, Eyes For Telescopes, New Generation Singers, Dionisus, Hollow, 3 Piece Suit, Bad Investment, Mike Page, Bonnie Leclair, Tremulous, Peter Martin, Church, Scott Parsons, Motel Money Murder, Acorn Rangers, Negative J, Brooke Miller, Later Daze, Under the Hood, Split Lip, The Tuesdays, The Blueprints, Northern Otis & the PE All-Stars, Este Mundo, Lending Jane, Good Man's Fortune, and Uprising. The festival will run rain or shine on September 6-8th. If you don't think your senses can handle three entire days of music and camping, day passes are available at the gate for $15. And if buy your weekend pass before September 6th, you can save $5. Passes are available at Matt's Juice Bar at the Farmer's Market, Sober's Music, National Music, Toombs Music, Back Alley Discs, and W's World.
At long last, Eyes For Telescopes have released their new album, Soundsaroundus. This self-produced disc features favourites from the band's live show like "Catatonica" and "Honey" as well as some new tunes that showcase a more atmospheric side of the group. The Eyes' sound uniquely blends together raunchy blues, indie rock, and psychadelica into a refreshing mix of catchy riffs, haunting harmonies, and a punk rock energy unlike anything you've ever heard before. Despite shared songwriting duties by all five members of the group, the band manages to maintain a consistancy within Soundsaroundus with reflective songs about trying to survive in world that's gone completely insane. Most of the characters in these stories have stumbled onto hard times, but a sense of hope or a search for happiness looms in the background. Multiple listens of this album are rewarding in more ways than one.
Bill Lynch Tribute
Carnie love is the focus of The Rude Mechanicals' latest single, "Bill Lynch Girl," released last month in honour of the Exhibtion at Old Home Week. Despite the fact that Bill Lynch's Travelling Midway has been replaced with Campbell Amusement, The Rudes have released their tribute to Lynch to Island radio hoping to revive nostalgia of motion sickness, cotton candy, and carnival games with crappy prizes. You can download this song on the band's website at therudemechanicals.pe.ca.
Port Citizen No Longer Shirtless
Earlier this summer, Port Citizen's Brodie Read received a complaint while landscaping on the UPEI campus without a shirt on. Luckily, Port Citizen now have t-shirts featuring the band's logo available to appease the shirtless and prevent Brodie from intimidating male professors at the university. You can buy these shirts in black or white directly from the band.
Motel Money Murder are releasing a Demonstration, 9 ballsy, hard rocking tracks on Sandbar Music's brand new Lo-Fi Street label. The band has been building a reputation as one of the loudest bar bands in Charlottetown since they first debuted on the Sandbar compilation, Before the Big Feast in February, and this recording promises to retain the band's raw and bloody sound. Lo-Fi Street has been established by Sandbar as no-frills record label for releasing demos, home recordings, live recordings and reissues of material from the region's underground music scene.
Record Label Shifts Direction
Preteam records has announced that they are unable to release the compilation CD, Black Eyes and Forcefull Cries due to financial difficulties. The label may be down, but not out as they plan to record bands for low prices, and help out withp with album covers and booking shows on and off island.
Shows You Will Regret Missing, You Stupid Stupid Fool
Thursday, September 26 Sarah Harmer with Nathan Wiley at the Jubilee Theatre in Summerside. tickets available at 1800 708 6505. Saturday, September 21: The Greg MacPherson Band with Windom Earle and Hardly Anybody at the Charlottetown Boys and Girls Club. September 23: One Shot Left, Ripping Hammer, and Later Daze at the Charlottetown Boys and Girls Club.