I’m constantly on the search for new music. In a world of top 40 ‘hits’ it isn’t as simple as turning on the average radio station and hoping to discover a great new sound. College radio and CBC are great but you must be tuned in at the right time to hear something new.
I usually start my hunt at the website of a favourite band. If they have links to other bands it is a great spring board into new musical waters.
One of the amazing things about the musical community in any city is their collaborative efforts. In any given town there are a number of bands. If you start taking a close look at the members of each band you may find some overlap.
If you’ve been paying any attention to my blog over the past year you’ll notice that I’m a big fan of the Ottawa band The Acorn. Through their MySpace page this summer I discovered another local gem The Soft Disaster. Jeff DeButte is a member of both bands. Jeff has also played occasionally with a band called Snailhouse. The Soft Disaster are definitely not a solo project; Tim Brownlee, Bryce Colenbrander, and Nicolas Paradis complete the group. Their album Outposts was released in August this year and celebrated by a release party at Zaphod Beeblebrox. With beautiful melodies and subtle harmonies that give the music great depth The Soft Disaster have quickly become a favourite for me. Hopefully they’ll play a few shows in the near future!
Headed up by Mike Feuerstack and based in Montreal, Snailhouse have been joined on stage by many other musicians including members of The Acorn, Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre. They are on tour right now supporting their 2008 release Lies on the Prize and I’m looking forward to checking out the show on January 16th at the Blacksheep Inn.
To complete the trifecta we have another Ottawa band called The Soirée. Bryce Colenbranden from The Soft Disaster is joined here by Matthew Arnold, Mike Armstrong, and Eric Roberts. This September they released Minor Details. I’ve been away the last couple of times they have played since then. Hopefully I won’t miss out next time!
You should check out the websites for each of these bands! Support the indie music scene; purchase their albums and check out their live shows!