May 31, 2023
Your Grandad Release CERB and Announce Debut Album
We are pleased to declare that today, June 2nd, is now a brand new public holiday for everyone! That's right, don't bother going to work, instead go to the park or have a bbq with your nearest and dearest.
Well today is the day that Toronto post-punk alternative trio Your Grandad release the first single, CERB, from their self-titled debut album. The track is written in memory of the utopic glimpse that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit gave us during the pandemic.
GIVE US THAT GOVERNMENT MONEY. Listen now on Spotify or bandcamp.
If you weren't aware, Your Grandad is a three-piece band with Cameron Kirk (bass, vocals), William O'Neill (guitar, vocals) and Max Sheffel (drums, vocals). Once combined, they have a disposition to make edgy, sharp post-punk.
Speaking of the single, Max told us...
"CERB is full of moments which colour, contrast, and interrupt its playful lurch. On paper, the track borders on monotony, which we use as an opportunity to never actually stay settled into a groove for too long, twitching instead with anxious desires."
"All this explodes into the high-octane coda, celebrating the titular government benefit."
In CERB, we can hear what songwriter Cam was feeling in the early days of quarantine... lazy contentment, which may be familiar to those of us who were lucky to maintain some companionship when we were ordered to stay at home, coupled with dreams of an escape and return to the real world.
This single represents a joyous silver-lining of hope for future social reintegration, but more importantly, it also represents the beginning of one of the greatest album roll-outs of all time...
Your Grandad from Your Grandad, will be released via Safe Sounds in late 2023. Before then, you will be treated to regular single instalments and limited edition cassette releases, and at the end of it all you may just have some new wax to add to your collection!
Support this release now via bandcamp and don't forget to stream it on every music platform possible.
May 26, 2023
My Memory Is The Object / My Feelings Are The Memories
The Dark Tapes and Bill Cutbill collaboration of your dreams – OBELISK [SS119] – is released today worldwide!
OBELISK is a journey through time and space in another realm, featuring hard breakbeats, pitch-shifting vocals and drone synthesizers. Everything leads in one direction to what one can only describe as "obelisk".
This EP is the first ever collaboration between Bill Cutbill and Dark Tapes.
Dark Tapes, aka, Chris Hadzipetros, is an experimental online-based artist working in realms of vaporwave, hardware synth jams, ambient music and breaks.
Bill Cutbill's solo material to date has been more tranquil, experimental folk electronic, though people familiar with his other project, World News, will feel at home with the textures in OBELISK... like a duckling cut off from its mother that must jump into a new body of water to rejoin the family.
OBELISK undoubtedly belongs in the tech noir sci-fi realm, with Bill Cutbill & Dark Tapes describing the genre purely as dystopian.
Join them on the ride now on all platforms, and purchase a strictly limited edition cassette via bandcamp.
There will be a very special one-off live performance of OBELISK on JUNE 3rd at HANDLEBAR in Toronto. Unmissable - all the details here.
The future is dark. Darker than Terminator 3.
May 12, 2023
Dark Tapes and Bill Cutbill Unite In Formation
It's release day at Safe Sounds HQ, and a brand new project has just been born!
That's right, Dark Tapes and Bill Cutbill have joined forces on a four-track electronic dystopian EP ~ OBELISK [SS119] ~ which arrives May 26th via Safe Sounds. It's the collaboration you never knew you needed, and can now not bear to live without.
Debut single IN FORMATION is available to watch and stream immediately worldwide on all platforms in existence.
The track features that signature Dark Tapes sound with snarling beats, harrowing strings and a whole lot of glitch, combined with Cutbill's vocals, warm synthesizers and processed soundscapes. Brace yourself and join the adventure now.
OBELISK will be released on strictly limited edition black cassettes with full black Norelco cases. "But how do I pick one up", I hear you shout?!
Grab one at the OBELISK EP release show, June 3rd in Toronto at Handlebar with MOONBEAN, Regina Gently + Nuni. If you can't make it, you can also snag one on the Dark Tapes bandcamp... but be quick.
Dark Tapes concludes - "The OBELISK Cassette is a mysterious artifact, regarded by many experts in astro-science to be NOT of this world. Do you dare look into the onyx-black void, and are you prepared for total destruction of ego as you project your consciousness across a trillion dimensions of time space and physics."
Welcome to the future. The future is dark. Darker than Terminator 1, and way, way darker than Terminator 2.
Apr 28, 2023
You Just Have To Be - the New EP from RUM DO
RUM DO's third EP 'You Just Have To Be' arrives today on all platforms and strictly limited sweet purple cassettes, available via bandcamp.
The five track release is an exploration of genre that navigates between indie, folk, pop and orchestral music. It is the first RUM DO music to feature collaborations, with guest vocals from Idious Carrie, live drums from Bradley Thibodeau (Possum) and violins on the final track from virtuoso violinist, Leslie Townsend.
RUM DO is the project of multi-instrumentalists Harry Perry and Bill Cutbill. Every track released by the duo has featured experimental visuals that flow continuously between songs and releases. You can join them on the sonic adventure here.
Speaking of You Just Have To Be, Bill said -
"It's a great relief to finally share this music with the world. This collection of songs is a true journey and creating it has been an important self-reflection for me.
"I would like to thank Idious Carrie, Bradley Thibodeau and Leslie Townsend for their contributions. Without Brad there would be no shuffle on No Worries. Without Leslie, Singularity would not have the same heart and tension. Without Desiree, Riv Alla Murar would never have been completed.
"Myself and Harry want to thank everyone for joining us over the last however many years. We hope that this music resonates within your body."
If you want to support this release, you can purchase a limited edition cassette on Bandcamp. Kittyfan01 snagged one, and left a very nice comment, which really did feel good so I think we'll leave this bulletin update on that note...
"You Just Have To Be paints a beautiful visage with curio beauty in Chrysalis, calming guitar in Lighter, and sentimental vocals in Singularity - it's hard to pick a favourite. Another incredible work by Rum Do!"
Apr 14, 2023
Video Premiere! Deanna Petcoff performs Cher's Believe
Deanna Petcoff joined us for a very special live session from the Safe Sounds bank vault late last year. We're delighted to share the first of two tracks - a cover of Cher's classic dance anthem, Believe!
Watch the video above or on our YouTube channel.
This is the first thing Deanna has released since her critically acclaimed debut album To Hell With You, I Love You.
"Based in Toronto, ON, Petcoff shaped her own unique brand of beautiful and confessional indie rock through years of devotion to music, sharing stage with the likes of Molly Burch, Tokyo Police Club, The Nude Party and many more. She excels with heart-on-her-sleeve, emotive lyricism that showcases her strength as a songwriter and a vocalist."
Under the mirror ball in the Safe Sounds bank vault, there was definitely a twinkly magic in the air that we hope we were able to capture.
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