Track Premiere: “Sean” – Casinos

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Casinos are hard not to like. Whether you go for the big melodies or the fuzz-dripping guitars, the rich character studies or the muscular musical chops, there’s something for everyone. Since releasing their self-titled EP in 2014, the Abbotsford pop-rock favourites have kept a low profile, playing a smattering of shows and quietly developing a […]

Kristin Witko takes us through the creation of debut Union

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A new pop-flavoured player has emerged from the folk, punk, prog-rock melting pot that is the Fraser Valley’s music scene. On February 17, Kristin Witko released her debut record, Union, through Simon Bridgefoot’s record label, Raccoon Moon Records. The record reflects sundry influences that Witko herself admits are wide-ranging. “I tend to create stuff that […]

People on the river are happy to give: Abbotsford bands join forces in fundraiser to replace stolen gear

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Call your dads! The songs of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Creedence Clearwater Revival will come back to life at the Abbotsford Rugby Club on March 24, starring Harma White, Blessed, and Loans. Blessed frontman Drew Riekman jokes that the bands seem ripped straight from “a kid in grade eight’s jean vest,” but that’s all […]

Raspberry Jam: A year in local music

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Year-end lists tend to be soulless exercises, lacking in personality. And yet we so easily award these arbitrary rankings incredible significance when debating their “correctness” in comments sections. This approach to music appreciation generally sucks the life out of it. So, rather than trying to provide a comprehensive list of the year’s best, we’ve asked […]

Ecological dread: Themes for Dying Earth documentary sheds light on Teen Daze’s climate change anxiety

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“I just couldn’t get out of bed,” Jamison Isaak narrates, as bells chime over footage of fireworks at night. We hear him ask, “How am I supposed to get through this tour? How am I supposed to get through this day?” Among the many musicians and artists in the Fraser Valley, Jamison Isaak, producing music […]

New Western Jaguar record coming on Mighty Speck Records in 2017

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  Since the early 2015 release of Wayfarer, Western Jaguar has undergone a metamorphosis, from ambient solo project to live rock band. The Mission-based project led by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jeffrey Trainor has its roots in Jeff’s parents’ basement, gradually growing into a dynamic live act featuring AJ Buckley on drums, (Casinos front man) […]

Apocalypse Underground: Cheap High on their turbulent origins, creative evolution, and debut LP

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By Nick Ubels If you catch Mission’s Cheap High at one of their six fall shows, you’ll be struck by how well everything locks into place. Justin Goyer’s shimmering guitar lines float between his brother Derek’s bass parts while Carlos Mendonca’s unmistakable growl cuts in like a prowling lion. It helps that he ranges across […]