JEUDI 23 OCTOBRE 2014
THE ANNOYING  +JOHN JACOB MAGISTERY  +OHARA

The Annoying is a group, based in Montreal, more precisely, in this small basement with the tiny mixer that will never have enough inputs, producing sounds ranging from experimental Americana to very heavy sounding post rock. Born during the crash of the loft scene, these young musicians have released their debut EP in 2011, Forum. With very good reviews, especially from this totally drunk in the crowd calling it a "f---ing lo-fi headf----, dude…. dude", the band had the chance to share it with many people on many stages. The Annoying will release a brand new LP in September 2014, heavier and lighter than ever, after months of work at various studios including Jace Lasek's Breakglass studio, and David Bryant's The Pines with the great, handsome and horny, Martin Horn. Obviously, the record is mastered by Harris Newman!

John Jacob Magistery is an alternative / folk band based out of Montreal, Quebec. Lead by celebrated vocalist / songwriter Johnny Griffin, they released their debut EP 'Narcissism Unto Loneliness' on March 28th, 2014.

"It was kind of an experiment" says Griffin. In the late fall of 2013, John Jacob Magistery gathered at Fast Forward studios to work with ADISQ award-winning mixing engineer Rob Heaney. Using select songs Griffin had written and arranged, the four track EP was recorded live in one day. Prior to the actual day of the recording, the band had never played together before. However, the resulting production is a powerful and well-crafted debut. One that offers a range of soulful acoustics, eerie electrics (guitar played by Simon Angell of Thus Owls and Patrick Watson) and colorful string sections (MTL strings). It showcases raw-talent lyricism and vocals supported by a band with natural chemistry.

"All we needed was a start and, I guess, this was it", says Griffin. A music video for the single 'Greatest Story Ever Told' is scheduled for release in August 2014, as well as a full length album for the fall of 2014.

"OHARA’s music has the beauty of a paradox: it’s both slow and upbeat, both vulnerable and resilient, both gentle and assertive." What started as the solo-project of Montreal-based artist/singer/songwriter Ohara Hale (who also has two other bands, Mori and Nancy Pants) has now evolved into a full band with a newly released debut EP, Hallways. OHARA’s sound is described as Siouxsie and the Banshees meets Fleetwood Mac: at times, dark, spooky, and strange, yet gentle and poignant - with delicately sparse melodies and memorable vocal hooks delivered with wistful strength. Placed over slowly blooming, hypnotic progressions of effected guitar and violin, the music draws attention with chill vibes and catchy authority. It is the sound of a neon electric thunderstorm over a prairie with hazy, smokey blue mountains on the horizon.