📹 PONY – “Chokecherry”

Back in mid-January, Toronto power-poppers PONY unleashed an incredible single in the form of Couch. Now they’re back with another song from their upcoming album, and we want to share it with you.

Check out the video for Chokecherry in the embed, and be sure to follow their socials leading up to the release. The new long-player, TV Baby, is out April 9th via Take This To Heart Records.

If you dig this, you might like “Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – Gates Of Heaven”

💿 THE RECORD LABELS: Murderecords

Welcome back to The Record Labels, where every Monday, we tell you about an independent label we know and trust when it comes to music. Last week we introduced you to Toronto’s Glue Gun Records. Now we’re back with legendary east-coast label Murderecords.

The label was started in Halifax by Canadian indie-rock veterans Sloan back in ’92. Originally formed to release their own work, they eventually expanded to other bands like The Inbreds, Eric’s Trip, The Hardship Post, Thrush Hermit, and The Superfriendz. During this time, the “Halifax Pop Explosion” was often used to describe the scene, eventually becoming a full-time festival.

The very first release was the Peppermint EP by Sloan. From 1998 on, for the most part, they mainly released their own recordings. Some exceptions include Will Curry & The Country French, Pony Da Look and Matthew Grimson‘s posthumous record, Prize for Writing. Coincidently, just last week, Rick White from Eric’s Trip dropped a collection of his own Peppermint EP covers. Pretty cool stuff.

If you’re looking for an introductory lesson, look no further than the singles below; these songs were the start of something special. Not sure what you think, but Murderecords might very well be the biggest indie-label this country has ever seen.

If you dig this, you might like “Sonic Unyon – Now We Are 25”

🎧 Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – “What This City Needs”

We last told you about Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs back in mid-January when the band released their stellar song, Gates Of Heaven. Well, the boys are back with another single, and this might be our favourite yet.

Listen to What This City Needs in the embed below and stay tuned to their socials for more. The new album, Real One, drops February 19th via Dine Alone Records.

If you dig this, you might like “Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – Gates Of Heaven”

📹 PONY – “Couch”

It’s no secret around these parts that we’re big fans of Toronto power-pop outfit PONY. After last year’s stellar WebMD single, the band is back with another song and video to go along with it; they’ve even got a new album on the way.

Watch the video for Couch in the embed below and be sure to hit up their socials for more leading up to the release. The new record, TV Baby, is out April 9th via Take This To Heart Records. We can’t wait.

If you dig this, you might like “Supercrush – On The Telephone”

🎧 Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – “Gates Of Heaven”

Photo By Kate Dockeray

We first told you about the upcoming record from Toronto power-pop outfit Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs back in mid-November when we came across their exceptional song, Back With The Gang. Well, the band just dropped another single to start 2021, and they’ve hit the ground running. Clocking in at just over seven minutes, this is a musical journey you won’t soon forget.

Check out Gates Of Heaven in the embed and hit up their socials for more leading up to the album release. Real One drops February 19th via Dine Alone Records.

If you dig this, you might like “Blanks – “Looking For”

📹 Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs – ‘Back With The Gang’

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Toronto power-pop outfit Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs. Back in 2017, they released an exceptional self-titled album on the masses, and now they’re back with a new single and video. It’s a real upbeat, guitar-driven number we can’t seem to get enough of.

“‘Back With The Gang’ is our way of saying ‘WE’RE BACK! AND WE’VE STILL GOT GUITARS.'” Coffey explains. “We got really into junkshop glam while recording this, particularly bands like Laurice, The Equals, Slade, and Sweet. Before taking this to the studio, we tested out at shows at about half speed. We loved the song but the slow pace and high register was burning us and the people at the show out. Enter our great producer Kevin Ratterman to fix the problem! He told us to turn up the BPM and detuned the song to make it feel heavier.” 

Check out the video for Back With The Gang in the embed below, and hit up their socials for more going forward. Their new album, Real One, is out February 19th on Dine Alone Records.

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