💿 THE RECORD LABELS: Telephone Explosion

It’s the beginning of a new week and we’re super stoked to be presenting a fresh column — The Record Labels. Starting today (and every Monday for the foreseeable future), we’re going to tell you a little about some of our favourite independent labels in the industry, and obviously, include a super dope playlist for your listening pleasure.

Today, we start with Toronto’s Telephone Explosion Records.

After relocating to the city in 2007, the label was started by Ottawa-natives Jon Schouten and Steve Sidoli, who also happen to be part of garage-punk outfit Teenanger. With Chris Swimmings already in the band, they enlisted the services of bassist Melissa Ball and dropped their first self-titled cassette on the masses. TER001, to be exact.

Over the years, the label has released over 70+ records from artists like Freak Heat Waves, Odonis Odinis, New Fries, LIDS, Andre Ethier (of Deadly Snakes fame) and of course, Teenanger. The roster shows no signs of slowing down either, with stellar new albums from Lee Paradise and Pantayo released last year.

Check out the playlist below and get familiar with some of our favourite tracks from these purveyors of fine music. You’ll be glad you did.

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – Songs

📹 The Barettas – “Touche”

Well isn’t this nice. Hamilton all-female indie-rock outfit The Barettas are back after a long hiatus. Lead singer Katie Bulley embarked on a solo career after the girls disbanded in 2012 and has been making music ever since. Recently though, she and former bandmate Lauren Small reformed as a duo, and we couldn’t’ be more excited to tell you about it. There’s even a new record in the works.

Now that we have your attention, watch the video for Touche in the embed below and hit up their socials for more leading up to the long-player. All Is Fair In Love And Rock & Roll drops on January 29th … we can’t wait.

If you dig this, you might like Death Valley Girls – “Hold My Hand”.

💿 Mothland – “Sounds From Mothland Volume I”

Mothland is an artist management company and record label (among other things) out of Montreal, Quebec. We recently came across their new Sounds From The Mothland compilation, and we can’t get enough here at The iM. The album contains artists from Canada, the US, France, Belgium and Israel. Now, it’s time for you to check out it.

Listen in the embed below and be sure to hit up our favourite album cuts, Money Tree by Birds Of Paradise, Marche Pt. 3 (Feat. Jasmine Trails) by Yoo Doo Right, and Near Life Experience from Montreal indie-rock veterans The High Dials. You’ll be glad you did.

💿 Glue Gun Records – ‘Stick It To ‘Em Vol. 2’

A ton of great music has emerged from the Brampton music scene over the years … Moneen, Alexis On Fire and The Junction all come to mind. Back in April of 2018, Glue Gun Records showed up on the scene with their very first release, Little Hand by Ned Flangers. Fast forward a couple of years, and almost fifteen releases later, enter Stick It To ‘Em Vol. 2 from the rising independent record label. We’ve had this thing on heavy rotation all week long, and now, it’s your turn to take a listen.

Check out the compilation in the embed, and be sure to hit up our favourite album tracks, Busted by Sea Of Troubles, Weather from FORMING and Gnar Gnar Binks, courtesy of Romshii … you can even grab your very own scratch-and-sniff cassette if that’s your thing. And, while we have your attention, make sure you hit up their socials below to stay tuned going forward.

🎧 Gustaf – ‘Mine’

Brooklyn art-rockers Gustaf came up on our radar yesterday, and it seems like their debut single, Mine, has been on repeat for the last 24 hours. Clocking in at just over two minutes, we can’t hit the repeat button enough on this upbeat, infectious number. Now, it’s time for you to hear what we’re talking about.

Check it out in the embed, and be sure to hit up their socials below to show your support. The track will be included on a 7-inch due for release, December 4th via Royal Mountain Records.

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💿 TEENANGER – ‘Good Time’

Back in mid-August, we told you about the infectious new single Trillium Song from Toronto indie-rockers TEENANGER. Well, the band has finally released their new long-player on the masses, and we want you to know about it here at The iM.

Check out Good Time in the embed, and be sure to hit up their socials for more going forward. You can grab the new record via Telephone Explosion Records.

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🎧 Cursed Arrows – ‘Rebuild As One’

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Toronto indie-rockers Cursed Arrows but the wait is over with a brand new single, Rebuild As One. We’ve had this thing on heavy rotation this afternoon and it shows no signs of letting up. It’s a real infectious number that hits in all the right places.

“Ryan and I recorded this in our living room this summer. He played guitar, I played drums. We both played bass! Mixed + mastered by us. It’s an anthemic call to arms: destroy that which oppresses us and ruins our humanity. Burn it down. Then build a partnership society, together. None are free until all are equal.

Now, it’s time for you to hear what we’re talking about. Check it out in the embed below and be sure to follow the band over on their socials for more going forward.

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📹 METZ – ‘Blind Youth Industrial Park’

Just today, Toronto noise-makers METZ have shared another song (and video) from their upcoming long-player, Atlas Vending. The dystopian themed video was shot in Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand and directed by Dylan Pharazyn.

“I started thinking of the feeling of war or samurai films, beautiful but dark and violent… but then I had this idea to work up a more unique world… I started to think of a more futuristic setting — more unusual and dream-like with the story set on a distant planet where there is future technology and some kind of alien magic… like a futuristic fable. I loved the idea of the hero Ayeth on this nomadic walk through an epic landscape… I loved the strength in her and the pairing of her with a wounded companion, something really human and vulnerable… I wanted that emotive warmth countering the cold military images.” 

It’s a visual trip you won’t soon forget … now it’s time for you to see and hear what we’re talking about. Check out Blind Youth Industrial Park in the embed, and be sure to hit up their socials for more leading up to the record release. Atlas Vending drops October 9th via Royal Mountain and Sub Pop.

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📹 METZ – ‘Hail Taxi’

We first told you about the upcoming album from Toronto noise-makers METZ back in late July when they dropped the first single, A Boat To Drown In. Well, the band is back with the second single off the record and we couldn’t wait to share the song (and video) with you.

Check out Hail Taxi in the embed below and be sure to hit up their socials for more leading up to the release.  Atlas Vending drops October 9th through Royal Mountain and Sub Pop.

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