Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Seeing Giants


Mike Body's new single "Seeing Giants" features King Medullah is a great track! Reminding me of a young Kayne West mixed with Pitbull. A well produced instrumental behind his rap. Some solid production, but nothing that takes it to the next level. When King Medullah lays down his bridge you can hear the double tracking which differentiates it from the rest of the track. The chorus is catchy and you can definitely bob your head to it.

The music video is well shot and well edited. I wish there had been a bit more stylizing of the shots. It gives a gritty look yet not too dark that its authentic.

Its great seeing Christian artists deliver their message in a format that isn't too in your face. Positive message through some dark tones. Hammer Records artist Rayne has a similar view.  Check out his Facebook page HERE.


Having A Bit Of A Different Day


Montreal has always been full of great music. We know a few Vancouver bands that have moved out there JUST to play the Montreal music scene. Some great venues, good promoters and TONS of awesome bands! One of those bands are called Different Days. This pop rock group has some pumping tunes, catchy hooks and a great sound.

Their 5 track self titled EP is full of well produced tracks. A mix between Metric, Paramore and even a little bit of Avril Lavigne in there. Full of dynamics I can only imagine the songs would look great on stage! Using the age-old Nirvana/Pixie technique of quite verses with loud chorus really allows separation and allows the listener to pick up on the structure of the song quickly. You can hear some punk influences in the tracks but without making things messy.

I love seeing bands evolve and grow. I would keep my eye on these guys and hopefully see them keep playing shows, growing their fan base and writing more catchy tunes!

Check out their Facebook HERE.


Get A Crane To Lift This Rock!


The Cranes are a rock band based out in Montreal. Their music has so many different flavours in it but the overall vibe is always upbeat and sure does make your head bop!

Bringing in Ska influences on some tracks, heavier influences on others really adds dynamics to their album. Their 9 track EP is well produced and well written. The vocals are incredibly rock and roll with both great tone and a fantastic amount of grit. The guitar work is simple enough in parts but can really bring out the shred when needed. The bass rides along and really fills out the sound. The drums are fantastically placed and once again perfectly built to fit the rock genre.

This album is a must check out for those rock'n'roll lovers. "Let Them In" is my personal favourite. I hope to see these guys live and see them kick butt one day!

Check out their website HERE and their Facebook page HERE.




Monday, October 20, 2014

Living In A Picture Frame


Some songs are well written songs, but sometimes just lack that slight push into the extraordinary. It could be the genre placement of the song, lyrical content, melodies or many other factors but it just seems like something is missing.

"Picture Frame" is James Faulkner's new single off his upcoming album which is due to be released next year. The track has a great sense of happiness around it. From the poppy drums to the singer-songwriter type guitar, all the instruments are well played. The vocals remind me of the band, Barenaked Ladies, a great vocal tone and a relaxed chill fun loving sound.

When you start listening to the track you can emerge yourself into this world inside a picture frame. The whole song tends to stay on one level. The chorus doesn't really differentiate itself from the verses enough in my mind. Its a very similar melody that is catchy but not distinct or memorable enough to be the final hook.

The bridge takes thing to a different level but at the same time I would have loved to the vocals step up and try something more vocally challenging. This would have been a perfect time to add some grit and sadness because the lyrics take a darker tone. The guitar solo seems almost like the whole song was written around it instead of the other way around.

Overall its a well written song, but something about it just is missing. If you get a chance take a listen to  his Tom Cochrane cover and it will give you a real sense of what emotions his voice can deliver. Also you get to hear him with a full orchestral band behind him which looks great!

Check out his website HERE and his Facebook page HERE.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hammer Records: Film Scoring Samples

Hammer Records has scored a few films in the past. We're opening our doors once again to any film crews or directors that would like to work with us! Check out our samples below and please contact hammerrecords@hotmail.ca if you are interested.




Its A Chinese Winter

I stumbled across a film I scored ages ago and would love to share it with you! It's a tale of love and loss. Triumph and trouble. Check it out if you have the time!

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do It For The People! Blankfest!


 Blankfest Vancouver is proud to announce its third annual clothing / fund raising event on November 8th at the Railway Club in support of the city’s homeless with proceeds going to aid the Covenant House, the non-profit shelter that helps the cities street youth from age 16-24 who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, along with those who have been forced from their homes or those who have aged out of foster care. Over the last three years, the music charity event has created awareness and collected nearly $2,000 and over 250 blankets / winter clothing items for Vancouver’s homeless.
SIN Agency and Blankfest-Vancouver organizer Leanne Harrison comments:
“This is our third year working with Covenant House Vancouver and we are very proud to be an advocate of their initiatives and programs. Vancouver has come out in full force in the past 2 years so we are really hoping for the same this year.”
Covenant House, founded in 1997 is a non-profit organization that offers a clear exit from life on the street to youth aged 16 – 24. They make this possible through a carefully designed Continuum of Care including a daily drop-in, a 54 bed crisis shelter, transitional housing, relapse prevention and life-skills training.
“Blank-Fest provides significant support to the homeless youth Covenant House serves. We’re looking forward to the third Vancouver Blank-Fest; the generosity of the Blank-Fest team, participating bands and patrons helps Covenant change the lives of over 1,400 young people a year”.​ – Mark Savard, Development Officer – Community Giving (Covenant House Vancouver)
If you would like to help please call (604) 638-GIFT (4438) or visit http://www.covenanthousebc.org.
This year’s event will see local Vancouver bands and artists come together performing to raise awareness, funds and clothing for the city’s homeless.
As the event slogan goes, ‘It’s About The Homeless, Nothing More, Nothing Less.’.
Blankfest Vancouver is just one of many events across North America inspired by founder Kenn Rowell, who has been organizing Blankfest in New York City since 1997 and has encouraged others to hold Blankfests in various parts of the USA, Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary) and Europe to help the homeless with the support from their music communities
Check them out on Facebook HERE.