Smash Boom Pow

Brothers Ulysses and Zane Coppard form the core of Smash Boom Pow, and were joined at Chinatown Sessions on a dreary evening in late March by touring bassist Adam Stothard. In the confines of the Chinatown loft, it’s clear the older songs have matured alongside the band’s approach.

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Emily Sutherland
Peach Pyramid

Fantastically whimsical, Peach Pyramid’s chorus-laden tones and angelic vocals hit you like a baby's kiss! Slip in the tape, fall back, give yourself over and sink your teeth into Peach Pyramid.

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Emily Sutherland
The Scrunt Brothers

As ‘family’ bands go, a two piece might not seem like a lot to work with but The Scrunt Brothers have volume and punch to spare. Clint and Chris serve up fun, catchy garage rock songs with plenty of old-school grit. If you like your duos to sound austere and plaintive then look somewhere else; This is music to rock out to.

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Emily Sutherland
The Belle Game

Lead by a voice that invites you in with her warm and sultry tones, The Belle Game offer a perfectly balanced mix of new aged indie pop and classic jazzy undertone that makes you excited for summer and festival season to begin. Their versatile and full sound can translate from an early evening sun soaked set on a crowded festival feild, to a dimly lit bar with just you and your notepad.  Either way, they make you feel you'd be content. Belle Game, I'd wait up for you.

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Emily Sutherland
Blue J

Charismatic, chill, and ‘kind of blue’, Blue J soars through today’s do and don'ts, relying on sheer gut feeling to play and enjoy in a world convoluted with streaming, downloading, and putting yourself out there. With stunning synth tones, droning bass lines, and calming vocals, Blue J emancipates the uneasy feeling inside all of us. Prepare yourself to delve into the beautifully arranged world of Blue J.

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Emily Sutherland
Subject

Froth rock, post punk, indie pop. Whatever you want to called it, Subject’s fast paced excitable sound hits you like a moldy shoe on a sunny afternoon. With sporadic guitar riffs and slamming drums beats, Subject is frantic and out there. Get ready to apply another layer of make-up cause this one is a face melter.

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Emily Sutherland
Bodies

With the release of the their self titled LP in 2016, Bodies have unleashed the ghost of dream pop past. Encompassing the sounds of indie, emo, shoegaze, and dad rock, they'll have you calling your high school sweetheart by the end of their set.

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Emily Sutherland
Grapefruit Is Impossible

Grapefruit is Impossible is like putting mango in salsa: the addition of that sweet flavour to a powerful spicy aroma is tantalizing. Fusing jazz, hip-hop, funk and RnB,.. now that’s a recipe for a good time. Victoria bred sextet brings funky fresh rhymes to your ear holes. With light-hearted rap melodies that untangles your hair, and juicy instrumentation that turns flat-earthers to, well, funky flat-earthers, Grapefruit is Impossible keeps the scurvy at bay with a healthy dose of 100% vitamin Fresh, no pulp.
 

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Emily Sutherland
Vic Horvath

As the days get longer and the morning's just a little bit warmer, our urge to feel summer again is rapidly approaching. Moments of boot stompin’ and knee slappin’ are coaxing the sun to stay out just a bit longer. We’ve got a special treat to tie you off for just a few months.  

 

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Emily Sutherland
Mystery Lover

There is nothing more mystical and warming than the feeling of someone out there loving you, even more so if you don’t even know them. Getting their message across the room inconspicuously, butterflies explode from your innards, it’s romantic, exciting (maybe scary) to have a mystery lover. To be congruous with each other but never having actually met. If you haven’t had this feeling before, well now you just may be in luck. Local Victoria indie rock group Mystery Lover can fulfill your every desire.

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Emily Sutherland
Death Kart

A refreshing wave in Victoria's explosive music scene and quite possibly one of the most unique displays within the city (if that’s even possible), Death Kart is something out of the ordinary.

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Emily Sutherland
Inland Island

We had the great pleasure to have our friends from Montreal, Inland Island, visit Studio 549 while on the west coast leg of their tour. Poetic and fittingly open, Inland Island is upfront and honest to the listener.

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Emily Sutherland
Wept

Ah yes, the sweet serenades of troublesome existence and growing pains. Exploding through the high school hallways in the 2000’s, the emo genre took disc-mans by storm. But over the last decade, the emo statement has evolved into something more stylized. Hipsterized? Sterilized? Either way, Victoria’s very own emo group, Wept, remains true to all those weird fuzzy feelings. 

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Emily Sutherland
Teenage Wedding

You are daydreaming on the moon, losing sight of the world in its constant state of revelation. How did it all turn out this way? And does it really even matter? Chilling in your Sunday slacks and misinterpreted actions, an echo emerges from a window. The walls become translucent, and calling back at you is Victoria’s dream rock group, Teenage Wedding.

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Emily Sutherland
Holy Hum

Feeling a little down? Maybe a bit transcendental? Well we have got just the ticket for your weeping eyes. Welcome to the world of Holy Hum. A transitional masterpiece, starring Andrew Lee, sets the stage for an emotionally arresting performance with the release of his latest album All my Bodies.

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Emily Sutherland
The Prettys

With the world spinning into political turmoil, savage environmental conditions being reported far and wide, and just the overall absurdity of everything on the internet, it’s hard to figure out what to believe anymore. How do we choose what’s right? Who can we trust? How am I going to pay for my lunch? The answer to those questions is simple: some good ol’ fashion rock and roll! Time to dig out the dad rock sweater and brush up on your power slide, because we’re going all in with some of Vancouver’s finest, The Pretty’s.

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Emily Sutherland
Archaics

Soul jarring and mind-expansive, Archaics bring back the revolutionary era of the 60’s creating a dazzling spectacle of the classic psych rock genre that’s almost archaic itself. But it’s not the same stuff your parents grew up on. With so many twists and turns, Archaics flourish in the realm of the unpredictable, creating a sound that is bewitching, exquisite, and foxy. Archaics will delve deep into your mind and keep your thoughts itching for more.

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Emily Sutherland
Bad Hoo

Ferocious, wild, unhinged, if someone could just discover a way to use rock and roll as an energy source, Bad Hoo’s name would be stamped on every lamp, television, and whatever other appliances that takes D batteries. To give you a better understanding of what the Bad Hoo can do to your ears, just picture yourself in a fit of roommate fury, throwing old vacuum cleaners off the back porch, it’s the kind of music playing in your head at that time. Raging, but having fun fun fun! Bad Hoo spews out foundation trembling tunes, smearing the walls with garage distortion and psychedelic solos and breaks. Their imprint on Victoria’s music scene is explicable through their high energy and savage desert tones; and they are pretty nice guys as well! Go ahead and get lost in the world the Bad Hoo.

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Emily Sutherland
Bridal Party

Welcome to 2018! Start your year off right with local loves, Bridal Party! Recorded at -2 degrees in our heatless studio this November, get warmed up by the golden hour light and their stellar display of musicianship . Both potent and compelling, their songs are carefully orchestrated with jazzy guitar chords, upbeat drum rhythms and catchy keyboard tones, creating a lively and calculated scenery. So put on your dancing shoes, turn up the volume, and bring on the thoughts of warmer days with Bridal Party!

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Emily Sutherland
Looelle

Our first intimate set in the 549 ½ Studio, Looelle brings sweet, soulful simplicity, singing stories of love lost and found. Dynamic in nature, their voices define their sound. Lullabies to soothe your aching heart, grooves to make you move your hips, Looelle sparks the flame for a refreshing new taste emerging out of Victoria’s music scene.

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Emily Sutherland