In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first ~ JIMI HENDRIX
VHM’S ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Tommy Alto’s ATLAS\PATTERSON
(reviewed by Kraig-with-a-K)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bong water, Tommy Alto has returned with some smokin’ crystal math-rock, that will have you counting time signatures, angular melodies, and trying to remember where the fuck you left your car keys (*they’re over by the empty Pogo-Dog box on the floor by the way).
With Atlas\Patterson, these boys have found their sound, moving a step left from the eclectic folk, pop, and radio vibe of their self-titled debut album to a more sophisticated, stylized, and focused follow-up.
And that is not to say that this album’s not radio-ready presenting running times rarely over the 4 minute mark and catchy anthemic sing-along chori (yeah you fuckers, “chori” is the plural of “chorus’”). But Atlas\Patterson marks a maturity and even a slight loss of innocence with the boys having gone through hell and back in a tour bus crash, that would’ve dismantled lesser bands.
Yet the energy, wit, and ball-sweat of Alto’s live performance remains in each linear and non-linear beat of Atlas.
As the opening track and first single, Mountain Top acts as a nice intro to Alto madness with a sort of, “Hey, welcome to the party, let me introduce you to— oh fuck it, let’s do some shots and get right into it.”
Doria, My Heart is Bigger than Yours, and Birds keep up the rollercoaster of moods and the listener wondering what’s around the next corner… a climb, a drop, a turn, a moment of breath, or just that hands up moment of, “Holy shit! So that just happened.”
Beneath the Rain on a Strange Rooftop moves from math-pop to prog, to a moment of bliss at the 2:15 mark, only to have the boys kick you back in the nuts just as you were starting to get comfortable.
Sonically, the closing track Driftwood acts as a calm, cool, and collected good-bye from the manic world of Tommy Alto, as they ease you back into reality. Driftwood’s that morning after the party, “Thanks for coming, take your empties with you, and don’t tell my parents you were here this weekend.”
If you get off and bands like This Town Needs Guns and Youth Movies, you’re gonna jizz all your indie-core skinny jeans with Tommy Alto. So get out and see them live on tour now, buy the album, and stalk them over @
VHM’S SHOW OF THE MONTH: SOUNDSTEM @ Joe’s Apartment
If you’re not here this weekend, then you’re probably in the wrong f*&%g place! If you haven’t heard the monster voice of Doran “Vass-Ter of the Universe” Vass, Lawrence Dumont’s shredding Satchmo solos, been assaulted by the bass playing of Randy “God of Thunder” Williams, or witnessed Jay Lee beating the drums like they just stole something from him, then put your douchebag in the closet with your other man-purses that you call “satchels” and go see the boys of SOUNDSTEM killing it @ Joe’s Apartment THIS Saturday presented by Clyde Hill’s Magnetized Productions.
It’s sure to be a NIGHT OF ROCK THAT’LL KNOCK YO DICK IN DA DIRT with UTILITY PROVIDER and REDFINN also on stage and tearing the town a new a new assh*()e!
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VHM’S ARTIST OF THE MONTH: MADELINE MERLO
Throw out what you think you know about country and pick up Madeline Merlo, who along with other Vancouver artists like Dallas Smith are redefining Nashville’s belt-buckle sound and genre.
Her latest single SINKING LIKE A STONE has JUST dropped on Canadian radio and is already the second most added song across ALL genres this week, proving that like Shania, Alanis and Avril… Canadian Girls kick some major F(*&#^G ass!
Producer/co-writer Dan Swinimer helps blend Merlo’s pop sensibilities with universal themes of alienation, isolation, and loss that’s sure to have guys everywhere wishing they could date her and girls wishing they could be her.
WATCH MADELINE MERLO’S NEW VIDEO @
(Source: vancouvershottestmusic / madelinemerlo)
VHM’S VIDEO OF THE MONTH: Alone by splitTRACT
The fuse has been lit, the atom’s been split, and from this explosive hellfire, splitTRACT emerges with dark mid-tempo grooves, thoughtful lyrics, and the type of chorus’ that make you crank up the radio and scream randomly at passing motorists.
Show them some love over @
HILARIOUS ANTI-VALENTINES DAY SONG by KRAIG! Great song for breaking up too lol!
Payback’s a Bitch and So R U by Kraig featuring Alisia Lyne
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. ~ Jim Morrison