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no liars

Victoria punk No Liars will release their first full-length album in early 2018. The record will be called The Cause & The Cure. The album was recorded by Jesse Gander of Rain City Recorders (Japandroids, White Lung,) and mastered by Joao Carvalho (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Silverstein, Protest the Hero). OK, resumes check out….lets have a listen.

Noah Edwards talks about the music video;  “‘Animal’ is about struggling with inner turmoil and recognizing the darkest parts of ourselves.  We wanted the video to portray the terror of losing touch with reality when facing one’s inner demons.”


Long weekend was fun times!

My daughter spent her time out in Langley with Nana… that left Coral and I with the boys. Saturday we did a tourist day downtown.

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Slurping noodles with one of my boys. 🍜 #ramen

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On Sunday, me and Madelyn went for a walk in the POURING rain at Campbell Valley Park. Real nice park…would go for a easy hike around there again for sure.

Monday night… Nana came to watch the kids so Coral and I could go out. Checked out some stand up comedy at the Starlight Casino with Alex Carr and Meredith.

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Beer and cheesecake because I love myself.

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band of rascals

Band of Rascals sent over their new music video for the bluesy rocker, “Holler.”

The song is off the new ep Tempest.

Malcom Owen-Flood says “We recorded the song, and rest of the unreleased album, with Juno awarded producer Eric Ratz (Arkells, Billy Talent, Monster Truck, Big Wreck) at the Warehouse Recording Studio – over in your city (Vancouver)!” Real good.


We went and got some family photos done with the incredible Brittany Menze earlier in the month. We went up to Buntzen Lake. Good times.

If you care, here are a couple.

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jon and roy

Folksy Victoria due (power trio?) Jon & Roy have a new record out called The Road Ahead is Golden. The band sent over a music video for their feature song “Runner.”

The band says: It’s a song about running away from things you shouldn’t be running from. In doing so, you’re not being honest with yourself and those around you. To be specific – it’s about deadbeat dads.

That’s a sad tale…being a Dad, growing up with a good man as a father…I feel for those that were let down by someone who was supposed to be there for them. Maybe this a timely tune for some with “Father’s Day” coming up.

Jon & Roy have been putting out music for years and The Road Ahead is Golden is their 7th LP!

The music video has a Wes Anderson vibe, showing some bro running around a beautifully framed Victoria; while the band performs in the back of a pick-up truck slowing winding through the Vancouver Island country side. You don’t have to like folk to love the look of this music video.

Look for Jon & Roy this summer at the Tall Tree Music festival!

June 24th  Tall Tree Music Festival – Port Renfrew, BC

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Vancouver Island roots-rockers Current Swell have a new album out on May 12th called When To Talk and When To Listen.

The band shared a couple more songs form the album including “Use Me Like You Do” and the title track.

About a month ago I had the chance to interview Scott Stanton from the band….we shared some times.


In other radio news…. Meredith mocked up a Vancouver Crow Attack Season PSA!

Fun times!

Happy Friday. Go with yourself.

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Scott Stanton from the Vancouver Island band Current Swell stopped by CFOX in Vancouver to talk their new album, When To Talk and When To Listen. The album is out on May 12th on Nettwerk Records. Their 6th album comes off the heels of 2014’s most excellent Ulysses.

The band mostly in Nashville with Jacquire King. Scott talked about the vibes of Nashville and how that filtered into the record. He talked about writing collaboratively with Dave Lang. Scott also explained the genesis of the first single “It Ain’t Right.” I asked him about some other songs on the record we can look forward to. One song is the title track which he said has line like, “the woman is in the garden again.” That woman is their neighbour, who likes to garden. And he said we can get excited for side one, track one, “Marsha.”

Current Swell will have some shows and festivals going down this summer. Including a trip over to Europe and some US dates in May.

05/03 San Diego, CA – Casbah
05/04 Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café
05/05 San Francisco, Ca – Hotel Utah
05/07 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium
05/11 Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper
05/12 Portland, OR – Star
05/13 Seattle, WA – Tractor


1. Marsha
2. You Got It Easy
3. It Ain’t Right
4. When to Talk and When to Listen
5. Woman in White
6. Staying Up All Night
7. Use Me Like You Do
8. Thief of Joy
9. Like I Fight for You
10. The Time and the Weight
11. Marsha Reprise

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Text to 2-80-CFOX yesterday, a listener wanted us to have a listen to Vince Vaccaro.

Vaccaro is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver Island. I’ve personally known Vince for a bunch of years. His style tends to be rooted in guitar rock. But he filters that through a west coast, beach living vibe.

Over the years Vince Vaccaro has had a few songs reach the radio FM airwaves in Victoria and Vancouver. His new song is called “Siren.” A moody slow burn with jangly guitars and female backing vocals from Kaitlin Jasmine.

Recently Vince Vaccaro performed at the Legends Valley Music Festival and Rifflandia.


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ellice blackout

I get asked a lot, “where are all the new rock bands?”

Here you go.

Victoria’s Ellice Blackout have been working hard on their debut record Villains. The record which comes out on September 10th, is 12 wailing guitar driven shredders.

Lead singer David Fraelic matches the fierce energy of the guitars and is able to punch through on songs like “Duct Tape,” “Blue Ribbon” and single “Dead Radio.”

It’s fists up and everyone singing along on “Give Up The Ghost.”

The record marches at a fairly consistent high intensity for most it’s run but for me, the stand out moments are when it backs off the throttle a bit like on “Weightless.”

Fraelic says that a lot of the lyrics are “quite personal.” Which reminds me, next time I see him, I’ll have to ask about the story behind “Bad Tattoo.”

His favourite song on the record is side one, track one, “I personally love ‘Duct Tape’ because it’s the perfect combination of pop and hooks but still coming across very hard. It’s got all my influences in one song.”

The band does a fun modern spin on a classic hard rock sound.

Ellice Blackout’s record release party is going down September 10th in Victoria at Sugar Nightclub.

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No Liars from Victoria released their music video today for the song “Catalyst.”

The band is in Vancouver tomorrow for a show at Venue and then Friday in Victoria at Distrikt.

Punktastic had this quote from the band: “The song is an expression of betrayal, and all the things that go through your head when you realize you’ve had the wool pulled over your eyes by someone you trusted,” the band explain. “We wanted to capture the raw energy of the band’s live performance in a bourgeoisie estate where our kind of music isn’t normally allowed.”

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the girl on the train

How cool is this… Blitz//Berlin….the Toronto based band that us West Coast kids will always remember as Theset….had their song “Surfboard Fire” reworked for the Girl on the Train movie trailer.

And that sure does sound like Kanye West from his 2008 jammer “heartless.”

And here’s some banger cover/remix….because it’s Friday.

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Vancouver Island band Malahat sent over their single for a song called “The Grit.”

When I heard this song I messaged Ben back and said, “I like it, reminds me of Monster Truck!” And he said that’s great because that band is big influence on them.

They’ll be in Vancouver on May 13th for a show at Studio Records and I’ll do my best to there (if I’m not DJing that night).

They’re also playing in Victoria on April 1st with Band of Rascals.

Go with yourself.

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