One of my constant favourite Canadian bands has been the fabulous Calgary psychedelic rock group Go For The Eyes. They'll be playing O'Hanlons this Friday, February 21 with The Fortunate Isles, so we checked in with the band to see what they've been up to lately.
Range Men CD Release April 9, 2014 at Bushwakker Brew Pub
(Don) “Modderman finds inspiration in the emptiness and finds songs in the nearly-forgotten past of prairie towns. Modderman’s tunes are refreshingly upbeat, choosing to celebrate the past rather than bemoan the present.” - from Emmet Matheson’s review of vol.1 disc
Don Modderman, well known in Regina for his bands such as Crofter’s Revenge and Ragtime Don & the Ghost Town Gang, has created a new outlet for his love of western history and song. Eighteen months ago Don partnered with Thom Tisher to create the Range Men. They have completed their debut disc – with an emphasis on Western Roots music and historic themes. They touch on early cattle ranching in the song ‘Range Men’, and also the little-known story of ‘Kootenay Brown’ – an early Canadian folk hero. Thom revisits Gordon Lightfoot’s classic ‘Canadian Railroad Trilogy’ and the band celebrates western pre-history in ‘Thunder on the Plains’ – a mystic buffalo tune. The disc ends with ‘Carry Me Back’– an ode to the prairie west.
REVENGE OF THE TREES KICKS UP POLITICAL DIRT WITH SELF TITLED EP
Revenge of the Trees, is heading to Regina Thursday Feb 20 for a show at The Artful Dodger with Regina’s Snake Oil Salesmen.
The self-titled, 4 track EP from Edmonton's newest left wing political rock band "Revenge of the Trees" is now available online and in select stores.
Following the highly successful release show in December 2013, the Revenge of the Trees self-titled EP is a first glimpse at what is to come for this radically charged band in these strange political times.
"I wanted a way to connect with people and share my views without shoving anything down their throats," lead singer and song writer Mikey Muscat said. "I've been involved in activism since finding myself on the run from police in Queens Park at the G20 in Toronto in 2010. From anti-colonialism and migrant justice issues to questions of what is the meaning of masculinity in 2014, I try to engage in a variety of issues and challenges our generation is facing."