Posts Tagged ‘Punk Rock’
A few years ago a magical world was created; one where beautiful lesbians frolic around the sunny pastures of Los Angeles with their new wave haircuts and insatiable appetites for love. This world is also known as The Real L Word, a reality television show that follows the lives and sexual encounters of a few impeccably hot lesbians. Now in its third season, The Real L Word has gained a cult-like following, with a variety of genders and sexualities calling themselves fans.
In the latest season, which aired this summer, The Real L Word ventured into the uncharted terrains of lesbian Brooklyn. This is where the audience, (including myself), was introduced to alternative rock band Hunter Valentine. Throughout the course of nine episodes we come in close contact with the musical and romantic styling’s of Kiyomi, Laura, Vero and Somer.
Without ruining the show for all you newbies, the band’s drama played out something like this:
Kiyomi begins the show in a non-monogamous toxic relationship with emo girl Ali. Eventually she meets dimepiece Lauren and they fall madly in love, creating the cutest couple ever known. During this budding new courtship, Kiyomi and Somer, (Hunter Valentine’s newest member), start fighting. In the season finale Somer is asked to leave the band and is replaced by cat-lover Aimee. Yes, she’s a lesbian too.
Now on to what really matters, the music. Hunter Valentine has been around for quite some time. They first got their start eight years ago back in Southern, Ontario. They’ve since released two albums and dropped their latest LP Collide and Conquer today via Megaforce/Sony. The record is the perfect mix of hard-hitting punk rock, empowered indie-pop and relatable love ballads. It’s an eclectic mixtape that can be used for your breakup blues, lover’s remorse and the inevitable self-loathing that follows.
Last Friday I sat down with lead singer Kiyomi before Hunter Valentine’s headlining gig at the Cellar. And in a short fifteen minutes she solidified my growing girl crush and temporary hate of the opposite sex. Check out my interview below:
Describe your new album in five words or less?
Melodic, gritty, hard-driving. It’s a really good balance between hard and soft.
Dinah Shore or Disneyland?
Dinah Shore. I’d do it again. Well now that I have a girlfriend maybe Disneyland.
If you could collaborate with one band to make an album, who would it be and why?
Muse or the Distillers.
What makes the perfect make out song?
It takes a lot of honesty. Telling your own personal story. If you’re writing from the heart and it’s about your passion for somebody or how you wanna fuck them, then that’s going to come across in the song.
Hunter Valentine now resides in Brooklyn but is it safe to say that you’ll always have a love affair with Canada?
Of course! We’re trying to reignite that fire again. We went back to Toronto and sold out the Horseshoe. And we sold out Ottawa. We’re gunna eventually try and hit Alberta as well as the rest of the prairies. Those were some of our first tours.
Do you think recording in Toronto influenced your new sound?
I think Greig Nori (Treble Charger) did and he produced it.
How does Collide and Conquer differ from your first two albums?
With the first two albums we were still learning about ourselves as musicians and learning about the song writing process. With Lessons From the Late Night we started writing more as a band and experimenting with harder sounds like screaming. This album is a good blend of the pop mentality from the first record and the hardness that was seen on the second record.
How do you think the exposure from the Real L Word has changed your demographic?
It’s definitely increased our fan base but that could also be the new record. I think people were introduced to the music through the show and then had a choice; they could either hate it but still watch the show or they could come out to support. And right now we have a lot more supporters than we did before.
Do you think your straight following has increased since being on the show?
We’ve always had a straight following but I do have a lot of straight girls who are fans of me via the show who are now questioning things.
What can we expect from Hunter Valentine in the next coming months?
We’re on our way to Japan and hopefully to Australia later this year. We’ve got a video for our new single Liar Liar coming out in a matter of days and we’re just gunna keep pushing it.
Interview by @clarkbs
EEEK! hail from East Vancouver and they beautifully blend together their love of Mexican food with an eclectic mix of 90’s punk and indie rock. The quartet is set to release a new 12″ called Move Real Slow and they’re celebrating tomorrow night at the Electric Owl. Featuring Dead Soft and Inherent Vices, this early show is going down at 8:30pm with doors at 7:00pm. Come down for some good grub and hype tunes. Tickets are 8 bones.
Listen to a few new tunes below:
posted by @clarkbs
There are very few people in this world that possess all of the following qualities 1) artistic 2) exceptionally athletic and 3) cool as fuck. Trevor “Trouble” Andrew just happens to be one of these people.
After a childhood spent skateboarding on the coast of Nova Scotia, Andrew turned to snowboarding and would eventually go pro at the tender age of 12. He then spent the majority of his later adolescence traveling the world, participating in two Winter Olympics and the 2000 X-Games. Sometime during this craziness he met Santi White, who you all know as the fabulous Santigold. The two started dating, fell madly in love and finally made their courtship official roughly two years ago.
Now rewind to 2004, when Andrew’s suffered a tragic knee injury that forced him to explore different avenues. Being influenced by his ladylove and a SP1200, he began experimenting with different mixes, fusing together his love for punk rock, southern crunk, and gangsta rap.
Shortly after his musical awakening, Andrew started the “Trouble Andrew” band, who released their debut album in 2007. Since then, Andrew’s has gone on to become a brand ambassador for Native Shoes, designed for the likes of Burton, Monster Energy and Nixon, as well as collaborate with some of the music industries biggest names.
Not only has he hooked up with his wife on a few tracks, but he’s also been featured with pretty boy Diplo, Curren$y and Spankrock to name a few. Oh, I should also mention that he’s started his own record label entitled Trouble Records and rocks a ripped denim jacket like none other.
All in all, the dudes a Canadian prodigy and while spending time with him on Saturday, (before he performed with Santigold at the Commodore), it also became apparent that he’s one of the chillest artists around. Check out my interview with him below.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Honest, loyal, driven, athletic, and creative.
You’ve spent a lot of time in Vancouver and Whistler, what’s your favorite thing about living in British Columbia?
I love the lifestyle out here, being surrounded by the mountains and the water. To me it’s one of the most peaceful places in the world. Some people are pulled towards certain places and when I’m out here I’m just so calm.
Do you think being bi-coastal influences your music and personal style?
I don’t know, maybe. I think traveling and being always on the move in general has influenced me. Being exposed to different things, different cultures, has introduced me to so much that has in turn affected my music and my art.
If you could only have three pairs of shoes in your wardrobe, what would they be?
I would have a pair of Native shoes because I’m part of the company and it’s something that I’m super proud of, plus they’re awesome; I know I could rock them anywhere. Then I would have a pair of combat boots or Docs. I’d also have a pair of dope Gucci slip on’s, black on black, just in case I had to go somewhere.
When you’re in the pipe or shredding pow what music do you have coming through your headphones?
When I was younger I would listen to the Descendents “Coolidge” a lot and their whole “Somery” album. Also Tupac’s “All Eyez on Me” really pushed me, I wrote a lot to that record too. I used to just make mixes. I don’t know if you remember mini disc players but I would make mixes for the Olympics, U.S. Open, X-Games etc. I still have them all too.
You’ve worked with everyone from Diplo to Stunnaman, who else would you love to collaborate with?
There are tons of people I’d love to work with, like Trent Reznor or Iggy Pop. Drake would be dope too.
If you could go back in time and spend one day with Tupac, what would you plan for the two of you?
I would love to be in L.A. with him, rolling around in a Phantom or vintage Bentley, cruising down sunset, throwing money out the window, top down. But then another part of me would want to take him out here and go to fucking Whistler. I’d love to teach him how to snowboard.
In your opinion, what’s the mot romantic thing you’ve ever done?
(Blushing)…that’s a question you’d really have to ask Santi.
Do you think you’re a romantic guy?
I think I’m defiantly romantic. Sometimes my crazy life and ADD gets in the way but I don’t think romance is something you do a couple times a week, it’s being thoughtful, and it’s the little things. I’m really good with my words so I write some pretty romantic text messages.
When can we expect the Trouble Gang compilation?
I think probably by the end of the summer, August maybe. But I’m going to start putting songs out from it right now. I want to drop this song I did with my new artist Mulller St-Cyr, he’s from Brooklyn and is one of the illest rappers I’ve ever heard.
Interview by @clarkbs
term 1 es finito. . . Hugs, kisses, and upskirt panty shots for all .
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Those concerned with the fallout of the housing/liquidity crisises (sp?) should listen to more post punk/new wave.. .
Skids – The Saints are Coming
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