Here at Canadian Content Machine, we have been rigorously searching for the next great Toronto band, and I think we’ve found them!
Fortunately I was introduced to a few members of the band and was given the album for review! After listening to the album, about 50 times, I now feel I can give it an appropriate review.
Right off the bat, the first track “About a Dog” sets the tone for what is about to come. Ill admit I wasn’t expecting to hear this high quality album from a band I met at an event! Tom Mackay is excellent on drums, a little reminiscent of Metric’s drummer. Right away it’s noticeable that the production quality of “Stolen Cars” is far above most bands first album.
Track Two: “1990′s” Is pretty much the Anthem to anyone growing up in the Greater Toronto Area during the 1990′s. The second verse reminisces Joe Carters 1993 World Series home run, which a a moment in history every child remembers growing up in the GTA, let alone Canada.
Track Three: “Robbery” Has a little more vocal depth than the first two, which impressed me because the lead singer James Connolly’s voice is one that is very distinct. After hearing three songs I can easily say “The second I hear the his voice, I know I’m listening to Brothers of North”.
Track Four: “Useless Pages” Hands down, displays the bands full range of talent. The ability to write slow and meaning full acoustic music is something every true music fans love to hear from their favorite bands. “Useless pages” does all of that and more! Expect to be hearing this on the radio soon.
Track Five: “Serious” Again displays the bands ability to write quality music, Slowly building up the track and then slowing back down On this track bassist Pete Barnes stands out with some groovy base lines, which definitely makes this song so solid. Once you think you know where the song is going. In true Rock & Roll fashion, lead Guitarist Joe Gallo, tears up a filthy solo, ending the song on a high note.
Track Six: “Oh My God” Puts the icing on the cake for this album. Probably my favorite song one the album! Every part of the band stands out in this song!! Absolutely a perfect way to end the album, I keep finding myself singing it an hour later. That is how I know that it was a great song and album!
Check out the video for their song Good Health: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LCmo9Da9dg
You can listen to “Stolen Cars” here: http://brothersofnorth.bandcamp.com/
Follow them on Twitter: @BrothersOfNorth https://twitter.com/BrothersOfNorth
Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrothersOfNorth
Written By: Richard Moore