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Fantasize!! Final Thought’s Newest Release + Interview

13 Aug


Final Thought is a Toronto based Pop/Rock trio consists of lead singer and guitarist Dustin Dopsa, Brandon Hawthorne on bass and Tom Watson on drums. From starting the band in highschool to playing private shows for Gene Simmons, These guys have been together for quite a while and it shows in their newly released EP Fantasize.

Rich Moore recently had the chance to talk with lead singer Dustin Dopsa about the new “Mini album” as Dustin likes to call it.

Rich Moore:  Where did you grow up and when did you start playing in a band?

Dustin Dopsa:  I grew up in Barrie, just an hour north of Toronto.  I officially started the band Final Thought in grade nine as a battle of the bands submission.

RM:  I have to say: That’s a long time playing together without changing names.

DD:  Yah that was one of the things I hated about bands in highschool.  I would say to myself, why don’t you guys just stick with it.  You have gone through all the trouble of building whatever fan base you have and then you go and tarnish it by changing your name!

RM:  What was the recording process like this time around, compared to your previous albums?

DD:  Well, this time I decided to do all of the recording myself.  Previously we would go to studios and record, but that is very expensive and sometimes the tracks don’t come out exactly how you want them.  So we recorded at my place in Toronto.  At the time i was living in an old Victorian home. It was built in 1891 and had twenty foot ceilings so it was great for recording.  I enjoyed the experience although it was difficult and very time consuming.  I had to use every resources I had,”getting friends to help record parts I couldn’t have done on my own.”  I think having the experience of making an album before making one on my own definitely made for a smoother process.

RM:  What have you been listening to lately?

DD::  I really like the new ASAP Rocky Album, and i have been listening to the latest “Bahamas” album.  Funny thing Bahamas actually went to my highschool, i just found out last December.


These guys are seriously talented!  Lead singer Dustin Dopsa vocals rival today’s top 40 artists.  Along with some banging bass and drums Final Thought’s newest EP/mini album is a must listen!  The fourth track “Don’t know is personally my favorite.

You can have a listen to Final Thought in the links below.

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5 Nov


Pacanomad, is a London – Ontario based soul and r&b band, which is spiced with a slight indie aesthetics and seasoned with Zeppelin-era rock/blues guitar stylings. If you are an unclothe millennial such as myself, it is likely you have been straying clear of ‘soul’ music, possibly because the last ‘soul’ artist you heard was Ne-Yo, which simply was not good for your blood pressure.  Thankfully, Pacanomad and their semi recent EP, Restless, draw associate themselves with a far more credible source. To transcribe their overall sound into a sentence, this an act that revive the subtle sentiments of a time period defined by sharp looking hats, strong drinks and with a proportionate contrast of unbridled attitude.


This five track gem, kicks off with ‘Heaven Can Wait’, a cheeky love song,  defined by snazzy baselines and femme fatale vocals. Any modern escapists with half an imagination be able to smell a smoke filled bar lounge and neat whiskey by the end of this track. This is the very cool thing about Restless, it has very authentic sound that sound; If a complete stranger told me Pacanomad opened for Janis Joplin, I would deem it believable. To get it out of the way, the skeleton that holds this album together is the emotional and talented vocal delivery of Chantel Revard. The tracks ‘Tell Me Not To Doubt’, ‘I Lost You’, ‘Till It’s Mine’ and ‘Restless’ she does a remarkable job teetering the line between projecting longing and lust. However, the band’s bohemian seduction stylings  due owe much credit to the rest of the band. The bassist Dave Bell, manages to play some intimately comforting blues lick, particularly on ‘Tell Me Not To Doubt’ and ‘Till It’s Mine’. It is resonates especially well with the downright suave and flirty  guitar bits of Nick Cifaldi, particularly on ‘Restless’. To complete the metaphor, it seems reasonable to say that Zack Stewart, the drummer, is best described as gentle, but full of stamina.

While this EP is full of potential and has excellent production, it is not without room for improvement. During the first few play troughs it is painfully clear that there is a lack of a certain hook. No song was immediately captivating, nor was any set of lyrics particularly thematically different that those that came before it.  Frankly speaking, I think all of the songs are good (Till It’s Mine,  Restless being my personal favorites), but that is a conclusion I arrived at after 15+ listens. Any ad hominem accusations regarding this conclusion likely hold some truth, due to my comparable inexperience with the genre. However, that was my experience.
That aside, I think Pacanomad likely has great stage presence and I would see them live. Thankfully, the London, Ontario rockers don’t live far from me and I will be keeping an open eye for their future releases. In the meantime you can download Restless from their Bandcamp for 5 measly dollars, which as a genre outsider, I would say is very well worth it.

Check out Pacanomad!
Until It’s Mine music video

Author: Alex Slakva