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Stayin’ Afloat with R. Shelley: The Torontonian talks about her new EP, Sink or Swim

3 Feb

R. Shelley.

Recently, we had a chance to sit down with Toronto musician R. Shelley to ask her about her latest EP, Sink or Swim.  Since its April release, Shelley has been playing throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  This talented solo artist will not only impress you with her voice but intrigue you with her lyrics. Canadian Content Machine’s Richard Moore got to pick the brain of R. Shelley and find out more about the musician.

RM:  How long ago did you record your album Sink or Swim?

RS:  I recorded the album almost a year ago when there was time for me to record.  I’ve realized that there has been growth since then.

RM:  Since it has been almost a year since recording, do you wish you had put other songs on the album?

RS:  Oh yeah! I wish I had put several more songs. I have these songs now where I’ve grown, changed and realized things about myself that make sense for this point in my life.  I wouldn’t have written it back then.    

RM:  How did you start playing guitar?

RS:  I always had a knack for the stage–at first it wasn’t music, I wanted to be in the theatre!  But I’ve come to realize that it is music.  I did play piano; I took lessons when I was younger.  In high school I picked up a guitar.  I saw some guys playing guitar during an extracurricular activity, everyone around them were singing and having fun, and I said to myself, “I can do that”, and I did.

RM:  What was the recording process for the album?  

RS:  When I started interning at Oak Recording Studio, I was given a wonderful opportunity to record.  I was given one weekend; just two days.  We sat down the day before and they recommended that I pick 5 songs I was sure I wanted to record.  I knew I had 5 I wanted for sure and maybe a 6th.  That’s the wrong mentality to have when you go into make a record, because you need all of that focus and not have in the back of your head “oh maybe this one would have been better”.  I think the 5 songs I chose make for a good first record.

RM:  Why did you use “Sink or Swim” for the album’s title?

RS:  Let’s be honest, nothing else really worked as the album title.  ‘Sink or Swim’, even just the metaphor was something I was going through at the time.

RM:  What else have you been up to lately?

RS:  I’ve started taking vocal lessons.  I’ve had three and they are going great.  You find out new things about yourself, things you didn’t know you could do.  I wish I had done it sooner.

RM:  Do your write a lot?

RS:  Yes, it’s a never ending process.  When I feel like I have something that is good, I want to make it the best it can be.  There are periods that I don’t write just so I can focus on one certain task.

RM:  Tell me about your guitar.

RS:  I bought my first guitar and it was great until it just didn’t do the trick.  I got to the point when I wanted to buy a really good guitar.  I went down to Long and McQuade and bought a Martin.  But when I brought it home it didn’t fit right.  So I returned it, bought my Taylor and it has been great since.  I even get people coming up to me saying that my guitar sounds amazing.

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The sky is the limit for R. Shelley, and we can’t wait to see what she has next.

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Author: Richard Moore

Photos: Linda Arki

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Grand Theft Auto in the GTA: Newmarket-Aurora’s Brothers of North and their new album, Stolen Cars

27 Nov
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Brothers of North – Stolen Cars (2013).

Here at Canadian Content Machine, we have been rigorously searching for the next great Toronto band, and I think we’ve found them! Here we are with the Brothers of North and their latest release, Stolen Cars.

Fortunately, I was introduced to a few members of the band and given the album for review!  After listening to the album about 50 times, I feel I can now give it an appropriate appraisal.

Track One, “About a Dog”: Right off the bat, the opener sets the tone for what is about to come.  I’ll 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. It’s noticeable right away that the production quality of Stolen Cars is far above most bands’ first album.

Track Two, “1990’s”: This sounds pretty much like the anthem to anyone growing up in the Greater Toronto Area during the 1990’s.   The second verse reminisces on Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series home run, a a moment in history every child growing up in the GTA remembers, 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 quite distinct.  After hearing three songs, I can already easily say, “The second I hear this voice, I know I’m listening to Brothers of North“.

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Brothers of North. From left to right: Joe Gallo, James Connolly, Tom Mackay,Petey Barnes.

Track Four, “Useless Pages”: Hands down, this track displays the band’s full range of talent.  The ability to write slow and meaningful acoustic music is something every true music fan 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”: Another song that shows the band’s ability to write quality music. Slowly building up the track and then slowing back down.   On this track, bassist Petey Barnes stands out with some groovy bass lines, which definitely makes this track solid.  Once you think you know where the song is going,  lead guitarist Joe Gallo tears up a filthy solo, ending the song on a high note and in true Rock & Roll fashion.

Track Six, “Oh My God”: This puts the icing on the cake for this album.  Probably my favorite song on the album!  Every member of the band stands out in this song!! Absolutely a perfect way to end the album; I found myself singing it an hour later.  That is how I knew  it was a great closer to a great album!

 

If you’re in the Toronto area on November 29th, 2013, you can see Brothers of North live at El Mocambo along with Broken Bricks, Boats and Danger Bees.

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Check out Brothers of North!

Official Website.

SoundCloud.

Bandcamp.

Facebook.

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Author:  Richard Moore