It’s a safe bet that unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve heard of the band The Arcade Fire. From music critics around the globe to musicians such as Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie and the members of Coldplay, The Arcade Fire has been hailed as the most interesting and innovative rock group to come along in years.
In most instances three years is not a heck of a lot of time for a band to form, record two records, and get signed to a major record label. Nevertheless, a Tennessee based quartet of zealous young musicians known as 10 Years, have seemingly crammed a decade’s worth of experience and musical maturity into a short but intense three year span.
Although the phrase New York City can bring to mind images of a cluttered web of heaven-bound skyscrapers, constant yellow taxi cab-infused traffic jams, and hoards of totally diverse people roaming a labyrinth of numerically labelled streets, this majestic American city can also be known for its dualistic mix of light and dark (good and evil).
If you’ve been a fan of Canadian new rock over the last ten years then you are bound to remember the band Econoline Crush. The Vancouver based band formed in the early 1990s in Seattle, Washington when the eventual lead singer Trevor Hurst answered an ad for a new band in a local newspaper. After the band formed, Hurst and his four bandmates uprooted...
It is amusingly ironic (and borderline eerily coincidental) how aptly titled the band Illbreak actually is. This group’s name invariably boats a hilarious double meaning; one which refers not only to their super-fortunate and perfectly-timed big music break (details forthcoming), but also to the refreshing type of sound that they will inevitably carry with them into the rock music world.
Unbeknownst to many people, one of the hottest and fastest rising new rock acts in Canada is a five piece band by the name of Tupelo Honey. Unfortunately however, at the moment there does not appear to exist a whole lot of information about this particular group. Accordingly, we here at PGA feel that it is our duty to compile what we have...
As you lay there on the piping hot sand just a few metres away from the calm sparkling ocean, the sun’s beautiful rays wrap your body in a tingling blanket of warmth. You are relaxed and at peace with your surroundings, and furthermore with yourself. This my friend is sunny Florida, and this is paradise.
Like the sound of a skateboard’s trucks grinding on a metal rail or the deck’s wood scraping against the concrete, Camp Kill Yourself’s sound has always been raw and uncut. With a unique and unrelenting blend of craggy driving guitar riffs and equally captivating percussion, bass lines, and vocals, Camp Kill Yourself (or CKY for short) is totally addictive.
Have you ever awoken from a dream that was so frighteningly vivid, that you seriously questioned whether you were ever really asleep at all? As your mind slowly starts to clear, you’re left with a lingering memory of either horrifying or fantastic visions; images and thoughts which whip around your mind as if caught in a cerebral-tornado.
The United Kingdom has long since been home to innumerable talented rock music acts, many of which have achieved world renowned acclaim. With groups such as The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath (to name but a few), it is impossible to deny the vast amount and sheer quality of music that the U.K. has thus far offered the world.
You have the ice-cold metallic barrel of a gun pressed against your head. The nervous sweat and crocodile tears are streaming down your face. And then it happens, your assailant asks you that one ridiculously important question; one that could spell out whether you live or die. “Who is this year’s absolute best new hard music act?” he asks in his deep angry voice.
Any band who signs a contract with a major record label only to have their disc sitting on a shelf for over a year is bound to feel like crap. Honestly, imagine how you would feel if you put your very heart and soul into your musical work and ended up watching it collect dust as corporate executives gave you the runaround. It’s highly likely that you’d be frustrated, disheartened, and just plain pissed off.
If you are a fan of metal at all, then by now you have heard (or at least heard of) Killswitch Engage. You might also have known that in 2003, shortly after recording their second full length album “Alive or Just Breathing”, due to personal reasons, then lead singer Jesse David made the decision to leave the band. This was a shock for the group and a difficult decision for Jesse...
Zack de la Rocha is an extremely talented and influential individual best known for his musical masterpieces created while still with his former band, Rage Against the Machine. The name of the band alone is, in some senses, a summation of Zack’s true character: a wildly rebellious man whose primary goal is to simultaneously push others to think for themselves and encourage social and political reform.