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Of Gentlemen and Cowards – “Warminster”

There’s a lot to be said for hometown pride. Most bands know it: people at home are our biggest supporters and they’ll talk about us ’til the cows come home. Home and fan support drive us forward, and whether our achievements are big or small we know the fans will be there to cheer us on. With the entire city of Hamilton, Ontario and McMaster University behind them, Of Gentlemen and Cowards has huge things in the works and an incredible future on the horizon. If you haven’t heard of these guys yet you will soon: the four-piece just won a spot on the Late Show with David Letterman and will be broadcast to millions on Monday, September 17, a gig of a lifetime for most bands and a definite dream come true. A fabulous intro to the band and a record we’re all talking about is their new 7″ single, Warminster.

Released in August 2012, Warminster gives a great taste of the band’s sound and possibilities. Like most singles, this one’s not long enough – but that’s a definite good sign. It’s a major tease, and the torture of wanting more is painful at best. They’ve given us eight great minutes of catchy pop-rock, an energetic and fun display of talent and audience-friendly songwriting. They know exactly how to create music that will take them places, putting together a sound that fits on mainstream radio while also finding a home in the collections of audiophiles and music snobs alike.

They’ve been described as alt-folk-pop in their sound: using harmonicas, a children’s choir, and great guitar solos, as well as solid vocals and some bluesy riffs, Of Gentlemen and Cowards might be compared to bands like The Decemberists, Third Eye Blind, Foo Fighters or John Mellencamp. It’s possible to associate them with The Arkells as well, but this is an urge to be resisted. Throw together catchy melodies, uncomplicated lyrics and pieces of folk, pop and rock and we’ve got something to admire.

Of Gentlemen and Cowards is a band you need to listen to. And guess what: you can! Warminster is available for free (yes – free!) on the band’s website. Check them out now while you can and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. The Letterman show is just a stop on their trip to fame, and Hamilton is behind them every step of the way.

Of Gentlemen and Cowards - "Warminster"

Sunshine Radio – “Sunlight EP”

With the mid-winter blues slowly fading and the brightness of spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for something cheery and fun to chase away our bad moods and put an extra spring in our step. Rocking the Calgary music scene with a fantastic new EP and huge potential, Sunshine Radio is clapping hands, moving feet, and warming hearts, with no sign of slowing down any time soon.

Officially released in January 2012, Sunshine Radio’s “Sunlight EP” is exactly what we need right now. An explosion of alt-pop with some retro flair, Sunlight is a collection of songs that restore faith in happiness. The band’s sound is a mix of older Weezer, The Beatles, The Killers, and Phish, a combination that adds to catchy and memorable songs that are really easy to sing along to. They’ll make you clap with joy when they come on shuffle, and you’ll end up listening to the EP on repeat for hours.

While each piece of the band (guitars, drums, keys, vocals) is individually great, it’s the way they come together that create the magic. These guys seem to have amazing chemistry, shown in their harmonies, timing, and total silkiness of the way they mesh. There’s still a bit of room to grow, but the EP shows off everything that’s great about the band and what they have to offer.

It really is difficult to choose one standout track. As is true with most good albums, every song on here is completely wicked. For a sample of most of them, check out the Sunshine Radio’s BandPage. You’ll find yourself smiling and dreaming about sunny days, loving life and remembering good times. Interested in some more good times? Go like their Facebook page and watch out for upcoming gigs. These boys put on a great show and they definitely shouldn’t be missed. There’s a reason they’ve described themselves as an “anticipated platinum Canadian music group”: they’re the real deal, and this EP is proof.

Update: Sunshine Radio has just unleashed their new website! Check it out and learn more about the band here!

Sunshine Radio - "Sunlight EP"