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Blades of Steel to release “Frontal Full Nelson & the Boxcar Bolsheviks” EP

When Johnathan Stoddart moved to Calgary in 1999, the hip-hop scene was virtually non-existent in the city. In the fifteen years since he first set foot in the city, the scene has grown, and he has been front and centre for the ride. Stoddart made a name for himself as Ricca Razor Sharp, building a reputation as one of Calgary’s “go to” MC’s.

After building a solo career, Ricca has put his concentration solely on a collaboration between friends he has met along the way. Ricca is now part of a five piece crew, Blades of Steel, that continues to make their marks in a scene they helped cultivate.

Flanked by bassist Pastrami, Ricca Razor Sharp sits inside a bar in McKenzie Towne, crediting his band mates with his individual growth as an artist, and the production of a record every single individual in the band is happy with. With the help of the second MC Soleo, Shoez at drums, Roop at keyboards, guitarist Ru, and bassist Pastrami, Blades of Steel have created a 5-track EP that shows a progression of sound, without a regression in a music that has earned them a loyal following of folks who hit the clubs to have the time of their lives.

Their first EP released last year Like A Calf in a Tube Sock, was according to their new bassist, “a little more rock,” while their new release Frontal Full Nelson and the Boxcar Bolsheviks is defined by Pastrami as ,”a big shift towards the funk.” The minor change in genre is not something Blades of Steel fear, what matters is not the maintenance of a signature sound, it is what the songs do for their loyal fans.

“The energy within the band is why we have our fans; I don’t think our fans are here because we maintain a sound,” claimed Pastrami, whose MC agreed with the sentiment by adding, “I don’t think we are sitting down writing some style we don’t want to play just in order to fit in some niche.”

The stage is a different world; you come to this place of tranquility… as soon as you stare in the crowd, nothing else matters.

What carries the strictest of importance within the group is the fun they have on stage. No matter what personal problems they have in their private lives, or how much they drank the night before, once they hit the stage they express love and an energy that seeps into the soul of the crowd. In return, the audience leaves the show knowing they experienced a performance they will never forget. They went to a show and had the type of fun they often take for granted.

“The stage is a different world; you come to this place of tranquility… as soon as you stare in the crowd, nothing else matters,” said a reflective Pastrami a former fan who has had a front row seat in both worlds. He knows what Blades of Steel creates, and how they create it.

The group has created a diverse collection of songs that draws different personalities and tastes into their group. Blades of Steel favourites like H.E.M.P, and Do You In the 80s have become staples of their shows, but with the release of Frontal Full Nelson, fans will be drawn to new tracks that sound like music created by the love child of George Clinton, and Grandmaster Flash. Tracks like the opener So Fast, and the party track The Mexico Song will soon act as signature Blades of Steel tracks.

On May 31st, fans of Blades of Steel will know what to expect, and those expectations will be matched with a bone shaking energy that has created, and maintain a legend within the local hip-hop scene.

Blades of Steel “Frontal Full Nelson & the Boxcar Bolsheviks” EP Release
May 31 @ Local 522 – Show Details

Indie403 Featured Artist of the Month – Nickelback

After years of hard work, drudging through the indie scene, playing for peanuts and relating to their fans, Indie403 is pleased to present Nickelback as our Featured Artists of the Month for the month of April!

Just kidding! Sorry, we couldn’t possibly do that… APRIL FOOLS! 

Click here to find out who’s REALLY our April Featured Artist of the Month!

Chron Goblin invited to London’s Desertfest

Chron Goblin is about to make history.

The Calgary four-piece has been invited to play at London’s Desertfest music festival, and as the first Canadian band to ever receive the honour, Chron Goblin is entering their name in the record books and introducing Brits to the crushing power of Canadian rock.

Joining a huge line-up of talent from across Britain, Europe and the U.S., Chron Goblin is completing an impressive collection of artists that is set to blow fans away. Over 50 bands make up a roster that includes an increasing number of well-known stoner and doom rock bands, the majority of which come from the UK and have been hugely successful worldwide. This is the first time a Canadian band has been invited to join, setting a precedent for Canadian music and giving authority to Chron Goblin and their supportive Calgary fanbase.

Desertfest is the largest underground rock festival in the United Kingdom. The three-day festival takes place from April 26 – 28 and will be held at four large venues across Camden, allowing more music fans to experience the event. Last year’s festival sold out quickly and according to festival organizers, this year’s shows will be “bigger, badder, and ready to tear you guys a new one”.

For more information about Desertfest and to see the full line-up, visit the website or Facebook. Tickets are nearly sold out but for fans who act quickly, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.

Chron Goblin

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DesertFest
Indie403 Featured Artist of the Month (August 2012)