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Future Craft – “Future Craft”

The point of an EP is simple: to give a short taste of a band’s sound. It’s promotional: it shows off everything great about a band, everything they have to offer, and why you should love them. In the case of Future Craft‘s self-titled debut, the EP says the band’s got a lot — and even more left to come.

Future Craft is a young, fun, and incredibly talented rock band from Calgary, and anyone who has seen them perform live can tell you they’ve got a ton of energy. Watching the band is exciting, and with their expressiveness, cohesion, and chemistry, it’s actually hard to look away from the stage during their set. They’re captivating, and their EP brings the same element of showmanship and energy to the recorded music. This is usually a difficult task, but Future Craft somehow pulls it off.

Future Craft is great at writing really fun, super catchy songs. Their riffs get stuck in your head for days, and the opening track “Clothes” will have you “ooo”-ing incessantly. This says a lot about them. In their words, the band sounds like “a bunch of bees trapped in a washing machine on the moon” – can you think of a better description? The melodies are catchy, the vocals fit perfectly with their brand of classic alt-grunge-garage, and the drums move everything along with total passion. The songs are fun, but they rock. Check the lyrics, too: they’re clever and well-written, literate and almost poetic in songs like “Illusionist” and then funny-but-inspired in “Shoot to Kill” and “In Town”. They have definite elements of grunge and alternative bands like Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, with bits of RHCP or Gorillaz-like hip hop in “In Town”.

The five tracks show actual diversity in terms of melody, rhythm, and writing style, giving a great idea of the band’s range of abilities and their various talents. This makes it hard to choose a favourite song on the EP, but also means it’s possible to listen to repeatedly. Speaking of which: because it’s a short album, the EP ends before you know it, and next thing you know you’ve played it on repeat 24 times! No complaints, though; this is a good sign, and Future Craft is a great EP.

If you get the chance to see Future Craft’s live show, definitely take it. They’re even better on stage than they are on the EP, but for a great taste of everything they have to offer buy the album! Check out a few songs on ReverbNation, go like them on Facebook, and check back for an updated website. Just don’t be surprised when their songs get stuck in your head.

Future Craft - "Future Craft"

Chakobsa – “Energy Dispersal”

Most people will argue that music is an experience. Our favourite songs are those that mean something to us, and we can usually argue that listening to our favourite albums involves more than just listening. Energy Dispersal, the second full-length album from Calgary’s Chakobsa, is entirely different than anything else out there right now, and with powerful tracks and an unforgettable sound the album will completely blow you away.

Released in March 2012, Energy Dispersal is one of the coolest albums to come out this year. It doesn’t fit into any particular category or traditional genre, and this might be what makes it such a unique and meaningful experience. It’s a weird combination of sounds: somehow both heavy and mellow, it takes on dark and moody elements while also showing off some singable melodies and quicker bass lines. Chakobsa experiments with different sounds and devices, bringing forward a grungy alt-doom-blues-rock sound that is not quite like anyone else, yet still familiar and mainstream. Think of a strange combination of Tool, Alice in Chains, Muddy Waters, The Doors and Faith No More. This isn’t easy to do, but Chakobsa pulls it off, and does so very well.

There are some obvious song-writing and musical talents on this album. The most obvious talent lies in their ability to harmonize vocally. Take “A Constant With Variable Values”, for example: the vocal harmonies here take an incredible ear and lot of skill, and it really is amazing they’re able to keep this up while maintaining strong instrumental abilities and actual intelligent lyrics. Most of the tracks have similar features: slower tempos, strong harmonies, heavy bass and emphasis on minor key signatures, a combination that leads to an emotional connection and the comparison to bands like Tool (“To The Visage”).

Chakobsa was born in the late ’90s and after some mixing and growing they’re stronger than ever. They have incredible balance and chemistry and are definitely a band to check out. Check out the band’s website and Facebook for more information, preview and buy Energy Dispersal on iTunes or CD Baby, and definitely get out to a live show! And if you’re unsure, the band does give clear instructions on pronouncing their name: “cha-KOB-sa. The ‘O’ is like ‘hole’ – not ‘hot'”. Get used to saying it; Energy Dispersal is the first step in Chakobsa’s rise to the top, and with uniqueness on their side and talent all around them, they’re out to create an unforgettable experience.

Chakobsa - "Energy Dispersal"

Million Dollar Fix at Tipperary’s Pub – Show Review

Walking into Tipperary’s Pub is like stepping into the belly of an old ship: dark, slightly claustrophobic, and surrounded by wood. On Saturday night, much of this wood was due in part to the burlesque dancers and lingerie-clad waitresses who were there in support of the Alberta Cancer Society’s Underwear Affair. With all proceeds going to a good cause, admission was well worth the $10 ticket. An equally good reason to drop in on this show was to see rocking local band Million Dollar Fix.

Hailing from Calgary, the energetic group performed the middle set of the night, the juicy meat of a delicious rock burger. These three – Logan on guitar and vocals, Keegan on bass and vocals, and Jeff on drums – jumped on stage in a fit of energy. Looking like they stepped out of the sweet denim- and bandana-wearing days of the late ’80s and early ’90s, these guys looked and acted the part of true rockers.

They launched into their set with the explosive “Look Through Fire”. With heavy bass and loud drumming, the song was easy to follow and immediately got bodies moving. Fans of ’90s grunge will love Million Dollar Fix’s sound – they sounded like early Nirvana with a modern edge, sometimes adding in a bit of punk, metal, and their own sexyfunrock sound.

Although there were a few minor glitches – some mic feedback after the third song and a small cord malfunction – the band’s energy and enthusiasm made up for it. The venue wasn’t great for a show of this size, but Million Dollar Fix gave a fun, energetic, and amazing performance that kept the place jumping. If anything, these guys love to perform and were born to be on stage. If you get the chance to see Million Dollar Fix live, do it! They are definitely a band worth checking out.

Setlist:
Look Through Fire
The Condition Is Permanent
Wild Ladies
Painkillers
Surrender
Become a God
You’re Part Of This Now
Countdown to Midnight
The Rich