Awkward post-punk rockers, Lonely Parade are made up of three “stubborn best-friends” --Augusta Veno on guitar, Anwyn Climenhage on drums, and Charlotte Dempsey on bass-- who started jamming together at a Rock Camp for Girls. Back in 2014, they won best emerging band at the Peterborough Folk Festival, going on to play Sappyfest and Pop Montreal, as well support bands like Ought and Nap Eyes. The band’s second full length album, No Shade, came out last September. Sarah Murphy with Exclaim! (who camped out at last year’s R&S to review bands) wrote about the record's “themes of feeling uncomfortable and questioning one's place, as well as the shocking self-awareness and confusion that can come with finding oneself in an entirely new or different place.” For one track, “Duck Hunt,” they even swapped instruments to capture that feeling of strangeness that comes with trying something new. Weird is welcome at R&S.
While the sun will be slowly slipping away, alt-rockers Heat will bring their sonic warmth to the mainstage.
The Montreal Gazette describes their latest, Overnight, released this January, as drawing on influences from 1980s British rock bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, the Chameleons, and Psychedelic Furs — “bands known for atmospheric, droning guitar-driven songs. And that’s just fine. It’s all about taking the work of those earlier artists and making it your own.”
Recorded at Montreal’s Breakglass Studio and Co-produced by Grammy Award-winner Alex Newport (Death Cab) the album was led by the band’s three founding members, Susil Sharma (Vocals, Guitar, Synth), Matthew Fiorentino (Guitar, Synth) and Raphael Bussieres (Bass). It follows on the heels of the band’s first, self titled EP released in 2014.
After playing R&S, Heat heads back to their home in Montreal to play Osheaga.
Casper Skulls have officially finished recording their first full-length LP and are fresh from a North American tour with an impressive romp at SXSW. With Sudbury sweethearts Melanie St-Pierre and Neil Bednis colliding with the energetic Chris Anthony and Fraser McClean in Toronto, you get a smorgasbord of punk, garage, post-punk and even some grunge. Bandcamp Daily shares the audience experience “a contemporary punk band [that] could deliver so many promising variations on a theme within the confines of a thirty-minute EP is pretty impressive” Their EP, Lips & Skull, gives off a summer air of blinding sunsets, skipping stones across the closest lake and figuring out your adventures for the night.
Self-defined “post-classic rock” duo Partner is coming to us from Sackville, NB. Lucy Niles and Josée Caron are best friends who created Partner in hopes of freely exploring topics like friendship, intimacy, and existential unease, which they do effortlessly. Their sound is best described as “what early 2000s pop punk would be like if it was mixed with a reverence for classic rock era guitar solos”. The pair was named “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail despite having yet to release an album, but don’t worry, their highly anticipated debut album In Search of Lost Time will be released sometime in 2017!
Hailing from Ottawa, the garage-punk four-piece group New Swears will be bringing their reckless and crazy fun energy to the R&S Beach Stage. Members Sammy J Scorpion, Scru Bar, Beej Eh, and Nick Nofun have released two full length albums, and have toured through Canada, the United States, and Europe. And The Magic Of Horses comes out on June 23, their follow-up album to 2014's Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever which Vice: Noisey described as “ridiculously great.” The quartet’s fast paced sound is surfy with punk hooks and is packed with catchy riffs, charming harmonies, tambourine shaking, and summery vibes. This is going to be a fun one!
Telecolor is an alternative synth trio that creates soundscapes and original arrangements to colonize your ears. Not only does this retrofuturistic trio make groovy synth pop-rock inspired by the musical prowess of bands such as Radiohead, Pandaléon and Mehliana, but also mind-melting projections. Forged in 2013, the band’s membership shook up last year and now includes André Laforge (Leads and rhythm), Michel Laforge (Bass and leads) and Matt Landry (percussions). They’ll create their magic deep in the forest on the late, late night Dance Party Stage.
Chanelle Albert is an emerging, independent singer-songwriter whose style is rooted in folk, rock, blues and alternative. Born and raised in the small nearby town of Verner, Chanelle started songwriting in both French and English at the age of 16 and going on to perform at the Lavigne Tavern, which has showcased many great emerging Canadian bands from across the country. Two years later, her debut album, How Beautiful We Are, earned her a nomination for Best Folk or Roots Album at the 2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards and a Canadian Folk Music Awards’ nomination in the category of Young Performer of the Year.
Lazy Daisies are a four-piece cutie-pop, dream-punk, best-friend experience. Formed in 2015, they made it their mission to rock, however, they ended up rolling instead. The band’s debut album, The Essential Lazy Daisies, is set to be released on June 23rd. With hit singles like “Sorry, Buddy” and “Fast Dancing to Slow Songs,”, there’s no way your feet won’t tap a hole in the ground. Are they cute? Yes. Are they weird? Yes. Are they best friends? 100%
Hamilton based indie rocker Billy Moon will be bringing their awesome sound and goofy persona to River & Sky on Saturday afternoon. With interests that include “Speakin' Softly, Drinkin Coffee, Thinkin' Lofty”, it is no surprise that the group’s sound is so laidback, yet upbeat with super fun and surfy vibes. Ahead of their new EP’s release, he/the group revealed an album cut called “Tarranoh,” which hilariously references the correct pronunciation of Ontario’s nearby capital city. Their new EP “I’ll Push the Pedals and You Steer” came out on May 12th. Catch it now on the group’s Spotify page!
"Germaphobes are not of the past and not from the future. They exist everywhere in time and are everything." Jesse L. - Blonde Elvis.
Childhood friends Neil Rankin and Paul Erlichman started Germaphobes in 2014 as an outlet to explore their mutual interest in the more outer fringes of pop music. Signed with Pleasence Records, the band released Fiji Whizz last fall. Chart Attack describes it as a “shimmering and sophisticated hi-fi pop ensemble, scoured and polished of new wave's early edges.”
Chicago’s The Blisters have spent more than a decade together -- they formed at age seven -- honing their sound after indie titans Guided by Voices, Spoon, Iron & Wine and Wilco. Wilco comparisons are inevitable since along with the band’s ability to infuse folksy charm into hooky rock, the band shares blood with their hometown colleagues: drummer Spencer Tweedy is Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s son. Called “one of the best young blood bands in America” by The Austin Chronicle, The Blisters’ latest record Cured is a shining example of economic, punchy, accessible rock that’s sunny enough to the distract the ear from dark, aching lyrics. Welcome The Blisters to R&S - and Northern Ontario! - for the first time!