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BeatRoute Magazine BC Print Edition April 2018

BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise. The paper started in June 2004 and continues to provide a healthy dose of perversity while exercising rock ‘n’ roll ethics. Currently BeatRoute’s AB edition is distributed in Calgary, Edmonton (by S*A*R*G*E), Banff and Canmore. The BC edition is distributed in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. BeatRoute (AB) Mission PO 23045 Calgary, AB T2S 3A8 E. editor@beatroute.ca BeatRoute (BC) #202 – 2405 E Hastings Vancouver, BC V5K 1Y8 P. 778-888-1120

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Guided by Voices - Space Gun Guided by Voice Holy Wave - Adult Fear JJUUJJUU - Zionic Mud “information overdose. The track segues into an unexpectedly-dreamy close as do many on the album, the influence of M83 producer Justin Meldal-Johnson bleeding into the band’s typically moodier aesthetic. These injections of levity are “disaster relief,” and deepening the palette of tones the band has to work with lends the record’s gloominess more impact than its predecessor, 2016’s self-titled Preoccupations. In New Material, darkness excites and envelopes; delivery and instrumentals are alternately deadpan and jolting, never fully awake or asleep, shuffle-stepping between unsettled waking life and a chilling but invigorating dreamscape. • Cathal Gunning A Place To Bury Strangers Pinned Dead Oceans Adversity has long been the driving force inspiring sonic chemists to one up themselves. On this fifth full-length by the decade old noise rock trio the struggles of life are real but they also come with a big pay off. The opener, “Never Coming Back,” brims with anxiety whether it’s brought on by the changes all around or a consistent streak of personal bad luck matters less and less as the trance inducing back beat helps give the sensation of exiting this world for clouds of noise up above. Otherworldly guitar sounds and copious amounts of forlorn blasts of sonic chaos have always been the rule but this release has a notable addition with the inclusion of he/she vocals. The hellish buzz-saw guitar riffs on “Frustrated Operator” benefit greatly from a female presence widening the dynamic with soft Nico-inspired singing which is truly shiver inducing. Weary voices give searing meditations on personal truth revealing a side to the band that usually hides beneath layers and layers of postrock noise. • Dan Potter The Penske File Salvation Stomp Records The Penske File’s new album, Salvation, is a power-poppy blend of various punk rock styles. The opening track “Kamikaze Kids,” explodes from the picking pattern of a brightly-toned guitar to a folk-infused, chorus-y punk song reminiscent of new-era Green Day meeting old-school Against Me! Salvation’s fourth track “Spin My History,” is an emotionally driven rock-song with enough catchiness to fit on radio airwaves, and enough grit to catch your attention. “Last Chance” is a smack-yourface tune that mixes elements of ‘50s rock n’ roll with heavy, melodic skate-punk. Overall, Salvation feels like a well-executed power-pop tribute to punk music of the early 2000s. Sounds on Salvation are comparable to the likes of Blink-182, Sum41, NOFX, Yellowcard, and many more artists of that era. The record’s diversity touches on punk’s many niches, leaving something catchy and enjoyable for fans from all walks of the genre. • Johnny Papan Holy Wave Adult Fear The Reverberation Appreciation Society Following up on the heels of Holy Wave’s Freaks Of Nurture, their 2016 release, Adult Fear is the five piece from Austin’s fifth official release and third full-length album. Sticking with their signature, hazy psych-garage sound, Holy Wave has managed to release yet another captivating collection of tracks. With each new album the band puts out, they seem to mature towards new levels of experimentation and layering lush instrumentation, amid tracks gliding effortlessly between different grooves and tempos. This does not so much startle, but rather takes one on a trip with the band. One aspect that sticks out on Adult Fear is the departure to a more neo-psychedelic sound, reminiscent of groups such as The Zombies, Pink Floyd (a la Syd Barrett), and more recently, Ariel Pink. This shines through on tracks such as “Nation In Regress,” “Habibi,” and “Adult Fear.” Layered in abundant organ/synth tones and track lengths reaching April 2018 31

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