No Shame Tour
On Sunday we visited The Phoenix where Lily Allen presented her 4th studio album named No Shame. It is easy to separate the before and after of this album; Allen moved from trumpets, reggae and sarcastic lyrics of partying into a more personal, introspective and even confessional electro-pop that portraits mainly the breakdown of her marriage, maternal guilt, substance abuse along with social and political issues. The sound is more experimental and club-oriented than the chill vibes of feel-good that Alright, Still gave us back in 2006.
The show took off with the new album’s opener Come on Then which is charged with Allen’s chaotic confessions. Afterward, Waste was played to connect the dots between the latest and the first album just to give the audience the next song LDN where The Phoenix showed that it was ready to party.
After playing Not Fair, the song where Allen complains about having a good and caring man that sadly doesn’t make her scream, the encore brought three more songs just to finish with a political message to the Trump’s administration south the border showing the finger and singing the 2009 single Fuck You.
The Phoenix was completely packed. What shocked me the most is that the new songs invite people to talk and hang out as in a club environment. I remember the days where Lily Allen’s music encouraged the body to dance and scream the chorus line.
On stage, I love to see action, energy, emotions, joy or pain but, in summary, a group of musicians increasing our heartbeats.
Are you alive? How does it feel to be alive?
After 37 years of making music, the Metallica family keeps growing. Not only in terms of loyal fans but also in terms of sold albums, number one hits, numerous awards across the globe, and especially concerts, tons of concerts. The band is now touring their second set of the North American leg of the WorldWired Tour that began in October 2016 after the release of their 10th studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. The new album already sold five million copies worldwide following the 2008 success of Death Magnetic.
The cold night in Buffalo did not stop 20,000 metal-heads to come from all over the globe to celebrate another Metallica concert. As the fans waited for the band to go on stage, It's A Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock n' Roll by AC/DC began to play and everyone knew Metallica was ready to come out. As soon as the lights went off on stage, Metallica started the show with The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone. The first riff belonged to Hardwired, the opening theme of the album (also the name of this tour), followed by Atlas, Rise! and Seek and Destroy just to continue one hit after another. The band also played newer music like Halo on Fire and Now That We’re Dead but also the 80s and 90s popular anthems that gave Metallica their own name like One, Master of Puppets, Battery and Leper Messiah.
All eyes and ears were focused on to the 360° square stage in the middle of the KeyBank Center as the fans, like a pack of wolves, howled for more than two hours with every song played by Metallica. The older song brought back special memories while the newer songs created new ones. The concert was exceptionally well designed with incredible lighting and high tech props. When the band played the song Moth Into Flame, 99 autonomous indoor drones came out on stage to fly around the band simulating a group of moths trying to get closer to the flame. Personally, I have never seen this before and this is the exciting thing about Metallica's live shows, the whole experience of being there. This absolutely cannot be replicated by watching the concert on TV.
After winning the Polar Music Prize this past June, also called the Nobel Music Prize in Sweden, sharing the honour with Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, just to mention a few, Metallica is stronger than ever despite the fact that James, Robert, Lars, and Kirk are graying and 54 years old. Metallica is unstoppable and their attitude is what keeps them reinventing themselves continuously. Recently, the drummer shared that the band is planning to continue making music for at least another 25 years. As a fan, I desperately hope this is true.
Long live The Four Horsemen, Metallica, the biggest heavy metal band ever.
Fast-rising heavy rockers, One, had just unveiled their fourth studio album overall, ‘All or Nothing.’ The Montreal-based band - which is comprised of Danny Rossi (vocals), Chris Staniforth (guitars), Phil Hardy (bass), and Sean Pothier (drums) - returned to work with producer Kevin Jardine (Slaves On Dope, Darryl ‘DMC’ Mc Daniels), who has produced the bands last three albums. “The band came in with some great songs, and we worked tirelessly to get them to the point that they sounded like you hear on the record,” says Jardine. “The band was open to expanding their songwriting and tones, to shape something that is very unique. There are not many times you get the chance to make a career record for a band, but this is definitely theirs.”
The single, “Am I Beautiful,” preceded the album’s release, for which a music video was filmed. “We just do what we feel is right in the moment” adds Staniforth. “We shot a video and put the song out there. The reaction was great, so we got everything ready and put out the album.” The “Am I Beautiful music video can be viewed on the link above.
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And the music press is embracing the band, including The Portal Magazine (“’All or Nothing’ grabs its listeners by the neck and throws them around like a rag-doll from the top to the bottom of its track list”) and The Bucketlist Music Review (“It is blatantly obvious that One have their hearts set on playing big arena shows, and truthfully I feel they have the tools to make that a reality”).
‘All Or Nothing’ follows a lengthy tour behind the bands 3rd album, ‘Worlds Collide,’ which carried the band across the continental United States several times. “We love life on the road,” explains Staniforth. “But there reaches a point that you need some new music. It took way longer than we ever expected, however we are very pleased with the final product.” And now, music fans will be able to confirm that the long wait was well-worth it, with the release of ‘All or Nothing.’
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The Farewell Tour
As they say, ‘all good things must come to an end’ but I can assure you, Minus the Bear is going out with a bang. This Seattle 5-piece may be closing the curtains on their music career, but not until they leave everything they’ve got on the Farewell Tour. The music was a great mix of indie and alternative with a nice touch of rock & roll, while the atmosphere was bright, colorful, and full of life.
Fans went wild as this group took over the stage for the last time in Toronto at The Phoenix Concert Theatre! After 17 amazing years it is hard to say goodbye to such a talented band, but if I may speak on behalf of the concertgoers last night, I know they will never be forgotten in the eyes of Toronto.
Opening the night with the latest single, A Boat to An Island on The Wall, English singer-songwriter Benjamin John Howard invited us to participate last Friday in this musical celebration of his third album titled Noonday Dream. Ben’s guitar strumming accompanied with his voice and other 9 musicians created the perfect ambiance to enjoy the last show of the season at the Budweiser Stage.
One cannot define some sounds happening on stage sometimes if the ear is not well trained, nevertheless, we can all agree that Ben’s goal is not to show off or surprise anyone but to generate a calmed and positive energy through chords, melodies and violin sounds flying in the air continuously and sometimes unadvertised.
Earlier the same night, Wye Oak, the multi-talented Baltimore duo composed by the voice and guitar of Jenn Wasner and the interesting combination of drums and keyboard of Andy Stack, presented their dream pop musical proposition that warmed up the cold and windy night.
It is almost impossible to say that the Andy is playing drums and keyboards at the same time and that gives a little spice to each song that can be felt on a deeper level.
Lara’s Drumstick – “Sunglasses and Summer Showers”
Just after Summer is officially over and all-day festivals are gone for another season, we get this amazing concert to remind us the feeling of hearing a nice tune with a beer in our right hand and seating on the grass with our concert buddies. Let us store these memories for a couple of cold months until we can enjoy sun and music together for the next time.
Amy Shark closed her Love Monster tour in Toronto last night in front of a huge crowd at the Danforth Music Hall. Her debut album "Love Monster" was released in July 2018 and the music proves why almost every record label on the planet wanted to sign the singer. The music last night was a mix of pop and soft rock with a hint of punk, performed beautifully by Amy. The singer has been touring internationally to promote her debut album and for the sake of her fans, we hope she comes back to Toronto again very soon.
Photos and words by Queosha Walters
You are someone else tour
On Monday night, Fickle Friends took to the stage at one of Toronto's coziest pubs, The Garrison. We were fortunate enough to sit down with Natassja, the band's lead, and ask a few questions about the group's experience here in Canada, their hopes for the future and about their new album, You Are Someone Else.
The venue quickly filled up in anticipation for the group's first performance ever in Canada. It was really evident that their hardcore fans have been waiting for this day for quite awhile. Although she said she was a bit nervous, Natassja appeared extremely comfortable on stage the entire time never missing a beat or a note.
The group has incredible chemistry with one another as well as their audience. It felt like we were all on stage together belting out lyrics and dancing the night away. Their sound is so unique and fresh which made for a really refreshing experience. Personally, when introduced to new music it takes a few listens before I can determine a true opinion on the piece but with Fickle Friends, every single song had me hooked on the first listen. Their performance was so energetic and it was such an enjoyable experience.
We truly wish the band the most joy and success while they continue their tour in the US and the UK over the next few months. We're really excited to see Fickle Friends take on new heights over the coming years!
Thank you Natassja for sitting down to chat with Music Overload!
Queosha: I saw you guys tweet this morning about it being your first time in Canada, so is it your first time here ever or just your first time performing?
Natassja: Ever, ever!
Q: What do you think of Canada so far?
N: I LOVE Toronto! Toronto is super cool. We spent a lot of time in Kensington Market today. We hit up all the vintage shops like Black Market and a bunch of others and got some sick coffee. We really, really like it. We're from Brighton and it's quite similar.
Q: How's everything going with the tour so far?
N: It's been really good, really good! You just don't know what to expect when you've never played somewhere before, that's the only thing.
Q: Where's your favourite place you've played in so far?
N: New York has been the best just because it's been the biggest show and people were crazy! Actually, the first night of tour was pretty mental in Washington. People are crazy there and people were crazy in Boston as well.
Q: How does it feel to finally have a full length album out?
N: It's nice that it's out (I almost couldn't relax afterwards) but it's more that playing shows now, people know all the words which is really nice. Before it was like playing that awkward song that hasn't been released and everyone just kind of stands there and they're like ..... *stares blankly*
Q: What's your favourite song on the new album?
N: Either Brooklyn or Heartbroken
Q: I personally really like "Hard To Be Myself" and I was just wondering how it came to be? I know it's a relatable topic.
N: It was actually really a horrible process of making it because of disagreements with the record label and it ruined the process for us. The actual core of the song and the meaning behind is nice and lovely. I get bad anxiety. It was really, really bad a few years ago. I was going over to my boyfriend's house in London because I still lived in Brighton and I got to his house and he had loads of friends over for a BBQ and I had this massive panic attack. I sat outside freaking out and I sat there just wishing I could switch places with anyone in that moment and thinking that this is so embarrassing and that no one there really understood and then my boyfriend came out and I was like "omg thank God". It's just that feeling of projecting your craziness onto someone else.
Q: How do you deal with creative differences in the band if you guys struggle with that at all or are you guys usually on the same page?
N: We're on the same page mostly just because it's mainly me and Jack who do the writing. If we have a disagreement it's in a good way cause we'll always come to a compromise or agreement or something. I don't think we've ever fought about anything to be honest.
Q: Do you have a song writing process? I know some people can write a song in 5 mins and for others it can take quite awhile.
N: Sometimes it can be half an hour sometimes it can be six months. It completely depends. The writing is me and Jack, mostly, and our bassist Terry. It's a really nice process. We kind of record and produce as we go so we're building up the track, switching things around, adding stuff here and there and re-writing the verses after we've slept on it for a couple of days.
Q: Do you find that it's usually lyrics that come to you first or is it the melody and then the words kind of follow?
N: It's all kind of jumbled because we start with a beat or something then I might sing a melody or if I write a poem on the bus and I'm like "let's use this" so, it depends.
Q: How did you guys come up with the name "Fickle Friends"?
N: We didn't actually come up with it, it was my friend from uni, it was his name he gave to us cause we were gonna start DJing and we were gonna be this like sick DJ duo and he was like "oh we can be the Fickle Friends" because we like used to bail on each other with plans all the time and I was like "that's a sick name"! I was then auditioning for some show at uni and I had to write down a band name and I couldn't think anything so I wrote "Fickle Friends" and it just stuck.
Q: I know you guys have grown a lot over the past 5 years what are your plans for or hopes for the next 5 years?
N: We wanna do another record. We've started our own record label called Palmeira and I'd love to sign some music to that and start releasing other people's music a bit more. We really wanna play Glastonbury Festival in the UK and we really want to come and do more festivals in Canada and the US for sure next year. I don't know, we're not like we wanna take over the world because I don't think we will, I'll just be very happy if we can keep doing what we're doing now and it's kind of a steady incline and it doesn't all just stop or plateau. I guess as long as there's growth it's a job. I mean, it's the BEST job in the world!
Q: Do you have any musicians you'd like to go on tour with or work with in general?
N: Paramore for sure. Paramore's probably our #1. A tour with Phoenix any day. I'd love to write with 21 Pilots or with someone who's kind of doing this new, fresh thing and taking over the world.
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