Sun, Feb 3, 2013.
Based in Toronto, but with Fredericton roots and a label based there as well, Falcon Punch is a three-piece of cutting edge players, skilled and progressive. This is jazz based in electronic music, instrumental tracks that cruise through seemingly every branch of synth and techno stuff, but with serious chops and big ideas. Where the group differs from electronic acts is that they actually make this stuff live, using some of the old tech pieces, like analog synths, but then play them, and regular instruments as well, bass, and drums and such. Then it gets treated, fed through effects to get back the technology feel. Confused? Well, it doesn't matter, as long as it sounds good.
Which it does. That's because there are real tunes going on here, melodies written and grooves found. Even as sounds are being manipulated and distorted, you know it's going to come back to the lovely notes that started things off. Hearing real drums fit into this mix is a treat as well, as you get to enjoy Greg Harrison's skillful playing and feel like you're in the middle of a really great jazz set. Plus, there's a strong improvisation element as well, and I doubt these numbers would ever sound the same twice, either in the performance, or the effects treatment.
These guys could sit in either camp, raving it up, or jazzing it around. It's a grand idea that they're both.
Another disc from the Moncton trio, long-time friends Roger Cormier, Stephane Boudreau and Steve Long. Songwriters all, and capable of handling lots of instruments, they hunker down in Long's home studio to bring life to their projects. Boudreau's an official... more »
News has arrived of the passing of long-time Moncton musician Jean-Guy Melanson this past Tuesday, Dec. 16. He was one of the pioneers of the Moncton rock 'n' roll scene from the 1960's and 1970's, as a member of the... more »
One of the nice surprises of this year's music scene in the province has been the emergence of a new group, featuring Saint John's Babette Hayward. The young singer-songwriter made a mark with her rich voice and engaging lyrics when... more »
The wonderful and engaging Moncton native doesn't make albums so much, she makes artistic projects. As she showed on her last studio collection, Chasing Lydie, showed how interested she is in mixing dialogue and sound with music, also story lines... more »
Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).