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Wars – “Clock (Monocure)”

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Wars‘ second album is here! Following 2010′s ridiculously awesome Pacey from Mighty Ducks, the Vancouver band has released Neville Say Neville for free though Bandcamp.

“Clock (Monocure)” isn’t the catchiest song on the album, but it represents an interesting shift into a more aggressive style that tones down the pop and emphasizes the punk. Awesomely, its chorus consists entirely of throat-tearing screams of “aww yeah.”


 

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Slim Fathers – “Everything That’s My Stuff”

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Slim Fathers‘ lineup features Courtney Ewan from Twin River and Chris van der Laan from Wars, but the band’s noisy indie rock style sounds nothing like either of those projects.

This summer’s Old Fruit is a fantastic record, so get a load of the fiery “Everything That’s My Stuff” below.

I raved about the album for BeatRoute‘s list of the best Vancouver releases of 2012.


 
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Wars – “Wars 1979″

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Wars totally kicked my ass back in 2011 with the hilariously heartwarming Pacey from Might Ducks, and now the Vancouver band is prepping another album. First up is the 1979 EP, which contains the upcoming album cut “Wars 1979″ (which I can only assume is a reference to Death from Above 1979). This track tones down the punk and emphasizes the pop, and it’s fucking awesome.


 
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Heavy Steps – “Jonah Town”

Heavy Steps
I was initially interested in Heavy Steps because of Wars frontman Chris van der Laan’s involvement. And while Heavy Steps’ atmospheric soundscapes don’t sound much like Wars at all, they’re similarly awesome. I reviewed the band’s excellent You, Conduit for the Georgia Straight this week.

Below is the album track “Jonah Town.” It chose this song because it’s the only one that prominently features van der Laan’s lead vocals. Most of the album is sung by Melissa Gregerson (pictured), and she’s got a great voice, but it’s also neat to hear that hint of Wars in a very different musical context.

Speaking of Wars, it’s almost time to vote for the Polaris Music Prize. Just saying’.


 
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Wars – “Statue Isn’t Right”

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Here’s my favourite local discovery in a while. Vancouver’s Chris vanderLaan undertook a project in 2011 to write 100 songs, which resulted in him starting a slew of new bands in a variety of genres.

This includes his pop punk project Wars, a band that features members of Living with Lions and Ghost House. The band’s album is called, uh, Pacey from Mighty Ducks, making it probably the only LP ever named after actor Joshua Jackson (who played Pacey Witter in Dawson’s Creek and Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks).

Here’s the rousing album opener “Statue Isn’t Right,” which is a little less funny than most of the band’s songs but every bit as catchy.


 
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