From one month to the next, the #ygkPlaylist shines the spotlight on local bands and musicians. Unfortunately, we often don’t have enough room on the playlist to include all the great music that comes our way, and so, many deserving musicians wait in the wings. Therefore it’s fitting that this month’s ygkPlaylist rounds up a trio of talented local acts who are overdue for being featured. The likes of Goldwing and The Wilderness have earned solid followings, and quiet honestly, they should not need much of an introduction to those who frequent the local music scene. Conversely, Space Cadet is a relatively new endeavor by Chris Koster, who launched this side project up into the stratosphere last month. This small selection of musicians is a perfect representation of the high quality and diverse talent that’s emerging from our city. Without further delay, we invite you to hit play on the #ygkPlaylist for July 2016.
Goldwing: Over the last three years, this genre-bending band has shared stages with 54-40, Treble Charger, USS, The Mahones and The Stellas, were named finalists in Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Mentorship Program, taken home first place in two song-writing contests, and released their first album. With work on their sophomoric effort ongoing, fans won’t have to wait too much longer for their second studio album. Goldwing is Ryan Gollogly (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Nick (Pickins) Patterson (Banjo, Vocals), Matt Kirby (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Matt (Jeebs) Simpson (Bass), and Tony Silvestri (Keys, Organ, Vocals). Find Goldwing on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Space Cadet: Space Cadet is the brainchild of Chris Koster, a name you’ll undoubtedly recognize as the lead guitarist for The Glorious Sons. Through this alter-ego, Koster explores new, electro-inspired angles, which are prominently featured on Space Cadet’s debut album titled Win Win. The unencumbered persona allows Koster to channel thoughts and “say what ever that little drunk monkey inside of him felt at any given time.” Local collaborators appearing on Win Win include Jonathan Stewart (Saxophone), Danielle Lennon (Violin), as well as vocal contributions from Emily Fennell, Justin Bird, Kody A Paul, Natasha Pasternak, Brett Emmons, Reuben de Groot, Zane Whitfield, and Sean Kelly. Find Space Cadet on YouTube and Facebook.
The Wilderness: This four piece rock band met at an open mic and decided to join forces. Since then, they released their first EP, Sunday Afternoon, in 2015. The Wilderness are Jonas Lewis-Anthony (Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals), Sacha Lansky (Lead Guitar, Vocals) Tõnu Karl Tombak (Bass, Organ, Vocals), and Henry Lawrence (Drums, Vocals). Find The Wilderness on Facebook, BandCamp and YouTube.
Every month, we comb Soundcloud looking for sounds that are unique to Kingston. We are constantly seeking out active musicians to show off to the local community and beyond. If you’re a musician who wants to be included in a future #ygkPlaylist, the first step is to get your original music up on Soundcloud and then follow us. We promise to follow you back, listen to your work and consider it for the monthly #ygkPlaylist.
Credit to mkutz2011 for the photo used in the background of of this month’s ygkPlaylist.