With elementary and secondary schools back in session, and a flood of University and College students back in the city, Kingston feels a little bit different today, and yet it’s all familiar. That sense of dissonance between new and old is shared in this month’s playlist, which features three well known musical acts who have recently released new material. Each respective song demonstrates positive growth, and new creative direction that is excitingly fresh. At the same time, this isn’t the first time we’ve been attentively drawn to the unique sound of each of these bands (nor will be the last). Hit play below on the #ygkPlaylist for September 2016 featuring: Listen Up Kid, Jonas Lewis-Anthony and Slow Man Tofu.
Listen Up Kid: this Kingston quintet describes their sound as “meshing ultra melodic payoffs with a sense of intrigue that leads to their dark subsurface.” Listen Up Kid has opened for the likes of USS, The Pack A.D., Aaron Carter and The Johnstones. Since the release of their sophomoric EP last Spring, these guys have been lining up shows in Kingston, Ottawa and various points in between. Listen Up Kid is comprised of Dennis Clark (Vocals, Guitar), Aaron Lavigueur (Vocals, Guitar), Charlie Thomas (Vocals, Guitar), Jeremy Head (Bass), and Will Culleton (Drums). Find them on: Facebook and Twitter and YouTube.
Jonas Lewis-Anthony: after moving to Canada by way of Canterbury, England, Jonas has become one of Kingston’s most active solo performers, which has made him a fixture on many of Kingston’s small stages. While performing on his own or as a member of The Wilderness, he has played over 400 gigs over the past 4 years that includes a residency spot at the Mansion. Jonas recently released a solo acoustic EP, which features some of his forgotten work as well as a mixture of newly developed material. Find Jonas on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Slow Man Tofu: hot on the trails of his 2015 EP Calm Me Down, Slow Man Tofu (aka David Parker) has just released his latest project titled Steer. Parker describes Slow Man Tofu as straight-ahead rock, whereas his other projects have him creating experimental music and collaborating with a diverse group of musicians and a poet as well. Interesting note: those looking to snag Slow Man Tofu’s new album will be delighted to learn that they can purchase it on cassette (20 copies available). Find Slow Man Tofu on Bandcamp and Twitter.
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 Ryan Warner for the photo used in the background of of this month’s ygkPlaylist.