Sep. 12, 2012 - Issue #882: Down On The Farm
The Red Cannons
The Red Cannons are bringing some vintage-inspired blues rock back to the Edmonton music scene. The four-piece, made up of three multi-talented brothers and their long-time friend, formed in early 2012 and have quickly attracted favourable attention throughout Western Canada. Prior to the launch of its debut EP, bassist Jen Perry shared her firsts, lasts and favourites with Vue.
Wow, this goes back a long ways! I know that my very first CD that I ever got was a Hootie & the Blowfish album—Cracked Rear View—and I was only in elementary school, so didn't fully appreciate it until I was a little bit older. That was a huge album for that band and has some of their biggest hits and to see where Darius Rucker is today as a country artist is pretty impressive.
The most current album I purchased I believe was Metric's latest release Synthetica. This album intrigued me because not only do I love their music, but they have remained an independent entity funding and producing this album on their own which is what most of us local bands face in this day and age. They have a great business model which is what a lot of bands need to realize is imperative.
I've always had an issue picking just one artist and more specifically one album from that one artist. There are so many amazing musicians in this world that I appreciate for so many different reasons, but here are some of my favourite artists—Tom Petty, Weezer (first few albums), anything Jack White does, Ryan Adams, Chevelle, Jimmy Eat World, the Black Keys, Our Lady Peace—I could list way too many!
The first big arena show I ever saw wasn't until I was 18 years old and it was Green Day's American Idiot tour. It was an amazing thing to see when you are that young and just starting out in a band, because they really know how to entertain. I think that factor is what can really set a band apart, whether they are just musicians or entertainers as well.
This year I've had a chance to see a few concerts, including The Black Keys, Big Wreck, Arctic Monkeys, and looking forward to Stone Temple Pilots show and Sonic Boom here in September.
Favourite musical guilty pleasure
OK, don't judge me too harshly—I don't listen to much country, but I really appreciate Keith Urban and his ability to make the catchiest choruses, and the solos he comes up with. He is also amazing at working a crowd. I wasn't a fan until I went to a concert with my family and was quite impressed. V
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