Buddy Black

Buddy Black (Toronto, ON)

Bio Says: “With over 18 years of song writing experience, with four records, several films and and musical under his belt, Buddy is well on his way to establishing himself as a formidable, and important songwriter.”

What they think they sound like: Pixies, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Pogues, Social Distortion.

Sounds like: Bad death rock tribute act.

Honest review: Buddy Black’s voice is hilarious. When the horns kick in, it’s a laugh riot. Thanks for the laffs Buddy!

Reverbnation account? Yep.

Bronx Cheerleader

Bronx Cheerleader (Saint Catharines, ON)

Bio Says: “The album’s single “The Art of Dancing” — video directed by Diego Maclean — was used in 2007 on MyNetwork television’s Fashion House (starring Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild), a Fox Television production.”

What they think they sound like: “Canada’s version of The Shins”

Sounds like: Indy-psych done properly.

Honest review: If you are keeping score, we’ve reviewed 40 bands so far, and we’ve only given our seal of approval to one (B-17). Here’s the second, and I’m as surprised as anyone. I’m almost per-conditioned to cringe whenever I start listening to bands on the CMW roster, so I was pleasantly surprised to find tasteful arrangements, good lyrics, decent visuals and an overall sense of cohesion that so many bands are lacking. Bronx Cheerleader are really great.

Now, I still think Bronx Cheerleader are playing a weird game in an attempt to legitimize themselves – my suggestion is for them to lose the novel length bio that brags about selling their music to a Bo Derek TV pilot. Cheapens the whole deal. No one is getting excited about a band because of their licensing deals – quite the opposite. In fact, it might be my biggest qualifier. I’m all for bands making money and I honestly do not believe in selling-out, but I will admit to having built in biases that shoot up red flags when bands try to legitimize themselves this way.

Reverbnation account? Unfortunately.

Broken Ride

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Broken Ride (Calgary, AB)

Bio Says: “In their career Broken Ride has shared the stage with;
• Seether,
• Econoline Crush
• Hail The Villain
• Thornley
• Armchair Cynics
• 54-50

What they think they sound like: “Broken Ride is an exhilarating Canadian Modern-Rock band with emotion driven, passionate, catchy tunes often drawing comparisons to Three Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin, and Three Days Grace.”

Sounds like: Canadian Music Week

Honest review: Looks like 2013 will be the 3rd (4th?) journey to Canadian Music Week for Calgary rawk band Broken Ride. Hate to break it to you guys – but it’s just not going to happen. It will never happen. Why? Because there is already a Three Days Grace, and they are barely holding on themselves.

Genre: Modern Rock Radio

Reverbnation account? Obviously.

Broken Arrows

Broken Aarows (Toronto, ON)

Bio Says: “Fun for the masses..Broken Arrows are slowly but surely causing a new sensation with their brand of captivating music..truly a breath of fresh air on the Canadian Rock landscape.” 

What they think they sound like: “Indie, Pop, Psychedilc, Glam, Alt, Rock”

Sounds like: The exact middle of the road.

Honest review: Honestly curious as to how this band considers themselves a “breath of fresh air on the Canadian Rock landscape.” Because listening to Broken Arrows is more or less the exact opposite of fresh air. Recycled, old air is more apt.

Genre: Radio2Core

Reverbnation account? YEP!

Brews WIllis

Brews WIllis (Toronto, ON)

Bio Says: “Lead Bass player Sammy Vipond spoke of his experience in the studio for the first time, saying “man, it was a blast working with Ben – what a wizard.” He went on to say “Ross had so many bad jokes which slowed things down a bit and Pare was always so sheened! Party”” 

What they think they sound like: Wavves, Smith Westerns, Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, Beach Fossils, Best Coast, Black Lips

Sounds like: Best Coast

Honest Review. Fuck this band. Seriously. Claiming Jay Reatard and Wavves at the same time? Jay would never have been caught dead listening to this shitty band. Ha, even Wavves would be like “this band Brews Willis is WHACK ‘yo.”  Sick Raybans, poseurs. 

Reverbnation account? Yep.

Breaching Vista

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Breaching Vista (Kitchener, ON)

Bio Says: “The band’s catalogue hosts two records, both recorded at Beach Road Studios with Producer Siegfried Meier, whose work has been recognized on the Billboard charts” 

What they think they sound like: Jimmy Eat World, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace, Green Day, Brand New, Bush

Sounds like: Giving up

Honest review: I try to write these reviews in bursts, and as happens everytime, there is a band so awful that I have to stop and take a long break. Breaching Vista are that band today. When a band brags that they “got offered an opportunity to play Canadian Music Week” point to Breaching Vista and say “there is literally zero curation at Canadian Music Week.”

I’m not sure what is worse – the flagrant commercialism, the dated influences or their font choices. All of it is terrible. 

Genre: I quit. Fuck you.

Reverbnation account? Who gives a shit. FUCK.

Brave Little Toaster

Brave Little Toaster (Toronto, ON)

Bio Says: “Established only one year ago, Brave Little Toaster has quickly returned a steam-powered, honest approach to roots rock n’ roll with a hint of weirdness to the Toronto music scene.”

What they think they sound like: “The Sadies, Black Keys, The Beatles, Elvis, Wanda Jackson, and…. every soulful, talented, every influence under the sun.”

Sounds like: Rockabilly night with the girls.

Honest review: The worst thing about Brave Little Toaster is their name. Truly awful. Band is ok though, decent genre work and some honest-to-god potential. They are in no way reinventing the wheel, but I wouldn’t want to kill myself if I was forced to sit through a set. THAT SAID: the likelyhood that I would go out of my way to see this band live is currently sitting at 0%.

Reverbnation account? No.