Thick Shakes are a fun-loving ‘60s-style garage-rock trio from Boston, Massachusetts, who will be crossing the border for their first Canadian shows this weekend, including a stop at Soybomb HQ for Wavelength tonight, plus Le Divan Orange in Montréal on Sunday. We’ve been told their live shows are a “non-stop meltdown,” so we hope Soybomb have turned their A/C on. You can sample some of their various seven-inch tracks on their Bandcamp page, but hold on to some of the loonies you save on cheap beer to spend at the merch table. As an added bonus in the spirit of post-Eastern Conference semi-final co-operation, Kurtis B. Marcoux of Toronto band Tails (and the 2012 Fake Prom Band) will be filling in for Thick Shakes’ drummer Matt, who is unfortunately ill and forced to stay home for this long weekend mini-tour. Wavelength bday gal Dorice Tepley spoke to singer/bassist Lindsay Crudele.
Wake Island are one of those bands for whom assigning genre categories are a pointless exercise…. Prog-pop? Synth-rock? Let’s just call it inventive, melodic music for guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals. Based in Montréal, with band members’ roots in Lebanon, Canada and the US, the quartet recently released their second album, It Takes Time to be Uncomfortable (on vinyl, CD and download), which was recorded at Breakglass Studios by Jace Lasek of Besnard Lakes fame. Dorice Tepley interviewed guitarist Nadim Maghzal in advance of their Wavelength debut tomorrow night at Soybomb HQ.