Author Archives: Joe Taylor

Into The Wilderness

Into The Wilderness

Kingston’s Band The Wilderness released their debut recording Saxton’s River. They have been together for three years and are struggling to make it to the next level. They tour North America hoping to find their audience. I guess they were hoping this recording will push them further. The Band consists of Lead vocalist and guitar- Jonas Lewis- Anthony. On lead guitar and backing vocals is Alexander Lansky. On Bass Guitar is Karl Tombak. On Keys and percussion is Liam Neale, and on drums and backing vocals is Henry Lawrence.

Saxton’s River is a mixed bag of sounds. Every song gives you a little different taste of folk, country, funk, and even some progressive elements. This doesn’t mean it works every time. This may not be the earth shattering recording to come out, but it does have some really solid tune as well as some throw away songs. My personal favourite from this is, Reaching out. You can really feel the positive vibes come through on this song. Another favourite is Home, where you can feel the excitement of getting closer to home. The song, Where I roam, has some pretty solid lyrics attached to it. The song, Irene has a washing and cleansing of your soul kind of sound to it.

On the flip side, 81 south is just another boring road trip song. The other song, Heartbreak Blues has no blues attached to it, and comes off like a funky little piece.  The other thing that I find difficult about this recording is their packaging. They seemed to have scribbled their lyrics inside the liner notes and placed them onto photos, which makes it impossible to read.

These are just a few things young bands come across when they are starting to record and get more serious about their career. I know these guys work hard and will mature into something greater soon. In fact when I did see them recently they included a horn to their sound and it seemed to elevate them to the next level. I hope they keep the horn because that really brought a fun energy to the band.

Overall, it is an average recording, but don’t let that stop you from seeing them live. That is where they truly shine, and hopefully they will pick up a larger audience.

To find more on this growing band go to… https://thewildernessband.com/home

Having fun with The Beachles

Having fun with The Beachles

It is a lovely afternoon as I sit with Tony Oldland from The Beachles. This was my first patio experience this year. Tony is a very approachable and friendly guy. As we warmed up to this little interview, I noticed Tony talking and waving to everyone. I started in the most obvious way and asked… Continue Reading

Under Cover with Steve Horvath

Under Cover with Steve Horvath

Blast Toronto wants its readers to know there is a healthy and wealthy community of tribute and cover bands circulating around the GTA. I got the opportunity to sit down with a keyboardist named Steve Horvath and chew the fat about what is going on with today’s underappreciated but hard working musicians that let their… Continue Reading

Billy Joel Hits Etobicoke!

Billy Joel Hits Etobicoke!

It’s Friday night and Timothy’s Pub is packed with the neighbourhood regulars waiting to party out to some classic Billy Joel tunes. These tunes are provided to you by the talented Leo Franz, who had a three year hiatus from giving Toronto something to sing about. This night the singing went back and forth between… Continue Reading

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis recently released his third CD which gives his listeners a direct message. He wants to expand his talent worldwide. He still seeks a spiritual retreat, but wants his instrumental message to cross all kinds of borders. The sound is usually warm and inviting. This is Yiannis’ way of inviting you in to join in… Continue Reading

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn has become a bit of an enigma. I saw them play live as this monstrous progressive space band. Their delivery was in your face as they threw you through the cosmos like an entity playing Frisbee golf. They never did get around to completing that first recording; instead they decided to deliver a… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Odyssey is the first recording from the mind blowing band Jupiter Hollow. The band consists of Grant McKenzie on Guitar, Bass and Synthesizer. The other member is Kenny Perry on Vocals, Drums and Synthesizer and keyboards. Between these two guys they can create a lot of noise. I compare them to, if Dream Theater had… Continue Reading