METZ :: Heavy, Gritty, Loud

METZ 1 (2012)

by Sam Thompson

Toronto noise rock trio METZ has been busy. Their self-titled 2012 debut on iconic Seattle label Sub Pop received overwhelming critical acclaim — including a spot on the shortlist for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize — and they’ve been destroying the eardrums of live audiences around the world ever since. With a follow-up LP in the bag and getting prepped for a spring release, METZ is hitting the road back home in Canada, including two late-January dates here in Winnipeg. Stylus talked to guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins by phone. Continue reading “METZ :: Heavy, Gritty, Loud”

Operators :: Embracing the Human in Electronic


by Devin King

When Operators first broke onto the scene, there was a lot of mystery surrounding the band. With only a few live shows played, word quickly spread about the group comprised of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs), Sam Brown (Divine Fits, New Bomb Turks) and Devjoka. The mystery now is beginning to fade as the band makes themselves available across Canada for a tour following the release of their latest EP.  Continue reading “Operators :: Embracing the Human in Electronic”

Mobina Galore :: Rocking heavy & heartfelt

photo: Jenna Priestner
photo: Jenna Priestner

by Daniel Emberg

This is the first Stylus feature on Mobina Galore, so we will start with the most important question: what should you expect when checking them out?

“We describe ourselves as an alternative punk duo, kind of in the vein of Brody Dalle, The Distillers, Japandroids, that sort of thing,” offers guitarist/vocalist Jenna Priestner over a frosty pint glass. Her bandmate Marcia Hanson (drums/vocals) quickly interjects, “Yeah, all of that but we’re more melodic.” Continue reading “Mobina Galore :: Rocking heavy & heartfelt”

conduct :: all the rest is irrelevant


by Sheldon Birnie

“Where the germ of the idea comes from, to me, isn’t very remarkable,” explains Nick Liang, of Conduct, one afternoon at Little Sister Coffee Maker. Liang, along with bandmates Rob Gardiner (drums) and Stephen Kesselman (guitar), are here to discuss their upcoming LP Fear & Desire, as well as their new split 7” with their pals and tour partners Tunic. “What I think is interesting is what we bring to the songs or ideas, which is completely collaborative.” Continue reading “conduct :: all the rest is irrelevant”