New Release: WHOOP-Szo – Warrior Down

New Release: WHOOP-Szo – Warrior Down

September 10, 2019 | Posted in: Artists, Blog, WHOOP-Szo 0

London, Ontario’s WHOOP-Szo is a blazing force of DIY rock. Fronted by Anishinaabe-Canadian community leader Adam Sturgeon, the band has spent nearly a decade carving out a reputation for themselves in Canada’s crowded DIY scene, rising on the strength of their musicianship, songwriting, and tireless touring.

We are thrilled to welcome WHOOP-Szo to You’ve Changed Records with the release of Warrior Down on November 1, 2019. Warrior Down is thunderous and ground-breaking, harmonious and generative, a concise, focused 35 minutes that dances conscientiously between anger and discipline, frustration and hope. Calling out both specific instances of injustice in Canadian history — such as the murder of bandleader Adam Sturgeon’s cousin by a Saskatchewan RCMP officer (“Gerry”) , or recalling Sturgeon’s grandfather’s experience at a Residential School(“Cut Your Hair”) — and broader, wider-reaching ones such as the experience of having race and culture assigned to you by a government that doesn’t represent you (“6.1/6.2”), Warrior Down depicts the unfolding of a cultural big bang, in which eruptions of truth activate a succession of healthy confrontations.

Read more about Warrior Down and pre-order the LP or CD an the album page, and listen to the album opener Amaruq below.

Amaruq is an Inuktituk word meaning “wolf”. It’s also the name of a school in Nunavik where WHOOP-Szo leaders Adam Sturgeon and Kirsten Palm worked during 2012. “Amaruq” is an entry point into discussions of the Inuktituk language and multilingualism in Canada, and serves as a dedication to the community that welcomed the band. “As much as we try, we cannot always control the feelings that enter our lives. They can come in unexpectedly, like a wild animal appearing just when you thought yourself along. Have you ever crossed paths with a wolf? In the North, where we lived and worked for many years, they call them Amaruq. We dedicate this song to Larry Tamusai and all the other young people who have suffered, are suffering and will suffer the effects of inadequate mental health resources in Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.”

WHOOP-Szo TOUR DATES
Sep 10 – Calgary, AB – The Palomino
Sep 12 – Winnipeg, MB – The Royal Albert Hotel
Sep 13 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Apollo
Sep 14 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Dryer Fire
Sep 15 – Sudbury, ON – Townehouse
Nov 01 – London, ON – Rec Room
Nov 02 – Toronto, ON – The Round House
Nov 06 – St. Catharines, ON – The Warehouse
Nov 07 – Guelph, ON – Ebar
Nov 08 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
Nov 09 – Windsor, ON – Green Bean Cafe
Nov 21 – Peterborough, ON – Sadleir House
Nov 22 – Ottawa, ON – Cinqhole
Nov 23 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa | M For Montreal
Nov 26 – Moncton, NB – Caveau
Nov 27 – Saint John, NB – Taco Pica
Nov 28 – Halifax, NS – Gus’ Pub
Nov 29 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital
Nov 30 – Quebec City, QC – Scanner

New Release: Ancient Shapes – A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom

New Release: Ancient Shapes – A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom

August 12, 2019 | Posted in: Ancient Shapes, Daniel Romano 0

“A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom” is the third offering from the flower pop super group “Ancient Shapes”. In all realities it is the amalgamation of two recording sessions that took place almost a year apart–– in essence this is the greatest hits compilation.

Ancient Shapes is comprised of Daniel Romano, David Nardi, Vee Bell, Roddy Rosetti and Ian Romano. They have been called “ the best band since computers” and also “incredibly good as hell” when it comes to their live engagements and sock hop shake down events. The group has  traveled the world over sharing their songs and ideas with others, now they offer us this: A flower that just refuses to bloom.

Inside this heated material you will find such subjects as sadness, happiness, loneliness, togetherness, longing, acceptance, colonial guilt complexes and home town optimism.

There was the first one, and everyone seemed to like that, and the second one people liked too… this is the third one. Odds are good.

A Flower That Wouldn’t Bloom
YC-042
LP/DIGITAL
October 25, 2019

Ancient Shapes – Across Canada 2018 Photo Book

Ancient Shapes – Across Canada 2018 Photo Book

May 28, 2018 | Posted in: Ancient Shapes, Daniel Romano 0

In January 2018 Daniel Romano’s Ancient Shapes embarked on their first Canadian national tour. 13 stops between Vancouver and Montreal, 13 brief, passionate blasts of sound within the frozen moment of the winter, the moment that extends for thousands of kilometres and crosses mountains, prairies, rivers, and all sorts of soiled and stolen lands. The sound made by 5 comrades, wrestled into shape by another at the front of the house, and captured by another in raw black and write images.

Photographer Sebastian Buzzalino has compiled the best of his photographs from the tour into a beautiful 120 page 6×9” format book, containing 147 images from the stage, the van, the beds, the hotels, the freezing cold road stops, and the results of drinking too many Labatt 50s. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Dan on a couple of tours, but this was the first time documenting Ancient Shapes” he says. “Huddled in a busted van full of speed holes as we raced across Canada at the height of winter, I captured a more frenetic, urgent side of his music. Between the close quarters, the packed venues and our scrappy camaraderie, these represent some of my most visceral and intimate photos to date.”

The photograph is a collaboration between photographer and subject; let the subject speak: “Sebastian Buzzalino is an invisible summer. When behind the camera, he is disguised and blends into even the most vivid scenery. This ability is what makes him able to capture the raw, living, bleeding imagery that he does. Never have I met someone with such a quick response and attention to a subject. Above all this, when the camera comes down, his beautiful smile appears.” – Daniel Romano

Ancient Shapes – Across Canada 2018 Photo Book is available for a limited time from our mailorder shop.

To see more of Sebastian’s work please visit Unfolding Creative Photography.

Music Video: Nap Eyes – “I’m Bad”

Music Video: Nap Eyes – “I’m Bad”

March 6, 2018 | Posted in: Artists, Nap Eyes, News 0

“You sat here too long / Till you forgot why and now you hate the screen”

Acclaimed director Seth Smith (The Crescent, Lowlife, and also of the legendary band Dog Day) sets Nap Eye’s Nigel Chapman for a portrait. At the centre of the scene, yet alone. In a pose of a pose. The clothes fit strangely. The band is masked and disguised. How can we be uncovered? How can we, for once and finally, be seen?

I’m Bad appears on I’m Bad Now (YC-033), available March 9, 2018.

LP/CD
Digital

Partner, on tour – World Tour!

Partner, on tour – World Tour!

January 16, 2018 | Posted in: Artists, Blog, News, Partner 0

Partner are going on tour – a world tour! or parts of it! Western Canada, around the Great Lakes of North America, the UK and Europe!

“jaw-droppingly awesome” – TimeOut Philadelphia
“funny as hell, with a genuine back-and-forth chemistry” – Noisey
“the celebratory, liberating sound of no longer having to feel ashamed about who you are” – Pitchfork

PARTNER LIVE:
01/17 – The Slice, Lethbridge, AB ^
01/18 – Revival Room, Regina, SK ^
01/19 – Amigo’s, Saskatoon, SK ^
01/20 – The Rec Room, Edmonton, AB ^
01/21 – Big Winter Classic, Calgary, AB
01/25 – MOTR, Cincinnati, OH
01/26 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
01/27 – Founders, Grand Rapids, MI
02/02 – This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton, ON
02/10 – Hillside Inside, Guelph, ON
02/17 – Lupercalia 2018, Owen Sound, ON
03/12-17 – SXSW, Austin, TX
03/22-25 – Treefort Music Festival, Boise, ID
05/05 – Live At Leeds, Leeds, UK
05/06 – Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Machynlleth, UK
05/11 – Focus Wales, Wrexham, UK
05/17-19 – The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
….and more to come

^ w. Duchess Says

Partner – In Search Of Lost Time is available now:
LP/CD: http://bit.ly/2AroXPK
Digital: http://bit.ly/2A7rLhT
Stream: http://spoti.fi/2weftAw

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