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CMW 2017 Preview: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor – “Desert Brain”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on April 18. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

That is one lengthy hallway. A long alley too. Does this band only play in corridors?

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor (Detroit) are playing a CMW set at the Monarch Tavern on April 22, as part of the Night Owl Festival, in a stellar lineup that includes UUBBUURRUU and Strange Attractor.

-Scott Bryson

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Strange Attractor – Back To The Cruel World

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I’ve a peculiar affinity for songs, and especially albums, that open with a cathartic scream.

When a singer lets loose with an up-front shriek—as Strange Attractor’s Jeff Houle does in the first five seconds of Back To The Cruel World—he’s handing listeners a reason to press STOP, should they be hunting for one, and informing those who’ll be sticking around: “Fair warning—this ain’t gonna be pretty.” Label Mammoth Cave echoes: “Strange Attractor have made one of the most surprising, compelling and honest LPs of 2013 that no one will hear.”

Cruel World is a basement recording in all the desirable ways—you’re in the dungeon with them, catching the reverberations of the strings and the wall-to-wall echoes. It comes with teenage angst and alienation (perhaps even literal aliens) aplenty: “I just wanna feel… anything!” Sample song titles: “Feel Like Total Shit,” “This is Total Shit,” “I’m Total Shit.”

Devilishly gruesome noise. Check out “Real Dark Place” below.

-Scott Bryson

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