COMMON HOLLY (Montreal):
Common Holly is dark folk/rock. Since its inauguration in November 2015, Common Holly’s music explores the fragile shapes of melancholy and confession, but also embodies a strange and humorous resilience.
The Lifers started with the velvety sister-harmony of Liv and Anita Cazzola and reached new strengths when The Lifers’ 6-piece collective took form. Their vocally-driven folk/rock approach straddles tender textures and explosive energy, drawing from Dan Mangan’s storytelling, Feist’s dynamic arrangements and The Staves’ vocal approach. With their intertwined voices and eclectic instruments, The Lifers are well equipped for the aggressive dynamics and diverse subject material that the sisters conjure. This Guelph-based band charms audiences with their incendiary performances, conversational and genuine interactions and homemade aesthetic. With a cross-Canada tour, LP “Out and In” (2016) and EP “Set the Sails” (2014) under their belts, The Lifers have been an unexpected gem at festivals such as Hillside and Summerfolk 2016.
THE MEDICINE HAT:
The Medicine Hat is a five-piece band from Guelph/Hamilton making experimental pop music.
Frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche’s nimble, raw lyricism is illuminated by a voice like holy fire: blistering and purifying. Focussed guitar work dances with the hypnotic timbres and soaring melodies of analog synthesizers. Deft lines and dangerous grooves are intoned by a disciplined drum & bass combo. Chaos lurks beneath the surface of The Medicine Hat’s tight motifs and rhythmic trances, erupting into moments of prophetic ecstasy. Their live performances are wild affairs. Brimstone at their heels, The Medicine Hat’s contagious energy turns rooms into reveries.
The Medicine Hat has played festivals and dark rooms across Canada with innumerable class acts. They recently collaborated with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in an ambitious and innovative performance piece. The Medicine Hat will be debuting songs from their self-titled record in June of 2016.