Jocelyn Alice • Sept 2



Friday September 2, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm 
Tickets: $20.00 (+SC) advance, $25 at the door


Jocelyn Alice is a Canadian singer and songwriter with a fiercely powerful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and magnetic style influenced by her favourites such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Lorde. She is known for her flawless vocal control and extraordinary range of diverse pitches. Jocelyn’s debut single as a solo artist, the summer hit “Jackpot” was certified Gold in Canada in early August 2015 and reached the top 15 on multiple Canadian commercial radio charts (including #13 Billboard Hot AC, #12 Billboard All-Format Airplay, #14 Billboard CHR/Top 40, and #13 Billboard AC). “Jackpot” also reached #12 on the Shazam Canada Top 100, #13 on the iTunes Canada Top 200 Pop Songs chart, and additional Billboard Canada chart peaks of #16 on Hot 100 Airplay and #38 on the Canadian Hot 100. Jackpot indeed!


Prior to her solo career, Jocelyn and bassist Lisa Jacobs performed in the indie soul pop duo jocelyn & lisa (a unique sound-blend of pop, soul, reggae, and funk). Within their first two years they played nearly 300 shows (including NXNE and BreakOut West) and released an EP that charted #2 on CJSW. The duo was featured in the documentary Crave, by LA filmmaker and best-selling novelist Erwin McManus, as well as in a Destination Calgary television commercial promoting Calgary internationally. Their single “Open Wide”, off their 2012 album Weary Warrior, was featured in the documentary 1,000 Days by award-winning director Jeth Weinrich, as well as the TV show Degrassi. Jocelyn has co-written music featured in the hit TV shows One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars, the movie Dear Santa, a television commercial in Canada for Shaw TV, and a USA nationwide television commercial for Target. The cover single “So Groovy”, recorded by Jocelyn and Right The Stars for Target, has sold over 40,000 downloads and charted at #2 on iTunes US’s Singer/Songwriter chart.

Jocelyn is currently writing and recording and will be releasing new solo material soon.

Andy Shauf w/Chris Cohen • Nov 23

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 8:30pm • 19+
Tickets: $8.00 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
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Known for honest, self-reflective songs as well as captivating lyrical works of fiction and an intimate live show, Andy Shauf is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing emerging songwriters. The Bearer of Bad News explores themes of uncertainty, curiosity and spirituality. The unsettling stories told on The Bearer of Bad News came as Shauf wrote both at home and on the road. Musically, the record took shape in his modest home studio in Regina, Canada, where Shauf spent four years recording each song himself. Bearer is 11 songs built from the sounds of a weathered piano, the warm tone of his guitar’s aged strings, and a clarinet. At the heart is Andy’s one-of-a-kind voice and dark, literate storytelling.

Sometimes as a leader, sometimes as a sideman and collaborator; sometimes as an invisible musician but you’ve heard him: the chest-high bass drum thump, the tightly paired flight of guitars in odd harmony, the disorienting shift in time and texture that resolves itself into song. Chris Cohen has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least 1978, when he first set infant drumstick to skin at the tender age of three, initiating decades of sonic experimentation across multiple bands and nearly a dozen recordings.

KROY • Oct 26

Friday, October 26, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 9:30pm • 19+
Tickets: $12.00 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
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English version follows.

Certaines vies peuvent être chamboulées par un talent rarissime. Découverte sur la scène musicale québécoise grâce à ses choeurs sur des albums de David Giguère et Jason Bajada, Camille Poliquin prouve qu’elle est davantage qu’une simple voix lorsqu’elle compose ses premières chansons sous le pseudonyme de KROY en 2012.

Rapidement, son adolescence atypique vécue dans un monde d’adultes marque son sens de l’écriture dominé par des histoires d’amour impossibles. Ces récits sombres d’abords inventés de toutes pièces, mais dont la fatalité se matérialise au fil des ans, plongent l’auteure-compositrice-interprète dans un spleen créatif inspirant. Quatre chansons sont lancées sur Bandcamp en 2014. On remarque vite son timbre de voix cristallin, une voix reconnaissable entre mille, envoûtante et sibylline. KROY est alors qualifiée de « prochaine sensation indie pop montréalaise » par le magazine spécialisé Voir. Elle se produit en première partie de Coeur de pirate, AaRon et s’illustre sur plusieurs scènes au Québec, en Europe et aux États-Unis.

Puis vient une rencontre déterminante. Avec Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, Camille fonde le duo électro-minimaliste Milk & Bone qui attire rapidement l’attention au Québec et à l’international, où des magazines comme Vice et Libération vantent la pop atmosphérique du premier album du groupe, Little Mourning.

Entre les tournées de Milk & Bone, Camille poursuit son travail solo influencé par les ambiances planantes du trip-hop (Goldfrapp, Portishead) et l’ingéniosité de la pop moderne (Vampire Weekend, Youth Lagoon). «Artiste à surveiller cet année» selon Noisey, KROY lancer son premier album complet le 23 septembre prochain. Un disque plus éclectique, personnel et témoin de la quête pop foisonnante dans laquelle la musicienne s’est lancée. Le premier extrait de l’album, la pièce River, offre un aperçu du paysage sonore de KROY, un univers captivant dominé par les rythmes électro hypnotiques et la richesse des synthétiseurs analogues.

Camille Poliquin’s, aka KROY, started her musical career at just nine years of age when her unique vocal talent caught the attention of the world renowned Cirque du Soleil which led Camille to join the circus and tour the world. This extraordinary experience at such a tender age was set to leave an indelible mark on not only Camille’s singing voice but also her song writing.

Back at home in Quebec, Camille’s unique talent gained further recognition through her work with David Giguere and Jason Bajada but it was 2012 that proved to be a turning point in Camille’s career. For the first time she began to write and record her own songs, under the name KROY, proving that she was so much more than just a voice. Around the same time Camille met Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and together formed the electro duo Milk&Bone. The pair quickly garnered worldwide attention and earned a Polaris and JUNO nomination for their debut Little Mourning.

While on tour with Milk&Bone, Camille continued to work on her solo project, releasing her first EP in 2014. Drawing influences from both trip-hop (Goldfrapp, Portishead) and modern pop (Vampire Weekend, Youth Lagoon),two years on KROY is set to release her debut full-length album on September 23 2016. The first single, “River”, offers a glimpse into KROY’s musical landscape- a captivating universe of hypnotic rhythms and analogue synthesizers.

Max Wray w/Mandippal • Aug 12

MAX WRAY CD Release Party w/Mandippal
Friday, August 12, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 8:30pm • 19+
Tickets: $8.00 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
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Meet Max Wray.

“I come from a home that never knew what it had to offer, but still offered itself just the same.

Music was never discussed at length. It just was. It was the soundtrack, the heartbeat that connected each moment seamlessly to the next. From the moment I asked, “what’s jazz?” at the age of three to this very moment as I sit here writing, music has been the end all and be all of my understanding. Navigating a course of music lessons as a child, through all different instruments, I eventually found my own voice and a love of playing the guitar.

Along the way, the shy youngest boy, of a musically appreciative yet musically inept family, discovered a joy in performing. Taking a cue from songwriters and stand-ups I found a way to connect with an audience through both my music and my sense of humour. The songs of Lyle Lovett, Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron, Jason Mraz, John Mayer and even Irving Berlin, helped me find a line I still walk today as I navigate my career. Their songs of the heart have always been the ones that I connected with. The breaking of, the mistaking of, discovery, and recovery of the heart, have always been intrepid in my songwriting.

Now, as I write myself, the words work their own way, I only try to craft them as they pass and hope that one day I’ll have the same connection to others that the ones who molded me had.”

Fake Palms • July 27

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FAKE PALMS (Buzz Records, Toronto)
with The Beach Sluts
Wednesday July 27, 2016 • 8:00PM Doors

Tickets $15 (+SC) advance, $17 at the door

Food & Drinks from Cake and Loaf + Durand Coffee

All proceeds go to sending Hamilton kids with Type 1 Diabetes to Camp Hurenda

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Fake Palms are a Toronto-based band signed to Buzz Records. First conceived as a collection of bedroom demos recorded with a broken drum machine by Michael le Riche in 2011, the project coalesced into a band in early 2015 when le Riche recruited several long-time contributors to Toronto’s music scene, including members of Hooded Fang and Slim Twig’s backing band.

In keeping with Fake Palms’ stripped back bedroom origins, the group value simplicity and directness. For le Riche this approach is almost an ideological dictate, “our intention is to do the most we can with the limitations we put on ourselves,” he says, “no backing tracks, no samples etc. We want to make music that is an honest representation of the four of us in a room at that time.” The band’s first single, “Sun Drips,” released in the early spring of 2015, showcased what Stereogum called “the band’s expert infusion of post-punk textures with pop sensibilities,” and married a hard-driving rhythm section and an interest in sonic experimentation to le Riche’s well-crafted songs, drawing comparisons to Echo & The Bunnymen, This Heat and Fake Palms’ fellow Canadians Viet Cong. “Sun Drips,” along with their newest single “Sparkles,” appear on Fake Palms’ self-titled debut LP.

Sparkles encapsulates the conflict at the heart of the Fake Palms’ sound, employing bursts of noise, caustic, almost atonal guitar work, and unusual time signature shifts in the service of an immediate and engaging pop song. Despite the complexities of its construction the track came together easily for band, perhaps because of the simplicity and honesty of their approach.

“’Sparkles’ was the song from the record that came together in the least amount of time.” says le Riche, “I was in-between apartments, renting a place for a few weeks, and just had a duffel bag of clothes, my laptop, and a guitar. The progression from initial idea to completed song took about two hours. It was an experiment to see how off centre we could get musically, counter balanced with classic pop melodies. We change time signatures, the guitars are abrasive, the drums and bass are big and distorted, but at the end of the day we’re trying to make music that you can hum along to.”

Ginger St. James w/DJ Aerlie Wild • June 24


Friday, June 24 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 8:30pm • 19+
Tickets: $12 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
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Ginger St. James needs no introduction, but we figure we would share this legit review from Nick Krewen of the Toronto Star:  “A sassy and dynamic rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist, creating a national buzz with some slightly cheeky music and a captivating charisma fueled by her roaring voice and model beauty.”

Vinyl DJ and host at 93.3 CFMU (Wild South, Put the Record On), DJ Aerlie Wild spins psychedelic light effects, vintage Americana, outlaw country, Southern rock ‘n’ soul, bayou boogie and New Orleans funky jazz. She also heads up local imprint Ridin’ High Records, whose first Canadian signing was Ginger St. James.

Justin Nozuka w/Avery Raquel • June 18




Saturday, June 18 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 8:30pm • All-Ages
Tickets: $14.99 (+SC) advance, $20.00 at the door
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With his most recent album Ulysees, Toronto singer-songwriter Justin Nozuka has crafted a world that fully explores the space and vibrancy that resonates within the purity of minimalism.

There is a deeply-rooted calmness to Ulysees that echoes like a sustained note held through the 10 tracks of the album— a natural grace tempered with passion that creates an ambiance of delicate space around the music. “To me the songs feel generous and spontaneous,” he explains. “I wanted to create a world with this album, an experience that is unique and unified.”

It is a new perspective for Nozuka, who says that finding the heart of Ulysees — his third full-length — was a winding process. A marked departure from his previous work, the journey of creating it was a slow transformation and free-flowing experiment of sorts that began in 2011.

Following his debut album Holly, and its follow-up You I Wind Land and Sea, Nozuka took his time to create his third work. “Making this album was really quite a long process, during which some key things happened. I was urged to get into production by a good friend, so I took his advice and decided to learn to produce. I was also able to work together with an aesthete, a friend with whom I created Ulysees,” says Nozuka.

The bold move to produce on his own brought a depth and instinct to his music that was previously untapped. While he looks back fondly on his previous work, this evolution in his creative process heralds a departure into new territory that he now relishes.

With the new freedom of working from a home-based studio, and the experimentation of sitting in the producer’s chair for the first time, as Nozuka pursued songs and refined them a specific aesthetic emerged within the music he was writing that would eventually become Ulysees.

“Dreaming/Eyes Changing Colour” symbolizes the journey the album takes listeners on, enveloping them in a gentle night. The lead single “Right By You” evokes a languid, sensual feeling while delving further into a unique and soothing dream-like world Nozuka so deftly weaves together through the album. Listeners can almost feel the raw and transformative experience it has been for Nozuka.

And so with Ulysees, Nozuka’s artistry is ready to be embraced anew as a cherished pause and an intention for balance in an otherwise frenetic world.

At 14 years old, Avery Raquel is already a veteran of the performing arts. She has a resume, the envy of many artists twice her age. From the Birdland Jazz Club and Metropolitan Room in New York City to The Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge and Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Avery has wowed audiences with her solo vocal performances. Avery has also performed in provincial jazz festivals such as; The Oakville Jazz Festival, Brantford International Jazz Festival, and the South Coast Jazz Festival, sharing the stage with the likes of June Garber, Lou Pomanti, Rob Reed, and the Dave Restivo Trio, to name a few.

Avery has also garnered many awards including the London Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, and as the runner-up in the 2015 Hamilton Music Awards Rising Star Competition.

Recently released to the public, Avery’s debut album, “Life Lessons” is already receiving critical acclaim and airplay on CBC Radio One, JazzFM and other stations across the country. The album was also recently nominated for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards. She had the opportunity to work on the album with Canadian jazz professionals Joel Haynes, Mike Pelletier, and Rob Fekete, as they recorded a mix of Jazz standards and modern tunes with Avery’s own vocal flair.

The Pack A.D. w/Grey Lands • June 6


Monday, June 6, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 8:30pm • 19+
Tickets: $12.50 (+SC) advance, $17.50 at the door
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Destruction and melody, acid wit and bruising vocals—this is the Pack A.D. Singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have made a sound so gigantic, so fierce and raw and empowering, that it’s easy to forget there are just two people behind this brilliant, carefully constructed havoc.

Shredding and pounding their way through every song, the Pack A.D. swallows you whole inside their fearless Franken-blend of heavy psych-pop/garage-rock. Their lyrics are wild nests, human and complex: darkly funny disclosures about depression; indictments of digital excess; grief-stricken fire bombs; sly crusades against stupidity. The Pack A.D. is also one of Canada’s “must-see” bands.

Be it a massive stadium or the slightly seedy bar where everybody’s shoes stick to the carpet, the Pack A.D. have owned every spotlight and stolen every show they’ve ever played. Becky and Maya are relentless and riveting, playing with the kind of fuck-off freedom that makes everybody in the room vicarious rock stars, even if it’s just for the night.

For his first album as Grey Lands, Wayne Petti returned to the musical country he came from. Songs By Other People is a solo album that isn’t solo – Cuff the Duke’s frontman reimagining the songs of others, with the help of others, everyone gathered in a warm, electric sound.
“I wanted to acknowledge where I had been, musically,” Petti says. So there are songs by Bob Dylan and Buffy Ste-Marie, by Sloan and M Ward, all filtered through Petti’s prism. The music is burred and confident, far noisier than Petti’s previous work. And his choice of pals gives the material a scrappy quality: Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor, shouting beside Petti on Dylan’s “My Back Pages”; Sarah Harmer, coyly duetting on Lee Hazlewood’s “Sand”. All of these guests, from Keelor and Harmer to Joel Plaskett, Hayden and Randy Bachman, are musicians Petti has supped with or toured with or meandered alongside, over kind grey lands.
Maybe Songs By Other People is the sound of friendship. Not just the sound of friends playing together but the sound of affinity itself, of crisscrossing spirits. Maybe it’s friendship, not feedback, that fills the corners of Grey Lands’ songs. This ain’t hokey, it ain’t dumb mush: if lust can be captured on magnetic tape, or rage can, or regret, then surely friendship’s allowed too. And is there any truer metaphor for love than singing the words of another person’s song?

Even knowing the back-story, Grey Lands’ ragged team-ups feel unexpectedly intimate, personal – pop-rock and psych-folk sent out clearly, sincerely, from player to listener. And for all its thunder and reverb, Songs By Other People is still a thing of loud melody: a classic’s a classic for a reason, and Petti’s never unfaithful to his best friends. These eight songs, this gang of co-conspirators – it’s its own ringing, rowdy jukebox. Enjoy.

Jane’s Party with SATE • May 5


Thursday, May 5, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm, show 9:30pm • 19+
Tickets: $9.99 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
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Though they’ve been playing together since 2006, the members of Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane’s Party – Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff Giles, and Zach Sutton – feel like they’re just starting to gather steam.

Ready to take off after years roving Toronto’s vibrant bar scene and touring great swaths of Canada, their third full-length album, Tunnel Visions, arrives as their most confident and mature effort to date. Produced by Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor and recorded at his remote farm in Southern Ontario,it’s comprised of songs about being on the road, about losing loved ones, about growing up and coming to grips with life.

Even while running the gamut of emotions and themes, the bandmates never lose the buoyant, hooky songwriting or soulful harmonies they’ve honed over nearly a decade of collaboration, and their hard-won chemistry is evident in how effortless the execution comes off. With Tunnel Visions, they offer an original take on a classic sound, with compositions that feel at once familiar and fresh. Their diverse array of sounds jumps across and often fuses genres – from folk to funk to stripped-down guitar rock, with synth-pop flourishes and splashes of grunge. These are plaintive songs and gritty songs, songs that strike a tonal balance between chip-on-the-shoulder tenacity and Sunday morning malaise, between small-town intimacy and big-city bravado.

The production, too, is polished to a sheen, with input from outside voices entering the picture for the first time. Lead single “Coming on Strong” is co-produced by The Darcys and features legendary singer/songwriter Jim Cuddy on backing vocals. The album, mixed by Chris Stringer and mastered by Joao Carvalho, showcases a sound that’s more layered and sonically rich than anything the band has created thus far. This is a long way from the Jane’s Party that recorded and self-produced their debut album in a garage in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood.

Since then, they’ve collaborated and shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells, Wintersleep, Matt Mays, The Maccabees, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tom Odell, Lights, Manic Street Preachers, and others. They’ve come up in the world, and people are starting to take notice.

Two years in the making, Tunnel Visions speaks of a band that’s found itself, and of one of Toronto’s best-kept secrets stepping out of the shadows.


SATE is blues and SATE is rock. SATE is raw power, out to satisfy and empower a nation. Armed with her ferocious soulful wails, relentless guitars & a dirty low end, pulsating organs and greasy grooves to satisfy earhole, SATE has learned at the feet of  masters, and incorporated those lessons into what are, beyond a doubt, some of the most electrifying sounds to come from anyone this year.

At the forefront of it all is empowerment, strength and sexiness personified by the indelible image of a woman on stage, her fist in the air, and an entire audience raising its hands in communal acknowledgment.  The full spectrums of emotions, channeled into a fight for what is right, as bodies and spirits are moved, and souls are satisfied.

SATE has her feet firmly planted in the 21st century, but the passing of the torch is fully evident on this primordial scream of a debut record that balances huge riffs with swaggering vocals, like a lost collaboration between Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix.

This ballsy and fearless attitude fueled by vulnerability, rage and joy are the sparks that ignite SATE’s songwriting and explosive live energy – taking all that life throws at you and turning it into great art. It’s a catharsis and a discovery of one’s true voice.  SATE is a product of the live experience, with a sound that has taken shape over the course of several years of intense live shows.

In the end, the SATE experience is fueled by one lyric – “Don’t let them demons pull the trigger, don’t let them kick you down”…because, onstage SATE fights until everyone is empowered, connected in sweat and everyone is sated.

Laura Cole & Ben Somer • May 13

Fri May 13, 2016 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 7:00pm • 19+
Tickets $9.99 (+SC) advance, $15 at the door
In a digital download world where artist photos and clever packaging are often overlooked, Laura Cole makes us pay attention. On the front cover of her raw, gritty and wildly infectious debut full-length album Dirty Cheat, the quickly emerging, raspy voiced Ontario based singer-songwriter smiles playfully, relaxed in a wicker chair. The back cover finds her in a sexy black dress in the remote woods of Upstate New York, aiming and shooting a friend’s licensed .45 – a wild episode that had neighbours calling out the SWAT team, thinking something sinister was amiss before the situation was defused as a big misunderstanding. That’s the perfect metaphor for Laura and her deep, complex artistry: the adorable badass.
A compromise-free, colourfully blunt songwriter, Laura brings her edgy, soulful and distinctively bluesy musical vision to life with the help of two Grammy winning producers – Steve Bigas, who won his Grammy for engineering blues legend Taj Mahal, and the legendary Daniel Lanois, an artist in his own right whose vast resume includes Grammy winning albums by Bob Dylan (Time Out of Mind) and U2 (The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree) and others by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris and the Neville Brothers. Laura had the great fortune of growing up influenced by “Uncle Danny,” a close friend of her father’s who took an early interest in her development as an artist. “He’s been listening to me sing since I was a kid, whether he liked it or not,” she says.
Laura and Lanois have enjoyed a spirited musical history together, starting their dynamic “musical journeys” after she finished high school when he took her to Nashville to watch him work with Harris. She also sang with his friends The Blade Family (including renowned jazz musician Brian Blade) on several episodes of the Louisiana based gospel TV show “Hallelujah Train” in Shreveport. In 2013, he asked her to sing a duet with him on a song he wrote (and she later added lyrics to) called “Papineau” – which he surprised her by releasing as a Valentine’s Day single. After spending three days at his L.A. studio recording, she flew straight to Casablanca (yes, the one in Morocco!) to start a whirlwind two month gig at a hip after hours pub. Closer to home, the Ancaster, Ontario born and based Laura has built a growing fan base at hotspots like Lula Lounge in Toronto, This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton and at various festivals and “Taste of” events.
Drawing on a wide swath of rock, jazz and R&B influences ranging from Etta James and Aretha Franklin to Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke and the late Amy Winehouse – artists “who let you hear the soul in their voices” – Laura noticed a theme developing as she and Bigas narrowed her growing catalog of tunes to nine perfectly honed tracks. She says the theme of Dirty Cheat can be summed up in three songs: the sly and sexy “Sweet Escape” (about a “friends with benefits” moment that offered temporary relief from life’s struggles), the dreamy, mystical Tom Waits inspired “Death Row” (about the troubling end of a relationship) and the trippy, seductively sly title track, about raining hell down upon a cheating boyfriend – making sure she was “someone that you never forgot.”
“A lot of people get cheated on, but don’t like to talk or sing about it,” she says. “For me, these songs are my catharsis, honest stories I am telling because I have nothing to hide. It’s easier for me to be true to myself than put on a cheerful front all the time. My goal has always been to portray real things I had been through – and I started writing my best songs till I had experienced the heartbreak of being cheated on. I bring a lot of interesting stories about my romantic adventures to the mix. The songs about my most recent heartbreak had the most power and heart in them.”