Julie & The Wrong Guys w/WHOOP-Szo • Feb 19

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JULIE & THE WRONG GUYS with guests WHOOP-SZO
Sunday March 19, 2017 • Mills Hardware (95 King St. E., Hamilton)
Doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm  
Tickets: $14.99 (+SC) advance, $20 at the door

 

Julie & The Wrong Guys represents the perfect mix of the musical world’s most polar opposites. Genres as diverse as folk, indie rock, punk rock, grunge, and metal are simultaneously filtered through a distinctly Canadian lens, channeling the vast geography, diverse climate and barren emptiness of the country into a cohesive, exciting musical sound. Back in 2011,  Julie Doiron enlisted Mike Peters and Jaye Schwarzer—known best for their long-time tenure in Cancer Bats, reigning kings of Canadian metal and hardcore—to fill in some shows on drums and bass, inviting country-meets-punk troubadour Eamon McGrath to round out the sound on fuzzed-out guitar. High-profile tours of Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast soon followed and the rest is Canadian indie rock history. Live, the band is nothing short of a spectacle: Schwarzer’s earthquake-inducing bass tones, Peters’ tribal bashing of his kit, and McGrath’s energetic, ferocious and sweaty guitar solos serve as the perfect vehicle for Doiron’s heartfelt and emotional melodies which weave in and out of the sonic barrage that surrounds them, although somehow neither volume nor silence ever outweigh each other. The jaw-dropping fury of Julie & The Wrong Guys, tamed by an equal passion for both the spirit of punk rock and the delicate beauties of songwriting, truly has to be seen and heard to be believed. The band is touring in support of a new two-track seven-inch (featuring “Homeless” and “Farther from You”) and in anticipation of a full-length release due later this year.

“The contrast of Doiron’s vulnerable and sincere voice with the Wrong Guys’ heavy delivery is a perfect pairing — when the band hits, they really hit. McGrath and Schwarzer are a force, guitars slung low, distorted and rumbling, kicking and taking over the stage but never overbearing. Peters kept it all together as McGrath really made the most of his space echo pedal.” – Exclaim!

Arty, spasmodic, dynamic and entirely unique, you won’t find another band like WHOOP-Szo. With a cast of members roaming in and out of Guelph, this band of creative counterparts combines sound collage, disjointed parts, complex arrangements, and supreme momentum to weave sonic stories, all at once disorienting and enjoyable.  True psych pilgrims using music as an extension of their search for enlightenment, WHOOP-Szo create delicately rambling soundscapes. With an experimental and dramatic air, they combine a wide spectrum of sound samples. From water dripping, to cats purring, to assorted erotic noisemaking, nothing is out of reach in the name of expression. The band’s 2014 double-album Qallunaat/Odemin was recorded during a purposeful visit to the northern Inuit village of Salluit, Quebec. Its follow-up, Niizhwaaswo, was released short months later. The group’s latest release,  Citizen’s Ban(ne)d Radio, arrived in November 2016 (via Out of Sound Records).

“Somewhere in between doom, psychedelia and indie rock, WHOOP-Szo are crafting a sort of social and emotional protest music. Tip-toeing into the sublime, the group creates songs that are enveloping and immersive. WHOOP-Szo are unabashedly outspoken, and unwaveringly kind.” – AUX