Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Quick-hitters:: The Awkward Stage

It's fixing to be a big summer for the wonderful people at Mint Records. Some big signings - Hot Panda and Kellarissa - and now some concrete information on the new record from The Awkward Stage. Street date is June 10/08 and the title is Slimming Mirrors, Flattering Lights.

Front man Shane Nelkin seems to hold onto every doubt and insecurity we ever had as teenagers and channels each and every powerful emotion into hook after hook of glowing Indie pop. The new single - Anime Eyes - cranks up the rock, and benefits from a great bass line and trumpet work, and more or less sounds terrific from the opening note till the final fade out. Like a confused teen finally finding out where he fits, this track displays a surging confidence. Remarkably, he's able to add a face melter before the final verse that not only doesn't distract from the track, it manages to complete it.

The Awkward Stage is holding court at the Railway Club the day I leave Vancouver (for ever), but if you are in town, you might want to check out these three shows:
  • Thu May 15, 2008 - The Railway Club
  • Sat May 17, 2008 - The Railway Club
  • Fri Jun 13, 2008 - The Biltmore Cabaret


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