A few months ago I was asked by the National Post to contribute to their “put your stock in a musician” series. With all the incredible talent across this country and hidden away from the masses here on the East Coast, the options were high, but I settled on Halifax’s Jon McKiel.

Jon’s last record was a solid collection of indie rock anthems, but any of his new material that’s leaked out shows he’s really found his stride. Jon’s experimenting with heavier, sludge filled riffs but hasn’t lost his love of hooks and harmonies.

So, why not take advantage of seeing him unleash some of his new songs when he plays The Seahorse on Friday March 12th with Babette Hayward and herohill favs Cousins. All you have to do is send us an email (herohill AT gmail DOT COM) or drop your pertinents in the comment section. Thursday afternoon we will make like Biz Markie, go up our nose and pick a winner.

We also want to take the time to give you all a super sneak preview of Jon’s new work. Here’s the demo version of Iceman, a track from his upcoming album. It’s got a tight bass line, lots of nice feedback and some subtle, but spot on female backing harmonies. It’s noisy and catchy, so basically I challenge you to listen to this 4-minutes of music and not want to see him live. Your move loyal blog reader… your move.

MP3:: Jon McKiel – Iceman
MYSPACE:: http://www.myspace.com/jonmckiel