Reviews:: Bad Vibrations Black Train

If you were lucky enough to have spent the weekend in Halifax for HPX, you probably heard the buzz of the crowd and the fuzz of the guitars calling you to Gus’ Pub on Friday night. We were all there to celebrate Pigeon Row‘s birthday. Friday night was a culmination of five hard years for the East Coast’s home for working class heroes and underdogs, and the simple fact that Gus’ was packed to capacity (with some people even opting to walk on the ceiling) with fans and some of the biggest names in Canadian music, shows PR has earned our trust.


All things considered, it’s not surprising that the first selection for the new Pigeon Row Select Series (the executives at PR hand pick one act per quarter that knocked their proverbial socks off and try to help them get heard) is such a success. Bad Vibrations — a local trio that perfectly pairs the riffs and noise of stoner punk with harmonies, psychedelia and surprising flashes of beauty — has been hinting at something special with EPs and splits over the last year or so, but Black Train finds the trio locking in their sound and delivering a stellar debut.


The hardcore touch points aren’t shocking; Motorhead or the sludge rock of Eric’s Trip could be added to any RIYL sticker, but it’s the paisley undercoat the trio gives the songs that really help them stand out. Boy / girl harmonies, interesting textures and detours from the aural assault (to your ears and rib cage) all help Black Train stand up to repeated listens, and give the distinct impression Meg, K.C. and Evan had some Byrds records stacked next to the Black Flag catalog.

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MP3:: Bad Vibrations - What Now




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