Nuff said, right? Sappyfest is the best festival on the planet, and this year’s lineup is ridiculous. I mean, think about the fact Polaris short-lister Cold Specks and Polaris long-lister (and my fav) Bry Webb are playing in a chapel, is JUST ONE OF THE MANY shows you would kill your uncle to see on one day of the three day affair.
Seriously. Julie Doiron, Fucked Up, Andre Ethier (!!!), METZ, Michael Feuerstack, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan… and so much more talent on stage playing with lighting escaping from their fingers and warmth radiating from their hearts. This is a time about love, for music, friends and art. Amazingly, that’s even without mentioning the daily Sappy paper (which is just perfectly written) and a Post Office that lets you send mail to other festival goers. Sappyfest is the perfect culmination of big dreams, ambition, heart and small town, grass roots community.
So, I know you want the free shit, but how about you read a bit about seven songs (well six, plus a comp) from seven Sappy bands that Creative Director Paul Henderson thinks will float your boat. Then, email us [herohill AT gmail DOT COM] your details or RT this on twitter to enter. We will pick a winner Thursday afternoon to give you enough time to jetty in the jet.
Deloro - “Joy Joy”
I bought this record from Jennifer Castle last year at SappyFest and put it on in the office somewhere in the post-fest haze of cleaning up and having a nervous breakdown. This song immediately lifted my spirits in way similar to really getting Fleetwood Mac for the first time. They were the first band booked for 2012 within minutes. The entire record is amazing with four songwriters contributing a diverse yet unified set of tunes. The band is Paul and Dave from One Hundred Dollars, Jennifer Castle, Dallas Wherle (Constantines) and Tony Romano.
MP3:: Deloro - Joy Joy
Nap Eyes - “Heavy Like It Is”
I’ve referred to these guys in a few interviews now, but their four song tape (or free Bandcamp download) was definitely the most listened to release in the office this winter. I was skeptical at first, Nigel’s voice threw me off a bit with what I perceived to be a faux english accent. A couple of listens later I was hooked by the melodies, guitars, lyrics etc. They’re just great songs, and I want to hear more of them. I just listened to these four again.
Andre Ethier - “Pride of Egypt”
This song is like watching Bob Dylan undergo some sort of Incredible Hulk metamorphosis.
Eternal Summers - Bully In Disguise
This was the first song I heard from Eternal Summers ( I think via Said the Gramophone a few years back). It’s not very indicative of their sound, which is a lot more scrappy garage punk, but it is a beautiful, reverb soaked slow jam along the lines of Velvet Underground or Yo La Tengo, and I like this very much. Stomp clap, stomp stomp clap.
Killer Haze - Rat King Compilation
Not a particular tune, or artist. Just the latest tape documenting Sackville’s freaky young punk mess. Yellow Teeth, Mouthbreathers, and Astral Gunk are playing Sappy, everyone else should be too. Killer Haze is a lurching mob of parent scaring noise and colour.
Tomboyfriend - “Almost Always”
This band will surprise almost everyone at SappyFest this year. A sprawling group of queer-mixed artists, activists, writers and filmmakers making theatrical conceptual performance art - as awesome rock and roll.
Michael Hurley - “Blue Driver”
Michael is a legend and we’re very lucky to have him with us this year. He is by far the most anticipated artist in the lineup, at least by the folks (mostly musicians) who know his stuff. His back catalogue is incredible both for its quality and quantity. He has a huge cult fanbase but has somehow circumvented the usual trappings of fame and success, most likely due to the ‘default results of his own lethargy’. Its hard to pick one song, but Blue Driver is a pop hit without a doubt.