Scott Ayers was once upon a time in an up and coming indie band called The Lovemakers. Since that time he’s been running a bar, The RIC, which was mighty successful…until Covid-19 happened and then, well, Scott decided he had to do something else. He sold the bar, and got into music, and will release three albums: the first will be released on November 13 this year, with albums 2 and three released exactly a year and two years later respectively. First track from LP1 is ‘Leave Me Alone’, accompanied by a music video, the latter of which should be avoided if you’re allergic to – or just don’t like – cats.
I am a huge fan of Pop Punk music. Some of my fondest memories take place in a now-closed club in Toronto waiting to watch bands like New Found Glory, Motion City Soundtrack, Plain White T’s, and Fall Out Boy do their thing. So, when I heard the opening seconds of Little Cities self-titled EP, it felt like coming back home. Then I found out that this 5-piece alt-pop rock outfit is also from Canada and knew I was already home.
You may not have heard of Sarah Sunday but pretty soon she’ll be a name you’ll never forget. Her latest single, ‘Mental Zoo’, has more than a touch of Avril Lavigne to it, and this should come as no surprise, as Sarah counts the Canadian songstress as among her influences, which also include such legends as Debbie Harry, and other iconic female vocalists.
Canadian band Marianas Trench have been around for the best part of twenty years, forming in 2001, releasing five albums since then, and touring extensively, most often around Canada and the USA, but also in Australia, the UK and Europe. At London’s KOKO venue, during their UK tour in May 2017, lead singer Josh Ramsay said how he was humbled at how many people were at the show, especially considering they had never released an album in the UK. The venue was packed solid, made up of fans, the curious, and media. All left impressed and wanting more. This year, Marianas Trench *have* released an album in the UK, the magnificent ‘Phantoms’, written around the theme of being haunted by the memory of people in our past. Lisa had the chance to speak to Josh Ramsay, and asked him about the album, the songwriting process, and just when they were hoping to get back to the UK.
Kevin Tiah returns with his nu-metal track, ‘Who We Want To Be’. The Australian singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns to his post-hardcore roots, albeit with some pop-punk sensibilities in a song which he dedicates to his favourite childhood band, Linkin Park, and the late Chester Bennington.
The Roxy gave their audience a glimpse of what old school, gritty rock and roll was all about in West Hollywood, California back in the 60’s and early 70’s with two great performances by Morgan Delt and Flamin’ Groovies and then topped it all off with a psychedelic light display that many people have probably never seen anything like.