Toronto Blessings album, “Asleep,” will keep you awake for days.
The album feels a little aggressive and in your face but it’s not a problem. Music is like that sometimes. Life is not all rainbows and sunshine and neither is music. Case in point – Toronto Blessings is brutally honest with their lyrics and music.
Their music is more punk/alternative than anything else. The band used to be in a heavy metal band – Cavorts. Apparently, they got bored and wanted to do something different. So Toronto Blessings was born. You can still hear a bit of the metal influences. Maybe it’s the loudness . . .
You would think that their hometown is Toronto. However, Toronto Blessings are not from Toronto. They are originally from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England.
If we end up renovating our bathroom, I’m going to play this album. Dismantling the bathtub is going to require some aggression and a sledgehammer. Toronto Blessings is perfect for destroying things with sledgehammers and still being thoughtful about the process.
Who: Jail Socks of Charlotte, North Carolina. They are a pretty intense emo band. Imagine if Adam Sandler’s character in The Wedding Singer stayed angry but had improved and started a band. Jail Socks embodies the heartbroken singer in all of us.
What: They released an album, “It’s Not Forever,” in September.
Tsunami Bomb has an incredible amount of energy. I wonder how much coffee they drink. Do they even get their energy from coffee? Maybe they get revived whenever someone listens to their music. It would explain why I don’t have any energy and why I keep listening. They’ve cast a spell on me.
They are releasing their album, The Spine That Binds, on November 8. It has been 15 years since they have released an album.
Tsunami Bomb is definitely punk rock. I can’t think of any one band that they sound like. It is cool that they have more than one female singer. It doesn’t seem like they are trying to fight for the lead. Whatever they are doing, they make it work.
My favorite song on the album is “Tidal.” “Lullaby for the End of the World” is also pretty good.
Tsunami Bomb was created in 1998 in Petaluma, California. They’ve been on again/off again with different lineups. Currently, the band is together.
Dominic Davi (bass), Oobliette Sparks (keyboards/Vocals), Gabe Lindeman (Drums), Kate Jacobi (Vocals), Andrew Pohl (Guitars)
Who: For I Am. The band members are from Geel, Mol, Antwerp and Lier in Belgium.
What: For I Am will be releasing an album, Late Bloomers, on November 11.
“Late Bloomers is what we are ourselves as a band, really. It shows how much we’ve matured in every way… in our music, in our lyrics and definitely in the time and effort we’ve put into creating this album. We truly hope people will see and hear that growth and will want to grow together with us!” – Hanne, vocalist
Where: Their website is here. The album will be available in all of the usual places online.
The music is punk rock/rock and roll. The definition of what counts as Punk rock is subjective. Not everyone agrees on what fits into the genre. Some people don’t think The Clash is punk enough. Mark Lind & The Unloved might not be punk rock enough for somebody but they still count.
Mark Lind’s voice sounds like Adam Pascal. Pascal played Roger in Rent and Theo in School of Rock. So now that I cannot unthink it, I hear the band as a punk rock theater band. I don’t know if that’s a thing but maybe it should be.
I would like to listen to this album in New York City – on or off Broadway.
Who is in the band?
The Unloved on this recording are: Jesse Mayer (Diablogato) – drums, enthusiasm Andrew Moreyello (Art Thieves) – lead and harmony vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, musical director, co-signor Jeff Morris (The Bruisers) – lead and rhythm guitars Mark Lind – lead vocals, bass, some guitar, backing vocals Benny Grotto – literally everything else