Isn't it nice to work together? Noyes Records (Lornevale) and No Scene Records (Halifax) certainly think so. The two local indie labels are joining forces to present two days of joint roster showcases at the Khyber this weekend.
The Saturday show features The Establishment, Tomcat Combat, Joyless Streets, Medium Mood, Jon McKiel and Boy For Sale and the Sunday show features The Got To Get Got, Sleepless Nights, Brainiacs, Ryan Cook & The Sunny Acres Band, Moons and Share.
No Scene co-founders Trevor Murphy and Josh "Pinky" Pothier wanted to show Halifax how far their diverse roster has come in the past 18 months.
"No Scene kind of started as a desire to be "anti-clique.' We wanted to be a home for bands who either didn't fit in with specific crowds, or didn't want to fit in, or simply had the ability to fit in with a variety of crowds all while not sticking to just one," Murphy explains. "We want our community to be large and diverse—just like we want and expect the Halifax music scene to be large and diverse. Why should a music scene be a competition? Hooking up with Noyes to do these showcases is kind of a microcosm for the kind of ship we run at No Scene. It's about friends helping friends."
Team No Scene has been busy, and they're keeping their cards close to their chests. "Lots of people, like Sleepless Nights, Share and Jon McKiel, are either in the midst of or getting ready to record some new albums," Murphy says. "Ryan Cook just released a new EP and the Establishment is getting ready to release a split 7". Without giving away too many of the secrets, you'll see some of our artists move on to bigger and better things in the next little while, and maybe a new face on board with a new record."
Noeyes' Chad Peck, a full-time junior high school teacher, runs Noyes Records (home of The Got To Get Got and VKNGS) with the help of his friends. This showcase is an extension of this sense of community. "I'm really into the idea of collaborating with other labels," he says. "It makes so much more sense than "competing' with each other."
Both nights begin at 7pm, and it's all ages. Tickets are $6 per night, weekend passes $10, at the Rock Garden, CDPlus and noscenerecords.com.
Do you sigh with nostalgia when thinking about the old guard of Halifax's indie music heroes? Turn that warm and fuzzy feeling into a real live CD. Halifax Will Eat Itself is a compilation project to benefit the Khyber Arts Society, with current Halifax bands covering defunct Halifax bands. The submissions call is going out now, the deadline is November 1. The CD will be released in December at the Khyber Holiday Toast, and it will likely make a very attractive gift with local artist Mitchell Wiebe contributing cover artwork. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Vancouver-based Pride Tiger are getting ready to crush a beer can of rock on Halifax's forehead. Playing on Saturday, June 23, at the Attic with Myles Deck and The Fuzz and Folds of Policy and an all-ages show at the Pavilion, Pride Tiger (featuring members of 3 Inches of Blood, S.T.R.E.E.T.S and Goatsblood) is busy tearing Canada a new one with its new album Wood, Dhak, Froese, Payette. Playing a good ol' boy mixture of Lynryd Skynrd-influenced, anthemic "righteous Canadian jams," this show is a good opportunity to dig out the Maker's Mark shirt and soaring eagle temporary tattoo.
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