Freaky Boos/Zones/Juliana Lachance
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FREAKY BOOS (Hamilton, Personal Records, tour homecoming show)
Is this a dream, or is this real life? ? ?
Lucky for us, the answer to this question can truly only be discovered through the musical roller coaster journey offered by none other than the Freaky Boos. Comprised of Jackson Darby (Persons, NPNP), Aaron Hutchinson (Hutchie, eschaton, haolin munk), and Becky Katz (Sourpussy, glassEYElashes, Please),
The Freaky Boos unite under the pretense of experimentally-slick yet sonically-glitchy electronic music–forging to the forefront of our surrealities, substantiating our reflexes for more brave, more weird, more succinct “dream” worlds.
Driven by the fiercely decisive direction of Dons Brown (producer), the trio have congruently melded their diverse musical maps to reflect only the brightest and oddest of jazzy tendencies and electro-r&b fevers–paired with a side of spiritual transformations.
“The one thing we do know–dream or not–the time is now. ”
ZONES (Toronto, Hand Drawn Dracula)
Toronto’s prolific producer and multimedia artist ZONES (aka Derek McKeon) has been finely crafting his tapewarped psych jams since his debut in 2012. After six years full of touring and bubbling in experimental underground music scenes, ZONES follows up the 2016 LP with his third studio effort, “The State of Light”.
“The State of Light” presents a dense 45minute sonic trip where ZONES manages to cut through the rainbow fog he has been known for, to deliver the most highly focused and hifi sounding record to date. Fusing tropes from 70s/80s era funk and disco with his signature tape warbled wahwah psych, pushes the LP into a fresh landscape wholly of its own. Seven tracks of neon lit, zoomed out and abstracted boogie grooves shifting in and out of focus, while the hypnotizing and repetitive pop hooks wiggle their way into your subconscious.
JULIANA LACHANCE (Hamilton)
“My name is Juliana LaChance, I am from Hamilton Ontario and play a very special folkloric instrument called the bandura. I use this traditional Ukrainian folk harp to play contemporary ballads inspired by punk, grunge, and garage rock, which were a lot of my early influences while growing up. The bandura was used for centuries by warriors, travelling bards, and muscians of the royal courts in Europe and because of this, I feel I embody the spirit of this instrument. I learned to play the bandura at a very young age, as it was something passed down to me by my mother, which made me feel it was very important to keep the tradition alive.
I began busking when I was in high school and gained a new perspective on the importance of this instrument, as it had not been shared frequently outside of the Ukrainian community. Soon afterwards, I began touring across Canada and really getting to know the instrument in a way that allowed me to go beyond the traditional folk music. I saw the importance of this instrument and how it could really move and uplift people. After 5 years of traveling with my bandura, I was called to write and record original music from my travelling experiences. “Starflower Moonchild” was recorded in 2012 and “Queens of the Universe” the following year. GET HIGHER was recorded in 2014 and I embarked on a tour across Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatewan to promote the album. In 2015, I completed my first full length LP called “PASSION FLOWERS” that saw me combining the bandura and the autoharp. For each recorded song, I produced an accompanying music video that can be found on my YouTube channel.
As well as playing these folk instruments, I recently began experimenting with dance music, pop music, as well as music scores for my short films that I am passionate about making that can also be seen on YouTube. In addition to being a recording artist and performer, I am also a full time artist and have over 365 paintings in my body of work.”
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