Late Bloom Album Review


Sweet write up from Metantoine’s Magical Realm.

“The core of the duo’s music is some sort of heavy sludge/doom/stoner with dynamic drums and fairly catchy yet simple guitar riffs. The drumming of Joy has this martial quality in the droney sludge of opener “Feast”, she’s really good and precise and makes the duo sound fuller. That same track also has some blackened elements in both the tremolos and the guitars.”


Check out the rest of the review here



Sweet review of the Basic Instinct album “Late Bloom” from CVLT Nation.


What you are about to hear is HEAVY Magic in the form of Sludge. BASIC INSTINCT have created a record that gives me chills but at the same time frightens me. What I do know about this band is that are using this art form to manifest music that has a message of protest and they stand for issues that matter to us all. The vocals on late LATE BLOOM soar at times and at other times they peel your skin off slowly. It is such an honor to turn y’all to BASIC INSTINCT because they are so SICK!!!

WTF! Five Modern SLUDGE bands pushing the genre FORWARD!




Basic Instinct “Late Bloom” Album Release


Album Release Listening Invite
Basic Instinct
“Late Bloom”


Basic Instinct invites you to listen to our new album, “Late Bloom” We recorded this album in the fall of 2018 at The Balloon Factory with Joshua Wells.

Basic Instinct had been playing shows since 2016 in Vancouver BC. Carly was moving to Los Angeles, so we decided to write and record an album before she left. We spent a month in the jam space writing this material, some of which has never been performed live.

We would love for you to take a listen to the album here!

This album was recorded in September 2018 at The Balloon Factory in Strathcona, Vancouver BC on unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.


2Bi2BI2BI2BI Tour- Divide and Dissolve, Basic Instinct, Spike Girls and Johnny Ointment

This event is taking place on land that is part of an active, ongoing occupation of unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

2Bi2Bi2Bi Tour Pt.2: 4 bands, all 2-pieces !! !! !! !!

Divide and Dissolve
If you don’t already know — YOU SHOULD! Epic droning doom to destroy white supremacy.

The Olympic Peninsula’s finest queer noise punk

Instinctual dooom

SPIKE GIRLS (Vancouver)
For the dyke punk stoner skater girls slaying their world and protecting each other


Sonic Art Space All-Ages Workshops

Marta McKeever and Julianne Moore invite you to experience the joy of learning and experimenting with music in a relaxed and fun setting. Our programs and workshops offer one-of-a-kind learning techniques for all ages and abilities.

Workshops are held at The Cambrian Hall and The Toast Collective in downtown Vancouver. The SAS’s association with local musicians and artists in all areas of expertise offers exceptional opportunities to find inspiration, strengthen skills, and enhance your experience of music.

We hope to open new windows into music and arts in fun and exciting ways in a warm and light-hearted atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you to the Sonic Art Space!


Coax Records Double Album Release Tour! with Rae Spoon, LAL and esl

Rae Spoon, LAL and esl will be doing a short 3 day tour of Salt Spring Island, Victoria and Vancouver.

Rae Spoon has been called one of Canada’s best songwriters and their new album Armour does not disappoint. The ten new songs hold all of the lyrical depth indicative of Spoons compositions while showcasing their distinctive voice. Armour, Spoons eighth solo album, is the highly anticipated follow-up to Polaris Prize nominated My Prairie Home. Rae is returning to play Vancouver after two sold-out shows on their album release tour in March.

Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray, better known as the Toronto-based Electronic duo LAL, have deep roots within the Canadian music scene with 18 years of performing and an expansive catalogue of innovative records to their credit. Their latest album, Find Safety, is the result of three years of studio work, offering a compellingly danceable and provocative political statement all at once.

E.S.L. is a chamber pop quartet with half the band based out of Salt Spring Island and half out of Vancouver. Featuring Marta McKeever (Fan Death, Girl Nobody) on vocals and piano, Diona Davies (Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, Po’ Girl) on violin and harmonies, Tess Kitchen (Wintermitts) on trumpet and harmonies and Joy Mullen (Cris Derksen, Fortresses) on drums, this band of women have been together since 2005. This is the release show for the “Heart Contact” EP will be released on Rae Spoon’s label Coax Records. E.S.L.’s debut album “Eye Contact”, was a huge success and landed them gigs at Folk Festivals all over Canada.

Veering wildly between Polish cabaret and chamber pop, to playful hip hop jams, e.s.l. spin songs that will catch your ear and entangle you in their spell. Ethereal vocal harmonies might evoke a late-night bar, with booty shaking beats, bold horns, lush string lines and no-holds-barred lyrics that convey a heartfelt reflection on life.
E.S.L. performs songs in 5 languages (Polish, French, Spanish, German and English).


BC Musician Magazine- Music Teachers #1- Noah Walker and Sarah Wheeler

Here is a new series I am working on for BC Musician Magazine that talks to musicians who teach music. The past 2 years I have been working as a full time 1 on 1 drum teacher and it has hugely rewarding and fascinating. Already I can see how the teaching practice is constantly evolving and while some may find it draining, I find it energizing.

This first article talks to 2 private one on one music teachers, Noah Walker and Sarah Wheeler.

One on one teachers