See Rock Live’s Mar Sellars also hosts a weekly radio show in Toronto Mar On Music which can be heard every Friday 3-5PM on CIUT 89.5 FM. Mar consumes hours of music each week to pick the best of the best of new and interesting music that’s coming out. Here are her 5 picks this week of music you should be listening too!
Patience – White Of An Eye
Patience is the project of songwriter Roxanne Clifford, formerly of Veronica Falls, The Royal We and Sexy Kids. Originally from Manchester, by way of Glasgow, Roxanne now resides in Los Angeles where she has developed her synth pop alter-ego Patience. She recently completed a tour of Japan, not bad for a Mancunian living in Los Angeles with 2 singles under her belt. “White Of An Eye” is her 3rd single and is due out Sept 22 on Night School Records.
Fruits & Flowers – Out of Touch
Brooklyn’s Fruit & Flowers have been called one of America’s “hardest working bands.” They seem to constantly be on tour, already playing in Toronto a few months back, at a last minute birthday show at the Smiling Buddha. The band self-describe themselves as “surf noir” and just released their debut EP Drug Tax via Little Dickman Records and to celebrate Fruit & Flowers came back properly to Toronto to play in July at the Baby G. Check out See Rock Live’s video interview with them here. The entire Drug Tax EP has been growing on me. I am slowly falling in love with each song separately. I highly recommend going to see these New Yorkers next time they come to town.
Beaches – Void
Australian psych rock quintet Beaches are back and releasing a double LP ! Who DOES that these days?? Second Of Spring is their 3rd album and it’s due September 8 on Chapter Music. According to the band: “Void is a conversation between two people, who discuss a prolonged absence, a temporary disappearance into a space of emptiness. We wrote “Void” in our rehearsal space in Reservoir (Melbourne) during a prolific period of song writing.” Strong guitar shredding on this one, get ready to bang that head of yours.
Sheer Mag – Suffer Me
Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag are one of DIY punk rock’s success stories. Work hard and tour hard and you’ll get a loyal fanbase. The band have released a slew of 7-inches over the last couple of years and put out a compilation of those but believe it or not, they JUST released their DEBUT album Need to Feel Your Love this month! “Suffer Me” is the very first track written for the album. It addresses the Stonewall Riots that took place in Greenwich Village in 1969, the ongoing battles of the LGBTQ+ community and fighting for your rights. Check out Sheer Mag when they are in Toronto next September 02 @ Horseshoe Tavern w/ Prom Nite, Lost Balloons.
Fascinations Grand Chorus – Wait
Fascination Grand Chorus is a duo originally from Jersey City and now hanging out in Brooklyn. Stephanie and Andrew describe themselves as “two rival songwriters and one audio pop experiment.” “Wait” is their latest single, released June 2017, expect a new EP later this year. Not much to say but this song is catchy as hell, if you like strong keyboard parts, classic 60s girl group o-o-o-ohhhs and sha-na-nas with a modern indie twist, you’ll like this tune.
See ya next week for another 5 tracks.