01. The Hoa Hoa’s “Falling In Love Is For Young People”
The Hoa Hoa’s are gone now but they will not be forgotten by anybody who likes Optical Sounds for it was their music, their friendship, their studio space and their legendary parties that really made this the friendly little community what it is now. “Falling In Love is for Young People” was the first song on their last EP. Like much of their catalogue it’s groovy, and a nod to music of decades ago.
02. Planet Creature “Das Pirates”
Born out of friendly space matter, Planet Creature's molecules first collided a few years ago when this ragtag group of friends began jamming in peoples’ apartments on mainly borrowed instruments. 1 part bubble gum 2 parts punk 3 parts pop 4 parts rock. shake, serve and repeat. ‘Das Pirates’ comes from their debut EP The Pigeon, which has been followed by their 2012 album You're On Planet Creature, with another one on the way.
03. Revolvers “Apocalypse Surfin’”
Two friends, Lavien Lee and Sebastian Molaro, founded the group at a point in their lives when old truths were becoming irrelevant and new ones were being revealed. “Apocalypse Surfin’” (the title track to their very well received debut album) marks the beginning of a journey into the unknown, a pursuit for uncovering what is and has been hidden. It’s a declaration that they’re not afraid, so keep the waves coming.
04.The Flowers Of Hell “Muchomůrky Bílé (Destroying Angel)”
Straddling Toronto and London, the Flowers Of Hell are a trans-atlantic space rock orchestra led by Greg Jarvis. ‘Muchomůrky’ is an old Czech dissident tune, sung here by Prague’s Ivo Pospíšil. The song’s about wandering through the woods, committing suicide by eating poisonous mushrooms. It’s from their latest album Odes, which the mighty Lou Reed has been spinning on his radio show.
05. The Disraelis “In Memory”
In Memory is described by Will Carruthers as “the anthem for the stadium show that they will never play - but that’s all right”. Too cool to ignore and too good to forget, tensions within The Disraelis broke up the original line up shortly after they released their debut EP. But singer/bassist Cameron has since reformed the group with former Hoa Hoa's and long time friends Richie Gibson and Calvin Brown. http://opticalsounds.com/disraelis
06. B-17 “Another Nocturnal Day”
B-17 are the newest group on this compilation, though the heads involved are no strangers; Clint from Action Makes hitting the bass, Richie and Cal from The Hoa's on guitars and Nick from The Easy Targets smashing the drums to hell. "Another Nocturnal Day" is a little taste of the gunfire that these guys are bringing onto the scene. BOMBS AWAY!!
07. The Easy Targets “Hungry All The Time”
The Easy Targets is the on/off group of Nick Kervin and Jeremiah Knight along with a revolving cast of friends. Nick tells of the song, “Me and Jer had been recording in our friend Davy Love's shed, where i was living at the time. The snow was piled up 3 or 4 feet around us and on top of us. We were literally digging our way in and out. We were huddled around a space heater drinking whiskey to stay warm. Broke and hungry.”
08. Volcano Playground “Waiting”
Volcano Playground are an indecisive band. Mark is a consumate perfectionist, re-arranger and gear tweaker, Jakub usually goes by the philosophy that it isn't good unless it was difficult to create, meanwhile Jackie creates astonishing demos in the span of an afternoon. That's why this is the 15th version of "Waiting". A version which will most likely never be released elsewhere, though the track is due to get a video in the new year when their debut album comes out. Fitting for a song about stagnation and sorrow.
09. Ostrich Tuning “Floor”
Part Torontonian, part Texas transplant, Ostrich Tuning are dedicated to the exploration of the key of D, to the extent that they’ve built their own instruments to better do so. With a crystal clear vision of a sound wave and a tone, they continue to stamp Toronto in a way no one will ever forget...if they could only remember. “Floor” is taken from their debut album and their follow up LP is now ready for an imminent release.
10. The Saffron Sect “Pinch of Chalk”
The Saffron Sect champion the sounds of progressive atavism and new mythological times in, around and despite the modern age. Technicolour tunes for tomorrow people. They play a mixture of medieval-flavoured folk-rock, celestial electric ballroom psych, elegiac balladry, ebullient jugband-ragas, pastoral thrumm-blueses and various zonked twangling sounds, played on an array of archaic instruments. "Pinch of Chalk" appears courtesy of 13 O'Clock Records.
11. The Auras “Spiritual Weapon”
Some think that the suburbs of Toronto are full of nothing except parking lots and strip malls filled with the rotting decay of today’s youth. Well, that may mostly be true but when The Auras magically first started appearing onstage at Optical Sounds parties (all teenagers at the time), it was clear they’re as real as the sun in the sky. Sometimes jangle sometimes dream psych this 7-piece band bring it all back to its roots, and they’re just at their start!
12. The BB Guns “Baby I Hate You”
Surfin’ through the musical landscape of hard and soft, the BBs take you on a rip rollin’ journey full of hazy fun. The image and name remind you of something you once loved and something you are about to love all in one breath. It's a little punk, a little girly and all tough cookies. Laser gun guitar tones, jingle jangle melodies and a pulsing, heart pounding, move your hips rhythm, is what this pack is about.
13. Persian Rugs “Always All”
Their shiny and luminous guitars weaving around dreamy girl vocals percolate in the sounds of C-86, Sarah Records, and 90s shoegaze melodicism, recalling the halcyon days of indiepop,. Not long after they uploaded their first batch of songs to their Myspace, Pitchfork latched on to “Always All” and thrust them forth. They’re now recording away, readying their follow up.
14. Action Makes “Pleasant Hymn Pt. 2”
Like The Hoa’s, Action Makes are now sadly gone. They had it all. Manic depressive girlfriends, alcohol problems, a gang that screamed and pulsated a garage rock stooge sound through 2005-2010. Their practice space told it all; Clint, Ryan, Stoetsie, Jay and Noel honed their technique in a smoke-filled pile of cigarettes and beer cans. Visiting girls minds would be blown away to be in such a scum rock and roll filth fantasy space, it would make their heads spin! And in turn you'd get a blowjob in the bathroom. No more jerking off in the cemetery.
Spacemen 3’s Will Carruthers Curates Toronto Psych-Pop Compilation & Fest
(Oct 29 Toronto)
Psych Pop From Toronto Presented by Optical Sounds is a snapshot of the city’s under the radar indie-psych-shoegaze scene with a tracklist selected by Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Brian Jonestown Massacre). The compilation pulls together groups who self release their material under the Optical Sounds banner along with other acts in the city who gig regularly with them.
This compilation is a 100% free and can be heard and downloaded here: opticalsounds.bandcamp.com
Will Carruthers was the bassist in Spacemen 3 and early era Spiritualized, and has most recently been touring in the Brian Jonestown Massacre along with the Spacemen offshoot group Spectrum. Carruthers lived in Toronto for much of 2006, a point where he saw and met many of the musicians on this compilation while the scene was in its most embryonic stages. As Spacemen 3 and the BJM are two common influences on many of the bands on the compilation, it made natural sense for Carruthers to be the one selecting the tracks.
Launched by Robert and Richard Gibson in 2008, Optical Sounds works as a collective ‘label’ which is more underpinned by friendships than business - there’s no office, employees, or business plan and the emphasis has been more on live parties than releases. Its activities are centred around a ‘community’ of bands with The Embassy Bar in Toronto’s Kensington Market area acting as a social hub for the 14 groups on the compilation.
1. The Hoa Hoa’s ‘Falling In Love Is For Young People’
2. Planet Creature ‘Das Pirates’
3. Revolvers ‘Apocalypse Surfin’’
4. The Flowers Of Hell ‘Muchomůrky Bílé (Destroying Angel)’
5. The Disraelis ‘In Memory’
6. B-17 ‘Another Nocturnal Day’
7. The Easy Targets ‘Hungry All The Time’ 8. Volcano Playground ‘Waiting’
9. The Ostrich Tuning ‘Floor’
10. Saffron Sect ‘Chalk’
11. The Auras ‘Spiritual Weapon’
12. The BB Guns ‘Baby I Hate You’
13. The Persian Rugs ‘Always All’
14. Action Makes ‘Pleasant Hymn Part Two’
We’re celebrating these bands and the release with a 2-night showcase at The Silver Dollar Room on November 8th and 9th
Thursday Nov 8th / $8 door
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
Flowers of Hell
*With DJ sets from Optical Sounds TOTALLY WIRED! DJ Crew.
Friday Nov 9th / $8 door
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
The BB Guns
With DJ sets from Optical Sounds TOTALLY WIRED! DJ Crew.
For requests and further information, please contact Robert Gibson at: [email protected]