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SLED ABY

SLED

A Better You

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

After years of playing small tours and festivals around the world, without an actual album being released, SLED, who were formerly known as Pinhole Down, are finally set to release their first official full length, A Better You, via Bird Attack Records on the 15th September 2017. Aside from the bands core members SLED also feature members of Guttermouth, Whole Wheat Bread and This Is A Standoff to create something of a punk rock supergroup whose sound is firmly embedded in the roots of melodic hardcore and skate punk.

The frantic Numb And Dumb is a fine opening rallying call that is followed by the intense Let Go, and every single track that follows is a full tilt punk rock attack that will appeal to fans of the likes of heavyweight melodic hardcore pioneers such as Bad Religion, Pennywise and Propagandhi. The ten tracks contained on A Better You make up an impressive debut full length by anyone’s standards, and it’s one that lives up to the impressive catalogue of recent releases that Bird Attack Records have unleashed.

SLED have delivered a fine slab of intense melodic hardcore that embraces skate punk with just a touch of crossover thrown into the mix, and makes no mistake this a damn fine album of full throttle punk rock. My only issue with A Better You is the fact that there is no variation across the album, every track comes out of the traps like it’s been spiked with amphetamines, and as the chords fade out another breakneck riff kicks in. This isn’t really a complaint as there isn’t a weak track on SLED‘s debut album, but to me A Better You just ends up feeling slightly one dimensional, but having said that this is a solid debut release from a band with a fine punk pedigree behind them.

A Better You can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats here

Belvedere

Belvedere

Steve Rawles

BirdAttack (US), Effervescence (FR), Funtime (BE), No Reason, and Lockjaw Records (UK).
By on April 23, 2016 at Calgary, Alberta

 

 

Belvedere were one of the biggest Canadian bands to come out of the 90’s skate punk scene. They toured extensively, not only across the country, but into far reaching international territories. They showed up on Warped Tour when it was largely based on Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph skate punk bands, released four albums, built a strong following and then suddenly disappeared. After a quiet return to live shows a few years ago, including the large Groezrock festival in Belgium, the band is back with a new album and plenty of live dates to showcase their new songs and lineup. After a recent hometown show playing with Propagandhi, I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Rawles about their triumphant return to the stage and studio.

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Break-Ups: This Is A Standoff (2007 – 2012)

This Is A StandoffCanadian technical punk band This Is A Standoff  have decided to break-up. The band made the statement saying:

As you may have noticed, things have been quiet with us since the fall, and apologies are due, as we have been holding onto this bit of news for a few months now.

To make it short and sweet, This Is A Standoff is done. Touring has become harder and harder, and everyone’s lives have been heading in different directions for quite some time now.

We set out to be a part-time band, but somehow we ended up playing 322 shows in over 25 countries across 4 continents. Along the way, we were lucky enough make amazing friends in all corners of the world and play along side some of our favourite bands.

It’s been an amazing and surreal five years, and we owe endless thank you’s to every single one of you that helped us out along the way by checking out a record, attending or promoting a show, letting us crash on your floor, giving us food, or simply taking five minutes to come chat with us.

The band, which featured former Belvedere members, released their last album, Be Delighted, in 2011. We interviewed bassist Nick Kouremenos late last year.

New Interview: This Is A Standoff

This Is A StandoffI met up with Nick Kouremenos, the bearded bassist from This Is A Standoff, at Remedy café near the University of Alberta and Whyte Ave in Edmonton, Alberta on a cool fall day. Despite the drop in temperature Nick came in wearing shorts and a big smile, eagerly talking about the ten week tour the band had just completed, which spanned Canada, as well as many European countries. Having attended the same small rural school briefly in our youth, we sat down to discuss our mutual love of punk music that brought us back together more than a decade later.

Read the interview here.

This Is A Standoff

This Is A Standoff

Nick Kouremenous

Funtime Records
By on November 11th, 2011 at Remedy Cafe - Edmonton, Alberta

 

 

I met up with Nick Kouremenos, the bearded bassist from This Is A Standoff, at Remedy café near the University of Alberta and Whyte Ave in Edmonton, Alberta on a cool fall day. Despite the drop in temperature Nick came in wearing shorts and a big smile, eagerly talking about the ten week tour the band had just completed, which spanned Canada, as well as many European countries. Having attended the same small rural school briefly in our youth, we sat down to discuss our mutual love of punk music that brought us back together more than a decade later.

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Tours: This Is A Standoff (Western Canada)

This Is A StandoffThis Is A Standoff,  featuring founding members of Belvedere, Forty Cent Fix, and The Johnsons, are kicking of a Western Canadian tour tonight in Regina, Saskatchewan. The tour will wrap up this weekend in Whistler. Joining them for the first four dates will be Sanity In Numbers with Party In The Moontower doing the last two shows in British Columbia.The dates can be seen here or below.

The band last released Be Disappointed in 2009.

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This Is A Standoff – Head In The Sand

Calgary’s This Is A Standoff have released a new song called Head In The Sand; it can be heard below.

The track comes from their forthcoming album, Be Delighted, which will be released on September 1st, 2011.

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New Live Photos: This Is A Standoff

This Is A StandoffCalgary’s This Is A Standoff (featuring members of Belvedere) played a hometown show at the New Black Centre on Friday and Chris Wedman was there with his camera in hand.

Click here to check out the new photos.

 

 

Video: This is A Standoff – Graveyards

Calgary’s This Is A Standoff have posted the official video for “Graveyards.” The track is the first video from their 2009 album, Be Disappointed.

The video can be seen below. Read More…