Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
Sunday Cleaning – Volume 74
|Two Hours Traffic / Little Jabs (Bumstead)
I don’t actually believe there exist enough vehicles in Charlottetown, PEI to create traffic dense enough to delay anyone for two hours. And despite their name, Two Hours Traffic don’t offer much evidence that they know first-hand the tedium of gridlock, what with having turned out a record chock full of top-down, joyriding, sing-along power-pop goodness such as Little Jabs, their second album. Produced by Joel Plaskett, a man who knows a thing or two about pop songs, Jabs is chock full of tight, janglesome and hooktacular anthems to girls and sunshine, it’s infused with a sense of wide-eyed youth that makes me nostalgic for the long-gone days when I actually had Summer vacations. Little Jabs is out on Tuesday and the band will celebrate with a free show at the Horseshoe that night. They’re also playing the Hillside Festival on Saturday at 2PM.
MP3: Two Hours Traffic – “Stuck For The Summer”
|The Parkas / Put Your Head In The Lion’s Mouth (Saved By Radio)
The Parkas also know a thing or two about the road. Hailing from all over Ontario but based out of Toronto, last year they released A Life Of Crime, a DVD documenting an arduous and exhausting 2004 cross-Canada tour that cost them a guitarist and nearly destroyed the band. But offering proof the the old cliche about whatever doesn’t kill you makes you taller, The Parkas have returned with their second album which, even if you don’t know the back story, is infused with a sense of defiance, glorious raggedness and probably more than a little liquid courage. Lion’s Mouth is a strong, heartfelt and sweaty statement of rock from a band that’s paid its dues many times over and is ready for their just rewards. They’re at the Horseshoe this Friday night, July 27, for a CD release party.