Bend Sinister

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Geyser Music –

It’s hard for me to put into words the incredible album that is Animals. From the moment the electric-guitar built up on first track Best of You to the symphonic ending of final track It Will Never End I was impressed, and hooked. It’s not often that a rock band hails the classic styles of Queen or Pink Floyd while maintaining the ability to create a sound that is still truly their own. Animals is a game changer for the rock scene, and other bands had better take note.

During the first couple tracks I was already grinning, unable to stop myself from thinking that so few bands sound like this anymore; this is so cool. In one track you’ll go from hearing upbeat punk-rock one moment to a slow ballad the next, executed seamlessly. The pure composition involved in Animals’ tracks floored me. This album will certainly be enjoyable for audiences looking for a band that sounds like they are truly challenging themselves musically. Bend Sinister has proven that they are not a band to take the easy way out, they will find a way to take their songs above and beyond what’s expected. Second track Fancy Pants is an upbeat, jazzy piece with catchy lyrics. Horns blast, fingers snap, and electric guitars wail. I Got Love eludes garage-band rock coupled with the gospel style chanting of the lyrics. Things slow down a bit with blues-rock Better Things to Do, easily a favourite track. This piece really showcases the vocals with it’s ballad components. Like other tracks, Better Things to Do involves tempo changes and well constructed crescendos. The remainder of the album keeps to the same quality level, with some very intense punk-rock tracks like Teacher, one of the singles of the album. Final track It Will Never End finishes off the album on an intense symphonic note, again showcasing the instrumentality of the band and leaving listeners wanting more.

This is an album I would highly recommend listening to. It’s punchy drum beats, incredible vocals, prominent bass and enjoyable range of tempos and instruments will keep listeners engaged the whole way through. Choosing just one track to call a favourite is nearly impossible with each one feeling like it could be a single. I, for one, can’t wait to see how Bend Sinister plans to top Animals.

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Bend Sinister seem to almost revel in their ability to confound listeners and industry types throughout Canada. They churn out blisteringly fast prog influenced songs, followed by chirpy and cheerful Beach Boys soaked melodies. They are the kind of musicians who have both Hall and Oates and Iron Maiden in their vinyl collections and are not afraid to admit any influence or try any new sound.

At the heart of Bend Sinister sits vocalist and keyboard player Dan Moxon. His soft spoken and warm demeanour belie the frenetic stage antics and vocal gymnastics that have made him one of the most unforgettable front men in the Canadian indie scene. His song writing draws from a wealth of influences and he is as equally at home softly singing over a piano ballad as he is wailing over crushing drums and guitars. Not to be outshined however, the rest of the band is just as dynamic. If Moxon is the heart, drummer Jason Dana is the gut. Channelling the best beats of Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin, Dana propels the band through their live set like a twin-engine jet. At the flanks are guitar wizard Joseph Blood and newcomer, bassist Matt Rhode.

For the last three years, Bend Sinister have been a tornado of activity on the Canadian music scene. Since 2008 they have released two EP’s and one full length album. Their most recent single, “Things Will Get Better” (produced by Howard Redekopp), was added to commercial radio stations across Canada and reached number 2 on the CBC radio 3 chart. They have been invited to perform at a plethora of festivals across Canada, including: Envol at Macadam in Quebec City, POP Montreal, Sled Island in Calgary, Olio Festival in Vancouver and Live at Squamish; moreover, Bend Sinister have acted as tour support for such bands as METRIC, Hot Hot Heat, Dragonette, Born Ruffians, Minus the Bear and We are Scientists.

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Bend Sinister seem to almost revel in their ability to confound listeners and industry types throughout Canada. They churn out blisteringly fast prog influenced songs, followed by chirpy and cheerful Beach Boys soaked melodies. They are the kind of musici...

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Geyser Music – It’s hard for me to put into words the incredible album that is Animals. From the moment the electric-guitar built up on first track Best of You to the symphonic ending of final track It Will Never End I was impressed, and hooke...

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