Crushed Veneer

by Jeffrey Burns on March 12, 2018

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UK band Crushed Veneer preview 2 singles from their upcoming debut EP – Desire and the Need to Live |

For a time it seemed as though 3-chord power-pop bands had become a dime-a-dozen, like bland, seemingly soulless derivatives of a once proud punk-rock movement, inciting the all too familiar chants of Rock Is Dead .. Again. (Something mainstream music charts still seem to indicate). And yet, without fail, there is always a faithful, phoenix-like contingent unwilling to surrender the surly, volatile, sonic rebellion at the heart of so many iconic musical moments, from the ancestral scream and anarchistic audacity of Detroit’s MC5 that triggered a dissonant, power-chord revolution of epic proportion, to a cultural sea-change forged by the sheer nihilism and utter contempt of the Sex Pistols, to an ensuing creative chaos that’s never subsided but rather lives on as seminal, transformative iterations that continue to emerge and alter the musical landscape. And somewhere in the middle of all that is the steadfast, punk-rock voracity of a band like Crushed Veneer, whose music dutifully pays homage to the genre with supercharged, bone rattling intensity reminiscent of Husker Du, bathed in melodic hooks just enough to temper the savage beast without taming it.

Crushed Veneer was formed in an East London practice room in early 2017 where the band secluded themselves intent on crafting an album’s worth of songs, then honing them on the Live circuit for a period before recording their debut EP late last year at Soho Sonic Studios, with engineer Oscar Moos. It was mixed and mastered by Dave Downham (Beach Slang, Pet Symmetry) at Gradwell House Recording in New Jersey, USA.

‘Kind of Blue’ is the latest of two advance singles from the band’s upcoming debut EP ‘Desire and the Need to Live’.

Quick Bio

Crushed Veneer deliver a high energy blend of punk and indie rock, with influences ranging from The Gaslight Anthem and Beach Slang to Pixies and Dinosaur Jr, layering heartfelt lyrics on a bed of hard, fast, punk rock.

Crushed Veneer are Kieran McGrady (Vocals & Lead Guitar), Aaron Simmons (Rhythm Guitar), Al Briggs (Bass), and Bobby Khoda (Drums).

 
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Megan Nadin

by Jeffrey Burns on March 10, 2018

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If the song Gypsy Sea is any indication, Megan Nadin is a star in the making .. |

Megan Nadin’s voice is like a star that burns bright in the universe, and the attention grabbing song ‘Gypsy Sea’ is like sonic sanctuary for those who find rich reward in rootsy, pop music that can be all things genuine, splendorous and soul-stirring. A world of appreciative, grass-roots music enthusiasts awaits, and if this exceptional newcomer from Thunder Bay, Ontario isn’t charting and captivating Folk-Festival crowds by this time next year, then the world has surely become an unfamiliar place. Only time will tell. She is currently preparing to drop her debut EP in late spring.

Quick Bio

For singer-songwriter Megan Nadin, music has been a passion of hers from an early age, whether she fully realized it or not. Growing older she prioritized getting her education, as is often the case for many a budding musician, but as is also sometimes the case, fate intervened. It was while working as a volunteer English teacher at an orphanage in Cambodia that her ultimate passion reemerged, inspiration ensued,  and it soon became clear that sharing her music with the world was something she not only wanted to do, but had to do.

In the last year, she has had the opportunity to record in Toronto, New York and Nashville, and her song Gypsy Sea landed her in Canada’s Top 100 Finalists for CBC Music’s nationwide Searchlight 2018 contest.

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