They may or may not actually be named for the DAVID BOWIE song of the same name, but September 2012 iM Featured Artist REBEL REBEL have a certain flair for the live performance side of things (though maybe not really as theatrical as BOWIE).
Following up on their precursor act THE LASTING EFFECT, Toronto indie rock quintet REBEL REBEL came into being back in fall 2011, with guitarist/vocalist Travis Caine, keyboardist/vocalist Kara Gauthier, guitarist/vocalist Bryan Wyshnicki, bassist Tye Hunt Fitzgerald, and drummer Paul Cope striving for an energetic live offering that encourages their eager audience to spread musical dissent like the band’s namesake.
REBEL REBEL subscribes to the K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Stupid) school of songwriting – preferring to graft contemporary synth layers and indie experimentation around a core rock-and-roll (and punk rock-tinged) throwback vibe – counting FOO FIGHTERS, PEARL JAM, WILCO, THE CONSTANTINES, NEIL YOUNG, and TOM PETTY among their influences.
Until you can listen to it in all its sure-to-be splendour, check out that track (and a handful of others) in the live-off-the-floor Official Bootleg #002 from their June 2012 Horseshoe Tavern performance in the embed below to get an idea of what you can expect from REBEL REBEL going forward.
Ryan Stephenson Price is the co-host/producer of THE iNDiE MACHiNE; former Art Director of evening newspaper TONIGHT; and journalist/designer/photographer/director through his self-run STRATASFEAR PRODUCTIONS. A classically-trained & self-taught musician, Ryan is eagerly anticipating the debut of his sci-fi rock project TRIDIA which he claims will finally see the light of day in 2013 - he has been saying this every year since 2004.