iM Premiere: REBEL REBEL – Be Heard
iM is proud to present the premiere of Be Heard – the debut EP from our September 2012 featured artist: Toronto indie-rock quintet REBEL REBEL.
The six-track effort opens with a synth-y introduction and leads on to showcase a non-stop album-encompassing song-to-song mix. Thickly-mastered scowling vocal lines (in the vein of THE TREWS, or POOR YOUNG THINGS) float amid a heavy mix of drums, booming bass tones, and slightly-distorted guitar that help to bring all the layers together. Unlike those aforementioned acts, REBEL REBEL steer more towards a 90′s Can-Rock throwback vibe – in particular on our favourite tracks I Know (What You Mean), and Kingston.
The finished package has a great deal of cohesion for an EP as well, courtesy of some ambient noise-filled transitions between songs, though this might make it so it doesn’t jive perfectly with a song shuffle playlist. But in its entirety, REBEL REBEL’s Be Heard is a really strong first effort – check it out in all its majesty below (blast it loud!!)
The band’s official release show goes down Saturday night at The Silver Dollar in downtown Toronto, with MITTENZ, and THE LOST BABIES as support – the Facebook event page is linked here.
About The Author
Ryan Stephenson Price
is the co-host/producer of THE iNDiE MACHiNE; music video/commercial/feature director, photographer, designer, and journalist 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.