Friday, November 21, Dog Gone and Just Shows join forces to bring you Montreal’s sitar-wielding psychnaughts Elephant Stone alongside the garage-stompin’ noise of The Blind Shake from Minneapolis. Filling out the bill are local Optical Sounds labelmates The Auras and B-17. It all goes down at The Silver Dollar shortly after 9PM.
$8 advance tickets are available at Rotate This, Soundscapes & Ticketfly.
We’re psyched to welcome Real Estate bassist and his band of Freaks back to Toronto on April 29 at the Silver Dollar. The night will also feature performances by The Auras and Tess Parks & the Good People along with Dog Gone DJs. Ticket information will be posted next week. As usual, we’ll also be giving away a few pairs of tickets so be sure to follow along on the Twitter and the Facebook.
Since 2008, Richard Gibson and his brother Robert have quietly been operating the underground Toronto-based psych label Optical Sounds. A genuine individual who’s passion for music seeps from his pores, Richard has forged a scene–largely centered around the Kensington Market bar The Embassy–that recalls the prime of the psychedelic heyday.
Home to many of the city’s finest psych and shoegaze bands, Optical Sounds brings together the kind of artists who self release their material, but wave a collective flag and gig constantly around town with one another. A musical collective in its truest sense.
Earlier this week, Optical Sounds released Psych Pop Vol. 2, a compilation featuring songs from artists on the label along with some that are part of its extended family. You can hear the compilation for free via Bandcamp or streaming below. You can also see many of these bands performing live this Saturday night at the compilation release party taking place at The Great Hall.
Richard was kind enough to take a bit of time to chat with us about the label, himself and the new compilation. Read on for the full conversation after the jump.
Friends of the North! We’re psyched to announce the details of our next Toronto show. On July 9, we’ll be hosting Toronto shoegazy-psychsters The Auras along with Tess Parks & The Good People at the Shop at Parts and Labour—-a great subterranean spot with good sound and a wide selection of drinks/grub taboot.
Since returning to The Great North in March, we’ve discovered so much great music and these are two bands that we are most excited to share with you. It also just so happens that a certain Vermont Quartet will be in town that evening, so we welcome those attending that show to come after it’s over as we’ll be getting started rather late.
We’re giving away a number of tickets to DGB readers so tuned for contest details! Thanks to Justin Gabbard for the beautiful poster design.
The Auras hail from the suburban areas of Toronto where they exist as part of the expansive family of bands who wave the Optical Sounds flag. Steeped in the shoegazy side of the psych world, The Auras recall a brighter MBV meets BJM meets Spacemen 3 kind of a sound. Call it what you will. These guys are one of Toronto’s most exciting acts right now and they’ve just recently released an EP which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Listen to album track “Desert Dream (Nothing Is Real)” below.