The Long War
What: Folk Rock
Where: Vancouver, BC
Kobra & The Lotus
What: Heavy Metal
Where: Calgary, AB
Although they may not be a household name quite yet, it could simply be a matter of time before people all over Canada – and the world – know Calgary heavy metal/hard rock band Kobra & The Lotus.
Since their formation in 2009, the group, fronted by the impressive Kobra Paige on vocals, has steadily built an dedicated fan base via three full-length efforts and heavy international touring. Later this year, the group will be releasing what will arguably be their most ambitious effort to date, a double album called Prevail. The group successfully crowdfunded the forthcoming effort, ultimately reaching 112 percent of their goal, a testament to the widespread appeal and relevance of the band.
What: Rock, Blues
Where: Hamilton, ON
Like The White Stripes, The Black Keys, and Royal Blood before them, Montreal blues-rock band Les Deuxluxes prove that, sometimes, less can be more. Comprised of just two members, guitarist-vocalist Anna Frances Meyer and drummer Etienne Barry, this duo wholeheartedly bashes out the blues with a definite rock edge and hints of garage and rockabilly thrown in for good measure.
The songs on the group’s latest release, Traitement Deuxluxe, harbour a raw energy that pays tribute to the ethos of the aforementioned groups while carving a path that is soulful, powerful, and uniquely theirs. Les Deuxluxes ultimately show that Canadians can indeed play ball when it comes to churning out gritty rock and roll.