Local garage rock/punk outfit Scrambled Debutante is an up-and-coming trio to be reckoned with. The band, consisting of lead female vocalist and guitarist Xu Wang, bassist Jesse Wentzloff, and drummer Jamie Cessford craft a sound altogether louder and more energetic than most would expect from a three piece outfit.
This Side of Town is an alternative pop/rock outfit working hard and having fun gracing the local Vancouver music scene with their powerful female-led vocals and driving guitars. I chatted with the band to discuss their sound, thoughts on the local music scene, and future musical endeavors. Get to know This Side of Town a little bit better and check out the interview down below.
Self-described as â€œThe kind [of music] that makes you want to dance around in a gold cape,â€ Jive Talk fuses funk, pop, rock, soul, and a bit of comedic commentary to create a music experience that everyone can enjoy. Their music is highly accessible for all ages, but proves that our generation hasnâ€™t lost any of its funk and soul! Â Regardless of your musical prejudices, Jive Talk will make you want to get up on your feet and dance.
The four-piece Vancouver based band includes Nick on vocals & guitar, Jared on vocals and bass, Eric on saxophone, and Takeru on drums. They all met each other at Lord Byng Secondary, and Nick, Jared, and Eric started playing together while attending Jazz band. Nickâ€™s fascination with funk and soul music during grade 11 pushed him to create Jive Talk with his friends, saying (jokingly, I assume)Â â€œI knew Eric was a good sax player and Jared was vaguely musical and could probably do something.â€
Once Tak added his drumming skills to the already talented Jazz trioâ€™s musical prowess, Jive Talk recorded their first EP, Welcome to Jiveland, in his basement, and released it March 14, 2010. The album contains 6 songs, including quirky titles like â€œJosh, the Evil Jive Destroyerâ€ and â€œChunky Funk Monkeyâ€.
A year later, the band put out their latest EP, 123 Jump!Â with six all new songs, one of my favourites being â€œSax Manâ€ which seems oddly named, considering there is no saxophone to be heard, but at around two-thirds of the way through there is a sax solo that calls for celebration.
123 Jump! also includes some very imaginative interactive packaging. The CD package allows you to â€œfold the CD case to form a stage and scan an AR code to start the band’s “live” animated performance.â€ And if you scan the QR markers of the inner booklet, you are able to place your smartphone over the band members’ mouths and watch the guys sing!
This up-and-coming funk-fusion band has created an innovative brand of sound that will revive the Soul in whoever listens to it. Give their music a gander and head to their bandcamp. You wonâ€™t be disappointed.
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