TWENTY CENTURIES OF STONY SLEEP – STORMY NIGHT
This Calgarian band pulled their name from William Butler Yeats’s poem The Second Coming, and considering the music, that might make perfect sense. TCOSS feels like the second coming of nineties indie rock. Listening to their new album Circuit Crooks, you can imagine these guys spending late nights listening to Surfer Rosa, Slanted and Enchanted, and The Lonesome Crowded West. On Stormy Night, they take those influences and up the tempo with great results. TCOSS take lyrics about all the thoughts that leave you restless at night, and turn it into a high energy rock song that will induce uncontrollable air drumming (thanks to the skills of Lisa Hunte, and now Joel Briggs). The forward momentum of the track is really captured when Graham Daniel’s vocals are joined by Alexi Davis for the ultimate line “It fills your body with retribution“, and that excellent guitar riff follows. Like Wintersleep’s Oblivion, it reminds you how much you miss good ol’ fashioned alt rock music. Surely some revelation is at hand – yes, that I have another great song to put alongside Chad VanGaalen and Tegan and Sara in my best of Calgary list.