Artists and Bands

Toronto’s Dinosaur Bones: Indie rockers with big dreams (and a bit of a criminal record)

Rain pelted the streets of Montreal during my search for Dinosaur Bones at POP Montreal 2010. The Toronto-based band – not to be confused with Jurassic period fossils – has been a shinning light in Toronto’s independent music scene. Their melodic guitar riffs meld with an organic, hard-hitting rhythm section and strike a balance unique for an alternative rock group. Their music has a hard edge, but a relaxing, almost trance-like vibe. Dinosaur Bones played the POP festival for the second year in a row and agreed to an interview with The Rock and Roll Report, but Mother Nature and Montreal traffic made sitting down for an interview an adventure.

5:03 p.m. – I arrive at the media house for POP Montreal on Sherbrooke Street. I ask for Dinosaur Bones, instead I get a free Chuck Taylor T-shirt. Score!

5: 43 p.m. – I meet up with my editor Barbara Pavone. She set up the interview, but had one of her own to do with Turbogiest. She gets to work. I get a beer. I tweet about the strange Arabic techo music being played by the house DJ.

6:10 p.m. – Contact is made with Branko Scekic, the bassist of Dinosaur Bones! They are somewhere on Highway 20. I ask where. “I have no idea,” responds Scekic. They have another interview at BarFly on Saint Laurent. I agree to meet them there.


Shapes and Sizes: Out of Victoria’s “velvet rut”

Shapes and Sizes left quaint Victoria to settle into metropolitan Montreal. As the only Canadian band signed to Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty Records, Shapes and Sizes write layered progressions that jostle the listener outside of normative conceptions of genre. Caila Thompson-Harnett, Nathan Gage, Rory Seydel, and John Crellin led the way at Montreal’s Sala Rossa with new a-tonal progressions that demonstrated compositional complexity. The band played a number of tracks from their latest (third) record, “Candle to Your Eyes”, which abandons the formal aesthetics of both their self-titled release and “Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner,” and opts for poetic explorations of love, memory, and mortality. Caila and I then got to chatting about parks, loneliness, and the “velvet rut” of Victoria.

Q: What is your day job?

A: I’m a housekeeper. I’m like a 1990s Mexican housekeeper working in Texas. That’s me. In Montreal.