Neil Osborne calls 54-40’s Casual Viewin’ “the band’s feel-good groove record”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 12, 2000 When it came to choosing a title for their latest album, Casual Viewin’, local guitar-rockers 54•40 didn’t follow previous procedures and look to their ideals (Fight For Love) or early gigging days (Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret). For their ninth studio album, they simply culled a lyric from … Continue reading Neil Osborne calls 54-40’s Casual Viewin’ “the band’s feel-good groove record”

Dead Surf Kiss is a twisted embryo of melody and metal

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 28, 1991 A rather impressive promo package was dropped off at the office last week. It contained the new Dead Surf Kiss CD and tape, a band photo, shiny silver stickers with green lizards on them, and a bio. But this wasn’t your typical “drummer Joe met guitarist … Continue reading Dead Surf Kiss is a twisted embryo of melody and metal

Sun Wizard takes an old-school approach to rock ‘n’ roll

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 29, 2011 “SUN WIZARD ARE your favourite band from when you were in high school,” begins the bio accompanying local guitar-rock quartet Sun Wizard’s full-length debut album, Positively 4th Avenue. That’s a pretty grand statement, but of course its accuracy depends on when and where you went to high school. It wasn’t … Continue reading Sun Wizard takes an old-school approach to rock ‘n’ roll

Daniel Wesley amps up the rock

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 6, 2011 WHEN DANIEL WESLEY rolls up at Commercial and Broadway on his new mint-green bike, beads of sweat are forming on his forehead, so it’s evident that he’s power-pedalled from his home at Fraser and 17th and may be in serious need of a chilled beverage. The last couple of … Continue reading Daniel Wesley amps up the rock