OCTOBER MONTHLY ROUND UP
Welcome to October's Monthly Round Up! This is the place where Rock Is Dead filters through what's new an exciting to check out this month. On this spooky evening, we're going with rock, punk rock, indie rock and more. So keep scrolling and you just might discover you're new favourite band.
Brothers Matt and Chris Raitt might have only started GROWERS a few months ago, but in their short time since forming a band the crew has already made a name for themselves in Toronto. Known for electric live shows, rooftop jams and performing in matching outfits, GROWERS delivers something new every time. Deemed Toronto's newest punk rock band, they have already amassed a good Instagram following and have been playing shows around Toronto's downtown core. As the winners of the 2019 Authentic Initiatives' Battle of the Bands, GROWERS has new music coming very, very soon which will be available on all streaming platforms. In the meantime, prepare for their next live show that'll take place in the back room of the Cameron House on December 7th. Check out GROWERS if you're into Green Day, Billy Talent and Weezer.
2) The Lookout Service
Another band from Toronto, this indie unit hails their influence from Catfish and the Bottlemen and Toronto’s own The Beaches. They describe themselves as classic rock with an indie twist, but here at Rock Is Dead we hear a lot more indie rock than classic. Their sound would fit perfectly on an indie road trip playlist, as it's mellow yet also upbeat at the same time. The band has been paying their dues in the city with shows at Sneaky Dee’s and the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Their first single Say You’ll Stay will be out November 8th on all streaming platforms and is available for pre-save now. Check out The Lookout Service if you're into The Beaches, Death Cab for Cutie and The Strokes.
3) Heavy Hearts
Many Canadians on this month's list! Up next we have Heavy Hearts coming from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Since 2013, the alternative rock quadrant has released multiple EPs, with their latest coming in 2017. They credit their sound and influence to the early 2000s emo punk bands, with a little bit of 90s alternative rock screams added into the mix. They have been at the forefront of the emo revival but as a band that is continually evolving, their next release will embrace new elements while still holding onto the raw vocals they are known for. Keep tabs on Heavy Hearts in 2020 as exciting things lie ahead. Check out Heavy Hearts if you're into Locket, Sights & Sounds and First Ghost.
Let's talk Mexican rock! Despite this list typically being reserved for newer and lesser known bands Fobia is still new to us! The band has been kicking it since 1990, and their sound has been evolving ever since. Earlier tracks hold that classic late 90s - early 2000s rock sound, while other tracks have been clearly influence by traditional Mexican Mariachi music. With millions and millions of streams online, Fobia has a song for every rock fan. Catch them on tour across North America now. Check out Fobia if you're into Jumbo, La Lupita or Divididos.
5) Jesse Malin
Last up we have Jesse Malin. The New York based singer songwriter whose been in the industry for a while, continuously evolving and reinventing himself. His latest release Sunset Kids was inspired by attending a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017. It would be the last concert Tom Petty ever performed leaving a lasting effect on Jesse and his music. If you like West coast California folk rock Jesse Malin is for you. Check out Jesse Malin if you're into Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Mumford & Sons.