Black Midi – Sheepdogs – Violent Femmes

It wouldn’t be the weekend without some new tunes! We’ve got a few new releases that just arrived and since we’re having a sale you can snag a deal on these at our eShop. Don’t forget to use code BackbeatBirthday at checkout!

Also, the latest Exclaim issue is here! Want a copy when you pickup your order, just add a note when placing an order on the eShop or hit us up with a message and we’ll have a copy aside for you.








Black Midi – Cavalcade

“Cavalcade” is a dynamic, hellacious, and inventive follow-up to 2019’s widely-praised “Schlagenheim”. It scales beautiful new heights, pulling widely from a plethora of genres and influences, reaching ever upwards from an already lofty base of early achievements. black midi – Geordie Greep (guitar, primary vocals), Cameron Picton (bass, Genre_Vocals), and Morgan Simpson (drums) – picture “Cavalcade” as a line of larger than life figures, from a cult leader fallen on hard times and an ancient corpse found in a diamond mine to legendary cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich, strolling seductively past them. “When you’re listening, you can imagine all the characters form a sort of cavalcade. Each tells their story one by one and as each track ends they overtake you, replaced by the next in line,” comments Picton. With original band member guitarist/vocalist Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin taking time away from the group to focus on his mental health, black midi chose to augment their sound on “Cavalcade”, rather than replicate it, with saxophonist Kaidi Akinnibi and keyboard player Seth Evans.

Black Midi – Cavalcade

Sheepdogs – No Simple Thing (Indie Exclusive)

Canada’s favourite shaggy rockers The Sheepdogs are back with their first new music in 3 years; the single, “Keep on Loving You”. A vintage stomp-and-sway T-Rex inspired
track, “Keep on Loving You” is the first offering from the band’s latest EP “No Simple Thing”. Recorded in Montreal at legendary Mixart Studios in late summer 2020, the band laid down all tracks for the EP live in the sprawling studio with old-school monitors on mammoth 2” analog tape. No Simple Thing marks the first new music from The Sheepdogs since 2018’s Changing Colours and was again produced by frontman Ewan Currie.

Hailing from Saskatoon, The Sheepdogs are one of Canada’s most successful bands amassing a legion of fans worldwide with their rich harmonies, rounded guitar tones and classic rock influenced sound. Hit singles “I Don’t Know” and “Feeling Good” both reached Platinum certification, with “The Way It Is” achieving Gold sales. Additionally, the albums Learn & Burn and The Sheepdogs both achieved Platinum status and to date the band has been nominated for 10 JUNO awards, winning four of the coveted trophies including Breakthrough Group (2012) and Rock Album of the Year. The Sheepdogs have notably received Rock Album of the Year nominations for all four of their last studio albums.

Violent Femmes – Add It Up (1981-1993)

In celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary, cult rock trio the Violent Femmes are reissuing their long out-of-print compilation Add It Up (1981-1993) on vinyl.

See you soon!

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