Anchor Shop Presents
Running Red Lights, Of Gentlemen And Cowards, Hisland
1197 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M6J 1X3
Doors 9:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
Watch & Listen
It’s been a jam-packed year for Aukland. Since the band’s introductory show in the summer of 2013, the indie-rock outfit has garnered itself a significant number of accomplishments. From sharing the stage with bands and artists including Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, The Trews, and Alyssa Reid, to making appearances at some of the largest festivals in Ontario, to the recent recording and release of their debut EP, Aukland is carving a name out for itself in the Canadian music scene. Based out of Mississauga and consisting of Jeff Campana [guitar, vocals], Dave Setton [drums, vocals], Sean Sroka [vocals, guitar], and Andrew Thomas [bass, vocals], Aukland is a band whose success can be traced back to their nose-to-the-fretboard ethos.
In a live setting, the band delivers a fun, energetic live show that truly defies the stereotype that you can’t dance to rock music. Calling on a broad spectrum of influences including Kings of Leon, Arkells, and Foals, Aukland’s live set imparts what it feels like to be a young twenty-something living life in the big city. Thankfully, that energy and spirited attitude translates into their recorded material. With the recent release of their debut EP The Orange Above, Aukland demonstrates a strong song-writing sensibility that strikes a remarkable balance between originality and the tried-and-true, a fine line that many acts are not able to tread nowadays. The songs have infectious, stuck-in-your-head melodies along with hooks that pull the listener in, and yet they don’t fall into the trap of being generic.
Whether recorded or live, the core of the band has always been the music. While the guys of Aukland may be pretty laid back with respect to many things, the same can’t be said of their attitude towards their music. They’re determined perfectionists that are always searching for that next catchy riff, that addictively groovy bass line, that beat that keeps your foot tapping, and that vocal melody that you won’t be able to get out of your head. With the band heading into the studio in early 2015 to finish recording their debut full-length album, and with more and more shows being booked by the week, it’s safe to say we’re just seeing the beginning of what Aukland has to offer.
Running Red Lights
'Born into a space between the notes of Fleetwood Mac and the words of Sylvia Plath'.
Running Red Lights is an earnest group of four with an inherent energy that moves from physical to spiritual and from the immediate present to the transcendental past. Migrating from small towns all across Eastern Canada to the swelling city of Toronto, Kevin Howley, David Puzak, Jeff Carter and Scarlett Flynn together unite a rallied sound that cleverly weaves knowing and tuneful lyrics into simple catchy pop songs. The band has been compared to the harmonious familiarity of Fleetwood Mac, Of Monsters and Men, Hey Ocean, Coldplay, Grizzly Bears and Said the Whale.
After 7 years on weathered stages and several failed attempts to follow the voices of the industry monarchy Running Red Lights has finally settled into a sound that insists on integrity, uniformity and honesty. Thus far the dawn of 2013 has been progressive and promising. In January 2013 the band released the live performance online web series ‘Telegrams from Room 25′ to respectable viewership. During Canadian Music Week RRL played a highly-praised performance making the 'Toronto Rhapcity' list of top 5 favorite performances of CMW's. Most recently the band has returned from a successful two week tour across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver VIA rail.
Presently Running Red Lights is back on the assembly ground floor self-producing a debut full length album expected for release in the beginning of January 2014. Additionally in support of the September 3rd release of the albums leading single, 'Mulberry Love', RRL is in preparation for a West Coast tour in the Autumn of 2013.
For a closer look at the history of Running Red Lights visit the band website at runningredlights.com
Of Gentlemen And Cowards
HISLAND is an unsigned Canadian rock n' roll band, formed in Kitchener, Ontario in July 2010. They've been compared to Deer Tick and Little Joy, with a sound described as "raw and edgy." Hisland is Andrew Silvestro (vocals, guitar), Rob Corrigan (drums, b/g vocals), Mat Araujo (guitar), and Dave Kaduk (bass, keyboard, b/g vocals).
Their debut record "Muckshack" (EP) was released in September 2010. The first track "The Devil" received immediate attention, being nominated for "Best Rock Song" at the 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and receiving radio play through various online streams and reputable stations, namely ones in South Africa and Argentina.
Building on the momentum from 2010, Andrew was nominated for "Best Male Vocalist" at the 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards, and Hisland performed in Austin during SXSW 2011 - a feat musicians dream of fulfilling in their first year as a band. With 2012 wrapped up, Hisland has a lot to look back on: they performed at Canadian Music Fest, opened for Gilby Clarke (Gun N' Roses) at Spring Music Festival, were nominated for "Best Indie Rock" at the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Awards, and played alongside Faber Drive for their "Lost in Paradise" tour in November 2012.
The band name comes from a private island called "Horseshoe Island," located in The 1000 Islands, Canada. It's home to where the band goes in the summertime to write and hang with friends. With the release of their new EP "So Long As They Are Wild" in September 2012 featuring 5 new tracks you'll want to dance to, 2012 has surely set the stage for Hisland in 2013. We'll just have to see what's next.