From Eamon McGrath‘s myspace page:
Eamon McGrath never sleeps. He writes, tours, records, repeats: regardless of whether his usual band can join him or not. In Edmonton he plays with The Wild Dogs and The Whiskey Dogs behind him, but on the road sometimes showing up in a city means meeting the band that night.
Folk, soul and blues music is filtered through a thick, viscous layer of psychedelic punk rock and noisy rock and roll. His music’s been compared to that of both Neil Young and Black Flag; Tom Waits, Robert Johnson, Ryan Adams: a punk rock songwriter, with the smell of Saturday night on his wrists and an amp capable of shaking the rafters on the roof. Or, an acoustic guitar in his hands that’s only loud because the room is holding its breath.
In the world of Eamon McGrath, lost love bashes about with loud amplifiers and broken strings. Old friends disappear and reappear with the rage of a hardcore punk band. The blood on your fingers is a sign that you played your heart out for the beautiful girl with all her kings in the back row.
“At the age of nineteen Eamon McGrath has manifested a vibrant creative momentum that makes the works of so many revered, twenty-something indie-pop try-hards pale in comparison.”
– Justin Langille, CokeMachineGlow.com
“The kind of musician that embodies every aspect of the punk rock mentality without needing a mohawk to prove it.”
– Francois Marchand, SEE Magazine
“It’s loud and slurs like a stumbling, smelly bar fool yet somehow it pins you to your seat and dares you to listen longer…It doesn’t seem like Wild Dogs should be coming from such a young gun, but it proves that you can hammer out a rugged, heartfelt and mature album no matter your age.”
– Amanda Ash, Exclaim!
About The City Streets from their myspace page:
“”This group is Alberta’s only hope. “Concentrated Living” is their latest album and if their brand of Power Pop is any indication of their live performance, then we have lots of hope for them. (along with their home province).”-CBC Radio 3
“Some Replacements, some early Costello, a bottle of Whiskey, and you’ve got some idea of where these hearts-on-their-sleeves, punk prairie boys are coming from.” –Now Toronto NXNE preview
“Their songs- a tight mix of the hard social message of the Clash and the twang of Wilco- are spectacular.”- Vue Weekly cover story
about the new record, Concentrated Living:
A melancholy celebration of people and places remembered fondly by a hard drinking band more at home on the road than in their native Alberta, Concentrated Living by Edmonton’s City Streets is like suddenly remembering that today is the birthday of someone you fell in love with a long time ago. Like anthems for lonely people, the album chronicles faraway and fleeting love, not just for a person but for an imagined life that continues to slip away. Playing a sort of damaged folk–one tinged with punk’s defiance–the City Streets describe a defeated generation that has lost faith in religion, politics, and tradition, and doesn’t know what it can grasp onto. Concentrated Living is the perfect album for any morning that follows a night where you had whiskey and cigarettes for dinner and a midnight snack. Trust me. – Bryan Birtles
The City Streets, hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada formed in 2005. They play diverse melodic bliss power pop with the spirit of punk rock always shining a light.”
Also playing this night are Windsor’s Meters to Miles. They played Phog last month, and pleasantly surprised us with great, up-tempo rock and roll.
A fun Mother’s Day show ahead.