Wake Island are one of those bands for whom assigning genre categories are a pointless exercise…. Prog-pop? Synth-rock? Let’s just call it inventive, melodic music for guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals. Based in Montréal, with band members’ roots in Lebanon, Canada and the US, the quartet recently released their second album, It Takes Time to be Uncomfortable (on vinyl, CD and download), which was recorded at Breakglass Studios by Jace Lasek of Besnard Lakes fame. Dorice Tepley interviewed guitarist Nadim Maghzal in advance of their Wavelength debut tomorrow night at Soybomb HQ.
HotKid play a blazing, kick-ass brand of rock'n'roll. The first time I saw 'em, I nodded to myself as soon as I witnessed singer/guitarist Shiloh Harrison strap on her Flying V — this is very much a Flying V sort of band. HotKid is the sound of Saturday night, which should make their headlining set at WL 560 a special occasion. I had a virtual sit down with Shiloh, Peter McIntosh (bass) and Robbie Butcher (drums) to talk about Cambridge, rock'n'roll swagger, and putting the band back together.