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A Primitive Evolution Puts Canada Back On The Rock Map

Toronto's alternative rock kings A Primitive Evolution have been carving out their own unique niche, not only with their authentic take on "alternative blues rock", but with their intensely creative, high budget videos that look inspired by both Lewis Carroll and Tim Burton. The "Lord of Reason" music video was directed by Peter J Arvidsson, and features some fantastic imagery, but it's really the song itself that is something to get excited about. Canada is not overly known for it's rock exports, besides, of course, Rush, and the lesser known but very great, The Tea Party. In fact, the country is mainly known for it's rock mishaps (Nickelback, Theory of a Dead Man, etc) A Primitive Evolution could be a part of changing that very soon with their recent release "The Prize", which shows a modern interpretation of 90's alternative, 60's psychedelic rock, hard rock and blues.

The band are best compared to The Dead Weather and Queens of the Stone Age. Check out "Lord of Reason" and stream "The Prize" below.


Tribute to Canada - Sunset Rubdown

They say Sunset Rubdown front man Spencer Krug is a mad genius. Judge for yourself the work of this Montreal quintet. We round out Tribute to Canada day with They Took a Vote and Said No.


Tribute to Canada - Veda Hille

Move over Susan Boyle, Vancouver's Veda Hille is Canada's anti rock star. Lucklucky is the opening track on last year's album, This Riot Life. If you like the official video, check out a slightly different arrangement of the song set to scenes from the film Lost in Translation.


Tribute to Canada - The Unicorns

Well, it's too late for these guys -- they've broken up -- but I would be remiss if I didn't give you something by the eccentric Montreal quartet The Unicorns. Their gimmick was performing in pink (did they inspire the White Stripes? who knows ...) and they sounded kind of like Weezer, only weirder.

Try to enjoy I Was Born a Unicorn.


Tribute to Canada - Immaculate Machine

Immaculate Machine are from the capital city of British Columbia, Victoria. Have a listen to see whether you think their boy-girl harmonies sound a bit like John Doe and Exene Cervenka from X. In reality, these Anglos go one step beyond X, in that they are bilingual and release many French-language songs. Always a plus in Canada, eh?

This one is called Sound the Alarms.


Tribute to Canada - Two Hours Traffic

Two Hours Traffic hail from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. They're just to about to release album # 3, Territory. Nighthawks was the opening track from their critically acclaimed second album, Little Jabs.


Tribute to Canada - Stars

Last Monday was Thanksgiving in Canada, so today I want to thank Canada for its contributions to world musical culture (every two hours, at 8, 10, 12, 2, 4, and 6 Maritime Time). First up is Stars, a band originally from Toronto who are now based out of Montreal. Your Ex-Lover is Dead got lots of TV soundtrack airplay in the past couple of years, which was helpful in building their fan base. If you like the video below for that track, click on the audio link underneath for a gorgeous bonus track (Midnight Coward).

Midnight Coward (album track from In Our Bedroom After the War)