The second wave of Sled Island 2019 artists has arrived! With something for everyone, this diverse selection features both local and international artists spanning a wide array of genres. Check out our first write-up HERE.
The 13th year has already announced names such as Julien Baker, Fly Pan AM, Sinjin Hawke + Zora Jones, Kid Congo Powers and The Pink Monkey Birds and The Comet is Coming.
The second wave is up on the official site and as promised kicking off my top 5 picks from this wave is Rapsody. Travelling from Snowhill, NC grew her fame in 2011 when her mixtape For Everything attracted Kendrick Lamar for a feature. Being one of six women to be nominated for a Grammy in Best Rap Album. Working with large names in the rap-genre, Rapsody combines cheeky wordplay and stoned-faced directness to bring more life to her music.
Next on the list is Calgary’s one and only Melted Mirror. Whom recently released their first studio album Past Life. Melted Mirror mix goth-pop with synth-punk. The fusion of dance music and heavier stylized vocals brings movement from everyone watching them.
Third on the list is Ian Blurton’s Future Now. Residing in Toronto and bringing backing music stylings from members of Blue Rodeo, Daniel Romano and Randy Bachman’s bands. With such a diverse lineup the band’s music stylings seem to range fans of various rock genres; from stoner to garage there is something for everyone.
Sled Island brings not only local or national artists but welcomes any genre from across oceans. So next on the list is one that not many indie fans would be familiar with. Coming from Seoul, South Korea is numnum. This Korean band was large in the ’90s indie scene. The trio makes high-intense pop music with jerky post-punk vocals. If you end up hitting at least one out of country band make sure to have this one on the list.
The top pick for this wave’s announcements is one that I personally have seen numerous times and have never been disappointed. EXITS hailing from Edmonton brings a classic hardcore-punk sound without the stereotypical macho looks of the genre. If you need something rowdy or just to mosh out your frustrations this bands for you.
Within the months to come there will be many more announcements of artists appearing this year, so stay tuned. You can follow and check out the entire lineup on the website or check out their Spotify playlists.
Stay tuned as I will also be announcing must-sees with each wave of artists announced.
I’m Phil and 27 years old. I’ve been involved with music as long as I can remember. I’ve worked as a backstage hand, stage crew, street-teamer with Union Events and various labels, been in and out of bands and started my own magazine; Attainable Magazine. In which I focus on band interviews and had the opportunity to sit down with names such as William Control, Real Mackenzies and I Prevail. As well photograph others such as August Burns Red, Silverstein, and Protest the Hero. Though I tend to gravitate towards the heavier styles; punk, metal, hardcore, and so forth. I do end up at any other show I can get too. I originally had gone to university to pursue broadcasting with a minor in photo-journalism but after a year left to continue to purse music on my own terms. If I’m not at a show, I’m either at a record store adding to my ever growing collection. In my free time I also model and practice body-suspension. You can always feel free to contact me on my other social medias.