The Patience Product has been on a long journey from front man Justin’s guitar beginnings to today’s band recordings. The best description is “Change of Heart, Change of Tune,” which is the title for their album and the title track. Never considering his acoustic and recording skills as anything more than a hobby, it was the abrupt end of a four-year relationship of Justin’s that was the final push towards a more serious band outlook. In fact, “the punk-emo sound meshed with sad acoustic folk songs adds a certain edge to what can be called pop music, but is more appropriately classified as alternative.” This creative blend of styles put a new spin on bittersweet love songs, and The Patience Product has whittled their sound over the years to something they can truly own. Of their live performance, their final three songs were the best. Their music is emo, but not too bitter to be enjoyable. Because when it comes to love, nothing is a off-putting as bitterness.

My latest and potentially greatest new music discovery is progressive rock band Seven Nines and Tens. Instrumental music can be hard to connect with, and some instrumental bands are even borderline pretentious. Not so with Seven Nines and Tens. Genuinely in love with the sound of their own instruments, these four guys bring so much talent to the stage that it is almost overwhelming. Their second-last song is called “Spike Island.” It is awesome. The last song is also good. It is unfortunate that they are still in the midst of recording, because I need more Seven Nines and Tens.

Their music is trippy, ethereal instrumental prog-rock, and I can’t get enough of it. If you love Godspeed You! Black Emperor, or Mogwai, or Explosions in the Sky, you will find much to appreciate in this hard-core rock version of your favourite instrumental bands. I think their last song was called “Spank Me Jensen,” but something tells me that is incorrect. Their lyrical content consists of some sporadic yelling, and completely random phrases at completely random times. The drumming is complicated and specific, and the bass playing is incredibly precise and intense. One wonders if Seven Nines and Tens needed to secure degrees in rock(et) science to become this good. I am intrigued and excited about this band, so stay tuned for an interview in the coming weeks. Check out their upcoming shows as they attempt to take Vancouver by storm.

Happy and light, Maybe Smith‘s solid songs are sure to turn any frown upside down. Driving beats and compelling lyrics equal a great time at a live performance. Maybe Smith is less obscure than Spookey Ruben, but has that fun-loving quality that is often featured in the soundtracks of animated films. Featuring both a drummer and a percussionist, as well as background harmonzing and humming by the percussionist and the bass player, Maybe Smith may be the creation of the lead singer, but the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Their camaraderie is clear when they mock each other mid-song about keeping time. Forced to vacate the stage by midnight, they plough through their set list, so you know you’re getting the orange juice without the pulp (for those pulp-lovers out there, please excuse the metaphor). They play a really great song about drowning in the river. “I’ve thought my way out of happiness a million times, but I’ve never thought my way into it.” But you don’t need to think your way into liking Maybe Smith. You just do. See if you can catch them in concert as they work their way back across Western Canada.

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  1. Elcoj says: – da best. Keep it going!

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