Archaics are a five-piece psychedelic art-rock band from Edmonton, Alberta. Their experimental tastes create a cavorting atmosphere that accompanies one through thoughts of kaleidoscopic hysteria; a tangible swing from a twisted frame of mind.
Their most recent album, Soft Focus (2016 - Sweetie Pie Records) is carefully orchestrated, displaying the chemistry developed over nine years of playing together. Last year’s addition of organist Dylan Greenhough and the incorporation of visual projections has transformed the core band to a full-bodied live experience.
“Archaics [Soft Focus] as a whole come off as scruffier, clangier and more mystical — not to mention more tangential! — than their ’60s predecessors”. - Sandra Sperounes - Edmonton Journal July 2016
The past three years have consisted of notable presence and recognition within the Canadian arts community with opening slots for bands such as The Dandy Warhols, SUUNS, Dead Meadow, Destruction Unit, and L.A. Witch. Actively introducing their caravanning circus to curious ears, the band has completed two tours across Canada and performed at festivals including Big Winter Classic, Vancouver Psych Fest, and Golden West Music Fest.
Archaics consists of Connor Snell (Vox, Guitar), Josh Beatty (Vox, Guitar), Andy Trant (Drums), Dylan Greenhough (Organ, Vox), and Peter Masson (Bass)
When I Mother Earth first ended their 8 Year Hiatus in March of 2012 they did so by putting a countdown clock on their website that expired just in time for the band to perform 2 sold out shows at Toronto’s Sound Academy.... In 2016 They turned the clock back…. 20 years back to be exact, and reunited with the bands with original vocalist Edwin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of critically acclaimed multi Platinum album Scenery and Fish Scenery and Fish. This reunion caused saw the band tour nationally for the first time since ending their hiatus. The tours dates whether on their own or with touring partners Our Lady Peace were a tremendous success and apparently a lot of fun as the band has decided to formally reunite with Edwin for the foreseeable future and even head into the studio to create new material.
Celebrating 20 of Scenery and Fish was a trip for IME. That album spawned 4 Top 10 Hits in Canada with “Raspberry”, “Another Sunday”, “Used to be Alright”, and “One More Astronaut”, but it’s the new music on the horizon and the opportunity to dive into their first record “Dig” that has both the Fans and the Band excited to explore. The debut record featured 4 top singles as well. “Levitate”, “Rain Will Fall”, “So Gently We Go” and Not Quite Sonic all hold a distinct place in the Hearts of I Mother earth fans.
“We are really looking forward about this exciting journey to revisit our entire IME history with Edwin,” says Christian Tanna, co-founder and drummer. “The fact that we are writing and jamming with this vibe is a huge rush. We really can’t wait to share this with our fans!”
At once elemental and unearthly, Jay Gilday’s voice is a raw and gorgeous siren of the Canadian north, fusing hymnal anguish with driving rhythm and blues. And he is about to inscribe a special chapter in Canadian music history.
As a songwriter, Jay threads together the colours of his own ancestral traditions: Dene spirituals, Irish ballads, Canadian folk and rock. He was raised in a family of accomplished musicians on the tundra of Yellowknife, where his music electrifies its never-ending days and nights.
Whether on the main stage of a summer festival or headlining a shadowy cabaret, Jay captivates. He is equally arresting as a solo performer, crooning over acoustic guitar and piano, as the front-man of an eight-piece rock band, baiting dance floors with infectious hooks and boundless energy.
What sets Jay apart is the unfailing authenticity that accompanies his rare talents. His craft is unfettered by pageantry or put-on, and the intensity of his delivery is a product of conviction, rather than coaching.
On his second full-length record, Faster than Light (2016), Jay’s voice is bathed in a torrent of harmonic electric blues—in turns playful and devastating—perhaps best described as an uncannily soulful brand of crotch-rock.
Jay is currently based in Edmonton, where his considerable fan base has learned what the rest of the country is about to find out: Jay Gilday owns one of the most arresting and important voices in Canadian music today.