Every week Soundcheck serves as a roundup of the latest Canadian music news. Sometimes I like to shake it up a little, so this week’s post is all about Regina, Saskatchewan. A pair of Regina bands, Library Voices and Nick Faye and His Deputies, have new music. Also, Carl Johnson from Library Voices started a project this year that serves as a crash course in the Regina music scene.
Listen to new Library Voices in advance of EP release
Library Voices new EP, For John, comes out on June 10 via Prairie Shag Recordings, a label/blog run by the band’s Carl Johnson. The EP can be streamed in advance via Exclaim and purchased through bandcamp. The EP is a collection of songs “Written for, inspired by, and dedicated to John Farrell,” a friend of the band who passed away in March, 2013.
Release day for Nick Faye and the Deputies
Another Regina band, Nick Faye and the Deputies, have a new release out today. Worry is released on bandcamp today. We have a Q&A coming up with the band this week, so keep an eye out for that.
Regina music scene mixtape
Finally, we highly recommend checking out the Prairie Shag mixtape to get a comprehensive sample of the current scene in Regina. The tape can be streamed via Soundcloud below and downloaded via tumblr. Now if you start listing to the tape and think “hey, aren’t the Extroverts a punk band from the forever ago?,” you would be correct. After being on hiatus for 25 years, they have been playing the odd show here and there including the tape release show for Prairie Shag in March. You can read up more on the band’s wild history via Ominocity.
Andy Shauf performs acoustic heartbreaker
An artist from the mixtape, Andy Shauf, recently played an acoustic version of “Wendell Walker” for UK music site The Line Of Best Fit. The song is seven minutes of straight shooting sadness from the album The Bearer of Bad News.
Photo of Library Voices: Supplied