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Valvehead: Firmly rooted in 90s rock, Valvehead’s bombastic sound balances pop sensibilities with iconoclastic harmony, melodramatic dynamics, introspective lyrics, and bold production. Live performances are loud and chaotic, yet unmistakably tight. The group has been compared to Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Radiohead, and At The Drive In. Valvehead is the passion project of Canadian musician Cyrus R.O., and features Drew Young on guitar, Mike Lenz on bass, and Pierre Voisine on drums.
Though the group of musicians have been performing together since summer 2022, Valvehead nominally formed on Feb 23rd, 2023. Coming out of the gate strong, they released their debut single Manufactured Emotion that same day. The single has been featured by various reviewers and playlisters internationally. Shortly after the release, the band was nominated for Newcomer Of The Year at the 2023 OMIC Capital Music Awards, and booked to open for Elyzabeth Diaga's Queens of Rock at Clarence-Rockland festival this June 30th.
On June 8th they released their second single Corrosive to a packed house at LIVE! on Elgin. The single has received glowing press coverage from Q-Alt and Class of Sounds among others. and will be featured in OEM II, a compilation of experimental Ottawa artists curated by the hosts of long-running CKCU radio program Hexon Bogon. With a tour of Ontario planned for the fall and a debut full length slated for release in mid 2024, it's sure to be a happening year for Valvehead.
Pretty Good: “Pretty Good” is an indie rock band currently living and playing on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin nation (Ottawa). Their name pokes fun at the unintentionally backhanded compliments they’ve received playing music over the years. Pretty Good’s sound is bittersweet, playful, and ever-evolving
February Hate Club: February Hate Club is a four piece indie rock group hailing from Ottawa. Initially formed in early 2023 for a one-off performance, they decided to keep writing original music as a band - drawing from each member’s unique backgrounds and experience in music to create a powerful blend of rock and indie with punchy elements of pop-punk and more. FHC prides themselves on their flexibility to dabble across many genres, with a core sound akin to the likes of Soccer Mommy, Måneskin, My Chemical Romance, and Paramore.