We’re pleased to announce the two winning bands in our recent Culture Collide Contest! In addition to performing at Culture Collide San Francisco, October 14 or 15, 2014 and Los Angeles, October 16, 17 or 18, 2014, both winning bands will be playing Culture Collide’s Official showcase at CMW 2015. A big shout out to everyone who submitted. We were truly excited and overwhelmed by the response and number of entries. We appreciate and respect every musician’s time, energy and artistry!
A pioneer of Canada’s alternative culture, author-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cafeïne was the first one surprised when his first album, Mal Eduqué Mon Amour, became a classic of Canada’s punk culture, raising him to cult like status. He quickly became known for his exciting and energetic performances.
Fluent in both English and French, Cafeine released his first full-band album, Poxy, in 2004. It rapidly became a critical success, helping Cafeine establish his music outside the borders’ of his home province with a performance at Much Music and the cover of Toronto’s Now magazine. Cafeine followed up Poxy in 2006 with his first solo album Gisèle. The album showcased Xavier’s wide range of musical talent. The disc is described as being authentic to the artist and rock fans and music critics praised it when released.
Cafeine launched his latest opus New Love last year. Recorded and mixed by Gus Van Go (The Stills, Hollerado, Priestess, etc.) in New York, the album embraces the songwriter’s punk and pop influences. It was on this trip to the epicenter of punk’s early days, somewhere between the legendary Lower East Side and East Village, where Cafeïne dons his leather jacket and revives the spirit of his critically acclaimed album “Gisele” in his latest release. What culminates is ten tracks inspired by Brit punk, pop and new wave influences that display once again his keen sense of melody and musical arrangement.
No Sinner, lead by 26-year-old Colleen Rennison is a force of nature, a post modern soul belter and queen of rock, a hard-singing, hard-loving, hard-drinking, hard-working throwback to those her and the guys grew up listening to, including Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Rolling Stones and Bessie Smith.
Rennison learned from a cousin that her name was “No Sinner” spelled backwards, is now the singer of a raucous rock band with guitarist Eric Campbell, drummer Ian Browne and bassists Brandon Clark. Their debut album, Boo Hoo Hoo, includes six tracks from a 2012 EP released on Vancouver indie First Love Records.
Boo Hoo Hoo travels from the juke-joint jump blues of its title track and the Delta swamp of “Runnin’,” with a chugging Creedence beat, to “Love Is Madness” with a Motown bass line and a Dusty Springfield “Spooky” vibe. Other highlights include a cover of Nina Simone’s version of Nat Adderley / Oscar Brown Jr.’s “Work Song”, the soaring, affirmative gospel revival of “Rise Up,” the sensuous plaint of “If Anything” and the feedback-charged “Devil on My Back,” a band composition that features Black Mountain’s Matt Camirand.
No Sinner’s music is about the clash between the sacred and the profane, the preacher and the devil, the sins of Saturday night at the local watering hole being washed away in the redemption of Sunday morning in church; in short, the very contradiction at the heart of rock ’n’ roll. “It’s a consistent theme in my life to negotiate between being animals and yet righteous,” explains Rennison. “How we need a healthy dose of both good and evil in our lives. Music itself is very much a medium between us and the spiritual world. The things we express in our songs run the gamut from sinful to celestial.”