Jon Cohen Ex
with Wax Mannequin and Blimp Rock
$8—$10 advance, $10 door
From the Promoter
JON COHEN EX (Sugar Gator Records)
Fantasy prom king, master crafter of cult-pop gems and multi-threat instrumentalist Jon Cohen Ex (formerly Jon Cohen Experimental) creates sweet but potent stories that spring from a natural, and infectious, sense of curiosity. The band's beguiling art rock inventions promise a subtle yet sultry escape from those pesky workaday hang-ups. Composed of Ex-Members of The Dears and Final Flash, the band’s 5th release (Go-Getters), recorded/mastered by Dave Draves/Jett Galindo (Kathleen Edwards/Neil Young) was released this August on Sugar Gator (Fast Romantics). “Ready to Go” is a high-energy intersection of Bowie and T-Rex, while closer “Go-Getters” bounces effortlessly from Harrison to Lightfoot to Pavement in a single measure. At times grungy, the E.L.O vs. 90’s vibe is raw and unapologetic.
WAX MANNEQUIN (Coax Records)
Wax Mannequin has honed his weird, folk-punk anthems over years of travel and tribulation. His songs are dark and thoughtful at times, pounding and ridiculous at others…or all of these things at once. Songsmith, performance-art provocateur and self-sabotologist, Wax Mannequin continues indefinitely to carve a deep, indelible groove across the face the modern music underground. Charting at top 17th album in Canada on Earshot, 'Have A New Name' Wax Mannequin's new album is the most sonically ambitious Wax Mannequin album to date, and also arguably the most powerful. The album’s closing track “Longest Hour,” is an atmospheric travelogue that never lags over the course of its nearly nine minutes. Other songs on Have A New Name such as “Basketball” and “Squirmy Wormy” are rooted in whimsy, while the songs “Someone Fixed The Game” and “People Can Change” display a maturity that signals Wax Mannequin is indeed more than capable of reaching wider audiences without sacrificing any of his edge.
BLIMP ROCK (Label Fantastic!, Tree Machine Records)
Toronto band with one simple task: raise $700K for a concert in a blimp over Lake Ontario. The band’s whimsical everyday subject matter and Demakos’ laconic delivery has struck a cord with audiences worldwide. The third Blimp Rock album, was offered to the public on June 16th, 2017. A thematic tribute to coming clean, it's also the first album to be released in bars of soap. Showering light on subjects ranging from coping with micro-traumas to navigating a relationship with Satan Himself (played by Mathias Kom), Soap Opera is a wildly silly, sentimental and (quite literally) refreshing record.