April 29, 2013
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Exclaim headquarters to film a few songs. The shoot took place on the back patio in the same spot where Chuck Ragan was filmed a year earlier. I performed “Summer Nights” and my newest song “Ship Wreck”. It was pretty cool playing back there, and the neighbors seemed to enjoy it. The two-man crew were great to work with, and I’m very thankful for the experience. Exclaim will post one of these videos on their website in the near future.
Whiskey Hearts recently filmed our debut music video with director Brendan Coutts. Brendan was the guitarist in the Ontario based punk band The Heatskores. But more than that he is an exceptionally talented director.
The video was shot at The Press Club during a Whiskey Hearts event. The crowd was unaware of the video shoot for the most part. The end result is a very honest music video. The video also features our good friend and part-time Whiskey Heart Lionel Stanley on the Mandolin.
The good folk at Exclaim were kind enough to premier our debut music video for us!
April 11, 2013
Posted by http://musicshebloggedinterviews.blogspot.ca Wednesday, April 11, 2013
I was lucky enough to get into the Toronto punk scene at such a great time. There was amazing bands like Blundermen, Hockey Teeth, One Blood, Wad, The Satanatras, Problem Children, Mudfish, and so many more. There was an awesome place called Project X. Every Sunday afternoon there would be great all-ages shows for the kids. The scene was a lot of fun. It was also a lot tougher. There was violence, but there was comfort in knowing that people had your back. You really did pay your dues back then…. Read the rest of this entry »
April 2, 2013
Whiskey Hearts recently recorded two songs that will be on our debut 7″.
The songs were produced by Dave Baksh and mastered by Jon Drew.
The 7″ will be available via Stereo Dynamite Recording this June. You can pre-order your limited edition color vinyl here.The debut Whiskey Hearts 7″ single is available in 3 different limited edition color vinyl options: Clear, White, and Purple.
March 21, 2013
Cactus Vella: Punk in its Truest Form:
“There are those who think “punk” is a certain type of music; heavy drum beats, loud guitars, anti-establishment lyrics sung by a drug-and-alcohol-laden lead singer. Any true follower of punk and all that it means will tell you that is bullshit. They know that there is so much more to it than that and refuse to be limited by such a narrow view, and really, isn’t that punk in its truest form?…” Read the rest of this entry »
February 28, 2013
“Jon Creeden shared a link to Cactus Vella’s bandcamp and it had that folk punk edge that is just oh so good right now. I quickly got in touch with this Toronto resident.
What are your thoughts on the music scene in your local residence?
The local scene here in Toronto is alive and well. Toronto has always had an amazing scene from the very beginning. On any given night there’s plenty of bands to be seen. There’s always awesome bands playing at The Bovine Sex Club, The Hard Luck Bar, The Press Club, Sneaky Dee’s and countless other venues. Those are just my favorites.
The only thing lacking today in Toronto is venues providing the opportunity to host all-ages events.
How would describe your music style?
I play acoustic punk. Rebel Music.”
February 27, 2013
I’m extremely stoked to be opening up for not one, but two punk rock legends. It’s not everyday you get to share the stage with a Sex Pistol and a Ramone.
The show takes place on Sunday March 24th, 8pm sharp at The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West, Toronto).
February 27, 2013
“Cactus Vella yet another Torontonian musician that is featured on Everything and the Kitchen Sink.
So who the hell is Cactus Vella? Well I am trying to get to that.. So be paitent…
Cactus Vella has been around in the Toronto punk scene since the early 90′s and continues to play in some of my favourite punk bands. Not only does he play in Sinkin’ Ships, The Class Assassins and The Whiskey Hearts Collective, but he pushed the boundaries of music with his own Album….”
February 20, 2013
Posted on http://fusiononair.blogspot.ca on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM (PST)
“The greatest thing about this is that I get to talk about not only Cactus Vella’s solo project but he is the guitarist in some of my favorite Toronto punk bands. Cactus Vella has been around in the Toronto Punk scene since the early 90′s,and continues to play in Sinkin’ Ships, Class Assassins and The Whiskey Hearts Collective.
One of my favorite things about any musician is when they push the boundaries of their own music. Cactus Vella plays in some amazing hardcore punk rock bands, but who is to say that you can’t go and record a gritty acoustic punk rock album? And he did just that. So here’s a couple of clips of his acoustic stylings….”