Up and Comers

Up and Comers is a monthly feature of local, national & international bands you need to know about. This month’s feature includes three local bands.

Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs
On a normal night in the city, you used to be able to grab a drink from Sam at the Dundas west watering hole, Magpie. Lately you may have noticed he’s not around as much – why’s that you ask? Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs have taken off, most recently touring with July Talk for shows all over the Canadian east coast. Their song “Something For All Of Us” along with legendary Toronto venue, the Cameron House, were both featured in the opening intro for Hockey Night In Canada last year. The group describes their sound as “Loud, Scrappy Rock”. Give them a listen for yourself – here’s a track from their debut LP, Stand Together, Fall Together.

Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots)
If you’re looking for a band to play your eviction party, look no further. Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots) match beer infused rock riffs with catchy gang vocal choruses, singing songs about everything from pizza to parties. The guys pride themselves on their live show; an alcohol filled, upbeat, push mosh mess. They released they’re debut record, Glory Days, last year on November 12th and you can listen to the opening track from it below.

After being in the scene for quite some time recording countless demos, Grounders released their debut EP, Wreck of Smile, last year. Toronto record store staple Sonic Boom was proud enough of the guys to feature huge window displays for the EP at both locations. Since its release, they’ve continued to play shows here in the city with crowds growing steadily. Grounders are hitting the studio this year to record their debut full length album, but other than that, details are sparse. If you caught their headlining show at Sneaky Dee’s in November then you got the vinyl copy of this for FREE – check out speedboats below.

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