The Krystals formed in 1966 when a young Dutch engineer relocated to Labrador City for work in his field, but soon found himself resuming a role in his other area of expertise: rock n’ roll.
Stream the rare 1985 Tough Justice cassette in its entirety, and read our chat with guitarist Johnny Fisher about the band, the release, and the first wave of Newfoundland hardcore.
The Secret Selector serves up a slice from the Golden Age of Canadian hip hop with track selections by Halifax pioneers Mod’rn World Thang. Check out the overlooked legacy of MWT that ranged from opening for Public Enemy in 1989, to helping create the first Haltown hip hop compilation in 1993.
As the rock n’ roll world mourns the tragic passing of Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, we figured the most suitable Atlantic Canadian salute would be a bootleg tape recording of Motörhead’s first and only performance in St. John’s, NL on February 3rd, 1988.
Not only was Borealis Newfoundland & Labrador’s first recorded taste of hard rock and psychedelia, but their Sons of the Sea LP was also the first all-original album by any band from the province.
The Sidewinders were a seven piece deep funk n’ soul outfit from Halifax, NS who released a 1977 self-produced LP entitled Flatfoot Hustlin’. Collectors consider the release the holy grail of Canadian funk, with the original pressing selling upwards from $1-2,000 CAD, but little information is available on the group beyond the eight song LP.
This Secret Selection is a deep cut from Newfoundland’s first punk band Da Slyme, and it’s one of their lesser known live tracks recorded in 1984. Da Slyme had sauce, humor, and boozy wit drizzled with a distinct Newfoundland flavor, as thick and salty as mudders brownest gravy.