Joe Leary


Alternative/garage rockers JPNSGRLS. SUBMITTED

JPNSGRLS dedicates album to own voice

With a new album Divorce being released this week, it’s an exciting time in the life of frantic alternative/garage rockers and fixtures on the local indie scene, JPNSGRLS. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with singer/lyricist Charlie Kerr.

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Parker Millsap likes music ‘fresh-kill raw’

Growing up in Purcell, Oklahoma listening to Delta blues records that pre-dated him by multiple decades, Parker Millsap carved out a sound that belies his 23 years of age. His new album The Very Last Day delivers his message “via gospel-tinged rock and roll poetry.”

Brooklyn-based pop-rockers We Are Scientists. SHERVIN LAINEZ PHOTO

Scientists pop open the Helter Seltzer

A band that challenges the shackles of conventional categories, Brooklyn-based “pop-rockers” We Are Scientists arrived at their own genre — Helter Seltzer, the name of their latest release. Prior to their Vancouver appearance July 10 at The Cobalt, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with guitarist and vocalist Keith Murray.

The worldly influences of Little India are apparent in their music. SUBMITTED

Little India balance creativity and business

Having scored two wins in radio station competitions, the worldly sounds of Little India are apparent — credited to the combination of their South African and Canadian heritage, with a strong British influence. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with bassist Andrew Dixon and vocalist Conan Karpinski.

(From left) Aaron Pritchett, John Sponarski (guitar player in Aaron’s band), and Aaron's hero, Garth Brooks. SUBMITTED

Pritchett scores big with Garth gig

Performing now for two decades, Aaron Pritchett has released a new album, Score, celebrating the milestone, and is coming off an emotional high having recently opened for his hero, Garth Brooks. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the Canadian country music star.

Van Damsel is a B.C.-based group. Jens Kristian Balle photo

Van Damsel fusing genres into own sound

Van Damsel is a B.C.-based group that weaves organic indie rock with synth-pop in a seamless manner. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with singer Sebastien Ste Marie and drummer Matthew Barron.

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‘Good songs come from speaking the truth’

Evoking the ‘70s sounds of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon, Sam Weber laid the foundation for the songs on his album Valentina Nevada. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the Vancouver Island singer/songwriter.

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Page likes to feel he’s earned the dancing

Soaring to fame as a member of the seminal Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page has a new solo album where he establishes himself as a true songwriting craftsman. Prior to his appearance at the Face the World Foundation Gala, he sat down and spent 24 Seconds with Joe Leary.

The 1975 are one of the great live acts of present day. SUBMITTED

The 1975 deals with fame and football

An alternative rock band from England, The 1975 have topped the music charts — soaring to international acclaim as one of the great live acts of present day. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with singer Matthew Healy

Vancouver singer Sadie Campbell. SUBMITTED

Campbell prefers power over pretty songs

Be it gospel, blues or rock, Sadie Campbell has a few weapons in her musical arsenal. Also driven by passion, she created #EmpowerME — a campaign designed to raise awareness to stop domestic violence against women. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the Vancouver singer.

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Traffik inspired by underground hip hop

Having just turned 20, Traffik is re-established with a new release ‘the Modest Tomorrow’ after a career setback with personal voice issues. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the local rapper/MC.

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Mercer handling the pressure of flying solo

With a new EP Help Me Help You, and opening across Canada for Marianas Trench and Walk Off the Earth, Kieran Mercer is the latest artist to emerge from the ever-growing roster of 604 Records. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the local singer.

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Big emotions inspire Marianas Trench

With a new concept album Astoria based on 1980s fantasy adventure films to inspire, Marianas Trench are at the top of their game following a personal journey of highs and lows. Prior to their appearance Friday at Pacific Coliseum, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with lead singer Josh Ramsay.

Vancouver’s Logan Jones. SUBMITTED

Teen writing the soundtrack of his life

At 16, Vancouver’s Logan Jones is the youngest artist to be featured in this column. A multi-instrumentalist, he’s already built a sizeable library of music as he pursues film — and already has a television soundtrack in the works. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the talented teen.

The members of Ivory Hours. SUBMITTED

Ivory Hours share musical addiction

2015 was a banner year for Ontario-based alt-pop band Ivory Hours, named grand prize winners of Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Mentorship Program, and saw the release of their first full- length album Morning Light. Ahead of their appearance March 18 at Media Club, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with vocalist/guitarist Luke Roes.

Melanie Martinez. EMILY SOTO PHOTO

Martinez OK with being super emotional

Rising to international attention on season 3 of the The Voice, 20-year-old Melanie Martinez has seen her career soar with a hit album called Cry Baby. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the young star.

Los Angeles sextet Run River North. SUBMITTED

Hands open for Run River North

Finding their rightful place as a group after an admittedly uphill climb, Los Angeles sextet Run River North strove to redefine their sound, as evidenced in their new album, Drinking from a Salt Pond. Prior to their appearance Tuesday at The Biltmore, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with vocalist Alex Hwang.

The Sheepdogs have a bold take on guitar rock. VanessaHeins photo

The Sheepdogs still pushing themselves

With multiple Juno Awards, The Sheepdogs have gained widespread acclaim for their bold take on classic guitar rock. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with singer Ewan Currie.

The members of Toronoto band Modern Space. SUBMITTED

Modern Space gets some Modern Love

A five-piece band out of Toronto, Modern Space recently released their debut EP Before Sunrise to much acclaim. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with singer Sean Watson Graham, and guitarists Sam Arion and Alex Laurie.