Easy Money – S/T [1979 - 1982 Canadian Power Pop] – New LP
Small crushing bottom right corner of sleeve
Great comp housing unpolished power-pop gems from this Canadian outfit. Rather than polishing the rock n roll, the band spits out the songs like infected teeth that have been bugging them one day too long, maybe inspired by American underground rock, UK punk, Australian rock, The Who, the Monkees, The Stones and the Kinks in the 1960s, this continues the tradition of Canada Rock that went back a decade previous (and continued through the 21st century), but moves away from the polished glitter-rock of the 1970s, keeping it simple but never pulling the punches, much of it not ready for release in the early 1980s as they move into a slightly awkward demo dive punk venue delivery where their Pacific Northwest home becomes clear as rain, most of it in the style of new wave from this era but instead of stiff and sterile and boring, this has a bone to pick and injects the low-rent new wave with some punk urgency and punch. Some fans of punk and power pop might not get excited about this collection, but those people who dig through thrift stores and back rooms to find local rock n roll records from skinny-tie days of years gone by might get a humongus kick from this set. -- winch (green noise)
Compiling the original two 1980 singles and 9, two-track demos featuring Easy Money at their very best for the first time. A mandatory archival release for Canadian diy music and any fan of Powerpop/Mod-Revival. Not your average, terrible quality, bad sounding 'why-bother' collections. This is a true hidden gem of Northwest Rock n Roll.
Record/Vinyl + Digital AlbumCanada has a long and storied history of New Wave. We had some of the best records of the varying styles from Pointed Sticks to Viletones and DOA to Neos. Even our own KBD monsters like Dry Heaves and Siggy Magic. Powerpop wasn't just the previously mentioned Pointed Sticks though. In Victoria BC Canada there was a band that released two strong singles in 1980 on Richards Records and broke up 2 years later. Active for only 3 years, these singles were quickly forgotten and overshadowed by the blistering hardcore of the cities 2nd wave.
The band was called Easy Money.
Fast Forward a 2 or 3 decades.
Piecing together Canada's involvement in punk and new wave has been a hobby of mine for years. Finding the obscurities, the mistakes, the forgotten and the outright terrible has been fun and frustrating. Talking to old rockers, punks, promoters and fans, probing the local fanzines and looking for the things no one has heard before presents a whole slough of different emotions. It also presents a pretty stand-out record collection. To think that there were demo quality recordings of Easy Money - enough to make an LP - lying around un-comped and unheard with exceptional sound quality was truly dumbfounding. Solid songs, excellent playing, infectious, live off the floor, 2 track jamspace demos. They had to be heard. And now they can. Hosehead Records and Neon Taste Records in conjunction with the band are co-releasing Easy Money's demo LP with both singles for your listening pleasure and we guarantee you it is worth the price of admission.
FFO Pointed Sticks, The Heats, Cheap Trick and Kidda Band.