by B-17

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“Richie sounds pissed on this record,” I say to B-17 guitarist, Calvin Brown, who replies, “Summer’s over,” in typical B-17 fashion - classic, succinct and real, but not without humour. Recorded in their home studio in Kensington Market, one of the last true Toronto neighbourhoods standing amidst the blight of glass castles, Goodbye is B-17’s second album, grown in the encroaching shadows. In an age when the Internet is decimating live subculture and musicianship, Brown, Richard Gibson (vocals, guitar), Nick Kervin (drums) and Clint Rogerson (vocals, bass) are an increasingly rare breed of rocker, known for their smoking live showmanship and ability to truly rip, expressing with clarity in the psych rock lexicon. Recorded by Robert Shortill (Doomsquad), Goodbye presents 8 tracks of melodic interplay, walls of distortion, psychedelic overtones, guitars, sitar and bold vocals, in conversation with predecessors 13th Floor Elevators, The Fall, and Spacemen 3. Despite preservationist tendencies, none of Goodbye’s distinct but cohesive songs sound canned. Gibson sings in skilled cadence about space travel (Fingers Painted Gold), going to battle (Down On The Beach), going to rock (Cher On Acid) and lust (Raven Hair), while Rogerson seems fixated on his fucking break up. Goodbye reminds us that seasons phase, as do guitars, but the music endures.
—Simone Schmidt, The Highest Order


released May 20, 2016

Recorded at The Mansion, Kensington Market

Produced and mixed by Robert Shortill & B-17
Engineered by Robert Shortill
Mastered by Mark Przybylo

All songs by B-17 (Calvin Brown, Richard Gibson, Nick Kervin, Clint Rogerson)

Front cover photo: Alex Ioannou
Back cover photo: Zoë Baranski

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B-17 Toronto, Ontario

B-17 were born out of a love for heavy psych rock like Spacemen 3, and Hawkwind as well as classic American fuck-up rock like MC5 and The Stooges. Having shared stages with the likes of Red Kross, Crocodiles, Biblical and Simply Saucer, their their smoking live showmanship and ability to truly rip is not to be missed. ... more

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