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"Il Mucchio"

It's an excellent album that shines with a fervid songwriting inspiration: 11 lovely and melancholic psycho-pop songs that have their roots both in the 60's and the 90's. - Federico Guglielmi


"XL"

There's a new music going 'round, a mix between Beach Boys and Weezer.....the songs are American oriented and are played by a band based in Verona, Canadians.
A Sky With No Stars is a brilliant debut album, it's international and does not sound Italian (4/5) - Alfredo D'Agnese


"Rolling Stone"

Canadians play sunny and well recorded pop music that reminds me of west coast surf music, that kind of music that goes from Beach Boys to Weezer. - Fabio Schiavo


"Rumore"

Canadians' songwriting ability catches immediately the listeners' attention and their music is far from being trivial (8/10) - Arturo Compagnoni


"My Old Kentucky Blog"

What do you name your band, if you hail from Verona, Italy? Well, Canadians of course. I was a bit taken back by the name choice, as well, at first. Then, I thought about it for a little while and realized it is absolutely brilliant. With artists like Feist, Stars, and Arcade Fire, why not name your band after the people of the country that probably has the hottest music scene, right now?! You get instant cred, and people like me, give your album a listen just because I thought it came from that great Canadian music scene. No, I doubt they named their band because of this, but I also doubt this album would have caught my eye had it not been because of their name.

Even stranger than the name is fact that their music sounds like something that should come from the West Coast of the United States. It definitely doesn't scream Italy when I listen to it. There's lots of jangly guitars and synthesizer tp join the soaring vocals. Think Built to Spill and early Death Cab for Cutie with a hint of Ben Bridwell (lead singer of Band of Horses) in the vocals.

It was difficult to find out information about the band and their plans, but this was mainly because I do not speak Italian and there is little information about them on the web. Their album is available via their website (http://www.canadiansmusic.com) though, and I highly recommend it. It has been nothing but a grower since my first listen. It's strait forward, delicious, indie pop-rock. - Gregory


"Lost At Sea"

Italy might not be the first place that comes to mind when considering great musical nations. Sure, the most boot shaped of countries has produced artists like Zucchero and Gianna Nannini, popular male and female artists who coincidentally share the exact same timbre, but the fact that few people without an interest in European piano rock have heard of either goes a long way to explaining why few acts have expanded beyond Italy's borders.

Canada is a country with substantially more musical output and musical credibility than Italy, and maybe that's why a quintet of Italians with a great ear for melodies decided to name themselves after the giant North American country. An Italian band called Canadians, go figure.

The band's debut album, A Sky With No Stars, is a nice collection of songs, most of them of very high quality (and for sure of a higher quality than the intro to this review). Canadians composed the album's songs together, and the multiplicity of ideas and influences at work is subsequently quite audible. Every now and then the Beach Boys float in and out of the tunes, especially in "Summer Teenage Girl," which could have been been ripped, name and all, from the California coast. Canadians have updated the Brian Wilson vibe, however, and the track's sound is very contemporary, even with its clear influences from the 60s. There are a number of historical influences that crop up through the course of A Sky With No Stars, but Canadians have managed, together with producer Matteo Cantaluppi, to give each song the treatment necessary to avoid sounding old and dated.

"The North Side of Summer" is another great example of the diverse influences at play in Canadians' methodology, this time with the flavor of Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins. The track isn't an all-out Billy Corgasm, but the bald-headed Chicagoan's influence can be heard fluttering in and out between Canadians' contemporary updates.

Culling the high spots from genres past to create a throwback sound is hardly a new tactic, but the diversity of influences and their conservative influence is what makes A Sky With No Stars such a fun and interesting listen. The album never gets boring, and even if it does have a habit of revisiting some of its successful themes rather than breaking off something new, the Canadians do such a good job of softening the redelivery that it is tolerable.

It might seem counter-intuitive to proclaim Canadians as dam-breakers for a potential wave of good Italian music, but that could very well be the case. This quintet is helping prove that there is more to Italy than just it's boot shape, leaning towers, streets of water, and other anomalies, and with any luck A Sky With No Stars is the first wave of a new Italian renaissance. - Daniel Svanberg


Discography

EP “The North Side Of Summer EP” in 2005
LP “A Sky With No Stars” 2007 (out 9-07)

Singles: "Summer Teenage Girl", 2007

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Canadians are a band comprised of Duccio Simbeni (vocals, guitar), Massimo Fiorio (bass), Michele Nicoli (guitar), Vittorio Pozzato (keyboards, guitar) and Christian Corso (drums).
The band was born in Verona, Italy in 2005.
Canadians released their self-produced debut EP “The North Side Of Summer EP” in 2005 and gained immediately a huge critical acclaim.
Canadians submitted to the Heineken Jammin’ Contest in 2006 and won the contest and got featured in NME as Breaking Band. Soon after they were featured in the U.S. TV show Project My World and raised interest among the thousands of American indie fans.
Canadians will play at the International Pop Overthrow Festival at Cavern Club in Liverpool in May 2007.
Their debut album “A Sky With No Stars” will be released by the Varese-based indie label Ghost Records in September 2007. The album showcases the great ability of the band, which plays catchy melodies, indie pop anthems and unforgettable and timeless melodies.