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Montreal, guilty of many things, has never been accused of breaking ground in the world of rap music. Canada as a whole, despite having taken various cracks at it, has more often than not failed in the genre – a genre unique in that, historically at least, an artist?s sound has been largely dictated by the city from which they stem. Cannonhead?s previous incarnation, Velvet Trench Vibes, made certain inroads – a MuchMusic commercial here, a ‘Best Musical Acts’ classification by Montreal Mirror readers there. Over the last seven or eight years they?ve earned their stripes, in part, by opening for many of the notable acts who?ve come through Montreal, one stop amongst the six or seven these artists were to make as they rapped their way across Canada.
Nine new songs form their latest album, „We can be silent now?. It sounds like catching guys who too often partake in arguably too much on the day when they haven?t, as if eager to make amends. It?s spacey, but never despondent. Its sound lets you in, while its lyrics tell you what it?s like to be there. Chances are you?ve been there too. It?s rap with whimsy, though whimsical only in the way that most things are...only in the ways in which they?re different. It?s different. Some call it black rock and roll (no, not that black rock and roll), but you don?t have to. One could mistake its sometimes ominous sound for a gravity in tone. The subject matter is no more serious, nor any less so, than that of an average person?s day to day, and all the same themes are present. A sense of humour, while subtle, pervades.
Cannonhead is comprised of five members. Two rap (Freddie “5ive” de Andrade, Spin), while Dillon Crosilla (guitar), Toge (bass), and Max Lapointe (drums) accompany. Freddie 5ive produces much of the music, pieced together from sounds more varied than you?d imagine, including lap-steel guitar, banjo, and auto-harp.


2012 - We Can Be Silent Now