Written by: Andrea Desjardins for Envy Magazine
If you haven’t heard of B∆STARDS before (no, not the ones in your office), you’ve probably been living under a rock. The Ottawa based trio formed in March of 2014, have already released a mixtape in October, and since April of 2014, have furiously been working on their debut release It’s Been A While Since An Angel Has Fallen For Me… . All of this while playing a number of live events in the city, including opening for Army of the Pharaoh’s own Reef the Lost Cauze at Babylon. Feel a bit silly now, don’t you?
The 11 track album holds nothing back, hitting you in the face with the lead single Curse; a trappy, trance infused melodic piece that lays the groundwork for the entire album. Curse showcases the group’s ability to pair smooth, wave, bass-heavy rhythm with elements of progressive horrorcore, trap, and “I don’t give a fuck” punk-esque undertones. The combined lyrical talents of members Doc Savage, Johnny Skyline, and Captain Trips will leave the listener wondering if they’re offended, intrigued, turned on, or all of the above; check out Dreamer for another good example.
B∆STARDS have the uncanny ability to meld different styles together into one incredibly unique sound; no matter what kind of mood you’re in, this album will have something for you. Boasting appearances from other prominent local talents such as KING, Eddie Quotez and Aron the Alien (Goonies Never Die (remix) ), as well as features from The Adding Machine’s e-on, and solo artist Cormz the Cancerous demonstrate the importance B∆STARDS hold on community and family.
It’s Been A While Since An Angel Has Fallen For Me… will be available March 3rd; download the album or grab a physical copy for $5 each; printing and distribution of the album is done by Plain White Records. You can also catch the boys live at Babylon on February 10, turning up for Dumbfoundead. Join the bastardnation.
Cap City Slickers
Fur Coats in the Summer
Goonies Never Die (remix) Ft. Aron the Alien, KING, Eddie Quotez
Love Each Other
Omens Ft. e-on
Send the Censors In
The Pigs Are Walking Ft. Cormz the Cancerous