Thorny Bleeder Records – Get Thorny 2
I am what you call a proud Canadian, and this includes my view of the music scene. There is no denying that Canada has some talented musicians from coast to coast. A great way to showcase some of this talent is to put out a compilation album. Thorny Bleeder, a record label based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, has put together a compilation disk with the release their second disk Get Thorny 2.
The album is free to download and is a testament to the record labels desire to adapt to the ever changing music business. Unlike most record labels Thorny Bleeder encourages fans to download and embraces the era of file sharing; closing the gap between artists and fans.
Get Thorny 2 features 17 artists that range from acoustic rock to hard rock. The album features over an hour worth of music from The BaDD HaBBits, Black Hat Villain, The British Columbians, Burn Hollywood Burn, Burning Borders, Columbia, Cory Woodward, Floodlight, Isle of Thieves, The Painted Birds, The Rebellion, Ross Neilsen, Run the Red Light, Scott Valentine Presents, Stars of Boulevard, TV Heart Attack and Whitfield.
Before listening to the album there were only a few artists that I have previously heard of like Burning Borders, The British Columbians and Stars of Boulevard. It was refreshing to hear from such a variety of artists. The album definitely opened me up to new bands that are worth checking out. I love the song choices by not only these artists but the rest as well. The entire album is a great showcase of the talent coming out of Canada.
With the variety of songs and different genres, you would think that there may be a clash as you listen to the album. However there is a sense of unity throughout the entire album and it works well as an album to listen to all at once.
The two songs that I found myself going back to again and again were Hollywood (Cleft Lip) by Isle of Thieves and A0 by TV Heart Attack. There is something about the song Hollywood that caught my attention, the melody is light in contrast to the lyrically message; it is that contrast that I enjoy. For the song A0 I absolutely love the playfulness and catchiness of the song. Its catchy melody has you singing along with the chorus with only a few listens.
Overall the compilation is an excellent showcase of up and coming talented artists from across Canada. The record label should be applauded in their ability to be adaptive to the changing business and offering great music to the fans in a new and unique way.