Like best friends who should be lovers, Cannon Bros.’ hearts are hidden up-sleeve, yet everyone can almost hear that L-word on the tip of those sarcastic tongues. The Winnipeg two-piece exudes a coy nonchalance: too sly to be stoic, but too sincere to be sardonic. Even their tender moments have a caustic undertone – like a bouquet of flowers in an eighty-proof vase.
Where Pavement’s brand of indie-guitar-rock had a jazzy (druggy) swagger, Cannon Bros. plays with a hectic sobriety. With guitars in a breakneck jangle and skate-punk crack-and-hiss on drums, their nasally dork-ranting heralds a new dawn in power-pop / bedroom-punk. Their latest release, Firecracker/Cloudglow, made this year’s Polaris long-list, and if their new live material is any indication, their next release is destined for the short-list.
Cannon Bros. returns to Edmonton 31st October at Wunderbar (8120 101 Street), with fellow ‘peggers industrial-punks Departures.