Go West?

And how! A run of dates with our buds the Flatliners in just a couple weeks, along with some smaller shows in places we like to play. Ch-ch-ch-ch check it out here.

Are you watching the calendar as the month of September melts away? Us too, but before the depression sets in, we’ve got a couple shows coming up here in Edmonton. The first one is this Saturday at the Wundi. With the place up for sale, we jumped at the opportunity to play for Craig and co. one more time, the only thing we’re gonna do different is play side A of Automatic Midnight by the Hot Snakes (with maybe a couple others in there too). Woo!

Secondly, you’ve probably heard of this Up and Downtown Fest that’s happening here next month. It’s shaping up to be a good weekend, we’re excited to be a part of it and will be playing a big show that’s happening in the Starlite building involving the Constantines and Ladyhawk upstairs, with Slam Dunk, Young Liars the Summering and us downstairs (in Brixx). Oct 11th. From what I gather, one ticket gets you access to both floors. Party party party…

Lastly, we’re currently nailing down a tour out East with our buds Life in Vacuum, the dates of which will be posted once I’m finished spinning Damn the Torpedos.

Update: November prairie dates with the Flatliners just announced!


surf wax alberta

Howdy folks, are you enjoying yourselves this summer? Got the ol’ BBQ fired up? Covered yourself in some deep woods OFF? Got the new OFF lp on the turntable? How’d you like a new 7″ to put on after that? You would?! Well, fellow resident of this steaming pile of space garbage, you are in luck! We’re putting out a new 45 with our buddy Eamon McGrath next month that I think you may enjoy. You remember Eamon… for a while he was in the Wok Box business, until he decided to ditch dirt city for the big smoke. Turns out he’s made a couple of really great records since then! One of which (and arguably the best) is this split in which we cover each others songs. If all goes well, we will have it available on our short prairie tour together this fall!


Taiga Leg 2, engage!

Drummer’s Log. Stardate 308542.8082191781. Our destination is 18 stops across the barren land in northern, north america (to the north!). Our crew will be travelling eastward throughout July, with a high potential of exposure to subway sandwiches. It is not known whether or not vegetarian patties have made it to Wawa or Kenora for that matter, so it is likely that the crew will rely on Clif bars and Metallica tapes to get them through. These are the journeys of the rock band Los Saltes, please check tour dates for details.

Contest Time!

Update: We’re pushing back the deadline. We’ll announce the winner March 7.

It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, how about one where you could win a copy of the test pressing our new album? Sounds good, let’s do it. But what’s a test press you say?

So putting out a record is a multi-staged process. After you record the music, mix the tracks and get the overall volume where you want it, a mastering studio will send lacquer plates (like that rare Velvet Underground acetate you probably heard about a few years back) off to a plant. These are later used to make a big metal stamp that will turn softened vinyl pellets into sweet, sweet records. After the stamper plate is made, a few records are burned off and sent off to bands and labels for approval, basically to make sure everything sounds cool and there’s no funny stuffs happening on or in between the tracks.


We got ours back a couple months ago, they sounded awesome, and were approved immediately. We’re gonna put one of them up for you to win, but it’s a double LP so we’re going to make you work for it a bit. However, this is also a contest where you could potentially win two things.

First thing you gotta do is be a member of the Jamz club. If you aren’t already, the easiest way to sign up is by paypaling us $20 to slatesgang@gmail.com, you can also drop off your dues at Listen Records here in Edmonton, or email us for a street addy if you’d prefer to send cash. Along with your membership, send us your address because members of the Jamz Club receive newsletters with additional info, treats we come up with along the way, a forthcoming unreleased 7″ and the denim demons patch (which you need to win the test press). To make this fun, we’re also going to be randomly giving away one membership for free to those who sign up between now and the release date of our new album, Feb. 25.

To win a test press of Taiga, just put your patch on something, take a picture of it and tag us on either FacebookInstagram or Twitter. It’s pretty ballin’ on a denim jacket, but go to town and be creative! We’ll pick our favourite one and post the winner online Sunday March 2, with some fun stuff for a few runners up!


 Bun Bun, OG Denim Demon.


Status Update

Taiga preorders have begun here which may be of interest to some, as there will be a very limited number of the new album released on coloured vinyl (/100). As well, our pals at ND are pressing a special t-shirt for the preorder along with a tape of demos (including alternate versions of songs and one that didn’t make the cut). These were recorded with Mighty Romeo before we hit Chicago last summer.

The new album will be out on Feb. 25th. Regular vinyl will be 180g and play at 45rpm for maximum sound fidelity. Play it loud skids! Until then, mark March 1st on your YEG calendars as we’ll be putting something special together for that night to mark the release. Western Canadian tour to follow in the spring, Canada this summer. Europe, we’ll be back in the fall.

Jamz club. Thank you to everyone who’s signed up so far. Newsletter #2 will be out shortly with some information on what your patch will get you this year. That’s right Denim Daddys/Mommas, you are now entitled to benefits! The JC single is at the plant, and an unreleased song taken from the Albini sessions should be on your doorsteps this spring.

Hot damn.

Yours in lust,


Some of our favourite jamz (2013 Cdn ed.)

Shahman – Sounds That Look Like Us (Revolution Winter, 2013) Recorded live at the Hive(RIP), Ottawa two-piece (twin-piece?) craft 8 tracks of sparse, haunting melody weaving with sections of doom-laden catharsis. The missing link between Kepler and Neurosis with a smattering of Unwound on top? That’s dumb, but you get the idea. Great record. -James

Greg Macpherson Band – Fireball (Disintegration, 2013) Six records in, Gmac wrote an album of front to back bangers. New drummer in the mix has really helped up his rock ante. Been waiting for this one. -dal

These Estates – The Dignity of Man (2013) Regina’s secret weapon. The first full length from these three gentleman is an excellent summary of the growing pains that tag along with early adulthood in the Canadian prairies. Easily compared to Silkworm, but that’s a pretty huge bonus if you ask me. -Lee

Greys – Drift 7″ Noisy, nasty, grungy and loud. Hurry up with that full-length already.- Stefan

Esmerine – Dalmak (Constellation, 2013) This one put CST back on my radar. Haunting string melodies and Eastern-inspired percussion arrangements for fans of instrumental groups like Rachel’s, Dirty Three or Garland of Hours early work. -dal