High-Passionate Canadian Duo GOODNIGHT SUNRISE Turn Up The Heat On Debut Album ‘AGAINST ALL ODDS’

Standout longplayers

15 October 2022

Artists: GOODNIGHT SUNRISE
Who: High-energy rock duo – Vanessa Vakharia (vocals, keytar)
and David Kochberg (vocals, guitar). from Toronto, CA

New album: AGAINST ALL ODDS
Order info right here.

Press info: Against All Odds is a poignant mantra: hard times come and go, but
persistence and resilience can pay off when you believe in something deeply, including yourself. The pair worked with producer/mixer Brian Moncarz, who helped us define a new heavy, dynamic sound as we embraced our love of both classic and modern rock music. Duncan Coutts (bass) and Jason Pierce (drums) of legendary Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace helped us achieve our goal of capturing the energy of our live show on record.


Photo by Morgan Harris

Vakharia/ Kochberg: “We honestly can’t believe that almost three years after we started writing and recording these songs, working on them through the darkest of days and wondering if they’d ever see the light, we are finally about to share our new album with the world. The feeling of playing these songs live on stage this year has been euphoric, and the album title is a testament to our band emerging from this period the same way we’ve taken on every challenge since we started in 2011: Against All Odds.”

Turn Up The Volume: No arty farty blah-blah for Goodnight Sunrise. From the firm blues rock opener One Pill to power pop closer Footsteps In The Dark the heat is on. In bewteen they combine electrical turbulnce (Belong / Wait For It) with rollicking mid-tempo jams
( Friends Like You / The Last Time / Better Off). Vanessa Vakharia‘s vocals, assisted at times by David Kochberg’s hearty pipes, reach for the sky while guitar riffs & hooks fly all over the place.

The keyword for this red-hot boiling debut is PASSION. From start to finish Goodnight Sunrise put all their energy, their dynamics, their heart, and soul in it. PASSION, indeed!

Focus track


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It’s fireworks time, folks.

Buy/stream Against All Odds’ here.


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SEVEN IN THE MIX – 7 New Indie Injections – Week 35

7 new rad indie injections to load up your batteries every 7 days

29 August 2022



Band: EASTBOUND BUZZ

Who: From Melbourne

Single: EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING

This is what over-the-moon pop is all about. The irresistible combination of epic polyphony, euphoric elation, and a sky-scraping chorus. This heart-stopping The Killers-like stunner is exactly what we need in these turbulent times. Open your windows and doors and invite your neighbors to enjoy the enchantment too.
Right here, right now…

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EASTBOUND BUZZ: Facebook
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Band: KIWI JR.
Who: 4 highly captivating indies from Toronto

Single: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

From their third album Chopper. Stream here

This intensive quartet’s sound of music has a grandiose richness and
a lyrical swagger that gets under your skin without asking. Stellar stroke!

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KIWI JR. Facebook
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Artists: GOODNIGHT SUNRISE
Who: High-energy tandem from Toronto, CA

Single: FRIENDS LIKE YOU

This bluesy grunge hammer blasts with exuberance and vivacity.
Manic layers of guitar pyrotechnics, sky-high vocals, and a dynamite
chorus to scream your lungs out to. Top-hole!

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Go nuts here…

GOODNIGHT SUNRISE: Facebook
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Artist: FAIYAZ AND THE WASTED CHANCES
Who: Toronto Joe strummer on jazz
and Hendrix with lots of delay.

Single: FLUTTER

“Flutter is inspired by teenage heartbreak, the yearning when a relationship ends. It feels awkward, romantic, sad yet uplifting. The bare bones I wrote as a teenager, at the time when I didn’t really understand how to let out these emotions. Soothing and breezy, this song taught me to accept rejection.”

Music is a powerful medium for all kinds of emotions. Happiness, sadness, catharsis, and so on. Here this one-man band uses it to channel the end of a relationship. Flutter is a fully charged-guitar jam that grows in riveting tenseness along the way while enlivening vocals complete the sonic picture.

Tune in…


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Artist: GOOD GOOD BLOOD
Who: Singer-songwriter from Mirfield, England

Song: THE MIDNIGHT HEAT

From his upcoming 18-track album Celebrate.
Out on 16 September. More info here.

The Midnight Heat is a greatly orchestrated, mixed emotions reflection
with a psychedelic guitar radiance and a mantra-like finale. Splendid piece!

Feel the vibe…


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GOOD GOOD BLOOD: Facebook
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Artist: MUNA ILLEIWAT (New Jersey, US)
Who: Growing up in disparate cultures and spaces, Muna Ileiwat writes songs
about the experiences that have shaped her. Her music is uncomplicated, just
classic indie pop rooted in nostalgia.

Song: TWENTY-SEVEN

The title track from her brand new 4-track EP. Buy/stream it here.

Illeiwat: “My main inspiration throughout this process was exercising and
accepting a lack of control. Creatively, writing and recording this EP felt new
in many ways. It felt like I reclaimed my innovation by just creating for myself.
It’s a profound way to experience a sense of community and being able to share
that with others is wonderful in many ways. It made me realise that’s the real
reason I wanted to make art in the first place.”

Twenty-Seven is a sweet little pearl. Sepia-colored, romantic,
and pensive with tender vocals. A heart-and-soul humdinger
for the midnight hours.

MUNA IIEIWAT: Facebook
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Artist: CONOR O’DONOGHUE
Who: Blues songsmith from Australia.

Single: LONESOME

With this sultry Chicago-blues stomper from down under, on your stereo,
you’ll never feel alone. A slow-burning shuffle brings smoky bars to mind
where the blues is king and the audience is tapping their toes and nodding
their heads to the beat. O’Donoghue‘s brokenhearted voice and
glowing harmonica flashes are spot-on. Oh yeay!

Check-in, folks…

CONOR O’DONOGHUE: Facebook
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All 7 together on Soundcloud

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Flamboyant Toronto Duo GOODNIGHT SUNRISE Hits Heavy With New Belter ‘WAIT FOR IT’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

21 June 2022

Artists: GOODNIGHT SUNRISE
Who: High-energy rock duo from Toronto, CA

New single: WAIT FOR IT

“Our new song is an upbeat summer anthem for anyone who’s sick of being pressured
to fit in and follow trends, and it’s also for the dreamers that are tired of everyone else
acting like they’ve got all the answers.”

Turn Up The Volume: This badass belter feels so good, for two reasons.

One: it energies your bloodstream and your state of mind. Two: you can scream
your lungs out to it while showing your middle finger to all machos and narcissist
out there.

This flamboyant duo rocks big time. Like guitar-riff machine Joan Jett turning up the decibels and teaming up with voices in crime Miley Cyrus and riot grrl Demi Lovato. And when the crackerjack chorus blasts out of your stereo it’s pyrotechnics time. Bang-on!

I’m still here because I’m not there yet
So just wait for it

Turn up the heat here…

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