Canadian Music Corner: Jon and Roy & Tupper Ware Remix Party

Jon and Roy
Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω 

Jon and Roy have been around Victoria for awhile and don’t really own a huge name in the mainstream.

Despite this, odds are you’ve heard a song or two of theirs. The catchy little folk duo keeps it basic with an acoustic guitar and drums.

Basic, yes — simple, not always.

Some of Jon and Roy’s perfect little audio gems have popped up on commercials and TV shows across North America, including Scotiabank and Volkswagen advertisements.

The key to their success seems to be the fact they thrive on making enjoyable music.

It’s not edgy or dangerous or groundbreaking.

You can play it for your grandmother or four-year-old nephew. While normally that would hint at something bland with beige lyrics, that’s just not the case.

Jon and Roy have found something pop groups in the 1950s and ‘60s had in some ways, and reinvented it to create a relaxed West Coast sound. To my ears, it’s catchy, relaxing and relatable, which is gold.

With four albums out (and some solo work by Jon) there’s plenty to choose from, but the happiest little song ever is “Little Bit of Love.” You can’t not like it. Your ears won’t allow it.

Tupper Ware Remix Party
Taylor Rocca, Copy/Web Editor Ω

Ever wonder what might occur if the musical musings of Iron Maiden, Daft Punk and Justice were to make sweet love and conceive an even more dynamic, powerful and fun group of performers?

Wonder no more.

Tupper Ware Remix Party (TWRP) was originally formed in Halifax, N.S., though now operate out of Toronto.

With high-energy keys and guitars, TWRP wows audiences with bombastic, over-the-top theatrics and costumes tied together with an outer-space storyline.

The story goes that TWRP was formed by a group of extra-terrestrials who crash-landed on Earth, eventually taking human forms in an effort to defeat boredom not only for their own good, but for the good of humankind.

Electronic party rock is the best way to describe the tunes of this outlandish group of enthusiastic and creative musicians.

Their act has earned them enough notoriety to land opening gigs with bands such as Shout Out Out Out Out, Mother Mother, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

Apart from preparing for the release of a brand-new five-song EP, entitled The Device in mid-September, the band claims to have assisted with the landing of NASA’s Curiousity rover on Mars while also “incubating a legion of Neil Armstrong clones to expedite the human race’s exploration of outer space.”

Check out the tracks “LazerHorse “and “Over 9000!!!” and you will be abducted by the electro-rock outrageousness that is TWRP.

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