The President of Canadian Indie Rock, Wax Mannequin, will be donning his insanely unique stage performance with Vancouver’s (and Mint Records’) Buttless Chaps.
Now, you hear the name Buttless Chaps and you think, “Ha-ha,” but the band is not something cheeky like Canned Hamm or Flight of The Conchords. The music is well-written, well-performed with energy beaming from the stage for the entirety of their show. It’s the kind of music that a dream sequence in a movie could be based off of…
From The Buttless Chaps myspace page:
“Cartography is The Buttless Chaps’ fourth release on Mint Records and was recorded at the Hive Studios by Jesse Gander (Pride Tiger, The Pack A.D., Bison). Combining many elements of The Buttless Chaps’ ever changing sound, Cartography is packed with acoustic rural and cold war electronic influences blended together in carefully orchestrated songs. Lyrical imagery encapsulates the isolation of the modern world, and the quest to find a little patch of green for oneself. The band has always been muscially torn between the country and glittering lights of a human metropolis.”
The Buttless Chaps – In My Fingertips
The Buttless Chaps – Caboose
As for Wax Mannequin…he’s one of our favourite performers, and one of my favourite people I’ve met through this music freak-show known as Phog Lounge. He’s a beast on stage. A monster. A creative thunder clap. He’ll remind you of what entertainment can be.
From Wax Mannequin’s myspace:
“Wax Mannequin was born in the smoke and industry of Hamilton, Ontario; a damaged, underdog town; a perfect breeding ground for strange, variant things. Incorporating folk, scrappy prog-metal and a tireless creative ethic, Wax infused his local influences with road-broken experience to forge something new. Band-backed, or solo (accompanied by heavy devices and an angry electric guitar) Wax Mannequin has been touring incessantly within Canada (and Australia) over the past five years. Oblivious to the trend and trap of the big cities and the cultural propaganda machines, Wax Mannequin now finds himself a forerunner in a strange new movement: roaming recluses and attention-seekers — solo-performers, equipped with laptops, assorted instruments and decaying minivans, making new sounds, informed by hard travel and rough living. Wax’s thought-provoking live performances and acclaimed recordings have garnered the fervent support of the creative underclass in his home country as well as a burgeoning international reputation. “By training his inner animal enough to let it run free with his muse, Wax Mannequin has given birth to a brilliant bestial gem of audio mythology.” -Exclaim! (Toronto/Canada))| Review of Orchard and Ire | August 2007 “Part wandering minstrel, part rock animal, Wax Mannequin combines a fine sense of prog-rock parody with intense sincerity and lyrical smarts. He will indoctrinate you with chilling harmonies, absurd lyrics and the almighty power of the guitar.” – dB Magazine (Australia) | September 2004 “I could start off with a catch-all like ‘shockingly good songwriter’ or ‘eclectic artist,’ and while that would partly describe Hamilton’s Wax Mannequin, it would do the man a great disservice to leave it at that.” -Now Magazine (Toronto)| Disc of the Week | JUNE 28 – JULY 4 2007 | VOL. 26 NO. 43 | Rating: NNNN”
Wax Mannequin – The Price
Wax Mannequin – Message from The Queen