For us 'publish to blog for fun and sharing' folk, the next posting could be
categorized as a "syncro-mystical-nicety"!
Otis, who lives on Vancouver Island was rummaging through some stuff in the back shed
at the apartment building he stays at, wilst
looking for some tools and came across a box with demo/promo canadian cassettes, CD's
and even Rehearsal Cassettes from a few groupos.
One of the most interesting of that dingy -
'been out in the soggy shed for at least 15 years'
cardboard box is a very early if not the earliest Demo Tape (4 song EP)
by West Coast Canada Pop singer Holly McNarland,
who had a prominent rise in the late 90's on the mainstream radio scene.
She might have been one of the CBC darlings from what I can remember.
Probably not anylonger as the CBC is taft.
Songs on tape :
1. Tiny War
So she and her band (uncredited, which is shameful, they are solid I especially dig the bassplayer with a good grounding style with some noodle thrown in) The "band" go through some styles that would make some of her fans kind of double take as it's not electronically enhanced like her voice is today. Sure she belts out great Live
(it shows on this tape) but they process her voice on the radio cuts like they really should-not,
because she has some chops!
The styles range from that common folky-femme sound of the early 90's to a very cool
hybrid punk-psych-screamo sound with a basement production vibe that adds charm.
Online, when musi-historians mention when she started they say 1995.
I have to guess this tape is under-the-radar to most and it does not show up in her
discography anywhere. Not even reincarnations of these songs, unless she changed the names around.
PART 1 AND 2 OF FULL DEMO CASSETTE BELOW ----->