Conor Gains Band and KC Roberts & the Live Revolution
ON HIS FIRST SOLO FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, COMPASS, SINGER/SONGWRITER CONOR GAINS PROVES HIMSELF DEEPLY DEVOTED TO MAKING UNCOMPROMISINGLY SOULFUL MUSIC THAT TRANSCENDS ALL GENRES. GAINS’ LABEL DEBUT MARKS THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE SELF-RELEASED SOPHOMORE ALBUM “RUN AWAY WITH THE NIGHT”, WHICH SPARKED INTEREST IN THE YOUNG ARTIST’S MUSIC. IN 2016 GAINS’ ALBUM CLOSING SONG “LEAVE IT ON THE LINE” WON THE COBALT PRIZE AT THE MAPLE BLUES AWARDS. THIS NATIONAL PRIZE IS DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY IN SONGWRITING. THIS IS THE IMPRESSION ONE GETS WHILE LISTENING TO THE CONOR GAINS BAND. THE DEEP RESPECT OF ROOTS, JAZZ AND BLUES MUSIC PAIRED WITH THE SOULFUL, ADVENTUROUS EXPLORATION OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GIVES GAINS’ SONGS AN AIR OF FAMILIARITY WHILE LISTENING TO SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNIQUE AND TRANSCENDENTAL.
GAINS HAS WRITTEN NEARLY 100 SONGS IN THE PAST 3 YEARS AND HAS CHOSEN THE TOP SONGS THAT FIT TOGETHER FOR HIS LATEST RELEASE.
KC ROBERTS & THE LIVE REVOLUTION (KCLR) are proud purveyors of beautiful vintage music (funk, jazz, rock), with an artistic obligation to shift all that’s sacredly funky and soulful into the current phase of popular music (hip-hop, house, electronic, Drum n’ Bass). Essentially an original 8-piece funk band, KCLR is well-known for its energized live performances winning the 2007 Toronto Independent Music Award for best live act. torontomusicscene.ca writes, “Their live shows are absolutely mind-blowing; the band is something entirely unique and influenced by atypical genres.” Matt Bauer of Exclaim! Magazine writes, “If one needed proof of the vitality and authenticity of new Canadian funk music, they need look no further.”