In a world that feels overrun by Biebers, Bonos and all manner of other musical bozos, it’s a breath of fresh air for your ears when you discover a band like Bend Sinister. The B.C. boys have basked in my fandom for a few years now, so I thought it was high time to share them with you as the latest in our new music addiction series.
Daniel Moxon (Vocals/Piano), Jason Dana (Drums/Percussion), Matt Rhode (Bass) and Joseph Blood (Guitar/Vocals) have been making beautiful music together for over a decade (though Rhode and Dana are later additions), and I for one am incredibly grateful. A perfect blend of infectious pop and incredibly impressive rock, it boggles my mind that Bend Sinister isn’t adored by the entire world over. With several albums that each amaze and affect in their own way, and songs that you just can’t resist playing over and over and over until you have every word, note and beat ingrained in your brain, there’s more than enough music to keep fans discovering, but just enough to leave them wanting more more MORE! Songs like the tinkly “Time Breaks down”from their self titled EP, the sing along worthy “Give it a rest” and the sinfully gorgeous “Black Magic woman” (both from Small Fame), represent some of the evidence of my Bend Sinister addiction. But the band has, in my mind at least, reached the zenith of their musical journey thus far with their latest Animals. All sexy seventies style rock and roll with just a hint of dirty country and a lot of heart and soul mixed in, Animals proves that for Bend Sinister things just keep getting better.
Just another item on the list of awesome Bend Sinister type things, the band has a great relationship with their fans. The love goes both ways, and so does the trust. so much so that Moxon and company offered their fans a chance to pick the song they would make their next music video for, a choice between the extremely catchy “Fancy Pants” and the equally entertaining “Teacher”. The fans spoke (using their typing fingers and social media skills), so here for your viewing pleasure is the video for “Teacher
While Bend Sinister may seriously rock recorded visually and aurally, their true glory comes to life on stage, where this foursome puts the R in rock. Moxon’s voice is unparalled, and to say he’s ably backed by Dana, Rhode and Blood would be a huge understatement. For each beautiful note that emerges from Moxon’s gifted throat, Blood coaxes one awe inspiring rift after another, Dana infuses irresistible danceability in every pound of the drum and Rhode plays his bass like the funk masterminds that inspire him. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing the band perform in Toronto last month, and it was, in a word, amazing. This is a band that must be seen live to truly appreciate, and if you love music as much as I do, you’ll add them to your must see list. Check out some photos from their show below, and take a listen and make some of their music your very own by heading over to their itunes page HERE.