Television Overdose (TVOD) struts with a contagious post-punk charisma. Rough around the edges of a danceable core, the NYC favourites find comfort in volume – an ethos that overflows into the audience during live shows. Unapologetic in its beer-and-sweat-drenched glory, TVOD’s performances become grimy celebrations over pulsing basslines, buzzing synths and stabbing guitar lines.
Lovers was taken. Haters are a joyous giant pastel pink heart shaped helium balloon full of razor blades and broken glass. A three-piece mix of garage, indie and punk, with sharp, candid and deliberately uncomfortable lyrics from Queensland, Australia.
Punk quartet MVLL CRIMES swings and stomps with divine purpose. Wailing riffs dizzy and distort alongside driving bass lines and massive drums, blending like a siren song to a DIY basement venue. All the while, songs ranging in themes from “Foods I Don’t Eat” to “Don’t Be a Cop” are delivered with equally alluring aggression.
Discordant punk trio Aversions made waves on the Bandcamp homepage and Exclaim! for its four-song EP Sharp Left Turns. Stewed in an eerie atmosphere with deadpan vocals and furious riffs, the release falls somewhere between the dour mood of post-punk and the frenzy of post-hardcore. It’s an intoxicating mix brought to life on stage with urgency and furor.
Stucco has an uncanny way of perfecting the balance between euphoric melodies and shrieking discordance. Formed at the dawn of the pandemic as a busywork recording project, Stucco quickly emerged to both warm and electrify the hearts of local listeners. Their 2022 release ep1 highlights Stucco’s frustrations expressively with angular drum patterns, atonal guitar riffage and no-nonsense vocal jabs.
About Sled Island
The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is a five-day, multi-venue festival taking place June 21 – 25, 2023. For more information, visit SledIsland.com.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and included at Sled Island. All festival attendees agree to abide by Sled Island’s safer spaces and inclusion policy, which can be found at SledIsland.com/SaferSpaces.
Sled Island acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Please note: This is an 18+ event.