New Music: Potential Space EP by Galapagos
Ottawa has a new rock band, Galapagos, and they dropped a debut EP earlier this June.
The four-song release, Potential Space, starts off on fire with the song “Bike.” It kicks off the album with a flare for classic emo from the late 90s and early 2000s with a indie and garage flare connecting it back to the current day. Lead singer and guitarist Adam Ferris (also know as one half of the band Waxing Moon) described their sound as… “Think Ryan Adams meets Treble Charger smothered in American Football.”
Galapagos began as a folk duo that played a few shows in the spring of 2016. After starting up again last fall as a trio with a drummer, they wrote a whole batch of new songs. The EP is kind of a long time in the making explained Ferris “after some successful shows this past spring, we decided to record an EP. Due to creative and professional differences, we parted ways with our former drummer during the original recording sessions. The final version of Potential Space was recorded on the afternoon of May 20th, 2017 with Cameron Steacy (Organ Eyes) both playing drums and recording the EP.”
You can hear some of their folk beginnings in the second song “What I Deserve,” but you can also hear Steacy’s influence throughout the EP, especially on “Again” combined with the band’s vision to really make it a fuller sound. Steacy has recorded, mixed, and mastered other Ottawa artists such as The Yips, Bonnie Doon and Fire Antlers.
Potential Space is a great starting point for a band that has already seen several members change over and has grown from two-piece to four. I really enjoy how much diversity they fit into a four song release and see much potential in all the different avenues for the sound to continue to grow. I also really look forward to catching them live as I think the emotions and honesty would translate very well in an intimate setting.
Check out Potential Space below and also keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos in August as they play August 19th at Café Dekcuf with Sweet Rocket and BINOS and August 24th at Pressed with Basement Revolver.
Galapagos also participated in the Shot In The Dark Sessions, be sure to check out their live video session for the song “Bike” coming out online July 24.
A Local Experience of Arts, Culture, and Music, all in one #Ottawamap
The Alternative Travel Guide – Ottawa is a map that describes the City of Ottawa from a Locals’s point-of-view. It covers everything from culture in the capital, to pub crawls, music and nightlife, public transportation, great eats, and so much more.
“[As a person travelling to Ottawa from from Glasgow, Scotland] I’ve seen the ByWard Market, I’ve been to [Irish Pub that shall remain nameless]. I wanted the Local Experience,” said Katrina Mitchell, founder of the #Ottawamap project. She described how the idea came about: “I was walking in the Chinatown area one day and I quite liked it. New to Ottawa, I wanted to discover it; I took an alternative path out of Chinatown, walking down Gladstone. That’s where I spotted this place, Pressed? I thought ‘That looks like an interesting spot’ and I went in. It felt like a cool spot, so I asked the staff what other places I should see.”
Side note: as a person that has worked in the Tourism industry, I couldn’t agree more with Katrina on this process of discovering cool places.
“When I was in Glasgow, I worked in the Tourism industry. Hostels had these maps that gave backpackers the local flavour of the city. The maps here (in Ottawa) are rubbish!” Mitchell expressed in her Scottish accent. “That’s when I got the idea to bring [the Alternative Travel Guide] to Ottawa.”
When asked where she sees this project going in the future, Katrina responded: “I hope to have this map revised on a yearly basis to keep it up-to-date. I’d also love to see others spawning off from this idea to make their own maps!”
At the time of publication of this article, the maps have been printed and are in the process of being distributed in major hostels in Ottawa. Some will be available at the Official Crowdfunding Campaign Launch on Thursday May 8th at 10:30 PM at Babylon Nightclub. We’ll be there and invite you to do the same – support local!
For more details on the initiative:
Official site: The Alternative Travel Guide – Ottawa
Facebook: The Alternative Travel Guide – Ottawa on Facebook