Club Scene: New Swears bring song of the summer to Rum Runners

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Some songs can’t help but sound like summer and that’s what you get with the track Dance With the Devil from New Swears.

It’s a joyful, bright light of a guitar tune that shouts about how easy it is to find friends on a Saturday night, and “spend your whole life thinking you’re one of a kind.”

Fittingly, the song was written by the Ottawa band during a cottage trip “after a long night turned morning of beers and skipping stones.”

Dance With the Devil is just one of the charming tunes off the band’s 2017 release And the Magic of Horses, which shares 10 fun-loving tracks that’ll make you want to kick up your feet and forget about whatever’s been stuck on your mind.

Catch the New Swears when they play Rum Runners Thursday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts with sets from Old East, Oh Geronimo and Waterbaby. Tickets are $7 for this all-ages show and you can grab one at the door.

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If you’re looking for a hit of power-pop, head over to Call the Office Saturday night. That’s when Dany Laj and the Looks come in from Montreal.

Laj, along with bassist Jeanette Dowling and drummer David Deas, will share a high-energy power-pop set that’s infused with rock and folk.

As for the lyrical content, Laj pens songs about growing up and finding your way across the country, having spent time in Sudbury, Toronto and Montreal, to a name a few.

Listen up and you’ll hear about everything from finding love to dealing with broken-down vehicles, with bits of humour added along the way.

If you like your music a little quirky and unpredictable, you’ll enjoy tapping your feet to the sounds of this trio.

The show starts at 9 p.m. and cover is $7.

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Metal-core fans, this one’s for you.

Modern metal outfit Northlane is on a cross-Canada tour, scheduling a stop in London Tuesday night.

Make your way over to Rum Runners to hear songs off the band’s latest release, Mesmer, which has been praised by music mags big and small.

Rolling Stone called out the band’s “razor-sharp proficiency,” Exclaim says this new album is an evolution for Northlane and Beat Magazine praises how they’ve “injected their grief beautifully into their new work of art.”

Northlane worked on the album in the fall, recording it in New Jersey with producer David Bendeth and keeping things quiet.

Why, exactly?

The band did things a little differently this time around, by releasing Mesmer (its fourth album) as a surprise and special thank you for their fans.

The Australian five-piece is grateful for being given the opportunity to create music they want to hear “with the benefit of not having to leave the studio early to go and work at job.”

They’re enjoying the success of this new record, which follows 2015’s Node (that one debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Chart).

Northlane is set to headline this show, but before they take the stage, you can hear from Toronto progressive powerhouse band Intervals and Invent, Animate.

To hear all three, head to Rum Runners Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $22.

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