Shed Sq10411888_897163127011207_8087208120495446781_nLaunched just last year — largely thanks to Micah Brown (Maans, Ghost Pills) — Shed Island Music Festival will enter its second year as a local summer festival this August, and is a welcome addition to the local festival scene for filling a niche: Great Music by Modern Bands You’d Never See on the Bill at the Folk or George Street Festival.

And that’s precisely their goal: to showcase a new breed of local music, while bringing in some CFA acts that existing local music promoters were unlikely to book here in St. John’s. These acts include this year’s Shed Island Headliner – Halifax’s Crosss – self-described as a futuristic grunge band, and signed to the same label as Teenanger, Lids, Ty Segall, and Soupcans (Telephone Explosion Records). With a sound somewhere between heavy-ass shoegaze and grunge-leaning metal, you’ve probably never seen anything exactly like it in St. John’s.

[pullquote]Micah had this to say about Crosss. “For me it’s a few things that really stick out. A big thing is how long the phrasing of some of their riffs are, and the hit by hit drumming style, really cool combination. The second is the vibe of the band, they sound like a Halifax band, which is cool, but they’re distinctly dark and weird in ways a lot of those Halifax bands (Each Other, Quaker Parents, etc) have never quite been, very Black Sabbath as well. A nice mish mash of old heavy metal with some psych and indie stylings.”[/pullquote]

Other visiting bands will include Toronto’s beloved lively shoegazers, Kestrels (Sonic Unyon) – a band so particular about their well-honed sound they tracked “The Past Rests” 23 times, in four different recording sessions, before everyone was satisfied.

Halifax garage rocker’s Best Fiends (Lawnya Vawnya alumni!) are on the bill, along with two fellow Haligonian acts Crossed Wires and Unreal Thought, as well as PEI hardcore outfit Acousma.

So far, local phenom bands Fog Lake and Jonny and The Cowabungas are on the bill … but the festival is actively seeking submissions from local acts, asap.

Apply to play the festival by June 12th: Send a brief bio, 1 MP3, 1 high res photo, and your website(s) and social media details to