Rad Releases 22 – Bonnie Trash
Our annual end-of-year feature is finally here, we spend the final two weeks of the year discussing the music that made 2022 special. Our special Rad Releases feature is now 12 years old and we love sharing the site with musicians, labels, and promoters as we discuss their year in music. We take a personal look back on familiar names’ most loved releases of the past 12 months. It’s a time we enjoy and look forward to, through the contributions we get to find new music discoveries, and releases we may have missed throughout the year.
Our next takeover comes from an act we discovered this year, a duo who released one of the most highly-anticipated debut records. 2022 really was the year for Bonnie Trash, the outfit consists of Canadian-Italian twin sisters Emmalia and Sarafina Bortolon-Vettor and back in October, they shared their fierce debut album, ‘Malocchio’ out via Hand Drawn Dracula. We find out more about Emmalia and Sarafina’s year in music.
1. Praises – In This Year: Hierophant
Songwriter Jesse Crowe, along with their trusted crew of stellar musicians have created a psychedelic, sombre-sweet album that blends sensations of early King Crimson and Nick Cave, with Portishead (but really, it’s Praises). We can’t get enough of this album. It’s so lush.
2. Gloin – We Found This
How do we say this? Gloin fucking rules. We Found This sounds great in your headphones and rattles your skeleton when you hear it live. They are a tremendous force, and a must-see live act.
3. Yoo Doo Right – A Murmur, Boundless to the East
YDR are a three-piece from Montreal who make an astounding amount of sound. What you hear is what is actually played live. Go for a walk and listen to their newest album in your headphones, or catch them live if you’re lucky.
4. Status/Non-Status – Surely Travel
Status/Non-Status are Canadian music staples and we are honoured to call them our friends. Having played shows with each other over the past 10 years, it is really exciting to see, especially Adam, Kirsten, and Eric be recognized for the sound they make, the songs they write, and the community they foster.
5. Cots – “Moonlit Building”
Cots is our good friend, Steph Yates. Cots released a single this past fall and it hits all of the right sounds of contemplation. Sarafina directed and shot the music video and Emmalia played the driver. We made the music video together one night in the summer, with the help of our friends Transstar (her car is the star), Dan Paille (Nicolette and the Nobodies) and Emma Howarth-Withers (Bonnie Trash, Nicolette and the Nobodies). We wrapped at 3am and Steph cut a version of the video by the morning.
BEST SHOW YOU HAVE PLAYED THIS YEAR:
Emmalia: The last one: November 24th with Praises, who were finally able to play their album release show (after rescheduling endlessly because of COVID). Right before we were about to play, the power supply to my pedal board broke. Michael Boyd (Praises) and the sound tech (Adrian) helped me daisy chain and wrangle enough power supplies to make this happen. It was a combination of the adrenaline rush and feeling so supported and helped that made me play the best show this past year. Never doubt the power of community.
Sarafina: September 2nd at FME in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. We were offered to play a second performance – a last minute set at 12am at a country bar, Diable Rond. We were totally unsure if anyone would show up. It turned out to be a great show with an incredible audience, and the best sound we’ve ever experienced. This city, the people, and the community are way cool. FME in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec is a festival you need to attend.
OWN HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR:
Emmalia & Sarafina: After close to 2.5 years, we finally released our debut album, Malocchio on October 28th on Hand Drawn Dracula. Our Nonna Maria collaborated with us in making Malocchio by sharing her stories and experiences of the ‘Evil Eye’ in her dialect. Releasing the album is bitter-sweet as she passed away on May 6th this year. While we miss her, her stories and her voice are now shared with all who hear this album. It’s truly special. Sempre amore, Nonna.
HAS THERE BEEN ANY RECORD THAT’S GOT YOU THROUGH THIS YEAR?
Emmalia: I listened to a lot of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly this year. We all know that it’s a masterpiece and every time I listen to it, I hear something new. Derek Ali mixed this entirely in analog in Dr. Dre’s studio and this type of sharing, fostering skills with new and established makers, can be heard all over this record. This year, Sara and I became caregivers to our Nonna during the last few months of her life. Hearing this album, the generational sharing and collaborating reflected on my own experience and helped me move through the feelings of grief, anger, and joy I felt so intensely.
Sarafina: Hole’s Live Through This. What can I say? This is an iconic album. It’s pure pain and rage – emotions galore. I played this record on repeat this year, along with their 1999 live performance at Big Day Out. I spun Live Through This on vinyl constantly, but my favourite way to listen to this album is in my car on CD. It’s a true pump-up album for me.
BEST MUSICAL DISCOVERY THIS YEAR?
Emmalia: I discovered Nine Inch Nails’ And All That Could Have Been! It’s one of the best live albums out there.
Sarafina: Yoo Doo Right – A Murmur, Boundless to the East
ARTIST/BAND TO WATCH FOR 2023:
Kali Horse. From Toronto and fronted by two songwriting titans, Desiree Das Gupta and Sam Maloney. Their live show is incredible.
Can we mention two bands? Gloin is also a band to watch in 2023 (also from Toronto). Gloin forever and ever.
PLANS FOR THE NEW YEAR:
Emmalia & Sarafina: We want to play more festivals, especially international festivals, and we’d love to perform in the UK and Europe – that would be a dream. We’ll be making our US debut in March 2023 at the New Colossus Festival in NYC, which is super exciting. And, we’ll certainly be writing, jamming, and working on the next album. Maybe we’ll even make a short horror movie.
Thank you both so much! Would love to see you in the UK