With a crazy election year getting even crazier, Olympic swimmers vandalizing stuff in Rio and North Korea upping the ante on their little peninsula with the missile launches it's all too easy to come to the understanding that what the world needs now is love sweet love.While the sentiment behind the music of APOLLO UNDER FIRE might not be quite as sticky and sweet as all that their empowerment approach to active rock is a most welcome in a musical environment that has become indicative of disillusionment and cynicism.The songwriting team of vocalist DONALD CARPENTER (of EYE EMPIRE) and guitarist PETER KLETT (of CANDLEBOX) is a strong one and the band's debut release stand out by a mile from everything we've been hearing lately.

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Back in May, ROCKWIRED was invited to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the first ever INDIGENOUS MUSIC CONFERENCE which was a part of the MANITO AHBEE FESTIVAL.

It was at this conference that we had to opportunity to meet the Opaskwayak Cree rock band DEE ERIN BAND who were both attendees of the conference as well as performers for the CELEBRATE NATIVE MUSIC CONCERTWe'd be remiss if we didn't add that this was the band that kicked off the proceedings with their straight ahead, driving rock n roll approach to music which is all perfectly captured on latest album BROKEN ROAD.

Despite much of the hard rock and heavy metal that comes our way here at ROCKWIRED we have to admit that THE BEDROOM SESSIONS has got to be the most provocative title for an album that we have seen in a long time. The debut release from THE ORMEWOODS was recorded in a bedroom proving once and for all that great albums can be recorded anywhere.

In speaking with CLAIRE PEARSON and DON Mc COLLISTER it was clear that when the production of the album shifted to an actual studio something would be lacking in both songwriting and performance.

Thankfully they chose to keep it in the bedroom with this fine collection of songs that examine the highs and the lows of a romantic relationship.

In particular the relationship between PEARSON and Mc COLLISTER.

THE ORMEWOODS is an exciting coming together of talent.

CLAIRE PEARSONS' soul searing lyrics and delivery send the music to dizzying heights while the production smarts of Mc COLLISTER packs the very punch that has served acts such as SISTER HAZEL and SHAWN MULLINS so well and earned him two GRAMMY's for his handiwork behind the recording console.

One doesn't think of a word like "refinement" when it comes to today's pop music but it was every where you looked back in the early half of the eighties with artists such as DURAN DURAN, BRYAN FERRY and SPANDAU BALLET.

We could call it je ne sais quoi but the truth is we know exactly made artists such as these leap off of the tv screen and the stereo - style and pop smarts.

JONATHAN CAVIER is an artist who has taken his queue from the chops of the artists that we have mentioned but don't think for a moment that his debut solo album PREMIER is some sort of obvious exercise in nostalgia. In fact the former half of the atmospheric pop duo EYE TALK ( who used to go by the name ALAN CLARK) goes to great lengths to carve out his own musical identity starting with a new name and pop songs that eschew the obvious pop psychological heartache but instead embrace themes such as change and rebirth as he does on the album's shimmering first single JANUARY.