Sharp like knife

Chris McCluskey is a busy, busy man.

Between KC Spidle (Dog Day, The Hold, Attack Mode) and Crystal Thili (Dog Day, The Hold), Halifax indie rock’s only husband-and-wife team constitutes a large chunk of the vision for our city’s progressive underground. For his solo CD release on September 3 at the One World Cafe, Spidle goes it alone as Husband and Knife.

“I kind of played my first show a week after I got married, so it kind of works with the name,” says Spidle. “It’s dark pessimistic folk music with experimental leanings.”

The release, titled Welcome Back to Nothing, was originally put together as an outlet to perform and articulate his own ideas through writing. It was not originally intended to be formally released.

“I did make this record last year, and I played at the One World two or three months ago and made a homemade job of the CD and stuff,” he says of the album, picked up locally by Divorce Records. “It was just something I was doing, I just sold it the night that I played there. It was a way for me to sing my songs that I write.”

Spidle says he doesn’t mind the day-to-day grind of being a member of multiple acts.

“I’m enjoying myself,” he says. “But I don’t know how much people want to look at me every time they go to a bar. So that’s the other side of it.”

Policy making

There’s once again news to report out of the Folds of Policy camp, as their next effort will be a reference to a switch in gears from 2004’s Stay in Your Homes. Lyricist Jon Landry is said to have returned to Halifax from a summer paving stint with folk songs inspired by the latest work from Bruce Springsteen and John Prine—evidence with can be listened to on the band’s MySpace. The new stylings will be recorded in early September.

More Explosions

It wasn’t a long wait for additions to Halifax Pop Explosion (October 17 to 21) to be announced. A number of bands have been added to the festival’s initial list, including Winnipeg’s The Weakerthans and Christine Fellows. Local flavour was also added: Jon McKiel, The Beginners (Mike O’Neill), The Stance and The Superfantastics.

Bands on film

Music fans have a handful of treats coming their way via the Atlantic Film Festival, kicking off September 14. Announced this week were a keynote conversation with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning on September 21 at 3pm. Canning will discuss the use of BSS’s music in television and film in a session open to the public. The next day, music supervisors with Global soap Falcon Beach—will lead a discussion. Indie bands, take note! Also on September 22, In-Flight Safety headlines the music and image showcase at the Seahorse, with Two Hours Traffic, Hey Rosetta! and Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew. The Novaks will again be featured at the closing gala party, September 23 at the Marquee.

From the film side, a couple big docs are slated for screening. On Wednesday, September 20 you can take in Rock the Bells, about a promoter trying to get The Wu-Tang Clan together for a reunion show. Jump on the Stones band wagon a day early with the September 22 screening of Rolling Like a Stone, following the band in 1960s Sweden.

Tickets are available at by calling 422-6965 or by visiting 1599 South Park.

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