Every Tuesday, Torontoist scours record store shelves in search of the city’s most notable new releases and brings you the best—or sometimes just the biggest—of what we’ve heard in Sound Advice.
When Torontoist heard yesterday about this covers compilation, we threw all the other albums we were sifting through for review aside for another week. Because it’s not every day that a crop of some really great bands from Toronto and the surrounding areas (and Montreal, for good, French measure) get together to recreate a big, friendly pile of songs by your excitable younger self’s favourite bands for fun. We like fun, and we think you like fun, and we wanted in on that
secret, magical youth elixir fun. So here you go. Let’s all be friends?
Our Favourite Songs was conceived and executed by Aaron Zorgel, singer/guitarist for local melodic-punk machine Junior Battles (who cover “F.O.D.” here, the closing track from a little-known album named Dookie), and released as a free download by a local label that we sort of like around here, what with its DIY/community modus operandi and, oh yeah, co-ownership by our own Ashley Carter (the other half is previous Torontoist-er Sam Sutherland, also from Junior Battles). Featuring covers of songs by Blink-182 (local bearded grumble punks !ATTENTION!), Brand New (Kitchener’s top Jawbreaker students Wayfarer), and even 905 legends the Fullblast (Windsor’s Shared Arms), it’s a collection rooted in nostalgia but ultimately carried by true camaraderie and gratitude, two of the the greatest things about the niche these bands are carving for themselves. And while it is entirely possible that Guelph’s The Decay would indeed still be a band without Women and Songs III, despite what they say in the liner notes penned by the artists, their thick-throated cover of Jann Arden’s “Insensitive” (streaming above) is, thankfully, something none of us ever have to be without.
Our Favourite Songs is a good time for anyone who had Punk-O-Rama CDs in their collection, or those that, despite an aging affinity for slick punk-affiliated power pop (right here), can’t muster the courage to listen to the new Jimmy Eat World album (out today, gulp). Instead, download this comp and revel in Dig It Up (Montreal)’s version of “Bleed American” and let’s remember together.