Skye Sweetnam, Sever, and Sumo Cyco

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Skye Sweetnam is a JUNO-nominated Canadian recording artist from Bolton, ON (about 50 km NW of Toronto). She was one of the many artists who contributed to the prolific pop punk rumpus in the noughties decade. Sweetnam’s debut album, Noise From the Basement (2004), spawned two Top 40 hit singles: “Tangled Up In Me” (#22) and “Billy S.” (#14). The singles and album did well internationally. Second album Sound Soldier appeared in 2007.

For those of you wondering whatever happened to Skye Sweetnam, she changed her name to Sever and formed a metal band called Sumo Cyco which she fronts. The band has been independently releasing mostly singles since 2011 and launched an EP in 2013. The group’s music is available on iTunes Canada. Apparently an album is in the works. Sumo Cyco has a strong following and is currently on tour in the UK and Ireland. The latest single is “Go Go Go” (2014). We have embedded the innovative MV below in which Sever runs into a gang of scarecrows from a corn field. Check it out.  iTunes

Martha Johnson Drops the Muffins and Goes Solo One

Martha Johnson - Solo OneToronto’s Martha and the Muffins stormed onto the scene in 1980 with their international new wave hit “Echo Beach” (Single of the Year at the JUNOs). Embracing more of a dance-pop style and re-naming themselves M+M, they enjoyed Top 30 hits “Black Stations/White Stations” and “Song in My Head” in the mid-1980s. Lead singer Martha Johnson released a JUNO-winning children’s album in 1997 and has just come out with her first (adult) solo album, Solo One. Sadly, in 2001, Martha was diagnosed with Parkinson disease and is no doubt a supporter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Don’t expect Solo One to be a continuation of the preppy sounds of M+M; this is more of a jazz-folk, introspective singer-songwriter type of record, and very impressive at that. The songwriting is first-rate, and the music is arguably more consistently good than albums recorded under her band. You will also hear some sweet guitar-playing. 

Solo One on iTunes     Martha Johnson’s Official Website

Where Are They Now: Ken Tizzard

The Tizzard may or may not be spiralling up the wind tunnel in a midlife blizzard, but he’s cookin’ up the rock tunes like a musical wizard.

Some of you lovers of “alternative” rock may remember a JUNO-nominated Winnipeg band in the 90s called The Watchmen. They scored three gold albums and In the Trees was a platinum-seller. Their success enabled them to open for The Tragically Hip. Many credit the band’s success to the songwriting prowess of their bassist, Newfoundland-born Ken Tizzard. After The Watchmen disbanded in 2003, The Tizz began working on various projects, first teaming up with Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley and then releasing some solo albums. Kenneth’s latest project is The Goodness of Bad Intent Vol. II which you can check out on iTunes HERE. Do visit his Official Website where you can listen to his music, view some videos, and track him down on Facebook and Twitter.