Weekendcore: Alice Stops Time – “Heaven or Hollywood”


When I first moved to the Maritimes from Ontario I lived in Windsor, Nova Scotia.  Yesterday my fiancée and I took a random road trip through there and a couple of other spots in the Annapolis Valley, roughly an hour from Halifax.  That has inspired this edition of “Weekendcore”, because a late Windsor band is one of my East Coast favourites.

Along with being an East Coast favourite period, Alice Stops Time were definitely my favourite local band.  The five-piece had a blend of surf, new wave, post-punk and such that we’ll call alternative because !!!!!!!.  Their only full-length was 2009’s self-titled, which featured “Heaven or Hollywood”.  The uptempo sound features a main riff with a Middle Eastern tinge, and a lengthy surprise interlude after the second pre-chorus that’s definitely my favourite part.  Lyrically it brings to mind the good and bad that comes with our choices.

AST called it a day a few years ago.  Vocalist/guitarist Tyler Dempsey and drummer Josh Noiles ended up in The Big Get Even, but they’ve been fairly quiet themselves recently.  I’m not quite sure about Colin Boyd (keyboard/saxophone), Myles Lawrence (guitar) or Luke Hudgins (bass), but I’ll always wonder what could’ve been with those five together.  Heaven for sure because they’re nice gentlemen, but perhaps even Hollywood.

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