New audio and visual magic from Andrew James Barker

From the beautiful mind that brought us Low Moon, and the unforgettable instrumental masterpiece Gunslinger, comes the eponymous Andrew James Barker. Those who followed along with us on Andrew’s journey in bringing Gunslinger to the world will recall that it’s instrumental mastery was accompanied by an equally rich outpouring of watercolour paints and images. We are so grateful that Andrew’s exploration of visual arts has not faded, but rather transformed, nay ascended, to even greater heights. Accompanying the album is one of the most richly textured audio-visual experiences I’ve had the pleasure of being immersed in. Painstakingly created frame by frame, this music video (a term that seems trite in this context) is pure joy:

As for the album itself, we are thrilled to hear that Andrew is once again stepping up to the microphone, to add vocals as icing, on top of the beautiful musical cake that he has baked for us. Available on Spotify, AppleMusic, Tidal, Deezer, and where ever else beautiful music is sold. And as of today, it’s also available on CD!

Order yours today on Bandcamp!


New/Old Music from Shattervox: “Live Off The Floor”

Introducing Shattervox, the latest act to join Eastside Confectionery Records.  Founded in 2009 by “Eric & The Soo” frontman Eric Brombacher (lead guitar), Frank Miotto (lead vocals), Mike Mann (drums) and Jean Filippini (bass), Shattervox would go on to release two full length albums, a live album and numerous EP’s and singles before disbanding in 2016.  Four years on, in the midst of COVID isolation induced boredom, guitarist Eric (that’s me), dug through the detritus of old recording sessions and found a couple of rough-hewn gems.

Live off the Floor COVER ART

Shattervox “Live Off The Floor”
(c) Eastside Confectionery Records
June 23, 2020

From the archives: a couple of lost out-takes from the final “Little Star” recording sessions. We spent a long day of recording what would turn out to be the final release of original material from Shattervox; the raucous (and simultaneously poignant) swansong “Little Star”. Our job was done, but the tape was still rolling, so we partied and jammed on. How fortunate that the tape was rolling, as this was, unbeknownst us at the time, our final occasion playing together. We hadn’t played a show in over year, so our memories were a little foggy on the songs, which led to some interesting improvisation. These final recordings capture what was so special about Shattervox: that feeling of almost going off the rails at any second, saved only by the determination to hold it together, for just one more minute!

First up was our own raggedly unique take on the Rolling Stones’ “Let It Bleed” … always a fun rocker, and one we’d played at pretty much every show in our 7 year history (plus an extra 4 years in Eric & Frank’s previous band, The Septembers).  And we almost nailed it!  Somewhere along the way, we forgot to play the bridge, and I think it took a while for Frank to remember the words to the second verse, so the solo goes on a little longer than planned, but hey, we did it! We made it through!

Next up was our take on Canadian classic “New Orleans Is Sinking”. We got lost after the first verse, so we all just improvised, and in the process came up with something special; a fitting homage to the Tragically Hip, a tribute, without being a copy.  And the whole song is us on the verge of falling apart, a perfect metaphor for Shattervox.

“Live Off The Floor”
Produced by Eric Brombacher

Frank Miotto – Vocals/Guitar
Eric Brombacher – Lead Guitar
Rob “Key Frame” Webster – Piano
Jean Filippini – Bass Guitar
Mike Mann – Drums

Recorded by Aaron Comeau at “The Trailer” in Toronto
February 2016

Mixed & Mastered by Eric Brombacher
(c) 2020 Eastside Confectionery Records

New Song + New Video: “Picture” by Eric & The Soo

Enjoy this vintage-tinged video for new single “Picture” by Eric & The Soo.  A short and punchy rocker driving straight up the middle of the rock n’ roll highway, “Picture” features Eric Brombacher on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, along with Ken Yoshioka on lead guitar and harmonica, Ted Pruce on electric guitar, Tim Bradford on bass and harmony vocals, Dino Naccarato on drums and percussion and Julian Fauth on honky-tonk piano.

The video takes an unapologetic journey through the past featuring a rapidly changing backdrop of photographs, polaroids and cell-phone snaps from Eric’s early childhood in the 1970’s and 1980’s right through to present day.  Says Eric Brombacher, “it’s like watching my life pass in front of my very eyes.” Come along for the ride!

And of course the cover art for “Picture” also displays a decidedly vintage feel with an old Polaroid photo of Eric at age 17 in front his beloved orange 1977 Pontiac Acadian.

Listen to “Picture” on your favourite platform:

New Video: “Modern Life” by Eric & The Soo

To celebrate the one year anniversary of “Modern Dystopia” here’s a brand new video for opening track “Modern Life”. Recorded in “Tim’s Garage” in Toronto by Tim Bovaconti this song features the talents of Eric Brombacher, Jerry Leger, Ken Yoshioka, Tim Bovaconti, Craig Robertson and Kyle Sullivan.

The video was produced and edited by Eric Brombacher with videography by his lovely wife Jessie Poh. I hope you dig it!

Enjoy the entire Modern Dystopia album on Spotify:

In Other news … be on the lookout for new releases from Eastside Confectionery Records in 2020!

New Video “Obey” from Eric & The Soo

We’re proud to announce the third in an ongoing (maybe?) series of ‘hand-crafted’ videos from Eric & The Soo, featuring songs from the recently released “Modern Dystopia” album.  Take a psychedelic journey through your mind as you contemplate the evils of oppression and conformity:


“Modern Dystopia” is a concept album that explores the current social climate and the challenges we face as humankind. The songs touch on themes both personal and societal; including isolation, depression, homelessness, conformity, and social obedience. All while still offering some hope for change, as it explores an imagined pre-apocalyptic future. Are we really free? Or are we just slaves to the machine? Is it too late, or is there still hope for our beautiful world?

Enjoy previous videos from this series:

Andrew James Barker: Gunslinger Part 2

With painting nothing is ever ruined. Even after the ink or paint has spilled and bled all over the place, once it’s dry you can pick yourself up where you left off and make the best of it.
It’s actually in those times when the stakes are at their highest, or when you’ve already kinda failed, that you can throw the risk of failure out the window and get on with it. It’s also that tightrope of anxiety and abandon  from which the best work originates.
Red Barn
Of all things to bring me back to considering making art again, the first inklings came while refurbishing pipe organ components (lots of leather pneumatics and little mechanical parts). Being in a shop gave me access to a lot of materials similar to an artists studio, and a lot of tools. Working with my hands on those components is a very craft like occupation . While in idle time waiting for something to dry (or in the case of hide glue, warm up) I’d often find myself doodling , or arranging scraps of leather into artful images… and it felt great! Then the thought would gently seep into my head ‘maybe I should make art again’?
‘We’ll see’,  I’d reply.
Then one strange day while my friend , fellow songwriter and indie label originator Eric Brombacher (of Eastside Confectionery Records) and I were scheming about my future album releases told me he wanted me to draw or paint for my next release I was immediately thrown into a state of dumbfounded joy. The medium for getting my art out into the world had just fallen into my lap and it felt profound.
Did he know that I used to love making art? How could he?
‘I used to draw and paint a lot’ I said, thinking to myself so did everyone and their grandmother. Well, I decided, I’m going to do it! And I’m going to show that I’m just not everyone and their grandmother!
Eric believed in me, and that was just the little push I needed.

I think paintings are like steak, better under done than over done. A revelation I hope I can remember and put into practice often.


 Join us for the launch of “Gunslinger” by Andrew James Barker on Saturday October 21st, 8:30pm at Gerrard Art Space (1475 Gerrard Street East) — Special Guests: The Bop Fi’s!

Eric Brombacher of “Eric & The Soo” featured on Campfire Chords!

I was excited to be featured on an episode of Campfire Chords, a new YouTube series produced by Todd T. Hayes that showcases singer/songwriters from Toronto and beyond and allows them to share their music and give instruction on how to play a song of their choice.  In this video I give step by step instruction on how to play “Listening To Neil” from the Small Town Dreamer album.

Stay tuned for future episodes featuring more artists from Eastside Confectionery Records!

iSpy EP Release – Friday, July 14th at La Rev!

Eastside Confectionery Records is excited to announce our next musical celebration!

On Friday July 14th 2017 iSpy will be celebrating the release of their debut EP “The Art of You” with a live performance at La Rev in the Junction (2848 Dundas St W). This EP is the first in a series of recordings for the Toronto based group and features 3 original gypsy-jazz songs written by Toronto based songstress Rebecca Everett and arranged and performed by her band iSpy.


Recorded and produced in Toronto at Bluesound & Music by Russ Mackay (Iron Maiden, Gowan) and mastered by Peter Moore (Bob Dylan, Cowboy Junkies), the three song EP was recorded entirely live off the floor using mostly vintage analog equipment to capture the live, organic sounds that define the gypsy and hot-club genres of music.

Kicking off the EP release performance will be Eastside’s own Andrew James Barker who will be playing songs from his album “Low Moon” and previewing music from his upcoming release “Gunslinger” (7pm) followed by two full sets of iSpy (8-10pm).

ECR Podcast – Episode 004 “Riffs & Licks” Now Streaming!

Good day rock n’ roll fans!  If you’re new to the ‘Eastside Family’ you may not know that we run a monthly podcast featuring our artists where we discuss songwriting, record making and general creative pursuits.  We also talk about happenings on the label and beyond.  Each show has a theme and as part of that theme we share insights about songs we’ve written and recorded, and songs that have inspired us.  This month’s theme is “Riffs & Licks” … catch the latest episode here on Soundcloud:

You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes:  Eastside Confectonery Records Presents

And don’t forget to stream the playlist on Spotify after the show! Episode 004 Playlist (Spotify)

What are your favourite riffs & licks?  Let us know!

Day 2 – What’s happening?

Day 2 of the Eastside Confectionery Records Blog!!
We had a great time yesterday evening with the Eastside crew.  We spent some time recording the next few podcasts (we record them in advance a few at a time to help ease the burden our busy artists’ schedules).  And it was the first we got together to talk about the launch of the blog and the new website!
We expect lots of action on the blog.  For example, Jason Kenemy will be launching a new album soon, and he’ll be sharing his ideas and philosophical motivations behind the music via a series of blog posts starting in May. Andrew Barker also has an album in pipe and he’ll be sharing his stories along with some great artwork related to the album … Andrew is also looking forward to writing in depth album reviews, and he’s got some pretty interesting ideas around that … are you excited?  I am!  Jerry’s got lots of great poetry in the archives some of which he’ll be sharing here … and he’s quite the musical encyclopedia himself, so we’re eager to see what else he comes up with!  Craig’s a great visual artist, and also a guy that’s rich with musical knowledge so we’re excited to see what he’s got on the burner as well.   As for me, I’ve got a few ideas cooking … I have no shortage of love (and opinions) about music and musicians, and I’m looking to share my two cents as well … and hey I may just jump on the bandwagon and paint some pictures of my own!  And hey … if you’re feeling inspired, and you’d like to share, drop us a line, and we may just feature some of your good works on the site!
Peace, Love & Rock n’ Roll