Album Title: Aim Right For The Holes In Their Lives
Release Date: May 3, 2005
Genre: Rock
There seems to be this unspoken idea (maybe just in this scribe's head) that Novillero are a band that will be able to salvage Canadian rock'n'roll. Not indie rock'n'roll - the Arcade Fire have already done that - but the rock that Nickelback and Simple Plan have successful stuck a knife into. Full of swagger and fun, Aim Right For The Holes In Their Lives doesn't take itself too seriously and neither does Novillero. "Laissez Faire System" opens the album, all vocal dubbing and oooooo-ing, and it just takes off from there. Most of Aim Right's swagger can be directly attributed to Rob Slaughter's vocals, keeping the album hyperactively swaying through all 12-tracks, but no more so than on "Abbey". Look beneath Slaughter's voice and there's bouncing piano adding its own colour, with a few trumpets thrown in for good measure. Comparisons to Hot Hot Heat put Novillero in the right vein, but the Winnipeg quartet should in no way be pigeonholed into the Gang of Four-revivalist so popular at the mo'. So go on with your rescue mission Novillero! Give Canadian rock its good name back!

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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