Familiars may hail from the "empty small town streets and midnight bonfires" of rural Ontario, but their sound is something much larger and wider-reaching.
"Their set was weird, thick as smoke and exhaust with just a hint of twinkling fireflies; they have something special going on."
Familiars spend their time stomping around the Toronto area by way of hazy, low hanging guitars that are as much a wall of noise as they are drenched in melody. A sturdy groove runs the show, but never really breaks a sweat. This is music for those late nights with the lights dimmed low.
"“The Wild Horses of Sable Island” is a touch more hypnotic than what their first EP while the vocals in “Runners of the Woods” fill the cracks in the music just right, hanging onto that Deftones influence."
"...the major attribute for this band is the melancholy delivery of the vocals; imagine a subdued Chino Moreno hanging out in the backseat."
“Lean and loud, this trio, split between London and Toronto, kick up plenty of dust as they cut across southern Ontario. That sense of space and distance finds itself in the band’s material, with vocalist Kevin Vansteenkiste’s performance never registering above a quiet croon. Mixed low and with plenty of reverb, it sounds like he’s singing from within a cavern of guitars.”
The Sleeping Shaman
"Both tracks seem like they’d make a fine soundtrack for driving around the middle of nowhere after dark, with their sleepy eyed drift having a real late night feel."
Quick Before it Melts
"“Fire in the Sky” and its B side “Beyond its Reach” are a couple of strapping tunes. Their anatomical equivalent would be a pair of beefed up biceps covered in intimidating tattoos."
"Poised to become some of the next leading men in Canadian stoner rock, I am intrigued to see what comes next for these small-town Ontario rockers."