Kazoo! #121: SEPT 15th: BRUCE PENINSULA / EONS / THE WEATHER STATION @ eBar
**Unfortunately due to illness SNOWBLINK will be unable to play tomorrow, replacing them will be EONS, a new project featuring Bruce Peninsula members Matt Cully, Misha Bower, and Andrew Barker. We’ll hopefully be arranging another date for Snowblink later this fall. Sorry! hope to still see you out tomorrow night!! **
Bruce Peninsula spent the middle months of 2010 with their heads down, hard at work on their second LP. After spending a year and a half recording their first (the Polaris Prize-nominated A Mountain Is A Mouth), the idea this time around was to write quickly and to second-guess less. By the end of the year, the band was sitting on a wealth of new material, with all roads leading to an LP called Open Flames hitting the public’s ears… right… about… now.
But on December 21st, the morning after a party to celebrate the mastered version in hand, Bruce Peninsula were suddenly side-swiped. Founding member and lead shouter Neil Haverty learned he had contracted Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. The close-knit relationships in Bruce Peninsula existed long before the music ever did and so, the band made its decision without hesitation; their ambitious plans would be postponed and Haverty would be given the time he needed to recover. Lucky then, that APL is a rare but highly-treatable form of Leukemia that carries a 95% chance of recovery. It may have been a particularly dreadful and long winter, but Haverty is now officially in remission and they are ready to launch their new LP ‘Open Flames’.
EONS is the brand new project of Matt Cully, founder and co-organizer of local folk heroes Bruce Peninsula. This is music to be heard from across a great expanse: as direct as a beacon of light but as wide as the evening sky. Taking cues from post-folk explorers like Low and Gastr Del Sol and neo-traditionalists like Sam Amidon and Alasdair Roberts, Cully portrays the minutia and magic of everyday life set to a blurry soundtrack of underwater organs and woozy booze-soaked guitars. EONS also features the beautiful talents of fellow Peninsulites, Misha Bower and Andrew Barker.
THE WEATHER STATION:
At first glance, the second record by The Weather Station is a humble thing, gentle, warm. The elements are simple, finger-picked acoustics and three part harmonies, an unexpected snare drum, a stray electric guitar – the very opposite of songwriter Tamara Lindeman’s first record, the painstakingly arranged and darkly expansive The Line. And yet, All of it Was Mine is a record that appeared stubbornly. Lindeman’s lyrics stay close to home, detailing a creaking house in disrepair, a quiet side street, a seemingly idyllic summer; but also the heartache that comes in slyly, inexorably, as it always does, softly, like the moths that attack the flour. It’s beautiful, certainly, unabashedly so, but unsettled, all creeping nature, dirt and sweetness, accusation and acceptance. Short, small in scope, and curiously complete. Ten songs doing nothing more than speaking for themselves, quietly perhaps, but with grace, not one word out of place.
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Kazoo! #121: Thursday September 15th
@ eBar (41 Quebec St)
All Ages / LIC – Doors 9:30, music at 10pm sharp
$10 cover (only at the door, so come early!)