Monday 09 December 2013
The press release for Dog Day‘s new Lp, Fade Out, announces the upcoming birth of principal members Seth Smith and Nancy Urich’s first child, but in many ways, their band, 10 years old and going strong in 2013, was their first born. Together, the duo has nurtured their musical offspring through label and line-up changes, mutations and permutations both, all the while managing to offer up consistently classic guitar rock.
Fade Out follows up the successful Deformer album from 2011 without messing with their last record’s winning formula. It would be wrong to refer to these songs as “stripped down”; really, they’re just unburdened by non-essentials. Dog Day also like to stick with what they know and what works for them, so these 13 tracks are all drawn from similar sounds and moods. ”Interview” wallows in its murky extended intro before Smith’s voice comes in, as loose and relaxed as the groove; “Alone With You” picks up the pace and tightens their sound up but is far from sounding polished and rehearsed.
I’m sure the Ulrich-Smith’s are going to be crackerjack parents–the coolest mom and pop on the block by a mile–relaxed and comfortable with their child as they are with their music. Their looming arrival isn’t stopping the pair from hitting the road with pals Mark Grundy (Quaker Parents/Heaven For Real) and Seamus Dalton (Nap Eyes/Monomyth) to tour tomorrow, December 10 via Ulrich and Smith’s own Fundog label.
Bandcamp: Dog Day
CBC Muisc: Dog Day
Facebook: Dog Day
Twitter: Dog Day
Thursday 05 December 2013
photo: Marla McKenna
This is about as “live blogging” as Quick Before It Melts is ever gonna get:
Montreal’s Archery Guild just followed me on Twitter.
I check out their profile; their last tweet had a link to their new song “Blood Comfort” on Bandcamp.
I click the link.
I click the player and started listening to the song.
I check out their Bandcamp blub: Archery Guild (currently) is Michael Cota on vocals, Marshall Vaillancourt on drums, Tristan Giardini on bass, Mariah Andrews on synth, vibraphone and trumpet, Ian Gibbons on cello, Huei Lin on sax, and synth and Casimir Kaplan on guitar.
“Blood Comfort” is a impish pop song pitched somewhere between Belle & Sebastian and Arcade Fire, swelling with cacophonic delight has snippets of melody and rhyme rise from their sonic experimentations. It comes just seven months after the release of their full length debut, DIN. They’ve got another track and an EP out as well, dating back to June 2012. On the strength of ”Blood Comfort”, these other releases will be worth checking out, and I plan on doing so as soon as this track is over.
I follow them back on Twitter, head over to their Facebook page, and become their 1082nd Like, and get to work at writing this post about a super-cool Montreal band who’s new track I’m recommending you all check out today.
I click Publish.
You click play.
Bandcamp: Archery Guild
CBC Music: Archery Guild
Facebook: Archery Guild
Twitter: Archery Guild