Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
Kids On Psych Drugs
What’s that you say? You like that dense, beautifully chiming instrumental post-rock sound but you’re a busy person and don’t necessarily have the time for epic-length songs? Well fear not, for I present to you Ottawa’s rather unfortunately-named My Dad Vs Yours. This five-piece outfit craft beautifully dense and melodic instrumental pieces in pop-sized pieces that somehow still sound fully-realized. Their interest in the song rather than orchestral dynamics, visceral impact or sheer sonic terrorism (though those are all there in appropriate amounts) set them apart from a lot of other bands who don’t need no stinking singer. There’s a place in this world for the Mogwais, the Godspeeds and the Explosions In The Skies and there’s definitely a place for My Dad Vs Yours.
Here are a couple tracks from their debut Winning Hearts & Minds EP – pretty, but kind of restrained and a bit the sound of a band feeling itself out. It looks like the whole of the EP is available to hear on New Music Canada. You can also watch a Hearts & Minds-era television session they did for CBC’s ZedTV. But in addition to these, be sure to click through to their MySpace page and check out the two tracks from their new full-length, After Winter Must Come Spring. They’re superb. The album is due to come out this week and the band are currently travelling all around Southern Ontario to get the word out. Tonght they play Pitter Patter Nights at The Session on Queen W in Toronto, admission free. Free!
MP3: My Dad Vs Yours – “Law Of Unintended Consquences”
MP3: My Dad Vs Yours – “Sea Song”
MP3: My Dad Vs Yours – “Canyons (grand or otherwise)”
Update: Okay, linking those files no workie. Go here. The one MP3 that is available isn’t the most representative, so do yourself a favour and check out the other tracks.
Stylus wonders why albums these days sound so bad, audiologically speaking, and makes a very valid point in saying “Keane should NOT be twice as loud as Nirvana”.
A nice concentrated dose of local buzz will be hitting the Drake on May 20 with Tokyo Police Club, The Coast and The Ghost Is Dancing. Tickets are just $5 and available in advance at Rotate and Soundscapes. New York City’s Levy are in town at the Drake on June 17 and looking WAY ahead, it appears that Clinic will be at Lee’s Palace on October 6.
The Washington Post profiles a little tastemaking website called Pitchfork, and a little tastemaking website talks to Calexico’s John Convertino about their upcoming tour which includes a stop at the Phoenix on July 6 with Jason Collett as support.
24: One of the stewardesses should have told Jack it’s not safe to use cellphones on planes. They can interfere with navigational systems. They seem to be doing whatever they can to fill time now, witness the Chloe with taser gags. May as well be a rimshot in the soundtrack. I’m definitely counting down the hours, as much to get my Monday nights back as anything else. You know what would have made this episode better? If there was a crate full of snakes on the plane.
np – Shearwater / Palo Santo