Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
CONTEST – Sunparlour Players @ The Rivoli – October 18, 2007
When I caught Toronto’s Sunparlour Players opening for Elliott Brood, they were a rip-roaring duo belting out a potent blend of gospel, country and blues from behind a small fortress of musical gear, seated all the while. They were celebrating the release of their debut full-length Hymns For The Happy and now, a year later, they’re playing a CD release show to celebrate the release of… Hymns For The Happy.
The difference is that it’s been remixed, remastered, re-recorded (some of it, anyways) and generally redone for the re-release, there’s label support behind it and the band’s also now a three-piece. The album maintains some of the band’s live intensity (but not all – that’s simply not possible) while putting their gentler, quieter side on display as well. And it sounds a hell of a lot better as well (two of the MP3s below are from the original version of the album). For more insight, check out this extensive interview at Exclaim! with head Player Andrew Penner. Chart also has a chat.
The aforementioned CD release show is going down this Thursday, October 18, at the Rivoli with Bry Webb of The Constantines as support and courtesy of the band I’ve got one prize pack to give away consisting of a pair of passes to the show along with a two copies of the CD and two jars of the band’s famous preserves. Yes, they’re famous for their preserves. And yes, both the winner and their guest will go home with a CD and jar of preserves. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to see the Sunparlour Players” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Contest will close at 8PM tonight (October 17).