Saturday, April 18th, 2009
CONTEST – Peter Bjorn & John @ The Phoenix – April 25, 2009
MySpaceThe word is that Living Thing, the new album from Swedish trio Peter Bjorn & John is not only more downbeat than its predecessor, the breakthrough Writer’s Block, but it’s also whistle-free. That a band would choose the eschew the very things that made them international sensations a couple years ago – super-peppy pop with whistle-hooks – might seem a curious strategy, but Moren, Yttling and Eriksson are hardly naive to how the music industry works and they surely know what made you fashionable two years ago can be the exact things that make you unfashionable today. Whether the strategy has worked is up to someone who’s heard the new record to decide – I myself have not. I kind of overdosed on Writer’s Block back in ’07 and haven’t been able to get myself in the frame of mind to go back for more yet.
PB&J – I still can’t decide if that acronym is intentional or just a ridiculous coincidence – will take their new record on the road in North America following this weekend’s performance at Coachella, and will be at the Phoenix in Toronto next Saturday, April 25. And courtesy of Rootmeansquare, I’ve got a pair of passes to give away to the show, which will also feature Chairlift on the bill. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to a PB&J” in the subject line and your full name in the body and get that in to me before midnight, April 22.
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