MRG Concerts Presents:
We Are the City
With Special Guests, Close Talker
250 Adelaide St. West
Toronto, ON, M5H 1X9
This event is 19 and over
Watch & Listen
We Are the City
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, We Are The City has steadily gained the reputation of being Canada’s consistently exciting, yet markedly unpredictable, cult-bands. Their previous full length, and sophomore album Violent was released in Europe by Sinnbus, in America by Tooth & Nail Records, and in Canada by Boompa Records. Violent (both the album and the film), went on to achieve international success.
“This is a remarkably assured effort,” noted the Georgia Straight. “(We Are The City) has always balanced pop songcraft and unabashed prog-rock leanings. It’s clear right off the top that, in making Violent, We Are the City’s intention was to push itself as far as possible in both directions at once.”
"Violent is almost a defiant request to step inside McKenzie’s head, and by the time you emerge from underwater after the catharsis of Baptism and the solitary Punch My Face, you’ve encountered a band that dares go where many will not,” reviewed Canada’s music monthly, Exclaim.
“Violent is tinged with swirling psych, pristine chart-worthy hooks and dreamy atmospherics, and their Bowie and Mew inspirations can be easily gleaned,” raved UK’s The Line Of Best Fit.
“The music is thoughtful and considered, while each lyric and image feels loaded with meaning, “ said London In Stereo.
Violent, the film was made in conjunction with family and friends at Amazing Factory Productions and featured an original score by We Are The City. The movie screened at a number of prestigious film festivals all over the world and picked up over a dozen awards internationally including; The Prix Spécial du Jury (Special Prize of the Jury) at Le Festival International du Premier Film in Annonay, France and was awarded Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Violent was on the short list as Canada’s foreign language film submission to the 2015 Academy Awards as well as making the short list for critic's week at Cannes Film Festival.
We Are The City took an impulsive and experimental approach to their third full-length album, Above Club, released on November 13th. From an undisclosed location above a club, the band live streamed the entirety of the writing and recording process of their new album on an embedded video player on their website. The stream aired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and gave a window into the creation of their music, even allowing the viewer to listen in on conversations yet at other times was a baffling piece of visual art that filled with analog distortion, low-tech interference, and absurd, hard-to-believe sequences that question the legitimacy of the entire broadcast.
With their always progressive, boundary-pushing music, We Are The City are navigating their career in an about face, non-traditional manner and embarking on an idea with the intent to outdo all that the band has previously created. Above Club delivers exactly that with its own modern version of cleverly written pop. First it seems to be noisy, loud and intense but inside it shines of beauty that is above anything else. Recorded above a club, mixed by Ryan Dahl (Limblifter, Mounties) and Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties) it creates a new genre that is a bit above everything. And, if we’ve had you along for the ride this far, don’t you want to see what happens next?
Close Talker is the exalted indie rock trio from Saskatoon, Canada. Formed in 2012, the band has made great strides in a short period of time: two releases, numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and the UK, and international attention from revered and critically acclaimed blogs and publications. Close Talker is a band born and raised in the Canadian prairies, made up of childhood friends Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Christopher Morien. Since becoming a trio in the summer of 2015, the band has now honed their craft, creating a more vast and iconic sound that is turning heads and drawing crowds around the world.
Close Talker is set to release their latest recording Lens April 21, 2017 through Nevado Music (worldwide) and DevilDuck Records (Europe). The 10 song LP showcases the band’s maturity and poise, while entering new realms of pop sensibility. Produced by Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Waking Eyes) and mixed by Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire, Local Natives), Lens unleashes musical talent and precision without sacrificing the raw energy, homegrown feel, and vulnerability of the band’s acclaimed live show. The more subtle track ‘Afterthought’ received high praise and regular rotation on NPR’s World Cafe, stating the song is “as intimate as it is earnest... it's expansive and as a result, an invitation to lean right in.” While Lens remains an energetic and urgent blend of rhythmically driven grooves and spacious indie rock, the band continues to evolve as one of Canada’s most innovative and, according to Q Magazine, most exciting exports.
Over the course of the band's existence, Close Talker has constantly refined their approach to music, composition, and poetry, focusing more on content that pries while still remaining accessible. Writing and recording Lens during the harsh desolate prairie winter lead the band to new depths of creativity while still trusting instincts and simplicity. Lens is to be experienced in a linear, introspective light, as the lyrics illustrate the sober bias (lens) towards one's social life. Loaded with heavy drums, thick keys, and always-special guitars, rivalled only by sincere vocals, the band has now entered a state that forges an earnest expression from every vantage point. For Close Talker, Lens marks a new chapter: creating music more authentic than ever before.