Collective Concerts Presents
The Barr Brothers - Play "Sleeping Operator"
Jesse Mac Cormack
722 College St. W
Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1C5
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
The Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers - Queens of the Breakers One-sheet • Short version To begin their third album, The Barr Brothers weren't writing any songs. For the first time, the Montreal outfit's three members - namesake siblings Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Pagé - went empty-handed into the studio. No plans or preconceptions, no books of lyrics or sheets of chords - they went down miles of snowy road to a cabin on a frozen lake, a place full of windows and microphones and starlight and sunshine, with amplifiers in the bedrooms, their volumes turned up loud. On the fringes of Saint Zenon, Québec (pop. 1,1150), a 30-minute snowmobile ride to the nearest grocery store, the band spent seven days making things up. Improvisations that lasted hours at a time - noons and midnights, dusks and dawns, with grooves inspired by India, West Africa and 808s; by Brad's scorching electric guitar; and by Pagé's new inventions, hacks to turn her harp into a versatile, sub-bass-booming noisemaker. Queens of the Breakers was born at that cabin in the country. Then the band took that racket and distilled it into songs: 11 tracks of blazing courage and failing resolve; suffused with groove, melody and the Barr Brothers' wide-open sense of the blues. At times the sound's all twinkling, the score for a lost John Hughes film; at other times it's whetted, searching, like the stuff of Lhasa de Sela or Led Zeppelin's III. These are tales of teenagers prowling through Rhode Island mansions (the title track), coming to Montreal and falling in love ("Song That I Heard"), tattered patriotism and clenching fists ("Kompromat", "Ready for War"). There's also "Defibrillation", a mournful letter from a father to his son, inspired by the broken rhythm of a pair of hospital heart monitors - and a drumbeat based on that dither. It's this tension, this dither, that lives at the centre of Queens of the Breakers. Three players - friends, comrades, music-makers, all of them trying to play in sync. Three bandmates - each of them fumbling, remembering, trying to invent something together. A band still playing, even occasionally reimagining, their rock'n'roll.
Jesse Mac Cormack
Tickets Available at the Door
Advance tickets also available at Rotate This & Soundscapes
3 DAY PASS AVAILABLE HERE. PASS INCLUDES ADMISSION TO ALL THREE SHOWS! (FEB 28 - MARCH 2)
Please note that this concert is part of a three night series where we will be performing our three full length LPs in their entirety over 3 consecutive nights. This ticket is for "Sleeping Operator"
The Barr Brothers have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada and their work to provide high quality resources for First Nations communities to empower their children, youth and families. fncaringsociety.com