Collective Concerts Presents
The Barr Brothers - Play "Queens of the Breakers"
Richard Reed Parry
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.
Richard Reed Parry
Richard Reed Parry is thrilled to announce that he has signed to ANTI- Records and will be releasing two albums as a two volume series. This autumnal equinox - September 21 - Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1 will be released while the spring equinox of 2019 will be the release date of Volume 2.
Best known as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist in the Grammy-winning rock band Arcade Fire, the Quiet River of Dust volumes are Parry's first solo work outside of his innovative compositional work with the highly respected Deutsche Grammaphon label. But Quiet River of Dust is a new direction: a dreamlike journey of immersive, gently psychedelic songs inspired by Japanese death poems and the folk music of the British Isles.
The genesis of these songs came ten years ago after Arcade Fire's first tour of Japan in February 2008. Parry stayed on for weeks after the last show, heading to a monastery for some solace in what he described as "the biggest silence you've ever heard." Quiet River of Dust has been slowly gestating ever since, in many ways a necessary respite from Parry's other musical pursuits as creating this music grew into a meditative practice.
"The song 'On the Ground' was inspired by an encounter with ghost voices in a Japanese forest near a temple on the mountain Koya-San," Parry explained. "I told director Caleb Wood the story - of being alone in this magical environment of giant cedar trees and hearing a loud chorus of powerful harmony singing that sounded inexplicably identical to my late father's folk band the Friends of Fiddler's Green, who were the soundtrack to my entire childhood and upbringing."
Despite these influences, Parry did not explicitly want to write in a traditional British Isles folk style. Nor did he want to create the kind of pop songs to which tens of thousands of people could sing along, as he does with Arcade Fire. But while that band's landmark 2004 debut, Funeral, made a grandiose statement through big, bold gestures, Quiet River of Dust does the same, with vertical layers of sonic architecture, but with the inverse approach: small, soft and gentle, though just as grand. Parry wanted to create a tangible aural garden of rapturous colors that invite exploration and create an immersive experience.
"I'm lousy at sitting still and being nothing," Parry says. "But being out in the natural world or being immersed in music is the meditation for me. That's the heart of this record: the experience of transcending the place that you're in, getting lost in the feeling of where you end and where the world begins, in a dreamlike world of music and thought."
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 "Queens of the Breakers"
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