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Hey Rosetta! hails from the rocky and cold northeastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. In 2005, Tim Baker arrived home from a road trip with a suitcase full of poems and melodies. Hey Rosetta! formed soon after with the addition of a string section (cellist Romesh Thavanathan and violinist Kinley Dowling) and rhythm section (bassist Josh Ward, drummer Phil Maloney and guitarist Adam Hogan). Since then, they've blossomed into a powerful group whose explosive live shows have earned them a devoted following.
The band's new album, Seeds, was produced by Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Wintersleep) and reveals a maturing lyrical depth and an adventurous musical atmosphere rooted to the band's passion for epic musical experiences. Seeds was short- listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and the band received two CASBY nominations, four ECMA nominations and a JUNO Award nomination for New Group of the Year.
It was while recording 2008's breakthrough album Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) that Tim Baker began to fully realize his remarkable vocal and lyrical abilities, and the band made a huge creative leap forward. They spent nearly three years on the road, touring in support of Into Your Lungs and were named one of Billboard's Top 5 Canadian acts to watch. The album garnered a slew of awards and critical accolades, and was also short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize.
It was while touring Into Your Lungs that the concept of Seeds was born. "The title track, "Seeds", came about while out on the highway a few years ago," muses Baker. "In a way, it's about what our lives had become, and how we're like seeds that float around into different fields and cities, bringing something and trying to build something for the people that come to see us."
The group spent time developing the sonic landscapes found on Seeds while maintaining a very full tour schedule that took them to Australia, China, Europe, the US and on numerous tours of Canada (including a tour of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut). The band holed up in Newfoundland to work on the songs before traveling to Halifax, Nova Scotia to record with Tony Doogan at The Sonic Temple (where they had tracked Into Your Lungs).
"Tony was really incredible at getting all the sounds and tones we'd dreamt up. He's an amazing engineer and for all his Scottish bluster and pop-rock dogma, he is very sensitive, patient, and a gifted producer," says Baker (who wrote all of the songs except "Downstairs", "Young Glass", and "Seeds" which he co-wrote with guitarist Adam Hogan).
Thematically, Seeds touches on themes ranging from depression to procreation. "Young Glass" was written after reading J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey. Baker explains: "It's sort of directed at the novel's main character, Franny. It describes a sleepwalking scene that didn't actually occur in the book, but one that I imagined. We spent a lot of time flying and sleeping on planes and in airports, and I was always finding myself in half-waking states, feeling, as one does, all alone somewhere between dream and reality. When I'd wake up, I was always surrounded by people going about their business. I like that; a sort of evidence that even when we think we are completely alone, we are not. So I wrote Franny, a character who is plagued by such thoughts, a song about it... but it's really about everyone."
Not surprisingly, a few of the songs on Seeds were inspired by the band's itinerant lifestyle. Baker offers further reflection on the album's title track: "Appropriately, it's about the power of the road trip; escape, rebirth through movement...and the rare moments of escape and empowerment you get while highwaying yourself from town to town."
"Seventeen" takes its title from "the never-ending, wild, woody highway 17 that runs across northern Ontario," but the lyrics reveal something much more personal: "It's a song about being between childhood and adulthood, between the east and west coasts of the country, and just being caught between things in general...but it's not really a song of despair. It's also about being at a crossroads, not missing the past or stressing about the future, just being present, in the in-between, and the freedom of that."
Hope is another of the album's recurring themes: the first single "Welcome" was written for some close friends of Baker's who were about to become parents. "I wrote a song for the little soon-to-be, who is now an 18 month old girl named Madeleine; healthy and beautiful, just like her parents. I was just sitting with them, talking to the unborn baby in a sort of cynical, joking way. You know, like 'stay in there as long as you can, kid. Sorry, but it's a mess out here...' and so on. Later, alone, I was thinking about what it means to bring new life into the world: how it's sort of sad, but also so hopeful and kind of religious."
The album closes on a sweetly optimistic note, with "Bandages" reminding us that even when things seem hopeless, "the winter always ends."

While their moniker may elicit thoughts of a prehistoric past, don’t be fooled. Toronto indie-pop quintet Dinosaur Bones are nothing but forward-thinking – both with their music and continual growth as a band. Nowhere is the former more evident than the four tracks that make up the Birthright EP, their Dine Alone Records debut.

With their sound originating in the college dorm room of guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Ben Fox, Dinosaur Bones (comprised of Fox, bassist Branko Scekic, keyboardist Dave Wickland, drummer Lucas Fredette, and guitarist Josh Byrne) have wasted little time of their relatively young career pushing forward, turning plenty of heads along the way. Their sound is a collage of influence, borrowing from NYC garage and not too far-gone from the current crop of off-kilter Canadian pop. Eclectic and energetic is a start, but not even close to the extent of what Dinosaur Bones brings to stereo or stage.
Attending university in Montreal, Fox was “writing songs like crazy, but didn’t really have an outlet for them.” A predicament indeed, as he was sure that the musicians who could help him deliver Dinosaur Bones to earnest ears were back in Toronto. As the stockpile of songs continued to grow, Fox made up his mind to “pack it in, move back to Toronto, and start up the band.”

The band was a focused effort from the very beginning, with each of the Bones having spent time in other acts. The plan was simple – perfect the songs, put out a demo, print up some merch, and start playing. Says Fox: “It takes some time to figure out the first time around, but our collective experience helped us hit the ground running.”

It wasn’t long before the quintet was firmly rooted in Toronto’s indie pop scene and attracting deserved attention from the masses, media, and moguls within the city and well beyond. Shared bills with acts as diverse as Sloan, Man Man, Arkells, Handsome Furs, Crystal Antlers, and Plants and Animals soon followed, and the beast that is Dinosaur Bones just kept burgeoning.

The core of the band’s sound is perhaps what sets Dinosaur Bones apart from their peers. It’s all about arrangements, shares Fox. Though the band does indeed write in the realm of pop music, as Fox explains, they strive to end up with something “original, creative, and most importantly, thoughtful.”

Like Birthright, My Divider, their debut LP dropping early 2011, was recorded and mixed by Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells), and fans can expect more of the same – a sound Montreal’s HOUR weekly proclaims as “packed with feeling … whose delicate darkness almost belies its pop sensibility.”

The band has amassed an impressive amount of accolades to date, no doubt adding weight to their shoulders, but it certainly isn’t enough to keep them from forging forward. You’ll see them doing more festivals like NXNE and POP Montreal (where their show was so loud they had people dancing for blocks outside of the venue) and sharing stages with an array of bands whose styles are really anyone’s guess. “We’re on the road a lot, and very thankful for that,” says Fox appreciatively, “but we’re excited to go full-on. There’s no substitute for playing night-in and night-out.”

Should their profile continue to travel on the same tangent we’ve seen to date, it won’t be long before Dinosaur Bones is a name recognized – and a sound treasured –from coast-to-coast.


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Wednesday, August 21 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Ritual

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