BOATS, Les Jupes, Indicator Indicator, Lost Weekend

Winnipeg indie pop outfit Boats makes impossibly hooky pop songs about death, being old, girls, glowing bears and escaping the spectral plane of existence and reappearing at a football game — all of which can be found on the band's sparkling third album, A Fairway Full Of Miners, due out Feb. 5, 2013 via Kill Rock Stars (Corin Tucker Band, Elliott Smith, Decemberists, Deerhoof).

Recorded in the spring/summer of 2012 by Ryan McVeigh at Prairie Recording Studios/UMFM and mixed by David Carswell in Vancouver (Destroyer, New Pornographers), A Fairway Full Of Miners comes as the follow-up to Boats' acclaimed 2010 sophomore album, Cannonballs, Cannonballs — named the No. 1 album of 2010 by Winnipeg college radio station 101.5 UMFM and hailed by critics for its inventiveness and mega-watt charm. But if Cannonballs, Cannonballs was all about giddy exuberance, A Fairway Full Of Miners is about growing up and finding yourself. There are still plenty of manic, sloppy-on-purpose junk-store pop tunes that burst with pop-rocks-and-Coke energy (O Telescope), but the new record also sees the band stretch out over more ambitious epics (Animated GIFs) and heartfelt ballads (Advice on Bears). It's eclectic, but not unfocused; the whole thing is unified by frontman/band leader Mat Klachefsky's helium-high yelp of a singing voice.

Maturity has become almost a cliché when it comes to describing albums — especially third albums — but A Fairway Full Of Miners has a focus to it that comes with relentless touring (Boats has done eight North American tours) and a sophistication that comes with refining a particular sound over the span of three albums). But don't confuse mature with boring; Boats albums give you that thrilling feeling of being on the verge of spinning wildly, dizzingly out of control.

Look for A Fairway Full Of Miners in early February. A three-song cassette tape will be released this December.

Boats is:
Mat Klachefsky – Guitar/Vocals
Ashley Roch – Keyboards/Trumpet
Rory Ellis – Guitar/Other Stuff
Louis Levesque-Cote – Bass
Luke Bergen – Drums

Les Jupes

Les Jupes are a new band from the centre of Canada versed in expansive musical landscapes, sharp lyrics and an observer's eye for the world. They are four Anglos with a French name making big, broad and determined music. And they are at the centre of a prairie renaissance growing around Head In The Sand Records.

Their debut album Modern Myths is built on Michael Petkau Falk's baritone charging through waves of psychedelia and driving rhythms. Pounding, introspective, at times fierce, at times playful. It is purposefully dyslexic - an echo of the characters entombed and a mirror of the writer. Having moved to Montreal and quitting music in 2005, this album culminates the creative turnaround of "the patron saint of the Winnipeg music scene" (Jaxon Haldane) - a process which also brought us the Record Of The Week Club in 2009.

Modern Myths was recorded over a year and a half when Montreal producer/engineer Marcus Paquin (frontman of Last Gang's Silver Starling) found time from working on Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Marcus and Mike have that rare magic found in friends who share similar musical visions.

The process of recording Modern Myths also brought turnover - one version of Les Jupes slowly dissipated and another has come to take its place. David Schellenberg (The Playing Cards), Adam Klassen and Kelly Beaton (All Of Your Friends) have brought new passion and skill to this song cycle and anticipation for next wave of songs. What began as a band quickly formed around a one-off gig has grown into a powerful live act excited to continue connecting with audiences across Canada and around the world.

And what of the songs? There is one for Nikita Khruschev, Stalin's Ukranian heir and cold-war architect. There is one for someone wrestling with depression and an eating disorder. There is one for Chicago. There is (ironically enough) one for people who take things too seriously. There is Awake, My Ghost! written the day before a kind man and passionate music-lover took his own life. And there is One Solemn Oath, the album's thematic centre.

Petkau Falk has been the quiet backbone behind a musical resurgence coming from Winnipeg. He produced the Record Of The Week Club which captured the imagination of music fans worldwide for its spontaneous and collaborative creativity. He played guitar, keys and trumpet in the WCMA-winning Liptonians and co-produced their forthcoming sophomore album. He runs Head In The Sand Records, home to Royal Canoe and the rest of this family. And he is the Artistic Director of Winnipeg's beloved West End Cultural Centre.

Indicator Indicator

Canada's finest omnivore pop, made with natural and artificial ingredients.

WCMA nominated debut EP is available now:
indicatorindicator.bandcamp.com

Lost Weekend

Winnipeg, Canada foursome Lost Weekend's jaunty electro-pop was born on the unfinished 11th floor of their hometown's Commodities and Exchange Building, where the band began writing and rehearsals in 2010. It was there that guitarist/vocalist Matt Worobec, keyboardist Zack Antel, bassist Jason Pankratz and drummer Luke Janzen honed their mélange of New Wave, 90s alt and modern glossy production sensibilities into the feverishly joyful style of their self-titled debut EP. The resulting collection is a celebration of the essentials of quality, radiant pop, filled with emotional peaks and valleys.

Lost Weekend have fashioned an EP that captures the mercurial moods of the music they grew up listening to in a distinctly contemporary sound. Emerging from the studio with three tight tracks, packed with riffs and aimed square into listeners' guts, Lost Weekend are entering 2013 with a potent first offering. February and March will see them take it to the streets on a western U.S. tour, capped off with a finale show at Austin's SXSW, this is shaping up to be the year Lost Weekend gets under your skin and stays there.

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