Collective Concerts& Indie88 Present
147 Danforth Ave
Toronto, ON, M4K 1N2
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
THRUSH HERMITIn 1999, Halifax rock band Thrush Hermit released their final album,Clayton Park. Well-regarded upon release for its ambitious alchemy of anthemic hooks and 70s-inspired riffage, the album has since gained a reputation as a classic of its era.To celebrateClayton Park’s twenty-year anniversary, the album will be issued for the first time as a gatefold double-vinyl package via New Scotland Records.Coinciding with this release, original members Rob Benvie, Cliff Gibb, Ian McGettigan, and Joel Plaskett will be briefly reforming for a limited run of shows in May 2019. For a band renowned for its raucous live performances, the anniversary is an occasion of both nostalgic reminiscence and excitement in rekindling its formidable rock power one more time.“My forearms feel very limber,” McGettigan says. “Oh so very limber.”
Toronto's Bunny blend rock elements with dream-pop synths in an ethereal collage of hooks and melody on their self-titled debut album, out July (2017) through Tin Angel Records. The album draws from its influences, most prominently channeling the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds) in its production approach and early Ween (Chocolate & Cheese) in its flair with an air of Nilsson for extra flavour.
Members of Bunny are Drew Smith (Grapes Godly, The Bicycles), Jordan Howard (The Magic, I Am Robot and Proud), Andrew Scott (Biblical, The Bicycles, Sebastian Grainger), Dan Werb (Grapes Godly, Woodhands) and Jay Anderson (Grapes Godly, Biblical, Comet Control). With that roster, there's a guarantee that one or more of the members of Bunny have been in . Despite their respective projects, the core band members have been playing together for the last 7 years.
Guest vocalist Isla Craig sings on “If Only in a Dream”, a beautiful dreamscape made perfect by her voice and presence. Likewise, Meighan Duffin lends her voice on ''If You Wanna Be My Boy, You Gotta Be Cool”, a pop song with a quicker tempo, catchy hook and all the charm. A welcomed addition of the lap steel (played by Christine Bougie) adds a wah-wah twang that accentuates the graceful aesthetic of the album. Synths are emphasized on “One Less Heart”, a song that gives a respectful nod to Brian Wilson's layered production style. “Face Your Own” incorporates a saxophone, complete with solo. It's an unlikely--but perfect-- addition to the tone. “Robes” has Doug Martsch'esque guitar work a la early Built To Spill.
Bunny's debut release is a display of exquisite musicianship. The band roster boasts of some of Canada's revered musicians as is, but its dynamic list of guest appearances makes it an absolute (forthcoming) classic. In no particular order: Chris Cummings (Marker Starling), Kelsey McNulty, Chris Sandes (Comet Control), Travis Stokl (The Elwins), Stew Heyduk and Jose Contreras (By Divine Right), Andy Lloyd (Born Ruffians, Fresh Snow), Geordie Gordon (The Magic), Alex Samaras (Twin Within), Dana Snell (The Bicycles), Tom Richards and Randy Lee (Bicycles, Hylozoists), Bob Wiseman, Chris Shannon (Bart) Nathan Vanderwielen (Bart), Neil Quin (Zeus), Matt McLaren (Biblical and Steamboat), Jay Hay (Interstellar Tenet), Peter Chapman (Coins, Peter Project), Patrick McGroarty (Yuka) and Brent Randall (Gentle Brent, the Pinecones). The elements combined create a powerful force.
Bunny makes you delve deep into its components through its soundscape . It's part upbeat dream-pop and part rock. The blend works by its refusal to stay within the confines of each style, rather choosing to meander and seduce its audience. Look for their upcoming single in May and full album release in July.
Drew Smith ( guitar // vox )
Jordan Howard ( guitar )
Andrew Scott ( bass )
Dan Werb ( synths )