played 2 incredible pop montreal shows. here and here are some photos from the first one. if anyone took some pictures at the second one (at la tour prisme), get in touch because that room was beautiful. i wanna see ‘em.
album comes out in 4 days, and we’re playing an instore at our fave neighbourhood record store Phonopolis in mile end to celebrate at 6 pm (tues. oct 4) (FB event). our drummer works there.
Some patchy Eastern Canadian tour dates for you to mark in your pocket agenda, wall calendar, or personal digital assistant. As you can see, there are a lot of gaps, but they’ll all hopefully be filled soon with more confirmed shows. But I thought it would be good to put these out there as a little preview… (BTW, thanks to everyone who came out to our Ottawa show. It was lots of fun! Pictures here) We’re also hoping to confirm some more westerly dates and will let you know when we do! Note that we are playing THIS THURSDAY AUG 25 in Toronto at the Tranzac.
Aug 25th – TORONTO, ON (Tranzac)(facebook event)
Sept 22nd – MONTREAL, QC (O Patro Vys – Pop Montreal MEGAPHONO Showcase)
Sept 23rd – MONTREAL, QC (Prism Tower – Pop Montreal Loft Party) *
Oct 5th – TORONTO, ON (The Piston) **
Oct 6th – LONDON, ON (APK Live) **
Oct 8th – OTTAWA, ON (Dom Polski SPK – Kelp Fall Classic)
Oct 13th – HAMILTON, ON (Casbah)
Oct 15th – WINDSOR, ON (Phog Lounge)
Oct 20th – FREDERICTON, NB (Capital) ***
Oct 21st – HALIFAX, NS (Company House – Halifax Pop Explosion)
* w/ The Weather Station | ** w/ Pink Moth | *** w/ Library Voices
And here’s one of the new super sexxxy band portraits we recently took with dear friend and incredible artist/photographer Celia Perrin Sidarous for you to print out and tack to your bedroom wall or tape up in your gym locker.
Busy busy! This is the first of several shows we’re gonna be announcing soon… We’re excited to be playing in Ottawa again for the first time in at least two years I think…is that possible? Anyway, here’s the info:
Thursday August 18
9pm doors, $8 at the door
music at 9.30pm sharp
Opening the show will be the ineffable OWL LORIS, aka Jordan Robson Cramer, aka Sunset Rubdown drummer and also The Amethysts drummer whom I also used to globe-trot with in the original Miracle Fortress lineup. He’ll be playing some mind-melting solo guitar/sampler wall-of-drone-pop.
We’re also playing Toronto soon after, and I’ll hit you with that info as soon as it’s confirmed.
I also expect to be able to divulge some more fall tour dates as more of those solidify, including a couple fests that will remain unnamed for the time being. I’ll keep you posted!
June 17: Fringe Pop @ Parc Des Ameriques (corner of St-Laurent and Rachel) 8:00 or 9:00…I forget.
June 23: Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival w/ Chad Vangaalen & Nat Baldwin, Il Motore (179 Jean Talon E.)
June 24: super low-key solo or semi-solo show w/ James Irwin, Cagibi (5490 St-Laurent)
Also, not sure how much I’m supposed to say right now, but the record has found a home and will be coming out early October. It’s called Flickering Flashlight and I can’t wait for it to come out (on vinyl esp.) check out a track here.
also, dear Toronto, expect us in August.
also, did I show you this? i made a remix for Young Galaxy who are a great band and also delightful friends who just had a baby: LINK
Spring is almost here, and kids in Montreal are slowly creeping out of their holes, emerging triumphant bearing mp3s that represent the fruits of their 6 months of Seasonal Affected Disorder. The Amethysts aren’t the only ones who decided to throw a new track into the ether this March. Friends (and members) of Adam & The Amethysts have recently released some amazing music on the interwebz. And I’ll be damned if I’m not going to BLOG THE SHIT OUT OF THEM.
Mozart’s Sister is dear friend Caila Thompson-Hannant, whom I used to play with in Miracle Fortress way back when, and whom you might recognize from Shapes & Sizes and Think About Life. She just released this free EP on bandcamp that evokes Prince and Dirty Projectors and great times.
Generalessa is Scott Johnson Gailey, who just so happens to play bass and drums in the Amethysts. He released these lo-fi bedroom pop songs that are sure to please your sensibilities.
Code Pie is Rebecca’s band, and their new album of feel-good pop tunes is killer. Be sure to listen to the single “Operator.”
And they also cover Justin Bieber’s “Baby” which is not to be missed by anyone, please:
You can spot former Amethyst Rory Seydel in this new video for this awesome Pat Jordache song. Pat is a great and talented man who makes filthy arty pop music that I, you, and everyone else rightfully loves, and his band is among Montreal’s current best and brightest.
James Irwin is another dear friend and this song is just fucking brilliant. Plus it was recorded by Pat. He used to play in My People Sleeping (RIP), one of the best MTL bands, with former Amethyst, Katherine Peacock.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to check out the PWYC album Odd City by Ancient Kids, the new band lead by occasional Amethyst drummer Jordan Robson-Cramer featuring me on guitar and keyboards. I’m not on this record though; it’s pretty much all JRC.