The Wilderness Of Manitoba
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
This event is 19 and over
tickets also available at Vertigo Records and both Compact Music locations
lineup, date, venue, times and ticket price subject to change without notice.
With over 100,000 kilometres of highway, railroad and sky behind him, McGrath continues to blaze an impassioned trail of music that finds a sound and voice somewhere between punk rock, country, folk and rock and roll. Taking him to locations as geographically diverse as Reykjavik, Palma de Majorca, Warsaw, and everywhere in between, McGrath and his guitar represent a new dawn of singer-songwriting that's injected with the raw, fierce energy of punk rock: not in the sense of an acoustic performer hollering at the top of his lungs to simulate the energy of a full band, but instead something more rooted in a passionate commitment to your craft and a blind and zealous determination to your vision, wrapped in a sonic texture as rough as the road itself.
The Wilderness of Manitoba prefers to characterize itself as an evolving entity. The band’s newest album, Between Colours, is as far-reaching as anything in its catalogue. They feel that it speaks to what an album means to them: that it’s between the one previous and the next one along, and that each album is its own colour. “When a band isn’t changing, it’s not growing,” says guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Will Whitwham. From the band’s inception, it has redefined itself with every album; from Hymns of Love and Spirits through When You Left The Fire, Island of Echoes and The Leslieville Sessions. The evolution of their sound has run the gamut from four part harmonies and chamber folk to their current more cinematic arrangements.
The Wilderness of Manitoba’s upcoming release, Between Colours, showcases an explosion of strength with Whitwham and vocalist/guitarist/violinist Amanda Balsys trading and sharing lead vocals, and with a more rhythmic bottom end led by bassist Wes McClintock. Recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto with producer Joe Dunphy, the album fully embraces all the studio had to offer. To address the wider range of dynamics in the songs, drummers Tom Bona, Marito Marques and Howie Beck were brought into the sessions. Other guests included Michael Phillip Wojewoda on theremin and Alex Lifeson with a signature guitar solo. The expanding instrumentation and layered guitar and synth effects combine to create one-listen pop hooks and adventurous sonic exploration.
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