The New Pornographers
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Bronson Centre Theatre
This event is all ages
each section is general admission within that section only.
spectrasonic presale starts Wednesday at 10am
general tickets on sale Friday at 10am
tickets also available (on Friday) at Vertigo Records and both Compact Music locations
lineup, date, venue, times and ticket price subject to change without notice.
About the new album's first single, NPR declares, "Hold on tight: it's another relentlessly exuberant, propulsive jam from The New Pornographers. The latest in the band's deep catalog of clever and addictive power pop is "High Ticket Attractions,"
Of the new record, founder and frontman A.C. Newman notes that, "At the beginning of this record, there was some thinking that we wanted it to be like a Krautrock Fifth Dimension. Of course, our mutated idea of what Krautrock is probably doesn't sound like Krautrock at all. But we were thinking: Let's try and rock in a different way."
Since their debut in 2000, The New Pornographers have released six studio albums including their most recent, Brill Bruisers, hailed as an "exuberant, synthpop-infused set" by Rolling Stone, "infectious" by Harper's Bazaar and "the grand and purposeful hookfest that you would hope these guys would come back with" by Stereogum. Pitchfork went on to note that "with the futurist sound of Brill Bruisers, the whole band embraces a more electric version of itself-bulked-up in chrome-plated armor, firing on all cylinders, and ready to steamroll anything in its path." The band celebrated the release with a special NPR Music "First Listen Live" concert at the legendary Brill Building, and performed songs from the album on both "Conan" and the "Late Show with David Letterman."
RUFF took shape from a singular focus on the work itself, and exploration into the relation of candor, immediacy and art. "We had one overarching goal this time out: to make the album we wanted to make. We took nothing else into consideration," says bassist Mitch Derosier.
Over four albums, Born Ruffians have developed a signature aesthetic that encompasses tightly wound, trapezoidal songs frothing over with hooks and wryly cathartic lyrics. The group has garnered favourable comparisons to such quirky pop infiltrators as the Talking Heads, The Pixies and The Strokes. Onstage, the band is arousing and assaulting, coming off somewhere between a riot and a soul revue. Born Ruffians are Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Adam Hindle (drums).
RUFF was written in ebbs and flows: the origin of some tracks stretch back to 2013 and others came together in a matter of days, or in a single band practice. Jeff McMurrich (Jennifer Castle, The Constantines, Fucked Up) recorded RUFF in just three weeks in Toronto. The band's trusted friend Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Eric Copeland, Owen Pallett) - who produced their acclaimed album, Red, Yellow & Blue, and its follow up, Say It - mixed RUFF in New York.
When it comes to RUFF, its seeming naivety is its power. Throughout the album, unabashed emotive and sonic contradictions are laid bare in order to pose questions on what it is to be, and to critically examine 21st century myths of celebrity that go hand in hand with such accounts. Individual tracks energetically race through conflicting personalities, worlds, moods, and sounds, while the dreamlike album artwork (illustrated by Lalonde) redoubles a sense of tumult.
RUFF opens with the lilting "Don't Live Up," a track that's blissfully deceptive in that, somewhere along the way, it morphs into modulated pop, establishing the album's tone of unbridled creativity. A mood swing nature also permeates the album's leadoff single, "We Made It," which manages to be both meditative and explosive. It trades in extremes of interlocking grooves with talk-sung vocals for the verses, and then rushes skyward for the infectious chorus. Other RUFF standouts are the sedately embittered "Fuck Feelings," the menacingly optimistic "Stupid Dream" and the irreverently empowering "(Eat Shit) We Did It."
RUFF stands as a poignant marriage of form, content and process that is without a doubt Born Ruffians' most focused and mature work to date.
Bronson Centre Theatre
211 Bronson Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1R 6H4