Thursday, Sept 22, 8pm @ St James Anglican Church (10 Union Street, across from the Grad Club), $5
Bruce Peninsula will soon be releasing their new album Open Flames (HAND DRAWN DRACULA). Here’s a chance to see the band and pick up an advance copy! Special treatment for Kingstonians? You know it!
On October 4th, BRUCE PENINSULA return with their sophomore full-length album,
Open Flames released on Toronto indie label HAND DRAWN DRACULA. The multimusician ensemble gives us 10 new, sprawling songs, drawn from the skin of a drum
and sung from deep down in the gut.
It has been quite a journey. Bruce Peninsula’s previous record, 2009’s self-released
debut, A Mountain Is A Mouth immediately caught fire, garnering countless glowing
reviews and a Polaris Music Prize long-list nomination. Their raucous, big top live
show, featuring at times, a 10-musician sprawl, has converted audiences across
the continent with headline appearances at SXSW, Pop Montreal and Halifax Pop
Explosion. Songs from that album (along with Open Flames’ opening track) were
used to score the full-length feature film Small Town Murder Songs, which premiered
at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Bruce Peninsula spent the middle months of 2010 with their heads down, hard at work.
The idea was to write quickly, second-guess less and to push musical boundaries
beyond their signature, progressive-gospel sound. By the end of the year, the band
was sitting on a wealth of new material and had planned a release of Open Flames
in the Spring of 2010.
But, in December, as the master came into hand, the band were suddenly sideswiped
when lead shouter Neil Haverty was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.
Open Flames would be forced to wait while Haverty endured treatment. The band
created The Bruce Trail Fire Sale, an online campaign of new videos, covers and
b-sides not featured on the LP to help calm an anxious wait. After a long and dreadful
winter, Haverty is officially in remission and Bruce Peninsula is finally ready to take
its next step forward. With a new choir on hand (featuring, among others, Daniela
Gesundheit aka Snowblink and Tamara Lindeman aka The Weather Station), a fresh
lease on life and Open Flames at the ready, Bruce Peninsula are born anew.
“Every once in a while a band so uniquely powerful comes along, they renew your faith in music.. Toronto’s alt-gospel, Bruce Peninsula is one.” – Exclaim
“Think hurricane, earthquake, or the kind of thunderstorm that makes you crawl under the bed with your blankie.” – Pitchfork Media