PLANTS AND ANIMALS SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, THE END OF THAT, FEBRUARY 28TH ON SECRET CITY
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Plants and Animals’ new album, The End of That, sees the Montreal trio of Warren C. Spicer, Nic Basque and Matthew ‘Woodman’ Woodley bridging the gap between their 2008 debut, Parc Avenue, and 2010’s darker La La Land.
The band took a different, more relaxed approach with The End of That as opposed to their former sprawling, in-the-studio songwriting process. They decided to write and fully develop a large volume of material before setting the tape rolling and clock running. But whereas they spent more time than ever before preparing, they actually recorded and mixed The End of That faster than any other Plants and Animals record to-date (save perhaps their 2007 breakthrough, the brief with/avec EP). With their new songs fleshed out, the band returned to La Frette Studios, outside of Paris, and with the help and ear of
engineer Lionel Darenne (Feist) wrapped up their sessions in two weeks. The end result is arguably Plants and Animals’ most live-off-the floor offering.
That also makes The End of That their most intimate record. While there’s no shortage of their catchy electric guitar riffs, as evidenced on lead single “Lightshow,” the album also showcases lead singer Warren C. Spicer on piano, and plenty of acoustic guitar—an early touchstone of the band that had been given a break on the last record. Fans of Plants and Animals’ early acoustic work will feel right at home with The End of That, while lovers of the band’s multi-part excursions won’t be disappointed either; side A and B of the album end and begin with their own respective anthemic monsters.
If Plants and Animals were a person, Parc Avenue would be that person around, say, eight years old—excited, wide-eyed, scatterbrained and innocent. The heavier, darker La La Land is the throws of adolescence—the body changing in exciting and confusing ways, cocky and insecure, bold and volatile, oily. The End Of That, is 20-something prime—confident in a new, unmasked way, young, excited, going through some shit, will be at the party tonight.
Plants and Animals’ The End of That is out February 28, 2012 on Secret City.
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Plants and Animals Tour Dates:
Wed. Dec. 7 — Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop w/ Takka Takka, Balene
Thu. Jan. 12 — Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s w/ Herman Dune (Tomorrow Never Knows Festival)
The End Of That Tracklisting:
02. The End of That
03. Song for Love
08. Why & Why
09. Control Me
10. No Idea
More on Plants and Animals:
Plants and Animals began as an instrumental group. They recorded a self-titled record in 2002 with five songs on it, two of them around the 15-minute mark. They played around Montreal for years with no vocals, improvising heavily. Over time, Warren started singing with other artists, and soon enough he just couldn’t contain himself. Silence became oooohs, oooohs became words. In 2008, a project two years in the making became Parc Avenue and they stepped out onto the circuit for the first time.
Parc Avenue had guitars and drums and vocals, and extra orchestration galore. It was nominated for one Polaris prize, two Junos and three GAMIQs. They opened for Grizzly Bear in Montreal, and did their first tour with Wolf Parade. Danger Mouse discovered it and invited them to open for Gnarls Barkley, and later Broken Bells. The National invited them to open for them in Central Park. Plants and Animals headlined stages across North America and Europe.
Following the release of La La Land in 2010, they played over 100 shows, including a full US tour with Frightened Rabbit.To the Pitchfork Festival appearance the summer before, they added to the list such notables as Primavera in Barcelona, Bumbershoot in Seattle, End of the Road in the English countryside, a marquee spot at the Montreal Jazz Festival and many more.
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