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Elliott BROOD

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Oct 11 Thu
Elliott BROOD9:00 PM | Doors: 8:00 PM
Beat KitchenChicago, IL
Age Limit: 21+

Elliott BROOD

For their fifth album, Elliott Brood wanted to break
things. 2008's Mountain Meadows was shortlisted for the 
Polaris Prize, and the band's last record, Days Into Years, 
won a 2011 Juno award for roots album of the year. Now 
was the time to smash the precedents, break the mould. To 
withdraw to a farmhouse in Bath, Ontario, hammering out 
nine songs in two weeks. 
For the first time, Elliott Brood decided to work with an 
outside producer: Ian Blurton, who has helped make roaring 
records for the Weakerthans, Skydiggers and Cursed. And for 
the first time, the group's two songwriters decided to mine 
the bare histories of their own lives: penning verses about
the ends of relationships and the tests of adulthood, long 
drives, childhood retreating in a rear-view mirror. "Work 
and love will make a man out of you," the Constantines 
sang; and so here is Elliott Brood's Work and Love, their 
most personal album to date, the sound of a grown-up band 
searching their hearts for all they've lost and gained.
Casey Laforet, Mark Sasso and Stephen Pitkin recorded Work 
and Love in the cold spring of 2014, as the ice was coming 
apart on Lake Ontario. They deserted their families and 
holed up in the Tragically Hip's Bathhouse studio, scarcely 
emerging - waking and playing and playing and playing, one 
song a day. The magic usually happened some time after 
midnight, when they were "just tired enough". Blurton would 
come out and lure them into a new place: a different, even 
truer landscape.
They called him "the Wizard". Blurton the Wizard and 
engineer Nyles "the Mad Scientist" Spencer, filling the 
corners of songs with burred effects and tape loops. 
Elliott Brood had "played it safe" for four records, 
they claim: Blurton sharpened their sound, weathered and
interrogated it, forced the three musicians to confront 
their own habits. And it made for a full-length that 
gestures toward the Hip and the Cons as much as it does 
to Richard Buckner and Whiskeytown. Adding dimension to 
select tracks on the album, the band is joined by Aaron 
Goldtein (City and Colour, Daniel Ramano) on Pedal Steel 
and John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer) on bass 
(for ‘Each Other’s Kids). 
These songs are loud and quiet but mostly loud, and always 
reaching toward something. First loves, lost loves, fuck-
ups and young men's just desserts. Laforet has called Work 
and Love a "lament for youth", but it's also a eulogy 
for the moments that came just after, on the doorstep of 
manhood. It's music of remembered abandon, new burdens, and 
those nights, years ago, when the moonlit fields seemed to 
go on forever. It's Elliott Brood at their sheerest, facing 
forward and backward at the same time.
Formed in 2002, Elliott Brood (the name, a bastardized 
homage to the fem fatal character in the 1984 Baseball 
film ‘The Natural’) united teenage pals Sasso and Laforet 
over their grown-up love for Neil Young, the Band and the
Flying Burrito Brothers. Pitkin was an accidental miracle: 
he fell into the group after working sound at one of their 
earliest concerts, offering to record their first EP. Tin 
Type was a college radio hit and soon this compact trio 
was making some big noise. Across five subsequent albums, 
sharing vocals and trading instruments - each of the band-
members seems to play everything - Elliott Brood have 
become one of the premier acts in Canadian roots music. 
Work and Love is out October 21st, 2014 on Paper Bag 
Records.

 

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