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Friday, March 14 • 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Plants and Animals

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Like all great flora and fauna, Montreal trio Plants and Animals know that evolution is a simultaneously delicate and rough endeavor. It's important to have solid roots and serious chops (which this bands has in folds), but you've also got to know when to go out on an exciting new limb that's just steady enough to blow minds. And that's pretty much what they do. The soil might promise bluegrass tempos or classic seventies guitar tones (post-classic-rock?), but by the blossoms you've got perfect pop songs or full blown orchestral might...and one mighty serious beast. Plants and Animals are two friends who have been playing together since they were 12, and a third they met in the hallowed music department halls of Montreal’s Concordia University. Lead vocalist and guitarist Warren Spicer is easily recognizable in Montreal as an increasingly sought-after producer, guitar hero, mustachioed gambler. Matthew Woodley (aka the Woodman) handles the rolling backend of the trio on drums with Graceland-like soul (and headband), and Nicolas Basque rounds out the group on guitar and bass, having abandoned his acclaimed career as a theatre composer for imminent rock glory. Rapidly gaining a reputation for their ferociously large live shows, Plants and Animals have recently shared bills with Wolf Parade, Patrick Watson, Akron/Family, Calexico and Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, and Grizzly Bear. They’ll make their proper studio debut with the 4-song with/avec EP this fall on Secret City Records (Patrick Watson, Miracle Fortress). Originally known for an acoustic, instrumental roots sound following a self-titled recording in 2005, their full-length debut due in 2008—Parc Avenue—reveals their impressive growth into an epic-rock-pop-soul train that rivals anything crawling out of Canada today. Darwin’d be proud.

Friday March 14, 2008 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Maggie Mae's 323 E 6th St

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