Lazarus Moan at Brutopia

Over the past year we’ve received many compliments on our latest record, “I Stand in the Weeds“, and we’re very grateful for it. When Andre and I decided to start making our second album, I’m not sure either of us really knew what the end result would be. I even remember being somewhat apprehensive about the idea of adding instruments that wouldn’t be a part of our stage show (mandolin, pedal steel, organ, baritone guitar???).

But I have to give credit where credit is due. The reason “I Stand in the Weeds” sounds as good as it does is because of the talents of Mark Goodwin, and the drummer he loaned us, R.D. Harris. From 20 or odd acoustic demos, Mark helped us whittle them down to the final 13 tracks, and oversaw every aspect of the album from song structures to rhythms, vocal phrasings and lyrical tweaks, session-man hiring and bari-guitar renting, and least of all, choir-arranging. Add to that R.D.’s specialty in making sure that each song’s drum track had its own unique style, and the result is a record that has some pretty distinct fingerprints on it.

And the point I’m driving at is if you like our record, then there’s absolutely zero reason for you to not like Mark and R.D.’s band Lazarus Moan. The two are joined by Ron Stutz on guitar and backing vocals, and Stuart Patterson on bass. The proof is in the pudding. Click the image below to hear tracks from their most recent release, “Sunrise“.

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Lazarus Moan is playing at Brutopia in Montreal this Saturday night, March 24th at 10 pm. The show is free.

Have a great weekend everybody!

 

Nothing to do this weekend? Go see FFUD and the Wildwood Flowers

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Here are two shows on either end of the roots-rock spectrum that you should see.

Friday night – FFUD at Barfly

Not for people with sensitive hearing or who dread waking up with a ringing in their ears. FFUD plays rock and roll inspired by the likes of The Kinks, The Flaming Groovies, and Guided by Voices, and they play it loud … and that’s why we love ’em.

Mark Goodwin (who produced our record) and Steve Burliuk (who didn’t produce our record) play guitar and share the vocals. Our friends Louis Panneton (who helped engineer our record) on bass, and Luc Mantha (who played with us at the Montreal Folk Festival last summer) on drums, round out the line-up.

The music starts at 10pm. Barfly is located at 4062 Saint-Laurent. For more info click here.

Saturday night – The Wildwood Flowers at Bistro de Paris

If you prefer something a little sweeter and a little more subdued, then it’s about time you see The Wildwood Flowers.This is classic country music in the spirit of the Carter Family at it’s absolute finest.

I first saw them perform at the Folk Festival last June and have been trying to book a show with them ever since … what’s that? Oh, it turns out we are playing a show with them at the end of March … more on that in the coming weeks I suppose.

Alexandra Ghezzi leads the way on the mandolin. Alexandra has got fantastic stage presence and has taught me a thing or two about banter … Supporting her on the harmonies (among the best in the entire city) are Elise Cormier and Sarah Morasse, who also plays the accordion. The rhythm is ably handled by Nathalie Sidaros on the upright bass, and Georges Plourde on acoustic guitar.

Showtime is 9:30 pm, and admission will cost you $5. Bistro de Paris is located at 4536 Saint-Denis. For more info click here.

Or, if there’s something else happening this weekend that you’s like to tell our readers about, please comment on this post.

Have a great weekend everybody!