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Flashbulb 03:33
Strange Fire 03:50


New Believers

Bang on the silver tray that hangs in the garden. That should get their attention. Play it like a drum! Boop-too-doo and sqwee-bah-dang the earth as it is in the leaven. And they said we could still eat bread (just barely).

Eyelids flicker at that heart full of beating drums, the timid first rum-tum-tums of a mind just waking up. We hear it from a distance but feel it in our bones!

Now the rabbles have been roughly roused! Not by the infamous stool pigeons. Not by the rank and tumble messages of “switch it off” and “cut it out.” The nimble millions have been knocked from the gaze-less stupor by their dwindling pool of relevance! Behold the shocking contraction of meaning! Like a vacuum, sucking the sis-boom-bah from the daily waking circus of purpose! “But!” we cry, “no more!”

The cymbal crash and hounded pots are symbols of a feeling! Not ever seen between the teeth that gnash! Where will the multitude go when the salty effluvium throws itself upon their good graces? When the majestic chilly behemoths come to their senses and brush us off like a dry flake on a shoulder?

Oh! When those slimy sitters, who’ve only just now awoke to their sit-sores, finally open their dust covered eye-lids and exclaim! “Who has left these messy foot-prints in the mud of status quo!?”

“YOUSE!” said them. “US!” said us. It was to be a long yet beautiful morning.


released January 22, 2013

Produced by Paul Aucoin with Nathan Lawr
Recorded by Andy Magoffin at the House of Miracles, Andrew McPherson at Monastereo, and Jeff McMurrich at 6 Nassau.
Mixed by Howie Beck.
Mastered by Andy Magoffin.
Artwork and layout by Dallas Wehrle.
Printing and layout assistance by Alex Durlak at Standard Form.
All songs written by Nathan Lawr. All horn arrangements by Jeremy Strachan.

Jay Anderson: percussion
Dee Archer: vocals
Paul Aucoin: vibraphone, organ, snyth, percussion
Bryden Baird: trumpet on New Believers, Sharper Knife, and Flashbulb
Nicolas Buligan: trumpet
Ryan Carley: piano on Flashbulb
Dave Clark: drums on Sharper Knife and additional drums on Flashbulb
Sarah Harmer: vocals on Open the Doors
Jay Hay: baritone saxophone
Edwin Huizinga: violin on Flashbulb
Nathan Lawr: drums, piano, percussion, vocals, keys
Dan Levecque: guitar
Ryan Levecque: guitar
Shaw-Han Liem: piano
Kevin Lynn: bass
Casey Mecija: vocals on Strange Fire
Jeremy Strachan: tenor saxophone
Steve Ward: trombone


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MINOTAURS Guelph, Ontario

Minotaurs are a nine-piece band blending the churning funk rhythms of Fela-Kuti-style Afrobeat and the deliberate songcraft of indie rock. The dynamic rhythm section is complemented by massive billows from the horn section; it’s a dance party, but a smart one where Lawr’s thoughtful, impassioned lyrics don’t take a back seat to the funk. ... more

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