Here’s a treat for you indie rock fans (and we know you’re out there!), Saskatoon’s Close Talker gang up with Kingston-born, Toronto-based Lost Cousins for a show at The Carleton on Wednesday, May 17th. Show time is 9 PM and admission will be $10 at the door, affordable by anyone’s yardstick…
Close Talker is the exalted indie rock band from Saskatoon, Canada. Formed in 2012, the band has made great strides in a short period of time: two releases, numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, the UK, and international attention from revered and critically acclaimed blogs and publications. Close Talker is a band born and raised in the Canadian prairies, made up of childhood friends Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Christopher Morien. Since becoming a trio in the summer of 2015, the band has now honed their craft, creating a more vast and iconic sound that is turning heads and drawing crowds around the world.
Their new album, Lens, is released on April 21, 2017 through Nevado Music (worldwide) and DevilDuck Records (Europe). The 10 song LP showcases the band’s maturity and poise, while entering new realms of pop sensibility. Produced by Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Waking Eyes) and mixed by Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire, Local Natives), Lens puts a focus on musical talent and precision without sacrificing the raw energy, homegrown feel and vulnerability of the band’s acclaimed live show. The more subtle track ‘Afterthought’ received high praise and regular rotation on NPR’s World Cafe, stating the song is, “as intimate as it is earnest… it’s expansive and as a result, an invitation to lean right in.” While Lens remains an energetic and urgent blend of rhythmically driven grooves and spacious indie rock, the band continues to evolve as one of Canada’s most innovative and, according to Q Magazine, most exciting exports.
Family isn’t always bound by blood. In the case of Lost Cousins it is bound through the kindred connection found in their unique blend of psychedelic soul rock. Coming together as students in Kingston, ON, Dylan Cantlon Hay, Cam Duffin, Lloyd McArton and Thomas Dashney had humble beginnings at house concerts and basement performances, where they became known for their intensely energetic live shows and memorable songwriting.
In 2015 the group released their debut EP Not Now What We Were, uprooting them from their Kingston student house to their new home of Toronto, where they found themselves land in the Top 10 of CBC Music’s Searchlight competition. The collection of songs demonstrates the band’s journey of coming into its own, combining influences from the past with soulful lyrics that express growth and transformation.