Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Lee's Palace Presents

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Dany Laj and the Looks

Tue, September 19, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm

Lee's Palace

Toronto, ON


Tickets at the Door

This event is 19 and over

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
The Hanged Man
Ted Leo is one of the finest songwriters of our generation, even if it’s not entirely clear what
generation that is. Starting in New York Hardcore with Citizen’s Arrest, making the ‘90s safe for
power‐pop and Weller‐esque hair with Chisel, then singing our turbulent lives like we were
smarter than we were with The Pharmacists, and most recently providing equal parts
sweetness and solace with Aimee Mann as The Both, Ted never let us down. And now,
seven years after The Brutalist Bricks, he has a new solo album. And it’s wonderful.
The songs on The Hanged Man, recorded at a home‐studio‐in‐transition in Wakefield, RI, with
Ted playing almost all the instruments, are some of the finest and most finely wrought of Ted
Leo’s career. Ted describes the time working on the album as one of “personal desolation that
felt fallow but was actually very fertile” and, indeed, lyrically, The Hanged Man is suffused with
hope of sorts but crushingly heavy. The concerns addressed, whether personal trauma or the
national disaster we’re all currently existing in, matched with the range and vitality of the
songcraft is inspiring, even uplifting.
The Hanged Man offers the sharp bursts of skinny tie pop‐punk fury one would expect from
Ted—and even these feel streamlined like never before—but they are offset with an
adventurousness in both tone and structure. The intention was to upend expectations but, on
songs like the bookends of “Moon Out of Phase” and “Let’s Stay On The Moon,” the intention
never gets in the way of the result. There’s no strain of effort in songs that are unlike anything
Ted has done previously. The Hanged Man is a career high, born through industry soul sickness,
nausea‐inducing crisis, and a talent that feels like secular grace.
Venue Information:
Lee's Palace
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5