mewithoutYou

The Horseshoe Tavern Presents

mewithoutYou

Joan of Arc, Hurry

Sun, October 7, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON

$22.50

Advance tickets also available at Rotate This & Soundscapes

mewithoutYou
mewithoutYou
It is no mistake that mewithoutYou have become one of today’s most fascinating experimental rock acts. The last 15 years have borne witness to the Philadelphia five-piece exercising stylistic evolutions and aerial dynamics with humbling dexterity and untamed ambition. At their roots may be a theatrical progressive punk/post-hardcore band, but they’ve never been content to remain comfortably within a familiar genre. Their continuous multi-directional movements have left them increasingly difficult to classify, the growth of their branches impossible to predict. The group’s sixth full-length album, Pale Horses, is the best evidence to date of their eclectic agility.

The one constant in mewithoutYou's storied career has been lead singer Aaron Weiss' ability to sketch ornate, thought-provoking narratives. Seamlessly weaving his signature holler amidst whispered storytelling and stream-of-consciousness outpourings, his latest offerings vacillate between the emotionally wracked, vibrantly symbolic, and ambiguously metaphysical. His meandering, technicolor vision of a world apocalyptic—populated with werewolves and vulturemen, shape-shifters and apparitions, android whales and an Idaho bride—combines the fantastic opulence of the group’s recent albums with the vulnerable personal confessions of their earliest work.

Longtime band-mates Mike Weiss, Rickie Mazzotta and Greg Jehanian continue to craft dramatic, nightmare soundscapes which lavishly complement their singer’s ecstatic hallucinations. The addition of Brandon Beaver (of Buried Beds, the Silver Ages) allows the group as a 5-piece to revisit its earlier intricate, layered fretwork, while adding new depths of vocal harmonies and ever-peculiar arrangements. Musically, the group hearkens boldly to the raw intensity of 2004's Catch for Us the Foxes, while building on the rich imagery of 2006's Brother, Sister. Epic in scope, Pale Horses is mewithoutYou at their best, breathing fresh life into the end times, gloriously terrifying and hauntingly iconic.

Their latest album also marks a new beginning for the band, as it's their first to be released on Run for Cover Records. Teaming with the rising Boston independent label was the outgrowth of their partnership with Will Yip, whose masterful production transforms the band’s transcendental musings into a widescreen experience. Drums and bass lines quake with the faults of the earth, as an army of guitars and multi-instrumental nuances ring in the paranoia, mass hysteria and peaceful exaltation. The result is a stunning collage—fitfully disturbing, steadily bizarre, uniquely celebratory—undoubtedly the grandest musical adventure yet conceived within mewithoutYou’s expanding tapestry.
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
Chicago, IL-based indie/experimental outfit. The band formed in 1996 out of the ashes of Cap'n Jazz and featured Cap'n Jazz members Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, and Sam Zurick along with Erik Bocek and Jeremy Boyle. The original line-up fractured when Mike Kinsella began to devote time to other projects and Zurick and Bocek split to form Ghosts And Vodka. Tim Kinsella and Jeremy Boyle added Todd Mattei to the group and enlisted help from numerous friends and acquaintances for their next few albums before splitting in 2001. In 2003, Tim Kinsella resurrected the group, this time without Boyle but with Sam Zurick returning to the fold. Since then, Tim has continued Joan Of Arc with a variety of musicians rotating in and out of the group, including return appearances by Mike Kinsella and Todd Mattei.
Hurry
Hurry
A band from Philadelphia, PA.
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2
http://www.horseshoetavern.com/