Elliott BROOD
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For their fifth album, Elliott Brood wanted to break things. 2008’s Mountain Meadows was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize, and the band’s last record, Days Into Years, won a 2011 Juno award for Roots Album of the Year, both co-produced with John Critchley. Now was the time to smash the precedents, break the mould. To withdraw to a farmhouse in Bath, Ontario, hammering out nine songs in two weeks.

For the first time, Elliott Brood decided to hand over the reins to a producer: Ian Blurton, who has helped make roaring records for the Weakerthans, Skydiggers and Cursed. And for the first time, the group’s two songwriters decided to mine the bare histories of their own lives: penning verses about the ends of relationships and the tests of adulthood, long drives, childhood retreating in a rear-view mirror. “Work and love will make a man out of you,” the Constantines sang; and so here is Elliott Brood’s Work and Love, their most personal album to date, the sound of a grown-up band searching their hearts for all they’ve lost and gained.

Casey Laforet, Mark Sasso and Stephen Pitkin recorded Work and Love in the cold spring of 2014, as the ice was coming apart on Lake Ontario. They deserted their families and holed up in the Tragically Hip‘s Bathhouse Studio, scarcely emerging – waking and playing and playing and playing, one song a day. The magic usually happened some time after midnight, when they were “just tired enough”. Blurton would come out and lure them into a new place: a different, even truer landscape. They called him “the Wizard”. Blurton the Wizard and engineer Nyles “the Mad Scientist” Spencer, filling the corners of songs with burred effects and tape loops. Elliott Brood had “played it safe” for four records, they claim: Blurton sharpened their sound, weathered and interrogated it, forced the three musicians to confront their own habits. And it made for a full-length that gestures toward the Hip and the Cons as much as it does to Richard Buckner and Whiskeytown. Adding dimension to select tracks on the album, the band is joined by Aaron Goldtein (City and Colour, Daniel Ramano) on Pedal Steel and John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer) on bass (for “Each Other’s Kids”).

These songs are loud and quiet but mostly loud, and always reaching toward something. First loves, lost loves, fuck- ups and young men’s just desserts. Laforet has called Work and Love a “lament for youth”, but it’s also a eulogy for the moments that came just after, on the doorstep of manhood. It’s music of remembered abandon, new burdens, and those nights, years ago, when the moonlit fields seemed to go on forever. It’s Elliott Brood at their sheerest, facing forward and backward at the same time.

Formed in 2002, Elliott Brood (the name, a bastardized homage to the fem fatal character in the 1984 Baseball film The Natural) united teenage pals Sasso and Laforet over their grown-up love for Neil Young, The Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Pitkin was an accidental miracle: he fell into the group after working sound at one of their earliest concerts, offering to record their first EP. Tin Type was a college radio hit and soon this compact trio was making some big noise. Across five subsequent albums, sharing vocals and trading instruments – each of the band-members seems to play everything – Elliott Brood have become one of the premier acts in Canadian roots music. Work and Love is out October 21st, 2014 on Paper Bag Records.

Elliott BROOD - January 29, 2015
On Thursday at the Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
Elliott BROOD - January 30, 2015
On Friday at the MIlkboy in Philadelphia, PA
Elliott BROOD - January 31, 2015
On Saturday at the DC9 in Washington, DC
Elliott BROOD - February 5, 2015
On February 5th at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI
Elliott BROOD - February 6, 2015
On February 6th at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
Elliott BROOD - February 7, 2015
On February 7th at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN
Elliott BROOD - February 8, 2015
On February 8th at the The Aquarium in Fargo, ND
Elliott BROOD - February 11, 2015
On February 11th at the The Bartlett in Spokane, WA
Elliott BROOD - February 12, 2015
On February 12th at the Flashbacks in Kelowna, BC
Elliott BROOD - February 13, 2015
On February 13th at the The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
Elliott BROOD - February 14, 2015
On February 14th at the Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria, BC
Elliott BROOD - February 16, 2015
On February 16th at the Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel in Nelson, BC
Elliott BROOD - February 17, 2015
On February 17th at the Rockwater Bar & Grill in Golden, BC
Elliott BROOD - February 18, 2015
On February 18th at the Starlite Room in Edmonton, AB
Elliott BROOD - February 19, 2015
On February 19th at the Republik in Calgary, AB
Elliott BROOD - February 20, 2015
On February 20th at the Amigo's in Saskatoon, SK
Elliott BROOD - February 21, 2015
On February 21st at the Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, MB
Elliott BROOD - February 23, 2015
On February 23rd at the Crocks in Thunder Bay, ON
Elliott BROOD - February 26, 2015
On February 26th at the Starlight Social Club in Waterloo, ON
Elliott BROOD - February 27, 2015
On February 27th at the The Grad Club in Kingston, ON
Elliott BROOD - February 28, 2015
On February 28th at the The Red Dog in Peterborough, ON
Elliott BROOD - March 5, 2015
On March 5th at the La Sala Rosa in Montreal, QC
Elliott BROOD - March 6, 2015
On March 6th at the Le Cercle in Quebec, QC
Elliott BROOD - March 7, 2015
On March 7th at the Ritual in Ottawa, ON
Elliott BROOD - March 28, 2015
On March 28th at the MOTR Pub in Cincinnati, OH
Elliott BROOD - March 29, 2015
On March 29th at the The HI-FI in Indianapolis, IN
Elliott BROOD - March 31, 2015
On March 31st at the Reverb Lounge in Omaha, NE
Elliott BROOD - April 1, 2015
On April 1st at the Hi Dive in Denver, CO
Elliott BROOD - April 3, 2015
On April 3rd at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR
Elliott BROOD - April 4, 2015
On April 4th at the The Crocodile in Seattle, WA
Elliott BROOD - April 5, 2015
On April 5th at the Republic Brewing Company in Republic, WA
Elliott BROOD - April 6, 2015
On April 6th at the Cozmic in Eugene, OR
Elliott BROOD - April 9, 2015
On April 9th at the Bottom of The Hill in San Francisco, CA
Elliott BROOD - April 10, 2015
On April 10th at the Satellite Club in Los Angeles, CA
Elliott BROOD - April 11, 2015
On April 11th at the Casbah in San Diego, CA
Elliott BROOD - April 13, 2015
On April 13th at the Valley Bar in Phoenix, AZ
Elliott BROOD - April 14, 2015
On April 14th at the Unit D in Tulsa, OK
Elliott BROOD - April 15, 2015
On April 15th at the Three Links in Dallas, TX
Elliott BROOD - April 16, 2015
On April 16th at the Maxine's in Hot Springs, AR
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