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. 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 work with an outside 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.

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.

Elliott BROOD - November 4, 2014
On Tuesday at the Astra Stube in Hamburg, Germany
Elliott BROOD - November 7, 2014
On Friday at the The Bank Eye in Suffolk, UK
Elliott BROOD - November 12, 2014
On November 12th at the Burgerweeshuis in Deventer, NL
Elliott BROOD - November 13, 2014
On November 13th at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Elliott BROOD - November 14, 2014
On November 14th at the VanSlag in Borger, Netherlands
Elliott BROOD - November 15, 2014
On November 15th at the Roepean in Ottersum, Netherlands
Elliott BROOD - January 15, 2015
On January 15th at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH
Elliott BROOD - January 16, 2015
On January 16th at the The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI
Elliott BROOD - January 17, 2015
On January 17th at the Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo, NY
Elliott BROOD - January 22, 2015
On January 22nd at the Call The Office in London, ON
Elliott BROOD - January 23, 2015
On January 23rd at the Mills Hardware in Hamilton, ON
Elliott BROOD - January 24, 2015
On January 24th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON
Elliott BROOD - January 29, 2015
On January 29th at the Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
Elliott BROOD - January 30, 2015
On January 30th at the MIlkboy in Philadelphia, PA
Elliott BROOD - January 31, 2015
On January 31st 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
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