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.

Elliot BROOD- February 9, 2016
On Tuesday at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg
Elliot BROOD- February 10, 2016
On Wednesday at the The Exchange in Regina
Elliot BROOD- February 12, 2016
On Friday at the Studio Nightclub in Lethbridge
Elliot BROOD- February 13, 2016
On Saturday at the Festival Hall in Calgary
Elliot BROOD- February 14, 2016
On Sunday at the The Hideout in Red Deer
Elliot BROOD- February 16, 2016
On February 16th at the Rockwater Bar & Grill in Golden, BC
Elliot BROOD- February 17, 2016
On February 17th at the Traverse in Revelstoke BC
Elliot BROOD- February 18, 2016
On February 18th at the The Northern Bar & Stage in Fernie BC
Elliot BROOD- February 20, 2016
On February 20th at the Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel in Nelson BC
Elliot BROOD- February 22, 2016
On February 22nd at the Garibaldi Lift Company in Whistler BC
Elliott BROOD - February 23, 2016
On February 23rd at the The Railway Club in Vancouver, BC
Elliot BROOD- February 24, 2016
On February 24th at the The Queens in Nanaimo BC
Elliot BROOD- February 25, 2016
On February 25th at the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland BC
Elliot BROOD- February 27, 2016
On February 27th at the Communitea Cafe in Canmore AB
Elliot BROOD- February 27, 2016
On February 27th at the Communitea Cafe in Canmore AB
Elliot BROOD- February 28, 2016
On February 28th at the The Corona Tavern in Medicine Hat
Elliot BROOD- February 29, 2016
On February 29th at the Amigo's in Saskatoon SK
Elliot BROOD- March 2, 2016
On March 2nd at the 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis MN
Elliott BROOD - March 3, 2016
On March 3rd at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI
Elliot BROOD - March 4, 2016
On March 4th at the Shubas in Chicago
Elliott BROOD - March 31, 2016
On March 31st at the Arts and Culture Centre in Gander, NL
Elliott BROOD - April 1, 2016
On April 1st at the Arts and Culture Centre in Grand Falls, NL
Elliott BROOD - April 2, 2016
On April 2nd at the Arts and Culture Centre in Stephenville, NL
Elliott BROOD - April 3, 2016
On April 3rd at the Arts and Culture Centre in Corner Brooke, NL
Elliott BROOD - April 5, 2015
On April 5th at the Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Elliott BROOD - April 6, 2016
On April 6th at the Arts and Culture Centre in Labrador City, NL
Elliott BROOD - April 7, 2016
On April 7th at the Arts and Culture Centre in St John's, NL
Elliott BROOD - April 8, 2016
On April 8th at the Rhythm N Blooms in Knoxville, TN
Elliott BROOD - April 9, 2016
On April 9th at the Rhythm N Blooms in Knoxville, TN
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