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Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson raised their band from Kingston’s lowest places, from bars and basements and late-night pits of the heart, above the swirling fug of death dreams and depression, until this two-piece rock’n’roll act was like a black and red corona setting St George’s aglow. And then while Nelson minded the fort(s), Paul left home – to Toronto, following his heart.

‘For Those Who Stay’ is PS I Love You’s third album, and it was made after Paul quit Kingston for a different big smoke. Of course the band had to go back to Kingston to record it – working at a place called the Bathouse, the duo’s first time in “a proper studio”.

“We basically grew our band and did live takes and then I added 100 guitars to each song,” Saulnier says. It was he (legion of guitars, lead vocals) and Nelson (drums, secondary vocals), plus help from friends Tim Bruton (keyboards) and Matt Rogalsky (production, synth bass). The pro studio added another dimension to these recordings: beside the shrieking mountains of riff there are quiet moments and cosmic moments, moments soft-sung or jangly. There’s a little more Iggy Pop, post-Stooges; some Bowie and a jolt of weird Canada. The title track tells its plot-twists in seven minutes of bending riffs and pan-galactic spin. “Limestone Radio” is a song of ghosts.

‘For Those Who Stay’ was encouraged by the girding strength of love but of course it’s still dredging and confused, of course it’s still resplendent in its churn. Maybe it’s the sound of leaving home and still hearing it calling.

PS I Love You - August 1, 2014
On Friday at the Sappy Fest in Sackville, NB
PS I Love You - August 18, 2014
On August 18th at the Crofoot Ballroom – Pike Room in Pontiac, MI
PS I Love You - August 19, 2014
On August 19th at the The Drake in Toronto, ON
PS I Love You - August 20, 2014
On August 20th at the Mavericks in Ottawa, ON
PS I Love You - August 21, 2014
On August 21st at the II Motore in Montreal, QC
PS I Love You - August 22, 2014
On August 22nd at the Cafe 939 in Boston, MA
PS I Love You - August 23, 2014
On August 23rd at the Rough Trade in New York, NY
PS I Love You - August 25, 2014
On August 25th at the DC9 in Washington, DC
PS I Love You - August 26, 2014
On August 26th at the Rumba Cafe in Columbus, OH
PS I Love You - August 27, 2014
On August 27th at the Schubas Tavern in Chicago, IL
PS I Love You - September 11, 2014
On September 11th at the Rifflandia in Victoria, BC
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