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Plants and Animals Waltz Back With Epic Sprawling Album | The SBTS Interview

August 23, 2016
Plants and Animals | Photo: Caroline Desilets

Plants and Animals | Photo: Caroline Desilets

 

Four years ago, Plants and Animals finally came up for air after an intense five years of nonstop writing, recording and touring that saw the release of three albums. The Montréal three-piece knew they wanted to write another album but they needed to escape the whirlwind and reset. Listening to their instincts, they took time to balance their lives again and avoided the pressure of a deadline. They started families, collaborated with other musicians and met in the studio whenever inspiration brought them there. Out of this relaxed approach, a new album was born. Waltzed In From The Rumbling is the result of three years of casual, natural creation that invited in new inspiration from Serge Gainsbourg and Van Morrison to J Dilla and John Coltrane. The band’s jazz instrumental roots led the recording sessions resulting in a complex pop record that has the unpredictability and epic sonic journeys that have become signatures elements of Plants and Animals albums.

Stories Behind The Songs chatted with Plants and Animals drummer Matthew Woodley before their performance at the Field Trip festival in Toronto about the creation of Waltzed In From The Rumbling.

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SBTS Playlist Series

SBTS STANDOUTS – The July Collection

August 2, 2016

July saw a ton of new music from emerging indie artists like The Belle Game and Glass Animals as well as solid tracks from veterans Plants and Animals, Sam Roberts, and Hot Hot Heat. Throw on our July Collection for those summer days that are begging for a refreshing soundtrack of groovy danceable beats and soothing vocal harmonies. Always curated, always golden.

The SBTS Standouts playlists feature our favourite new releases from each month. Here is our curated collection of the standout tracks from July 2016.

 

Listen on Spotify for the complete playlist (due to label restrictions, some songs are restricted from YouTube).

Check out the best of the year so far with the January, FebruaryMarch, April, May and June collections.

Listen to more of our curated playlists with the Stories Behind The Songs Playlist Series.

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SBTS Playlist Series

WAYHOME JAMS 2016 | SBTS Playlist Series

July 21, 2016
WAYHOME 2015 | Photo: Stephanie Horak, Stories Behind The Songs

WAYHOME 2015 | Photo: Stephanie Horak, Stories Behind The Songs

The second of our two WAYHOME playlists is all about celebrating your wanderlust and getting into party mode with almost four hours of curated music.

To get you psyched for the weekend we’ve created a playlist of our favourite party songs by the artists taking the 2016 stages. Crank it up, grab a drink and get your festival on.

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SBTS Playlist Series

WAKE UP WAYHOMIES! | SBTS Playlist Series

July 21, 2016
WAYHOME 2015 | Photo: Stephanie Horak, Stories Behind The Songs

WAYHOME 2015 | Photo: Stephanie Horak, Stories Behind The Songs

The first of our two WAYHOME playlists is the perfect soundtrack for your morning chill time with over five and a half hours of curated music.

Nothing helps you ease into your festival morning like some good tunes. WAKE UP WAYHOMIES! was created out of the best feel good songs by this year’s WAYHOME performers. Throw on the music, chill in the sun and take in the good vibes.

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Interviews

Hot Hot Heat – The Final Album | The SBTS Interview

July 12, 2016
Hot Hot Heat | Photo: @justjash

Hot Hot Heat | Photo: @justjash

Goodnight, goodnight says Hot Hot Heat.

After writing, recording and touring together for 17 years, Hot Hot Heat has decided this album will be their last.

Throughout the process of creating their newly released album, Hot Hot Heat, the decision to go their separate ways was a quiet one that came as a slow realization. After having spent time apart working on other musical projects, the band struggled to create new material together and felt out of sync. For a band who lived together on and off the road for over a decade, that was a weird feeling. Suddenly the music wasn’t coming easily. Instead of a continuous flow of new music, these songs were written over the course of three years. After hitting a wall in the studio, the entire album had to be re-recorded with producer Ryan Dahle before it took finally took shape as Hot Hot Heat and even then, the band sat on the album as it became clear that their end was near.

Despite the fact that the creation of the album was a struggle, Hot Hot Heat sounds like a celebratory album. Packed with feel good tracks that inspire dancing and singing aloud (a feeling reminiscent of their previous hits “Goodnight Goodnight”“Talk To Me Dance With Me” and “Bandages”) the record is unquestionably a summer party album. Playful instrumentation, blissful pop melodies, and infectious rhythms from Track 1 all the way to the final song makes Hot Hot Heat one of our favourite albums of 2016.

Stories Behind The Songs talked to lead singer Steve Bays about the creation of Hot Hot Heat, the power of the subconscious, and the decision to make this their final album.

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Music History

THE BOVINE SEX CLUB’S 25 YEARS IN TORONTO’S MUSIC SCENE

June 14, 2016

Bovine Sex Club 25th Anniversary

2016 marks The Bovine Sex Club’s 25th Anniversary and yet, for some Torontonians, The Bovine is still a mystery. What’s the deal with the junk? Is it really a sex club? Does Metallica really love to party at The Bovine? Is it a metal bar? Is it true that Bill Murray showed up one night and started pouring drinks? What goes on in there?

What makes The Bovine such an iconic part of Toronto’s music scene is its eclectic history. Opening in 1991 as a DJ club, The Bovine evolved into a live music venue about three years later when bands began asking to play. “You know, we’ve always been a heavy place, but I think in the beginning we thought it’d be more like rock and roll Cheers, just with DJs and recorded music,” says owner Darryl Fine. “Then the emphasis of having all of the live music came when the bands started coming and saying, ‘We should play here.’ So in the first two or three years there was almost no live music. We had a couple of big bands ask us to play – I think COC [Corrosion of Conformity] played on my birthday 15 or 16 years ago – and then boom! All of a sudden the demands started coming in.”

Over its 25 years, The Bovine has been home to countless bands that have gone on to achieve international success. “We had a lot of early bands like Cancer Bats, Alexisonfire, and Monster Truck who were all 18 and 19-years-old when they started playing here. Some of them had to sit next door at Shanghai Cowgirl and drink Cokes because they couldn’t stay in the building when they weren’t on stage. And they’re all very thankful and it’s nice when they come back and say thank you. When we had the fire across the street, Billy Talent came back. I think it was two weeks after they played the ACC they played The Bovine, so that’s a really nice thank you for growing up in the club,” says Fine.

The Bovine's Stage | Photo: Stories Behind The Songs

The Bovine’s Stage | Photo: Stories Behind The Songs

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SBTS Playlist Series

BACHELORETTE BANGERS | SBTS PLAYLIST SERIES

June 9, 2016

With wedding season just around the corner, Stories Behind The Songs has curated the ultimate playlist to blast during your weekend-long bachelorette bashes. With almost four hours of brand new hits and throwback jams, BACHELORETTE BANGERS is the perfect soundtrack for the bride-to-be and her squad. Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation.

 

Listen on Spotify for the complete playlist (due to label restrictions, some songs are restricted from YouTube).

 

BACHELORETTE BANGERS is the newest addition to the Stories Behind The Songs Playlist Series.

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