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We Are Scientists, Surfer Blood – Tickets – The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON – October 6th, 2014

We Are Scientists, Surfer Blood

The Horseshoe Tavern Presents

We Are Scientists

Surfer Blood

Eternal Summers

Mon, October 6, 2014

Doors: 8:30 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON

$18.50

This event is 19 and over

www.horseshoetavern.com

Advance Tickets available at: The Horseshoe front bar Rotate This and Soundscapes

We Are Scientists - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
We Are Scientists
It was the kind of bar where nobody nice goes on the kind of street where nobody nice lives, which is probably what made it so cheap, which is definitely what made We Are Scientists take meetings there. Not that Murray & Cain were cheap, but they could do math just fine. If they were sticking a quarter into a video game machine, they'd just as soon the thrills last for more than thirty seconds. Same with buying a lady dinner. Of course it had been a long time since video games or dinner with a lady cost a quarter, and anyway they weren't looking for video games or ladies, except in the deep-down quiet way that men always are. They were looking for a producer.

Murray & Cain, they're the guys who started We Are Scientists 13 years ago. Fresh out of college and bored by their day jobs, they figured rehearsing a rock & roll band would eat up the long slow evenings. Only it backfired, because the band panned out. Now nothing eats up their long slow days, except proving that a busted clock is wrong nearly all the time, and if you watch a pot long enough, eventually it boils.

They ordered two whiskies, no ice, filled to spilling. Those were for Cain. Murray took a squid-looking thing made of plastic tubes from his briefcase and handed five of the six tentacles to the bartender, who attached them to the five closest taps. Murray stuck the free end into his mouth and nodded, and the bartender opened the taps. That's when Chris Coady stepped out of the gloom.

They'd met Coady six years prior. At the time he was a hotshot engineer who'd made his bona fides giving The Yeah Yeah Yeah's and TV on the Radio their signature sound. Now he was one of the best mixers in the game, and had a producer's résumé that reminded you of a perfect hundred dollar bill. It looked so good it had to be fake. Only Coady was for real — Beach House, Wavves, and The Smith Westerns could testify to that.

"Tequila, ice," he said, reading aloud every word on the itty bitty drink menu in his head. "Beer fucks with my sinuses."

They talked. Songs, gear, bands, plus dirty, slanderous gossip. Lots of agreement, with enough "you're fucking crazy"s to keep things interesting. It started to sound like this was the crew for the job. Two months later, they were drinking the same thing, but they were doing it in one of New York City's best small studios, the kind that doesn't come cheap, but gives you a lot more than you paid for. By the end of the year they'd made a record that knew how to throw a punch, but was no slouch in the bedroom, either. A record that gave you the big, wide-angle view, then brought you in for a closer look. It was a We Are Scientists record, and it was a Chris Coady record, and everybody who'd listened to it was having a real hard time staying calm.

A little calm was required, though. It had been a couple years since the band were part of the major label world, with its conveyor belt efficiency — putting out the record would take time. So while the suits set to work finding the right label partner, the band did one of the the only nine or ten things they do really, really well: they recorded some more music. Just a little more music.

A couple of days in their pal Tim Wheeler's studio with his wunderkind partner Claudius Mittendorfer, and five more songs were ready to go — chopped, locked, exported to lossless AAC. But what to do with them? Like greed pooling in the chest of a recently elected politician, it didn't take long for a plan to form.

We Are Scientists released "Something About You/Let Me Win," a double-A-side, in July. "Business Casual," an EP featuring two tracks from 2014's untitled album, is out October 15th on Dine Alone Records (North America), 100% (UK/Europe), and through Caroline Records elsewhere.
Surfer Blood - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood have recently performed at Coachella Festival, released a new video and a Record Store Day album of demos. They are also at work on their third album.

"The band's finely nuanced and understated treatment of the [late 80s / early 90s] era works on Pythons. Aided by Foo Fighters and Pixies producer Gil Norton, Surfer Blood conjure college rock's feeling of youthful, nostalgic melancholy without using any of the sub-genre's gimmicks." – NME, 8/10 rating
Eternal Summers - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Eternal Summers
Sometimes you hear a great record from a band you love and wonder, "where are they gonna go from here?" And sometimes you worry. And sometimes your worrying is meaningless because not only does this band that you love pull it off again, but they reveal new depth and vibrancy that make you want to crank their music up even louder and dance around the house.  With Eternal Summers' The Drop Beneath there is no need to worry.

Roanoke, Virginia based Nicole Yun, Daniel Cundiff, and Jonathan Woods separate themselves from the genres and comparisons of 2012's Correct Behavior throughout The Drop Beneath. No longer is the band still learning how best to cause chaos, rather Eternal Summers is now pushing their music to new limits with no fear of repercussions or of fitting in.

With production by Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf) and mixing by Louie Lino (Nada Surf), The Drop Beneath brings out the bands 90's influences such as the early guitar pop days of Radiohead, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Lush and the early alt-rock of Foo Fighters.  The band met Gillard while touring with Nada Surf, which is howThe Drop Beneath took shape. "We had been talking about having a producer that would be more hands on and work in the studio, more closely with the band. [Meeting Doug] was the genesis of everything leading up to the album." It also led the band to record in Austin. "We escaped the end of winter and spent time in the warmer weather down South.  We wouldn't be bothered in Austin and could focus like we wanted. There was a cave close by and we would go in there to be in total blackness."

Stepping out of the blackness resulted in songs like "Gouge" and "Never Enough," which showcase the upbeat jangly pop the band is known for, "A Burial," a powerful alt-rock monster best heard pumping through your car stereo while the sweetness of "Keep My Away" suggests the influences of 90's Brit Pop balladry. The Drop Beneath out March 4th (Kanine Records) offers a range of songs more mature and catchier than ever.  
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2
http://www.horseshoetavern.com/