By Callam Rodya
What do you get when you combine ex-Rheostatic and current Ron Sexsmith drummer/producer Don Kerr, with Holy Fuck and King Cobb Steelie bassist Kevin Lynn, Feuermusik, Canaille and go-to indie-rock-session saxophonist Jeremy Strachan, guitar duelling brother tandem of Dan and Ryan Levecque, and indie-songwriter Nathan Lawr? Answer: MINOTAURS, appearing courtesy of Art Support (SGA/Lambda/CKLU) Nov. 6 at Little Montreal.
Inspired heavily by the work of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, MINOTAURS take the funky, slinky backbone of afrobeat and apply it to the indie-rock-folk songs of Nathan Lawr. Its propulsive rhythms and syncopated horn arrangements are catchy, inspiring, and mind-boggling funky all at once.
Featuring appearances from vocalists and songwriters Bry Webb of Constantines fame and Gavin Gardiner of The Wooden Sky, and Hylozoists mastermind Paul Aucoin, MINOTAUR’s new album, The Thing, is a record about the invisible powers that hold us together and pulls us apart. It is a rhythmic exploration of the kind only a band full of drummers could make! Engineered and co-produced by Don Kerr, The Thing was written and arranged by Nathan Lawr, who has drummed with many of Canada’s brightest stars like Constantines, FemBots, Royal City, and Feist. Howie Beck (who produced albums for Hayden, Jason Collett, and Matthew Barber) also lends his mixing talents to the project; and Andy Magoffin, who is known best for his work with his own band, Two Minute Miracles, and his production work for Jim Guthrie and Great Lake Swimmers, was behind the mastering.
It is an ambitious and captivating sound. It is truly a new strain in the Canadian indie-rock genealogy. Part funk, part psychedelic, part protest record, The Thing will knock you off your feet while gently caressing you in the process. Collectively, the members of MINOTAURS have been nominated for 10 Juno Awards.
Advanced tickets to the event are $8 and available at the SGA office, Cosmic Daves, and Fromagerie. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, visit the Facebook event.
Arts & Entertainment Editor