Is the Cedar Cultural Center having a lumberjack themed show? All I know is that both bands are Canadian, wear plaid flannel (at least in the band pics) and their band names have a reference to wood. Timber Timbre and The Wooden Sky will play the Cedar on 4/29. Tickets are still available HERE
Toronto-based indie folk-rock band The Wooden Sky has released their new album Swimming in Strange Waters April 7th via Nevado Records. Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune – “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water” – The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner struggling to come to terms with the trauma and unknowns haunting both his personal life and the world at large.
The resulting album is a sonic maelstrom that sees the band exploring unchartered waters, where textural psychedelia inspired by the Paisley Underground movement melds into quiet, acoustic cyclical guitar melodies, before once again transforming into a bombastic, Johnny Cash-esque rally against the XL Keystone pipeline in Canada.
NPR debuted the title track describing them a “band that handles delicate subjects with psychedelic swagger and a depth of lyrical intelligence that is never too on-the-nose, but always powerful.”
Timber Timbre traces a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. On Sincerely, Future Pollution, Timber Timbre coats the pacific clime of Hot Dreams in an oil-black rainbow of municipal grime. It is the cinema of a dizzying dystopia, awoken by the harsh reality of science fiction in this bluntly nonfictional time.
“Sewer Blues” leaks up like a supernova from the underbelly of urban decay. Through ironclad grooves, spectral melody, and cavernous delay, Taylor Kirk reckons with the current surface confusion – up where excess and enmity thrive, wrapped in the tangled web of our hyper-dis/connected lives.
Timber Timbre’s fourth record gleams with highlighter clarity through the light-emitting distortion of night. Taylor Kirk calls Sincerely, Future Pollution the band’s “most complicated” and thus “most focused” work to date. Puzzled together with co-composers Simon Trottier & Mathieu Charbonneau and drummer Olivier Fairfield at La Frette chateau outside Paris, the veteran Timber Timbre cast tunneled through the studio’s array of archaic equipment to hew this vivid and murky sound.
Fascinated by the still-neoteric/taboo palette of consumer-era synthesizers, Timber Timbre articulates a romance of primitive machines and futuristic colours. Indulging the band’s alleged “decade drift” – from Timber Timbre’s 50s doo-wop, to Creep On Creepin’ On’s oblique 60s folk, and Hot Dreams 70s caprice – Sincerely, Future Pollution polishes the plastic avarice of the 1980s with our two-thousand seventeen predilection to regurgitate and idolize.
Apr 28 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Apr 29 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
Apr 30 West End Cultural Centre Winnipeg, Canada
May 02 Starlite Room Edmonton, Canada
May 03 Commonwealth Bar & Stage Calgary, AB
May 05 The Vogue Theatre Vancouver, Canada
May 06 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
May 07 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
May 09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
May 10 Constellation Room Santa Ana, CA
May 11 The Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
May 12 Soda Bar San Diego, CA
May 14 FORM: Arcosanti Mayer, AZ
Jun 02 Olympia De Montreal Montreal, Canada
Jun 03 Fort York Toronto, Canada
Jun 04 Historic Fort York Toronto, Canada
Jun 06 Black Cat Washington, DC
Jun 08 Boot & Saddle Philadelphia, PA
Jun 09 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
Jun 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY