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Before


The End of That (Feb 28 2012)

Bye Bye Bye


Parc Avenue (Feb 26 2008)

Faerie Dance


Parc Avenue (Feb 26 2008)

Lightshow


The End of That (Feb 28 2012)

Lola Who ?


with/avec EP (Oct 23 2007)

Song for Love


The End of That (Feb 28 2012)

The Mama Papa


La La Land (Apr 20 2010)

Undone Melody


La La Land (Apr 20 2010)
Upcoming Shows
Plants and Animals May 28, 2016
Auster, Berlin, Germany
Plants and Animals May 29, 2016
Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark
Plants and Animals May 31, 2016
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London, UK
Plants and Animals June 01, 2016
Botanique Rotonde, Brussels, Belgium
Plants and Animals June 02, 2016
Espace B, Paris, France
Plants and Animals June 05, 2016
Field Trip, Toronto, Canada
Plants and Animals June 08, 2016
Schubas, Chicago, IL
Plants and Animals June 09, 2016
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, MN
Plants and Animals June 10, 2016
The Good Will Social Club, Winnipeg, MB
Plants and Animals June 11, 2016
Amigo's, Saskatoon, SK
Plants and Animals June 13, 2016
Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB
Plants and Animals June 14, 2016
Marquee Room, Calgary, AB
Plants and Animals June 15, 2016
Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel, Nelson, BC
Plants and Animals June 16, 2016
The Imperial Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Plants and Animals June 17, 2016
Sugar Nightclub, Victoria, BC
Plants and Animals June 18, 2016
Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
Plants and Animals June 21, 2016
Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Plants and Animals June 23, 2016
Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, CA
Plants and Animals June 24, 2016
Bootleg Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Plants and Animals September 13, 2016
Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest, Fredericton, Canada
Plants and Animals October 15, 2016
Corona Theatre, Montreal, Canada
Plants and Animals November 03, 2016
Cabaret Theatre, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Canada
Plants and Animals November 04, 2016
Satyre Cabaret-Spectacle, Trois-Rivieres, Canada
Plants and Animals November 05, 2016
Boquebiere, Sherbrooke, Canada
Plants and Animals November 11, 2016
Le Cercle, Quebec City, Canada
Links
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www.plantsandanimals.ca

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals are a Montreal-based trio that began playing together as kids, emerged on the international scene in 2008 and have developed a varied cult following ever since, built this on the shoulders of their self-produced records, their intense live show, or both—depending on who you ask.

They have been nominated for big awards. They have appeared on major radio and television programs. They have opened for household names and headlined many tours of their own around North America and Europe. In 2013, they decided to slow down.

By slow down, they meant make music the way they used to. It was the beginning of what would be an on-and-off recording process stretched out over two years. It was a time of rest, as the story often goes, for a band that had seen plenty of touring and not enough home. They slept in their own beds and made their new album through nine seasons and the thick of life. Through births and deaths, most notably—magnificent sunrises, shattering sunsets and the days between. Their new LP is called Waltzed in from the Rumbling. It is a dance of days.

By make music the way they used to, they meant to follow threads to their frayed ends. They recorded any ideas that popped up and edited impulsively. Lyrics were often streams of consciousness, bent into shape. They left mistakes in place where they had their charms, looking to expose rather than conceal. The lead singer doubled as engineer, the lead guitar player as baroque pianist, the drummer as inside-outside eye. They called in friends to sing, to play bass, keys, strings and horns. They found an antique guiro next to an obsolete VCR on the curbside and recorded both. They made an empty fridge sound like a timpani drum. They covertly recorded girls' brash gossip on a city bus. They discovered the guy who always hung around in the kitchen was a cabasa wizard. It all found a place. They took the path of big production. They pulled down the curtains and showed their hearts and bones.

It felt like the time that they quit their day jobs, holed up in a crooked apartment on Parc Avenue and made their first record.

"It was more like an art studio than a recording studio," says Warren Spicer. "A mess, pieces of songs all over the place. We had this big canvas and were constantly filling in corners here, erasing there, repainting that part, standing back and looking at the whole picture to see what we had."

The influences are far and wide: the broken soul of Van Morrison; the off-kilter geometry of J Dilla; the dark, French funk of Serge Gainsbourg; the fire of John Coltrane's quartet; Messiaen's synaesthesia; the quirk of Angelo Badalamenti. It sounds like P&A, wide open with room to move.

"We wanted to push the songs in less obvious directions to keep it interesting," says Matthew Woodley. "To keep each other on our toes but also imagining that people listening to it would appreciate the same. But if it ever felt like cleverness was taking precedence over feeling, we'd drop what we were doing and move onto something else."

"We pushed each other and we listened to each other more than ever before,” says Nic Basque. "It was fun and much easier than in the past. You just work—that's how people develop their language in whatever they do. That's what we did."

This is Plants and Animals' most soulful and inventive collection of music yet. Eleven soundtracks for leaps taken, ships sailed, dark water and pink skies. Waltzed in from the Rumbling comes out on Secret City Records on April 29, 2016.

April 27, 2016

Plants and Animals Premiere New Video Via Q Magazine "Track Of The Day"



Plants and Animals are premiering their new video for the single “No Worries Gonna Find Us” as “Track of Day” via Q Magazine today. Directed by Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, he explains the concept in these words: "this music video is first and foremost about the music and its makers. We wanted to show the band doing what they do best, their honesty and generosity as artists."

The record, coming out this Friday, is currently streaming via Stereogum : “the aesthetic varies wildly and wonderfully from track to track, each song having its own hermetic seal but somehow still melding cohesively as a body of work,’’ and raving reviews are already pouring in, Uncut calling it ‘’Eclectic and confident’’, Pitchfork saying ‘’Plants and Animals have created something beautiful’’ while Mojo states : ‘’This all-analogue-recorded LP packs woody, indie skiffle, warming pop soul and that rare thing, a bassist (Nicolas Basque) whose playing is conspicuous for all the right reasons.’’

The band recently announced six concert dates in the province of Quebec, including a Montreal show on October 15 at the Corona Theatre. See below for full tour dates.

Preorder the new album "Waltzed in from the Rumbling" on iTunes
Listen to “No Worries Gonna Find Us” on Spotify

TOUR DATES
05.06.16 Winooski VT @ Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival
05.10.16 Washington DC @ DC9
05.11.16 Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda's
05.13.16 Brooklyn NY @ Rough Trade
05.14.16 Allston MA @ Great Scott
05.17.16 Pittsburgh PA @ Club Cafe
05.18.16 Louisville KY @ Zanzabar
05.19.16 Columbus OH @ The Basement
28.05.16 Berlin, DE @ Auster Club
29.05.16 Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
05.31.16 London UK @ The Hoxton
01.06.16 Bruxelles @ Botanique Rotonde
06.02.16 Paris FR @ Espace B
06.05.16 Toronto ON @ Field Trip
06.08.16 Chicago IL @ Schubas
06.09.16 Minneapolis MN @ 7th St. Entry
06.10.16 Winnipeg MB @ The Good Will Social Club
06.11.16 Saskatoon SK @ Amigo’s
06.13.16 Edmonton AB @ Starlite Room
06.14.16 Calgary AB @ Marquee Room
06.15.16 Nelson BC @ Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
06.16.16 Vancouver BC @ The Imperial Theatre
06.17.16 Victoria BC @ Sugar Night Club
06.18.16 Seattle WA @ Sunset Tavern
06.21.16 Portland OR @ Mississippi Studios
06.23.16 San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill
06.24.16 Los Angeles CA @ Bootleg Theatre
10.05.16 Montreal QC @ Corona Theatre
11.03.16 Saint-Jean sur Richelieu QC @ Cabaret théâtre
11.04.16 Trois-Rivières QC @ Satyre cabaret spectacle
11.05.16 Sherbrooke QC @ Boquébière
11.11.16 Quebec City QC @ Le Cercle
11.12.16 Saguenay QC @ Sous-bois

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April 22, 2016

Waltzed In From The Rumbling streaming now on Stereogum and CBC Music



You can stream Plants and Animals' new album "Waltzed In From the Rumbling" now on Stereogum and on CBC Music in Canada, one week ahead of the release date!

Matthew Woodley had this to say about the band's new album:

"We toured the life out of our material, our manager left the business to work for the Prime Minister of Canada, our record contract was up, and nobody was expecting anything of us anytime soon—including ourselves. So we went to the studio every couple of months for these four-or-five day recording blitzes, just the three of us, and tried whatever anyone wanted to try. This stretched out over three years or so. We didn’t tour, we had kids, we lost people we loved, we got deep into happiness and sadness and that great place where the two don’t even think about living without each other. We built songs from the music up and messed around with them until we felt like they were right. We reset."

Waltzed In From The Rumbling is out on April 29th, 2016 on Secret City Records. You can pre-order it now from our store or from iTunes

March 30, 2016

Plants and Animals premiere new live video for "Stay"



Today Plants and Animals premiere a live video for their single "Stay" via Voir.ca in Quebec, Exclaim! in Canada, and Flood Magazine in the US. "The new take gives the already stripped-back opening of the song some extra intimacy and rawness before exploding into an energetic, heart-pounding latter half." (Exclaim!)

The video was captured at Mixart studios and was directed by Joe Yarmush from Suuns. "Playing this song is like a bull ride or getting a new puppy and trying to play it cool while it drags you around like a moth on a hot lightbulb, knocking over people’s drinks and children," Matthew Woodley told Exclaim! "You’ve got el mariachi guitar guy hyper strumming, the drummer on the other side of the time-space continuum playing a dub reggae beat, and the other guitar playing the part of Hephaestus, son of Zeus and Hera, making laser hammers in his volcano shop. The singer becomes unbound—reenacting the emotional journey of the bull before, during and after the rodeo. The backup singer is the graceful ego to his raging id. The bass is the true bond. It’s an aircraft carrier. An oil rig pumping unrefined love from the core of the Earth and shooting it into the sky in an infinite explosion of blood reds, supernova yellows and neon night blues. That’s more or less how it feels from the drum throne."

Eight years after their debut album Parc Avenue (2008), Montreal based and Polaris-Prize nominated artist Plants and Animals’ newest evolution, Waltzed in from the Rumbling, is set for release April 29 on Secret City Records. Similarly recorded to tape, the new album embodies the raw musicianship characteristic of the group, while injecting symphonic crescendos, lyrical balladry, and metamorphic song developments. This is Plants and Animals' most soulful and inventive collection of music yet. Eleven soundtracks fit to accompany leaps taken, ships sailed, dark water and pink skies.

Since their most recent LP, The End of That (2012), the members of Plants and Animals have begun families and took the time to slow down. Intentionally removing time constraints from their process, the group sought to reconnect with the honesty and autonomy of music created without pressure. "It was more like an art studio than a recording studio," says lead vocalist Warren Spicer. "A mess, pieces of songs all over the place. We had this big canvas and were constantly filling in corners here, erasing there, repainting that part, standing back and looking at the whole picture to see what we had." The time taken to write the album is reflected in climactic progressions within each song. Rather than a single frame, they give you the length of the horizon. Rather than a glimpse—they give you a vision.

The influences of the new LP are far and wide : the broken soul of Van Morrison; the off-kilter geometry of J Dilla; the dark, French funk of Serge Gainsbourg; the fire of John Coltrane's quartet; Messiaen's synaesthesia; the quirk of Angelo Badalamenti. The result is pure Plants and Animals, wide open with room to move.

Preorder the new album "Waltzed in from the Rumbling" on iTunes
Listen to “Stay” on Spotify

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March 03, 2016

Plants and Animals premiere new track "No Worries Gonna Find Us" at KEXP



Today Montreal’s Plants and Animals premiere a new track “No Worries Gonna Find Us” with KEXP.

Of the song, KEXP says: “It’s a bit more rollicking of a jam, enjoyable for its jangly guitars, buoyant psych-folk melodies and brisk percussion, but it’s Spicer’s vocal repetition of the song’s title that makes “No Worries Gonna Find Us” as enjoyable and unhurried of an anthem you’re likely to find in 2016.”

Click here to listen to "No Worries Gonna Find Us" on KEXP

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February 23, 2016

New Plants and Animals video for "Stay" premieres today!



Today Montreal’s Plants and Animals premiere a video for their new song “Stay” with both Brooklyn Vegan and Les Inrocks. The song appears on Plants and Animals’ forthcoming album, Waltzed In From the Rumbling, out April 29 via Secret City Records.

Upcoming tour dates:

March 12 // ROUYN-NORANDA, QC // Festival de Musique Emergente
May 6 // WINOOSKI // Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival
May 10 // WASHINGTON, DC // DC9
May 11 // PHILADELPHIA, PA // Johnny Brenda’s
May 13 // BROOKLYN, NY // Rough Trade
May 14 // BOSTON, MA // Great Scott
May 17 // PITTSBURGH, PA // Club Cafe
May 18 // LOUISVILLE, KY // Zanzabar
May 19 // COLUMBUS, OH // The Basement
May 31 // LONDON, UK // The Hoxton
June 2 // PARIS, FR // Espace B
June 5 // TORONTO, ON // Field Trip
June 8 // CHICAGO, IL // Schubas
June 9 // MINNEAPOLIS, MN // 7th St. Entry
June 10 // WINNIPEG, MB // The Good Will Social Club
June 11 // SASKATOON, SK // Amigo’s
June 13 // EDMONTON, AB // Starlite Room
June 14 // CALGARY, AB // Marquee Room
June 15 // NELSON, BC // Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
June 16 // VANCOUVER, BC // The Imperial Theatre
June 17 // VICTORIA, BC // Sugar Nightclub
June 18 // SEATTLE, WA // Sunset Tavern
June 21 // PORTLAND, OR // Mississippi Studios
June 23 // SAN FRANCISCO, CA // Bottom of the Hill
June 24 // LOS ANGELES, CA // Bootleg Theater

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February 05, 2016

Plants and Animals announce new album "Waltzed in from the Rumbling" out April 29



Preorder the new album on iTunes
Listen to “Stay” on Spotify

“Cross-legged acoustic jams and staggering electric anthems … even at their most ornate, Plants and Animals have always been a power trip at core. They play with such vigor that they might as well be fronting an unheard orchestra.” – FILTER

“vibrant, constantly rewarding” – SPIN

Eight years after their debut album Parc Avenue (2008), Montreal based and Polaris-Prize nominated artist Plants and Animals’ newest evolution, Waltzed in from the Rumbling, is set for release April 29 on Secret City Records. Similarly recorded to tape, the new album embodies the raw musicianship characteristic of the group, while injecting symphonic crescendos, lyrical balladry, and metamorphic song developments. This is Plants and Animals' most soulful and inventive collection of music yet. Eleven soundtracks fit to accompany leaps taken, ships sailed, dark water and pink skies.

Since their most recent LP, The End of That (2012), the members of Plants and Animals have begun families and taken the time to slow down. Intentionally removing time constraints from their process, the group sought to reconnect with the honesty and autonomy of music created without pressure. "It was more like an art studio than a recording studio," says lead vocalist Warren Spicer. "A mess, pieces of songs all over the place. We had this big canvas and were constantly filling in corners here, erasing there, repainting that part, standing back and looking at the whole picture to see what we had." The time taken to write the album is reflected in climactic progressions within each song. Rather than a single frame, they give you the length of the horizon. Rather than a glimpse—they give you a vision.

The influences of the new LP are far and wide: the broken soul of Van Morrison; the off-kilter geometry of J Dilla; the dark, French funk of Serge Gainsbourg; the fire of John Coltrane's quartet; Messiaen's synaesthesia; the quirk of Angelo Badalamenti. The result is pure Plants and Animals, wide open with room to move.

The first single “Stay” exemplifies the large orchestral scope that Plants and Animals have unleashed, while channeling the gritty folk roots that bore Parc Avenue. The track opens with an acoustic folk vocal, reminiscent of past albums. Then, unexpectedly, the song takes an electric turn, exploding in sound, tempo, instrumentation, and depth, asking you to “look inside your heart”. “Stay” is an instant rock classic: epic and unforgettable.

Waltzed in from the Rumbling is available for pre-order in our store now!

May 15, 2014

Plants and Animals - The Chronicle Herald

According to Woodley, this followup to 2012’s gritty live-off-the-floor project The End of That will be more groove-based and employ more of the studio wizardry of Parc Avenue and La La Land.

“We’re kind of staying under the radar,” he says. “We got invited to play Paddlefest in St. Andrews, N.B., on Saturday and thought that since we were coming out this way, it was high time that we played at home.”

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May 15, 2014

Plants and Animals - Metro News Halifax

Slow and steady wins the race.

The motto is as true for competitive runners as it was for Montreal-based indie rock band Plants and Animals when they decided the best method of creating their next album.

According to drummer and vocalist Matthew Woodley, the boys are taking on a slower pace; spending time getting their work in while also making sure to build something of substance prior to stepping up to the start line and letting it all go.

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September 13, 2013

Plants and Animals on tour this Fall



Plants and Animals are pleased to announce their 2013 Fall Tour, which sees them playing shows in Canada and the northeastern US. The tour kicks-off with a special show at Breakglass studio during Pop Montreal and includes a two-night stand in Kingston, Ontario at the Grad Club, stops in Edmonton, Ottawa, Buffalo, Portland, Maine and wraps up in Burlington, Vermont. A full itinerary is below.

FALL 2013 TOUR DATES
09/26 - Montreal, QC – Breakglass Studio (Pop Montreal)
09/27 - Kingston, ON – The Grad Club
09/28 - Kingston, ON – The Grad Club
10/12 - Edmonton, AB – McDougall United Church
10/25 - Ottawa, ON – Nature Nocturne of the Canadian
11/07 - Buffalo, NY - Iron Works
11/08 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
11/09 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
11/13 - New Haven, CT - BAR
11/14 - Portland, ME - Empire
11/15 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen

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April 25, 2013

Review in Les Inrocks for The End of That

« De Wilco aux longues digressions du rock des seventies en passant par les plates-bandes d’Arcade Fire ici joyeusement piétinées, les amalgames indiffèrent vite, car Plants And Animals parvient à un épanouissement dans le classicisme rock qui n’appartient qu’à lui. »

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