The Wilderness of Manitoba

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The Wilderness of Manitoba

Wooly & The Mammoth

Tue, March 19, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

The Wilderness of Manitoba - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Wilderness of Manitoba
"And while it may seem ambitious to lump an up-and-coming band from Canada in with one of the best American acts around, the Wilderness of Manitoba exhibit many of the same qualities that make the Low Anthem so special... While their EP was more traditional and built more around vocal harmonies, the full length sees the five-piece from Toronto spreading their wings and challenging themselves." -hearya.com "Infusing '60s American and British folk touches with pop sensibilities and mostly forgoing drums for acoustic guitars and banjos, the five-piece use reverb-drenched three- and four-part harmonies to create lush, languid soundscapes that swirl with dreamy lap steel and carefully placed strings. Most interestingly, folk conventionalities slowly give way to genre-expanding experimentation as the album unfolds.." - NOW Magazine 'it is all to easy to get cynical about those who run about championing things as the greatest this or that since, er…the last one. Yet, every now and then something or someone gets through the cracks, rises above the general morass and makes you sit and take stock, even for just a few minutes. From the moment I hit play on The Wilderness of Manitoba’s latest EP ‘Hymns of Love and Spirits’ I knew I was hooked. There’s a stark understated beauty to it’s eight tracks, which combine perfectly executed four part harmonies intertwinned with muted banjos, solitary cello and subtle fingerpicked parts." - thelineofbestfit.com "Hymns of Love and Spirits - is stark and powerful - the muted banjo picks and ominous cello work set the tone for the incredibly personal subject matter - but the journey is warmed with spot on, effortlessly controlled four piece harmonies." -herohill.com Something special happens when the four members of the Wilderness of Manitoba sing together, whether it’s in the basement of the house on Delaware Avenue in Toronto where three of them live and where the band recorded their EP Hymns of Love & Spirits or in the garage out back where they sometimes stage their own shows including their live debut or on stages around town like the Horseshoe where they recently opened for their friends the Rural Alberta Advantage. In the spirit of the shows and bands that were coming through Delaware House, Will Whitwham, Scott Bouwmeester, Stefan Banjevic and Melissa Dalton found themselves with acoustic based songs that were minimalist and full of vocal layers that would become the foundation of the new band. They would gather together on random winter nights to drink tea, record and play music. The collection of songs that makes up Hymns of Love & Spirits were written while some of the members were experiencing real changes in their lives including the passing of Will's mother and Scott's grandfather. The songs began to take on a deeper meaning and a much greater importance to them. The recordings were the band’s best attempt to capture those feelings and emotions on disc. The song “Evening” was written sometime in the late sixties by Will’s mother. She gave him a recording of it and some other songs she’d written in New York. Will had wanted to do something with “Evening” for a long time and asked the band if they would cover it. Stefan took the song away and came back with a different arrangement, vocal phrasing and instrumentation. It clicked right away, tapping into something more suited to their haunting sound. For Will, it was a dream and hope that he could one day be able to play one of his mothers songs. For the rest of the band, it was a way to honour a great woman and a great song as well as constructively work through some really dark days. Two weeks after the song had been recorded as a live demo in the basement of Delaware House, CBC Radio 3 chose it as Track of the Day.
Wooly & The Mammoth - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Wooly & The Mammoth
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com