I apologize in advance, darlings, for introducing you to your new favourite band. I apologize, because their music is so infectious that you’re going to be listening to them for the next quite a while. You may kick yourself for never having heard them before, or else remember how much you loved hearing one of their songs once and not realizing who they were. The New Pornographers are a Canadian supergroup, consisting of A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar (also from Destroyer), Blaine Thurier, John Collins, Neko Case, Kurt Dahle, Todd Fancey and Kathryn Calder
I was fortunate enough to see the New Pornographers open for Belle & Sebastian in San Francisco some years ago, and have been a die-hard fan ever since.
I feel it is no exaggeration to compare them to the Beatles in terms of songwriting. Newman, Bejar, Case and Calder all share vocal duties, giving more credence to the Beatles comparison in terms of variety and voice. The New Pornographers will often have more hooks in one 4 minute pop song than you’d believe possible. Check out The Bleeding Heart Show in particular for an example of this. (Katie Sullivan, I’m looking at you!) You’ll swear this has to be a 15 minutes prog song with all the movements, but nope… one pop song.
This is no garage rock. This is modern classical music. LOVE LOVE LOVE these guys, if you’ll excuse the gushing, darlings.
We End Up Together:
Bleeding Heart Show
My Rights vs Yours
From Blown Speakers
Oh, and a cheeky bonus: On a completely DIFFERENT end of the music, from their album Pornography, here’s some early Cure for all you depressives out there.