The End of That
Why & Why
"vibrant, constantly rewarding"
“The exuberance in the musicianship has never been more tangible.” ✰✰✰✰
“Cross-legged acoustic jams and staggering electric anthems … even at their most ornate, Plants and Animals have always been a power trio at core. They play with such vigor that they might as well be fronting an unheard orchestra.”
“With its sense of invention, dynamics that keep things interesting throughout and a refreshing knack for songcraft, The End of That is the most optimistic of new beginnings.”
– Montreal Gazette ✰✰✰✰½
The End of That sees Plants and Animals bridging the gap between their 2008 debut, Parc Avenue, and 2010’s darker La La Land.
The band took a different, more relaxed approach with The End of That as opposed to their former sprawling, in-the-studio songwriting process; they decided to write and fully develop a large volume of material before setting the tape rolling and clock running. But whereas they spent more time than ever before preparing, they actually recorded and mixed The End of That faster than any other Plants and Animals record to-date (save perhaps their 2007 breakthrough, the brief with/avec EP). With their new songs fleshed out, the band returned to La Frette Studios, outside of Paris, and with the help and ear of engineer Lionel Darenne (Feist), wrapped up their sessions in two weeks. The end result is arguably Plants and Animals’ most live-off-the floor offering.
That also makes The End of That their most intimate record. While there’s no shortage of their catchy electric guitar riffs, as evidenced on lead single “Lightshow,” the album also showcases lead singer Warren C. Spicer on piano, and plenty of acoustic guitar—an early touchstone of the band that had been given a break on the last record. Fans of Plants and Animals’ early acoustic work will feel right at home with songs like "Before," "Song for Love" and the title track, while lovers of the band’s multi-part excursions won’t be disappointed either; side A and B of the album end and begin with their own respective anthemic monsters in "Crisis!" and "2010."
« 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. »
Just in time for spring, Plants and Animals are thrilled to be releasing their latest album, "The End of That" in France on April 3rd via Secret City. The band will be headed to France to support the release on a headlining tour. Support acts include Half Moon Run, Marie-Pierre Arthur and Rich Aucoin.
Following their hugely successful show in July 2012 at Nouveau Casino in Paris, Plants and Animals blew away the French delegation at last year’s FME. Notable outlet Libération heralded their set, stating that Plants and Animals "won the medal" for the best performance at the festival. And this month’s issue of Rolling Stone France has a full page dedicated to the band.
Upcoming complete tour dates:
02/07/12 Waterloo, ON || Starlight Social Club
02/08/13 Hamilton, ON || This Ain't Hollywood
02/09/13 London, ON || Call The Office
02/15/13 Wakefield, ON || Black Sheep Inn
02/16/13 Ottawa, ON || Ritual
03/28/12 Saint-Jean sur Richelieu, QC || Cabaret-Théâtre du Vieux Saint-Jean
03/29/13 Québec, QC || Théâtre du Petit Champlain
03/30/13 Terrebonne, QC || Moulin Neuf
04/19/13 Paris, France || La Défense Festival *
04/20/13 Laval, France || 6 par 4 *#
04/22/13 Tourcoing Lille, France || Le Grand Mix *
04/26/13 Nantes, France || Stereolux *&
04/29/13 Toulouse, France || La Dynamo
04/30/13 Orléans, France || L'Astrolab
05/02/13 Paris, France || Point Éphémère
05/16/13 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC || Le Zaricot
05/30/13 Val-David, QC || Mouton Noir
05/31/13 Magog, QC || Vieux-Clocher de Magog
06/01/13 Lavaltrie, QC || Chasse Galerie
* with Half Moon Run
# with Marie-Pierre Arthur
& with Rich Aucoin
Photo credit: Christian Leduc
France's Next-Liberation from France called Plants and Animals the highlight of FME...
Le band s'installe, et la réverbération est vraiment pas si pire que ça mon pit. Elle est, en fait, appréciable et appropriée, enrobant adroitement, ajoutant de l'éther aux envolées indie qui s'immiscent souvent dans le rock sentimental du groupe. Tout le monde a le même costume, tasse-toi Village People.
You know what else sounds sexier than malware? The new Plants and Animals album, The End of That.
As one might expect from any band’s third album, Montreal indie outfit Plants and Animals’ latest offering, The End of That, is of a more mature sound than its predecessors.
Back on September 24, 2011, Plants and Animals played an intimate show in the live room at the Breakglass studio in Montreal. The show was part of the Pop Montreal festival, which the band first played at a few years ago when touring for the album Parc Avenue.
Le son de ce troisième album est épuré, moins dense que les deux précédents. Il comporte encore un peu d’expérimentation sonore, mais également beaucoup de compositions acoustiques sans artifice.
The End of That pourrait finalement faire écho à une autre célèbre trilogie, celle western du maestro Sergio Leone, autre obsédé d’Americana. Après tout, il s’agit toujours de la même histoire, celle de l’homme confronté à une époque qui se termine.
The End of That a un coeur, une âme et une poigne.
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