Summer of Drums

In Montréal, summer usually means late loungy nights, extensive parc hangs, and near-daily swims. After the brutality of cold and ice, followed by the annual spring sport of dodging melted-free garbage and dogshit, summer feels clean and grass-fresh and wraps you in cozy humidity like you’ll never feel cold again. And you deserve it. It is the best time to do very, very little.

This year, however, I went against all my summer values, and scheduled the hell out of myself every weekend from mid-June to mid-September. FOR DRUMS, mostly. Because drums are the best. And because I tend to over-rehearse out of nerves. Here’s a breakdown of what has been up, and why I have not been at the pool.


Recording a new Big Knife Little Knife album

We spent a few weekends in Ottawa recording at Little Bullhorn again this year. Recording sounds like it would be fun, but (especially on a budget and strict timeline) it can be repetitive and nerve-wracking and gruelling and boring in equal and alternating measures. It’s only really tolerable when you’re with people you like and have a goal that means something, so clearly we make our own fun. But also, this is my first full-length and I love the songs we made and I am SO EXCITED that it is going to be a real thing in real life.

We made this little recap video of the process.


Playing a Halifax show with Dance Movie (Aug 5)

Tara Thorne of Dance Movie is my long-ago roommate, my forever road trip partner, and also the first person ever to ask me to play on a recording. That was almost six years ago when I was brand new to drumming, and I could barely keep it together, but even though she had other options, she wanted me on it anyway, because she knows that the only way to learn how to do things is to actually do those things. That recording was generously edited after the fact. ;)

In the same vein, we booked a tour together shortly after because WHY NOT, which I discovered last week immortalized on my parents’ basement wall.

No statute of limitations on memorabilia. #parents #basement

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If you’re in Halifax, I’ll be filling in on drums for Dance Movie tonight at the Seahorse with Aqua Alta: FB event here


Releasing a Big Knife Little Knife live video

We recorded this video in March, and you can read full details here. Everybody’s jealous that my elbow got top billing, but they’re trying to be cool about it.


Upcoming shows

We’ll be rushing back and forth from weddings and cottages to play a few shows as summer winds itself out, and I’m super excited to report that we’ll be playing with Joanna Gruesome in October. Yeah!

August 28, 2015 – Scanner, Quebec City
with Albatros, 1971

September 4, 2015 – l’Escogriffe, Montreal (fb)
with The Famines (Album launch) and Emotional Hardcore

October 27, 2015 – Sala Rossa, Montréal (fb)
with Joanna Gruesome and Aye Nako

One Comment on “Summer of Drums

  1. Love, love, love this. Someday I’m gonna get to one of your shows!

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