Published Feb 17, 2009After joining forces late last year, former Unicorn Alden Penner and ex-Arcade Fire man Brendan Reed are ready to give us the first taste of Clues. Via Constellation/Villa Villa Nola, the Montrealers have given word their joint effort's self-titled debut has been granted the due date of May 19 and, according to the press release, will be "full of secrets, smiles, snarls and sing-alongs."
As previously reported, Clues come boasting several of Reed and Penner's musical pals, such as multi-instrumentalists Ben Borden (Les Automates de Maxime de la Rochefoucauld), Lisa Gamble (Gambletron, Evangelista, Hrsta) and Nick Scribner (Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble). The band also recorded the album's 11 tracks in the deep freeze that usually comes with a Montreal winter, at the city's famed Hotel2Tango, where they took influences ranging from post-punk to no wave to psych and mashed them all together to create "a rare breed of complex pop anthems," the release tells us.
In regards to packaging, the record will be available on CD in a custom gatefold cardstock package printed with fancy metallic and full colour inks, as well as on some hefty 180-gram vinyl.
Here are the tracks on the album, along with the band's upcoming tour dates so far:
2. "Remember Severed Head"
3. "Approach The Throne"
4. "In The Dream"
5. "You Have My Eyes Now"
6. "Perfect Fit"
8. "Cave Mouth"
11. "Lets Get Strong"
Clues tour dates:
2/26 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
2/27 Visalla, CA - Howle and Sons Pizza and Beer
2/28 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop (Noise Pop Festival)
3/1 Eugene, OR - Sam Bonds Garage
3/2 Portland OR - Backspace
3/3 Olympia, WA - The Big Room
3/4 Seattle WA - The Vera Project
3/5 Vancouver BC - The Bitmore Cabaret