Published Mar 28, 2017Greg MacPherson recently detailed his debut LP as Figure Walking, but before The Big Other arrives next month, the songwriter has shared details of a support tour and a new track from the album.
A short Canadian trek will see MacPherson and drummer Rob Gardiner travel through Ontario and Quebec for eight dates in April and May. The itinerary, which can be found below, points to stops in Guelph, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Montreal and Windsor. A press release reveals that more dates are to be announced.
Along with the tour details, the duo have shared a new song, "Spring Thaw," a punchy post-punk number that chronicles the changing of seasons in Winnipeg.
MacPherson had this to say about the inspiration behind the track:
"Spring Thaw" is a Winnipeg love song. Winter in Winnipeg is a deep freeze that starts in late October. There's an annual tipping point between frustration and madness that falls for some around Valentine's Day and others when the clocks spring forward. The longer the temperature stays below zero, the more we slide: binge drinking, tanning beds, violent crime, death metal, etc. Winnipeggers with money fly somewhere warm for a while but the rest of us stay inside pacing, shouting, and climbing walls.
Two consecutive days above zero in March though and people spill out onto the sidewalks staring directly into the sun... no time for spring, just a full commitment to the hottest day of the year four months before it arrives. Fires are set, a full moon every night for a week, cutoff jeans, mesh shoes, empty bottles in every filthy snowbank. This year, 2017, those two consecutive days are happening right now; people are yelling new words at each other and as I type this, old cars are doing brake-stands in the road-sand and trash.
"Spring Thaw" is about the brain fever that is spring in Winnipeg, the tidal pull of desire and desperation for change that makes people cheat on their best friend, move to another city, quit their safe job. It's also a testament to the fact that our frozen rivers are a temporary mask for Manitoba's glacially slow pace of change, particularly for those whose ancestors are buried along the banks of the Red and whose loved ones have been disappeared into its muddy waters.
The Big Other arrives through Disintegration Records on April 28. Find the band's current tour itinerary and "Spring Thaw" below.
04/28 Guelph, ON - Van Gogh's Ear
04/29 Kingston, ON - The Mansion House
04/30 Toronto, ON - Tranzac (5 p.m. show)
05/02 Hamilton, ON - Casbah (early show)
05/04 Lévis, QC - Maison de l'Amitié
05/04 Quebec City, QC - Alejandro's
05/05 Trois-Rivieres, QC - Microbrasserie Le Temps d'une Pinte
05/06 Montreal, QC - Bistro de Paris
05/07 Windsor, ON - Phog Lounge