Published Jan 18, 2013Vancouver guitarist Gordon Smith has served up his fair share of heavy music via metal and punk projects like Rotting Hills, Shit for Brains, and Cooked and Eaten, but the six-stringer is unwinding, at least sonically, with his next project, Percheron. The country-inspired outfit will issue a 10-inch this spring via Killbomb Records.
Speaking with Exclaim!, Smith notes that he wrote the five-song set, basing it on his childhood "growing up in the deep woods of Nova Scotia with six brothers and three sisters on a farm." He explains that a fair amount of tragedy is woven through the 10-inch, with tracks tackling events like finding his father's dead body two days before the musician's 20th birthday, an automobile accident that landed him in the hospital for 18 months, and "losing a lot of my close friends" to drugs, liquor and guns.
You can stream the heart-wrenching, rustic shuffler "Vincent" down below and check out a couple more tracks over on Percheron's Bandcamp page.
On top of Smith's contributions, the rootsy eight-piece ensemble is rounded out by vocalist Ainsleah Hastings, banjoist/guitarist Blake Bamford, pedal steel player Jacob Mullen, fiddler Tegan Ceschi-Smith, guitarist Brock MacInnes, bassist Tim Mathias and drummer Joel Loewen. The crew recorded the set late last year with Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung) at the Hive Creative Studios in Burnaby, BC.
Though the release date has yet been set in stone for the EP, Percheron plays a hometown show tonight (January 18) at Vancouver's Railway Club with the Rock Band Called Time and a Roky Erickson tribute band called Two Headed Gord, featuring members of Anciients, Bison B.C. and Baptists.
1. Two Dollar Bills
3. Old Man on the Hill
4. Lonesome Creaking Hardwood
5. Our Haven Farm