Published Jan 08, 2010Does a band still qualify as a supergroup even if you wouldn't recognize any of the members walking down the street?
Well, whatever the answer may be, Novels are a collaboration between several prominent, but not quite famous, Canadian indie musicians, including Born Ruffians singer Luke Lalonde and Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright. The five-piece line-up are rounded out by Will Currie (Will Currie & the Country French), Dean Marino (EX~PO) and Jay Sadlowski (Jay Sad).
Novels have been relatively quiet, but now each member of the band has contributed one song to the project. The resulting five tracks have been bundled as an EP, which is being offered as a free download from the band's website.
Recorded in a single day in Chemical Sound Studios in Toronto, the self-titled collection won't be sold in stores. Instead, the band encourage fans to share the music with anyone and everyone, writing, "Burn the Novels songs to some CDs" and "Share those CDs with strangers. Hide them at the supermarket! Leave them at your doctor's office! Have fun with it!"
The band's studio session was captured by cameras, and the resulting documentary will be shown at festivals such as Pop Montreal. You don't have to wait until then, however, since the documentary has been broken up into six streaming videos, which can be viewed here.