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September 2010 "Shimmering Lights" One-Sheet
Toronto's Meligrove Band makes music that is heavy yet pop; it's noisy but it's full of melody. Catchy hooks
sit alongside violins, organs and brass, wired through any number of guitar pedals - all atop a pounding,
fuzz-bass rhythm section. They've taken their explosive live show across Canada, the USA, the UK and
even the Azores, touring with the likes of Dinosaur Jr, Tokyo Police Club, the Constantines among others,
playing anywhere from large outdoor festivals and concert halls to Brooklyn art galleries, Philadelphia
church basements, and the curling club in northwestern Kenora, Ontario.
The Meligrove Band were one of the first Canadian acts to sign a worldwide deal with V2 Records, releasing
Planets Conspire to massive critical acclaim in 2006. The Times of London said that "every song is murderously
catchy, with a rickety charm" while Rough Trade Shops made it their Album of the Month, proclaiming
"this isn't disposable pop; this is stuff that gets into your bloodstream and overwhelms you."
At home in Canada, Exclaim called Planets Conspire "strong as super glue" while it reached #2 on college
radio. The band performed live on MTV Canada... twice. SPIN.com selected them as Artist of the Day.
And then... V2 Records folded, effectively canceling the album's US release, and removing any deadline or urgency
from the task of making their next album - not to mention the money to do it.
Touring became more sporadic, while the band took a slow, piecemeal approach to album-making. Freedom from label timetables allowed the band to experiment with sounds and production, going back to recording mostly in their homes, with no idea of how the eventual album would be released. The band would take a week to record, then do a run of shows down the Eastern seaboard, or accept an invite to a faraway festival. They'd get home, go over what they'd recorded, and try new ideas that came to them on the road. Most of the singing happened in a few days at a cottage up north with no phone or internet. Rich Aucoin recorded his own vibraphone on "Bones Attack!!" in Halifax and emailed it to the band. Jose Contreras, who produced the previous album, and recorded all of the drums and bass for this new one, returned to mix the songs as well.
The band's new LP, Shimmering Lights was released on September 21st, 2010 in the United States (Last Gang) and Canada (Nevado) on vinyl and CD, with international releases to follow. The first single, "Halflight," was released as a limited 7" on August 24th in Canada. Both have garnered a lot of praise already, like...
"Power-pop perfection... Pick a song at random and you'd be guaranteed to come away listening to one of the catchiest tunes you're ever likely to hear" - The Guardian
"One of the most innovative bands, both live and on record... (Shimmering Lights is) stonking and immediately-pleasing" - Almost Gold Recordings
"Off-kilter pop songs with a newfound sonic grittiness that recalls old Flaming Lips... a fantastic record" - AUX
"Hot, sticky and awesome" - RCRD LBL
"Jittering and tightly-packed" - National Post
"Smart, crisp, and extremely hooky" - Crawdaddy
"Glossy and greasy at its best" - Exclaim
"Full of hooky goodness" - Now
"Continues the band's remarkable evolution... entirely unique... less power-pop than epic pop... they're finishing (the decade) as a pop force" - FFWD
"Competing indie wunderkinds will be ripping off Shimmering Lights for years" - Measured in Gramophone
"By the time it wraps up, you could've sworn it just began... a short-but-sweet rollercoaster ride" - Chart
"You need this album... An experimental, dynamic record... it's full of surprises" - The Muse in Music
"Never has surviving the Night of the Living Dead sounded like such a party" - Dose