Canada. Throughout recorded history, this mystical chunk of frozen
tundra has gifted humanity with an impressive array of cultural
contributions. From voluminous reserves of maple syrup, Molson beer and
poutine to Neil Young, Broken Social Scene and Terrance & Phillip,
The Great White North continues to dazzle the world with its ability to
redefine the boundaries of creativity.
This December, the boundaries will inevitably be pushed once again as The Peoples’ Party are proud to announce the arrival of Canada’s indie folk supremos Immaculate Machine in HK for one night only at The Fringe Club on 4th December.
Hailing from Victoria, BC – the same town that brought us Hot Hot Heat and No Means No – Immaculate Machine released their first studio album, The View, in 2003. After signing with Mint Records (Neko Case, The Handsome Family) in early 2005, the band released Ones and Zeros (2005). Two years and two albums later, Immaculate’s single Jarhand from their album Fables (2007) was featured as iTunes’ single of the week. They’ve also topped the College radio charts on both coasts as #1.
Inspired by sweat, dancing, love and political dissent, Immaculate Machine is a tight trio that sings in three-part harmonies and strangled shouts above crashing drums, catchy keyboards and electric guitar. Rotating lead vocals and songwriting contributions from all three members result in a style that is truly hard to pin down. Growing up with grunge and punk, they quickly developed an appetite for all types of music, new and old; the threesome has a particular appreciation for music that makes political messages fun and accessible. Their energy and enjoyment of the music rubs off on the crowd, and shows frequently end up as frenetic dance parties.
In the western press, much has been made of Immaculate Machine’s connection with the New Pornographers. They’ve toured extensively together and Kathryn Calder has been a performing member of those Pornographers since 2005. The groups also share the same production team (JC/DC) with fellow Canadians Tegan & Sara. However, seeing the Immaculates as part and parcel of the Pornographers would be a gross underestimation of the creative vitality ingrained in their sound.
Speaking of sound, NME described Immaculate Machine as “what Arcade Fire would sound like if they were injected with liquidized Jelly Tots and worried more about the monotony of living in a desolate town than world terrorism and death.” Fine praise indeed, and for all the good folks who come along on the 4th, they’ll be treated to an early Christmas present of an elegant symbiosis of punk, pop, and folk sensibilities muddied up with a heap of that good ol’ Northwestern indie grunge. Superb!
The Peoples' Party presents:
+ support TBA
Tickets (from Fringe Box office): $200 adv $220 door (both include 1 drink)
(information found online)
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