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Jon McKiel, Construction & Destruction, Sheer Agony and Wizards at Vangelis
June 18, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Jon McKiel is an east coast musician and performer not to be missed. Mckiel’s warm, plaintive voice and considered poetry blend with charming pop craft, analog textures, and thick guitar tones. Jon recently relocated from the south shore of Nova Scotia to Sackville, New Brunswick, a small town just across the marsh from where he grew up. This geography, a provincial and physical divide, and a past and present, seem central to his new 6-song, self-title EP, out this summer via Headless Owl Records.
Colleen Collins and David Trenaman met in London, Ontario, Canada in about 1994. And Construction & Destruction started in about 2005, or so. DARK LARK is the fifth album they’ve put together together. They did so in Port Greville, Nova Scotia, where they’ve lived since 2003 in an old house by the sea. They record, themselves and others, in the Quarantine: their living room studio.
Sheer Agony started in the winter of 2010 as a recording project between the guitar-playing half of Play Guitar, Jackson MacIntosh and Christian Simmons. The two had been working on building an analog recording studio for the better part of a year, and after acquiring a 1” tape machine from a guy in rural Quebec and the spring reverb unit from the studio The Sonics recorded in, they started recording some of MacIntosh’s songs, which tend towards eccentric guitar pop in the vein of the Soft Boys, the dB’s, Sell Out-era Who, Todd Rundgren, and the Homosexuals.