THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC and ANNUALS at the Pike Room

WEDNESDAY MAY 5, 2010
doors at 8PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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At the rate they’re going, whether they mean to or not, THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC will alter the way in which people appreciate rock music. It might sound like a lofty achievement for an unlikely band of 20-somethings bred in the Toronto suburb of Milton, Ontario but if you pay close attention to their discography you’ll hear something entirely unique. Don’t disregard their dense art-pop breakthrough Underwater Cinematographer (2005) or the transitional tour EP, Phages (2006) completely; these are the keys to understanding how The Most Serene Republic came to form the masterful achievement that is Population, which might seem superficially sugary if it weren’t for the poison lurking under its remarkable layers of sound.

ANNUALS, the North Carolina based 6 piece, have had an incredible ride since their acclaimed debut album, Be He Me, came out over 3 years ago. Released when the band members were all around the age of nineteen, the album spread like a wildfire around the globe. Critics (everyone from Rolling Stone to the New York Times to the NME) and fans alike fell instantly for the young band’s expansive, energetic sound, igniting a frenzy amongst bloggers that has shown no signs of slowing down. Annuals sound comes from many different places. The band's musical influences range from such greats as Johnny Cash, Hayden, The Beach Boys, Paul Simon & Mike Patton. Adam Baker creatively shapes these musical influences with the dynamic sounds of nature, mountain streams, woodland wildlife, even sneaking in elements of Africian and Latin folk music. All melded together with Adam Baker’s sharply-honed melodic sensibilities, depicting themes of loneliness, loss, love and the organic world.

 

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