SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE at the Pike Room

THURSDAY MARCH 13, 2008
doors at 8PM, show at 8PM
tickets: $8 (buy tickets)

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Since Field Music’s final tour of the US last March, David Brewis has been busily piecing together the music of SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE. Primarily recorded by David alone and consciously susceptible to the cut-and-paste, multi-tasking tangents induced by laptop recording, these constructions are resolutely un-band-like, veering between the intricate and unplayable and the solitary and unadorned, their cohesion stemming from an embrace of all that is most personal. His album Sea From Shore can, in some ways, be seen as a companion piece to Field Music’s Tones of Town but where that record was preoccupied with the choices resulting from questions of time and place, here time is tied to people - often because of their absence, but at other times because their closeness is what rejuvenates us. Adding a collaborative presence, Sea From Shore features one or two cameo appearances from David’s hometown friends. Barry Hyde of The Futureheads plays guitar and sings on “Disappointment ‘99”, while the same band’s David Craig, sings on both “Disappointment ‘99” and “Extended Holiday”, along with former star of Kenickie and Rosita, Marie Nixon and their friend Sarah McKeown. School of Language’s live appearances, however, have thus far been completely solo - a one man and his guitar performance about as far removed from the current crop of anodyne singer-songwriters as it’s possible to be. Brewis has reccruited Ryan Rapsys from Euphone on drums and Doug McCombs from Tortoise on bass for this tour.

 

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