Date: November 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 pm
It’s gettin’ cold out there! Warm up with a triple helping of new music from fantastic Alberta talent: Amy van Keeken performs brand new material from her new album, “In Dreams” with opener Caity Fisher and late-night headliners Lab Coast.
About “In Dreams” by Amy van Keeken:
In Dreams is Edmonton singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Amy van Keeken’s fourth solo release and first full-length LP. It follows her 2016 EP, All the Time, which earned two Edmonton Music Awards nominations — Best Folk/Roots Recording and Best Female Artist.
Amy began recording In Dreams in September 2017 and nurtured it over the fall and winter through a number of organic, intimate and collaborative sessions with co-producer Patrick Michalak who also engineered and mixed the album.
Mastered by Mitch Holtby (Mitchmatic) the album features musical performances by Nick “Smokey” Johnson (vocals, second guitar on You’ve Gone Away), Peter Hendrickson (drums, percussion), Doug Organ (vibes), Darren Radbourne (cornet, organ), and Nathaniel Wong (strings).
Along with being a performing musician, Amy is a voice teacher, a broadcaster, and a rock band mentor for youth. She is a member of folk/roots band The AwesomeHots, experimental rock band Mysticeti, and was a founding member of rock band The Secretaries.
About Lab Coast:
Since 2008, Lab Coast has been delivering hazy bursts of hook-laden guitar pop via a string of critically-acclaimed, award-winning albums, EPs, and singles. From their basement studio in Calgary, Alberta, the songwriting team of singer David Laing & multi-instrumentalist Chris Dadge (Chad VanGaalen, Alvvays, Bug Incision, Samantha Savage Smith) carve out detailed analog productions, drawing from the wealth of instruments that friends leave at the Lab Coast practice space, and gradually advancing the ever-evolving studio techniques that they’ve been honing since day one. The band’s home-brewed recordings sit in the tradition of DIY-recorders such as McCartney, early Guided By Voices, and R. Stevie Moore, while the songs themselves recall the likes of Teenage Fanclub, early REM, and Britpop lynchpins like the The La’s and The Stone Roses. Reviewing their last full-length album, Remember The Moon, the Toronto Star wrote that “Lab Coast has grown so good at making a certain species of scuffed-up, small-scale psych-pop that the rest of Canada really no longer has any excuse not to pay attention.”
Last year, the band teamed up with Brighton, UK-based label Faux Discx to release Lab Coast, a compilation of the best of the band’s first four albums. The 16-song collection presented the cream of Dadge’s bustling rhythms and compact, tightly-wound strings of melody, Laing’s understated crooning and strangely-abstract-yet-poignant lyrics, and the band’s melange of FX-drenched guitars, rubbery bass parts, cello, violin, hybrid sampled/live drum parts, pitch-shifted percussion, sax, banjo, and organ. AllMusic called it “essentially an introduction to what an outsider to the Calgary music scene can only assume is one of its best-kept secrets.”
Onstage, Laing and Dadge are joined by guitarists Samantha Savage Smith and Scott Munro (Preoccupations, Chad VanGaalen), and bassist Ryan Bourne (Ghostkeeper, Sleepkit, Chad VanGaalen).
About Caity Fisher:
Caity Fisher’s guitar-heavy project centres on her deep, soothing vocals and well-crafted, serious-yet-playful lyrics. With lines like, “Some things are beautiful like headbangers in slo-mo,” you’ll be chanting her pretty ditties in your head well after the first spin. (Sled Island)