Apparently Iceland is not that far removed from Halifax. According to Plants and Animals’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Warren Spicer, the country with the chilly name has weather like Halifax in December. His Montreal-based band is back in North American waters after playing Iceland Airwaves, a music festival in Reykjavik.
“It was like summer camp. We had so much fun,” says drummer Matthew “Woody” Woodley, in an interview back in November, before they played the Grawood with Elliott Brood. “There are beautiful sites and amazing people. We were itching to play more.” Both Spicer and Woodley, native Haligonians, have been playing together since they were 12. They moved to Montreal in 1996 where they met bassist and theatre music composer, Nicolas Basque.
Their melodic and rhythmic music is layered and elicits a number of descriptions such as post-classic rock, earth rock, French tribal and even “Phish but not sucky.” For Spicer, the aim is not to worry about labelling the music but to make good solid rock. “I don’t really listen to Phish, but I guess the not-sucky part is good,” says the mustachioed Spicer.
Plants and Animals are ready to rock Halifax this Saturday. Last year they released their new With/avec EP and their full-length album Parc Avenue is now available. Aside from seeing family, Woodley said he was looking forward to frequenting old haunts like Lawrencetown, Duncans Cove and the Economy Shoe Shop and “getting drunk like a Maritimer.”
Their live shows have a reputation for its explosive energy. Fans can expect to see straight-up rock, fireworks, somersaults and back flips. “If Nick’s in shape,” laughs Woodley. “It’ll be a crazy rollercoaster of fun."
Plants and Animals w/Rich Aucoin, Friday, May 2 at the Marquee, 2037 Gottingen, 10pm, $10, ticketpro.ca.
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