Mike Feuerstack's list of collaborators is exceeded only by his admirers, as evidenced by the recent Snailhouse tribute album, Do You Want to Talk All Night? (Sappy Records). Feuerstack, the heart of Snailhouse, got his start playing in the well-loved, but often overlooked, Moncton hardcore band The Underdogs alongside Rick White (Eric's Trip/Elevator). The list of conspirators grew and includes Julie Doiron, Angela Desveaux, Aaron Booth, as well as members of The Promise Ring, Kepler, Islands, Bell Orchestre, The Dismemberment Plan and Wintersleep. Mike Belyea of Ermine, Jon Epworth Band and Tongan Death Grip joins that list.
"I was on tour with Julie Doiron around the time The Silence Show (Snailhouse's 2005 album) came out, and we did a handful of shows with Epworth and Ermine," says Feuerstack. "I loved his (Belyea's) drumming, plain and simple."
With such a varied cast of musicians working alongside Feuerstack, there might be the expectation that consistency of vision is difficult to maintain, but Snailhouse's output, including his latest offering, Lies on the Prize, is unwaveringly and radiantly simple and sublime.
"The songs comprise a body of work, written and usually sung by me. It's a fun and lucky thing to be blessed with so many talented musicians that want to help me re-interpret and re-invent the songs.
"All collaboration feels weird, and I like to look on that as a good thing. If you feel like you're making unique music, it's a pleasantly odd feeling."
And what can the Seahorse audience expect from Feuerstack and his current Snailhouse band? "A lot of material from Lies on the Prize, some old Snailhouse favourites, a new sketch or two and maybe even a cover. The band will be me, Kyle Cunjak, Mike Belyea and Nick Cobham. Expect us to deliver with soul and style."
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