Neighbourhood (2013)

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The economy is a strong subject on this album but also is the need for family and friendship. Imagine Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs crossed with Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball and you may be halfway there.

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Till the Morning Shows Her Face to Me (2011)

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Dovetailing with their previous release, The Gertrudes’ third album Till The Morning Shows Her Face To Me pursues the sparks and spaces suspended in the wake of their explosive 2010 LP Dawn Time Riot. If that one burned like a rapturous party, Till The Morning Shows Her Face to Me sobers up with sonic experimentation and quiet reflection amidst some razor sharp rock.

Tracks like the meditative Yellow Yard, the winter-grey solitude of Dreams and the soulful Carolina evoke quieter sensibilities, while Derby Girl is the out of control eruption of a lover scorned by a fishnet-stockinged fearless femme on roller skates.

Derby Girl

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Six Jars

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Good People

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Dawn Time Riot (2010)

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Rated 5 N’s by NOW Magazine!

Between the mandolins, singalong folk melodies and driving percussion come nods to 70s classic rock, left-field samples and sonic experimentation … Balk at the ambitiousness, cheer at the result.

Wind From The South

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Catfish John

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You Don’t Mind

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Hard Water (2009)

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The most exciting thing about the EP is how The Gertrudes contrast the old time feel of banjos, ukes and accordions with electronics, horns and theremin (sweet) to create modern, spooky tracks that are as thick and ominous, but also as breathtaking as a dense fog over the harbour. The seven minute epic, The Advancement of the Human Age, feels like it’s been given a sepia toned layer, but the band pushes the limits by experimenting with nice harmonies, effects and horns. The album closer, A New Sound, the theremin weaves around the guitar and banjo and lets the band focus on delivering a nicely executed slow build.

River

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Advancement Of The Human Age

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A New Sound

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