NXNE Preview: Harvest Breed

Harvest Breed

Chiara Recommends Harvest Breed:
Thursday June 13 – 9pm at The Monarch Tavern
w/ Charlotte Day Wilson (8pm), Familiar Wild (10pm) T. Nile (11pm), Arstidir (12am), Archery Guild (1am), The Human Orchestra (2am)

Montreal/Sherbrooke, Quebec six-piece Harvest Breed is the project of C-Antoine Gosselin (vocals, composer) and Philippe Custeau (guitar, songwriter); and is rounded out with Maxime Rouleau, Marco Gosselin, Sylvain Lussier, and Gabriel Lemieux-Maillé. Previously known as Jake and the Leprechauns, the band released their latest album – and their first under new name Harvest Breed – entitled Everything Changes last year.

Named as a nod to Neil Young’s Harvest (as well as the Nick Drake song), there are elements of classic folk- and country-rock to the band. And while they do fall into the “folk” genre, this label does not do their sound justice. Beyond the expectant banjo and resounding handclaps, there is often also melancholy keys as well as gorgeous resplendent layers of horns and exquisite string arrangements that truly bring the band to life. Overflowing with gentle bravado, there exists an understated grandeur in the expansive orchestral nature of their music, which serves as a backdrop to the fuzzy softness of Gosselin’s enchanting choral vocals. It also likely doesn’t hurt that their album was recorded in The Arcade Fire church with engineer Mark Lawson!

It’s a bit of a hole-in-the-wall off the typical NXNE route, but be sure to stop in at The Monarch Tavern on Thursday night to check out Harvest Breed. The entire showcase promises to be filled with the glittering splendour of folk music.

If you are unfamiliar with Harvest Breed, go ahead and check out their video for “Don’t Give Up On Me” below.

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Categories: NXNE 2013


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