Monday, February 18, 2008
New Constantines Album Leaks, Rocks
Oh, such is the reality of the modern era. Last week, on the exact same day Guelph-turned-Toronto rock n' rollers the Constantines announced the details of their new album, the whole thing surfaced online for download even though the album, entitled Kensington Heights, isn't set to hit shelves until April 29th. It's their first release on Toronto-based indie super-label Arts & Crafts, after their previous label, Three Gut Records called it quits soon after the release of their last album, 2005's Tournament of Hearts.
Upon first listen, there are no real surprises in this, their fourth album. The guitars crackle, the bass lines still groove, the drums still pound, and Bry Webb's signature Springsteen-meets-MacKaye rasp remains in top shape.
As a big fan of both the band and the label, I'm going to fight my urges to distribute the album in its entirety. But here's a sneak peak of what can be expected, which demonstrate the range of perhaps the most consistently impressive Canadian indie rock band.
the Constantines - Brother Run Them Down
the Constantines - Life or Death
Bonus (from Friends in Bellwoods compilation):
Bry Webb & Casey Mecija (of Oh Bijou) - Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (Velvet Underground Cover)