To paraphrase Carl Newman as he discussed why The New Pornographers would play a show six weeks before releasing the band’s eighth album (In the Morse Code of Brake Lights), he said “Budweiser” alluding to the beer company’s sponsorship of the 100th-anniversary celebration of the Danforth Music Hall. Newman went on to say something like “We avoided corporate sponsorship for so long, but since the world is a shitshow, who cares?”
Whatever the reason or the motivation, few music fans would begrudge the Vancouver-based (ish) indie supergroup their payday. Not only does this band create some of the tightest indie-power pop around, they seem just so damn likeable and comfortable doing what they do. The charming good-humoured front duo of Newman and Neko Case is a damn good reason to listen. Adding keyboardist Kathryn Calder and drummer Joe Seiders as a pair of harmonies layered on top is more than enough to make you love them.
Opening the show with fan fave Dancehall Domine, the band needed no warmup to sound tight and rich. Over the long set, The New Pornographers dipped into every album released over their 20+ year career including the upcoming one. The band debuted Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile, One Kind of Solomon (featuring keyboardist Blaine Thurier on harmonica) and Colossus of Rhodes.
The New Pornographers start the new album supporting tour in mid-September, playing shows throughout the east coast until November.
In the Morse Code of Brake Lights is being released on September 27th.