Canada’s eclectic alt-country trio, Elliot Brood graced Philadelphia’s North Star venue with an impassioned performance last week with support from The Pack AD and The Timid Roosevelts for what proved to be an engaging and almost indefinable experience. Elliot Brood incorporate a vast array of musical influences into a sound that is much larger than the sum of its parts. Now active over 10 years, the band has been described with curious descriptions that range from “death country” to “revival music.” This multifaceted three piece throws everything at the listener but the kitchen sink, including the use of banjos, percussion, ukuleles, harmonicas, keys, and samplers, to name just a few pieces from their vast musical arsenal. Elliot Brood is like the Mike Patton of revival music, you never know what to expect next, but their performance is far from hap-hazard. Within this eclectic musical framework, Elliot Brood is able to define and move the audience through a range of moods and movements that stay fresh and exciting even if alt-country is not your dominant style of choice. The band has racked up many achievements and punctuated the last few years with a Genie Award nomination for Achievement in Music: Original Song, as part of their score for Adriana Maggs’ film Grown Up Movie Star. Elliot Brood is currently touring in support of their most recent full-length effort on Paper Bag Records, Days Into Years, which hit streets last September in Canada and saw it’s American debut last month. Last week’s North Star performance is a featured date on the band’s current US tour in support of Days Into Years.
The evening was rounded out by fellow Canadians and touring companions, The Pack A.D., who cruised through several songs with their high-octane garage rock stylings in what seemed like no time. The band has a definite White Stripes vibe going on, but that’s not a dismissive assessment. The band offers a high-energy, rock-infused set with short songs and very little filler bringing some extra diversity to the table that made for a welcomed addition. Local NJ band The Timid Roosevelts kicked off the evening with their pop-riddled indie tunes that quickly drew a crowd in the always visually stimulating North Star venue.
Our incredibly talented photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a set of photos for your viewing pleasure.
All pictures by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging.
The Timid Roosevelts
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‘Owen Sound’ by Elliott BROOD, Pianos, NYC, 14 March 2012
Elliot Brood live @ Lee’s Palace bringing in 2012