Ghost Town, Mb. / Mondragon / CKUW: the Phonemes, Metal Kites, & Ingrid Gatin in Concert, June 13
Ghost Town, Mb., Mondragon & CKUW present
the PHONEMES (Blocks Recording Club, from Toronto)
METAL KITES (John Tielli, from Toronto)
INGRID GATIN (from Winnipeg)
at the Rocker
Sun., Jun. 13
Doors 8pm | Music 9pm
The musical project of Magali Meagher, the Phonemes’ sinewy lyrical imagery finds purchase in simple, melody driven songs and layered rhythm. Sometimes with a band and sometimes with only her own two wings, Magali has sung her way across North America and Europe with Owen Pallett, Bob Wiseman, Basia Bulat, Laura Barrett, The Hidden Cameras, Forest City Lovers and others, backed up American indie icon Daniel Johnston on drums, starred in The Rat King rock opera at New York's international Fringe Festival, opened Kids in the Hall Scott Thompson's "Scottastrophe" tour as well as composed music for a handful animated films. Magali's song "April, let's send his colleagues an e-mail" appears on this year's Friends in Bellwoods compilation to benefit the Toronto Daily Bread Foodbank. Magali is also a member of the wildly popular, Weezer approved band Sheezer with Dana Snell (The Bicycles, Gentleman Reg), Laura Barrett, Robin Hatch (formerly of Sports, the band) and Alysha Haugen.
The Phonemes latest recording released on Blocks Recording Club "There's something we've been meaning to do" was recorded by Efrim Menuck (A Silver Mt. Zion, Godspeed you black emperor) at thee mighty hotel2tango (Arcade Fire, Vic Chesnutt) and features ubiquitous wunderkind Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy).
Magali is working on a second full length recording entitled “The Vanishing Point” to be released in 2010.
Despite the laws of physics, John Tielli's Metal Kites have taken flight. This unusual and beautiful feat was accomplished with the aid of male and female voices, guitars, synths, drums and an assortment of unconventional sounds including tapping, howling, clanking, thumping, swishing, and the melancholic cries of a theremin. These textures along with haunting melodies and dreamlike stories of spiritual and intellectual awakening bring to mind the subconscious explorations of influences such as The Pixies, the Talking Heads, Bob Dylan and film maker David Lynch. Each Metal Kites song seems to create a little world of it's own with unexpected twists that keep you hanging on to every last word and note.
If the listener hears similarities in the timbre and last name of the lead singer to Martin Tielli of Rheostatics that's because John Tielli is Martin's younger brother. If the listener hears some similarities to the Arcade Fire, that too would make sense, given that John's previous influential, Ottawa based indie rock outfit, Clark the band included two members of that band back in the early to mid 2000's (Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara). Incidentally, not long before becoming indie rock icons, the Arcade Fire actually opened for Clark the band on two occasions. Clark the band released 2 critically acclaimed CD's. Of Clark the band's 2005 release “The Woods”, Exclaim! Magazine announced: “truly special...a stunning achievement” and the Ottawa Sun declared: “it’s among the most sublime collection of brilliant, utterly unique pop music you are ever likely to hear.” In 2002 Clark the band was one of 3 finalists for CBC's “Big Break Contest” and subsequently appeared on ZED TV.
Since moving back to his hometown of Toronto in 2006, John Tielli who is the lead singer and primary songwriter of Metal Kites has taken up the theremin and seems to have made a special bond with the unusual instrument. This has led to him accompanying respected artists such as Laura Barrett and the Phonemes. Tielli is also an accomplished animator and recently used these skills to collaborate with pal and painter Casey McGlynn to create a heart-wrenching video for the Metal Kites song “Rabbit In the Hat” which was produced with a grant from CTV's Bravo!FACT.
Metal Kites currently is somewhat of a rotating roster of engaging and accomplished personnel that includes Magali Meagher of the Phonemes, Dan Goldman and Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink, and John's younger brother Doug Tielli of the Silt. These musicians have also contributed to the upcoming Metal Kites debut CD which is being recorded and engineered by Jeff McMurrich who is known for his work with many of Toronto's finest including the Constantines. The album, tentatively titled “Fireflies” is expected to be available this spring or summer.
Ingrid Gatin makes eclectic beautiful. With accordion, piano, vocals, handclaps, foot-stomps, and tambourine, she is a little bit gypsy, a little bit soul, and a lot of passion. One of Winnipeg's own up-and-coming singer/songwriter/arrangers, Ingrid is getting ready to take Canada by storm. - - - - Ingrid has been touring by train, writing music in a cabin in the woods--dancing, singing, playing on instruments and banging on the floors and walls, you'll hear her coming your way.