For those of you, like me, who missed last night’s launch of Erika Werry and the Alphabet Think yer so Smart CD at The Piston – and with it the premiere of the video for the CD’s first track “What” – here’s the video:
Toronto Singer/songwriter Erika Werry recently gave me a shout about her upcoming Think yer so Smart CD release, recorded by her band Erika Werry and the Alphabet and featuring co-producer Ian Blurton on guitar. While I won’t be able to make it to the April 4 release this week, I was able to give it a listen so I could tell y’all about it.
An eclectic 14 tracks, Think yer so Smart is an energetic and soulful mix of folk, roots and alt country, with a bit of punk thrown in. The CD opens with punk rock rant “What” (the video will be premiering at the CD launch on Thursday), an anti-anthem for posers, tools and jackassery, changing gears in the next track with the bluesy country ballad “Matchless,” a hint of gospel flavour with its organ arrangement. “Neil” has a kicky pop sensibility, with playful guitar licks and a story of love from afar. Later tracks are poetic, lyrics painting a picture in the introspective “Uh Oh,” and in the wistful memories and haunting harmonies of “Shirley.”
The songs on Think yer so Smart move and breathe, with Werry exhaling each story with all the ache, heart and soul-searching of life – some with a driving beat, others comfy and slow – like sitting by a campfire, wrapped in a blanket. Check it out on the Erika Werry and the Alphabet Bandcamp page. You can also find them on the CBC Music site.
The launch for Think yer so Smart is Thursday, April 4 at The Piston (937 Bloor St. West – near Ossington) – doors open at 9 p.m. Opening acts include Tim Vesley (who also co-produced Think yer so Smart), and Lost and Profound. Erika Werry & the Alphabet will also be premiering their music video of “What” (the opening track on the CD). Tickets can be purchased at the door only: $15 with CD or $8 without.
Some cool trivia: Think yer so Smart was recorded at the Woodshed (Blue Rodeo’s studio) and the video for “What” was shot in Toronto last summer at Trinity Bellwoods Park on one of the most scorching hot days of the season.
Drop on by cowbell again after April 4 – I’ll have the vid link for “What” posted.
Lots more to do – some great stuff coming up.
This Friday/weekend (September 14-16), head on over to Trinity Bellwoods Park for the annual Queen West Art Crawl – and check out the outdoor show of arts, crafts, food and all that good stuff. Among the artists there this year is photographer Pamela Williams (http://www.interlog.com/~romantic/), who does incredible black and white photography of cemetery monuments. There’s also neighbourhood walks around the Queen West ‘hood and the Parkdale nightcrawl.
For more details, visit their website: http://www.queenwestartcrawl.com/
Also wanted to give an advance shout out to Alumnae Theatre Company’s upcoming world premiere of Lisa Moore’s play February – directed by Michelle Alexander, and featuring actors Kathleen Jackson Allamby, Trevor Cartlidge, Justin Skye Conley, John Fray, Lavetta Griffin and Steve Switzman. February opens Friday, September 21 and runs until Saturday, October 6 – with a Q&A talkback with the director, design team and cast (and possibly the playwright) after the matinée on Sunday, September 23.
For more info and reservations, visit the Alumnae website: http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/1213feb.html
Tonight, I’m off to Glad Day Bookshop to see this month’s installment of The Beautiful and The Damned (scroll down to the September 11 post for details). Back with the scoop on that tomorrow.