It’s not often you have a tour that you don’t want to come home from. Usually you’re ragged, tired of other beds, tired of other people, tired of Tim Horton’s, sick of cars and sound guys and asking for the wifi password. Sick to death. But not this tour.
Greetings from Glynn and a happy somewhat newish year to you and your faces, I hope your resolve is strong as ever as February stumbles toward Bethlehem to be born. Hi, how are you. I’m on a plane in a winter coat and moccasins, I’m flying to New York where it is even colder but I’m excited in my belly. I’ll be part of a great show called Communion on February 4th (performing solo at Rockwood Hall, 7pm). And New York is usually a good place to hang out. And then there’s the Olympics.. well, we all know about what’s going on with Russia’s new anti-gay laws. The Fugitives were inspired by the story of Dmitry Isakov, the first Russian to be arrested under these bigoted practices, who went back to hold up a sign in his town square even after being arrested and beaten for it the day before. We wrote a song about his brave story and got some people in our community together to make a little video for it- watch it here. Hopefully, with the world’s eyes on Sochi, some pressure for change will begin to mount as well as a further awareness of these sorts of homophobic practices around the world that simply can’t be tolerated any longer.
Ok, that was pretty serious. But there’s fun news in my world, too. As the Fugitives continue to support our recent release, Everything Will Happen, we’ve got some exciting stuff coming up. In March, we’ll be opening for the legendary Canadian folk-singer, Buffy St Marie, at theatres across the prairies. In May and June we will be touring Germany, Switzerland and the UK, capping it off with a performance at the Glastonbury Festival(!). Fun times indeed. Check out our tour page for dates, everything will be up there soon.
And now back to eating small sacks of salted snacks and finding the balance between hydrating my dry throat and not having to get up to climb over people for a bathroom break every 15 minutes. Ah, cross-continental flying. A wonder of human patience and resolve (there’s that word again).
Happy February! Onward and awkward.
It's been a long time coming but the day is finally here- the new Fugitives record Everything Will Happen is officially out today! It's been a labour of love and the combination of some incredible musicians and amazing production from our producer John Critchley and tons of support from our label Light Organ Records- anyway, we're really proud to finally have it out there. Here are the listening and purchasing links. Have at you!
The Fugitives Announce 'Everything Will Happen' Album, Map Out Canadian Tour
NEWS > SEP 12 2013
By Gregory AdamsFolk-flecked Vancouver band the Fugitives ran into problems this summer when their Bigger Than Luck EP suffered a pressing plant mix-up with a weight loss instructional disc, but they are no doubt keeping their fingers crossed that things go as planned for their newly announced Everything Will Happen LP. Barring any colossal blunders, the album arrives October 22 through Light Organ Records.
A press release notes that the project's Brendan McLeod and Adrian Glynn had headed out to Toronto to record three years' worth of songs with producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliot Brood). This trip yielded both Better Than Luck and Everything Will Happen, which is described as featuring their "fullest sound to date."
"While it's fun sitting around our living rooms writing horn lines with our mouths, it wouldn't sound too great on a recording," Glynn said in a statement of the album's evolution. "Thank God for talented friends."
The band's current arsenal of collaborators includes Mark Berube, CR Avery, violinist Hannah Epperson, multi-instrumentalist Steve Charles, and Benjamin Elliot.
While featuring previously released EP tracks "Bigger Than Luck" and "Old Mistakes," the album also includes nine new tunes. You can check out one of the fresher cuts, "My My," in a slow-mo, bathtub-set music video. You'll find the clip down below, where you'll also find the album's tracklisting and a stretch of cross-Canada tour dates.
Glynn also has a solo show lined up for St. James Hall in Vancouver on September 19.
Everything Will Happen:
1. Love Affairs 2. Old Mistakes 3. Wilderness Years 4. Study 5. Bigger Than Luck 6. Everything That's Going To Happen 7. Ring 8. Windows 9. Dinner With Clara Haber 10. My My 11. If This Is It
10/11 Chilliwack, BC - Evergreen Cultural Centre 10/15 Toronto, ON - Dakota Tavern 10/18-19 Mississauga, ON - Annual Folk Music Ontario Conference (OCFF Showcase) 10/23 London, ON - APK 10/25 Hamilton, ON - The Pearl Company 10/26 Wakefield, QC - The Blacksheep Inn 10/29 Toronto, ON - Rivoli 10/31 Guelph, ON - University of Guelph 11/01 Montreal – QC - Quai Des Brumes 11/03 Moncton, NB - Plan B 11/04 Truro, NS - Split Crow 11/06 Halifax, NS - The Company House 11/15 Airdrie, AB - Bert Church Theatre 11/16 Black Diamond, AB - The Stop 11/17 Edmonton, AB - ARTery 11/19 Regina, SK - Artful Dodger 11/21 Saskatoon, SK - Village Guitar 11/22 Calgary, AB - Ironwood 11/24 Revelstoke, BC - Revelstoke PAC 11/28 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore 11/29 Victoria, BC - Copper Owl
News! Thanks to all y'all who caught Steel Audrey and I on our Western Canada tour last month- we had an unforgettable three weeks of great shows and rocky mountain highs and met some fantastic people. Including you (maybe).
Next up? There's a couple Vancouver shows coming up for me- Aug 20th at the Jericho Folk Club and Sep 19th at St. James Hall with Jasper Sloan Yip. The rest of the Fall I'll be touring Canada with The Fugitives to support our new record, Everything Will Happen. Dates for the Fugitives tour will be going up shortly at www.fugitives.ca.
Speaking of the Fugitives, we put out a little appetizer EP in July called Bigger Than Luck, and it's been getting a lot of love on the CBC and has been in the top 10 on the Canadian college folk charts (yah!) for several weeks as well as cracking the CMJ charts in the U.S. If you'd like to hear/get the new stuff, go HERE (digital) or HERE (physical). If you'd like to read about our new CD getting mixed up with an audio weight loss instructional CD (yes, really), go HERE.
Other than that? I'm writing new tunes. I'm getting mad at Russia for being so bigoted and the Olympics for being complacent weaklings (check out Stephen Fry's letter about it here). I'm taking advantage of the little Vancouver summer I'm around for and doing Vancouverish things like canoeing to see movies (movies like Vinterberg's The Hunt, which is one of the best films I've seen in a long while). And otherwise getting along.
Anyway, happy August, friends. See you in the Fall.
Hey all, I'm sitting in balmy Edmonton, very excited to announce that our new Fugitives EP, "Bigger Than Luck", has just been released to the world! You can find it on iTunes here and physical copies are available here. We're really excited about this and very indebted to our producer, John Critchley, and all the amazing musicians and gang-vocal singers who helped us out on this one. I'm mid-way through my Western tour with Steel Audrey. We had a wonderful time in Northern BC playing shows and seeing northern lights and camping beside lakes. Now we're into the Alberta stretch with an Edmonton show tonight and a few Calgary shows on the weekend (check out the Tour page for details). We'll be swinging back through Southern BC next week.
Now to find a good whisky store in Edmonchuk..
Hey friends; Very excited to be heading out to Western Canada again on a solo tour. Steel Audrey and I will be looping up through Northern BC, down through Alberta and back through the Kootenays and the Okanagan through July. See the Tour page for details. In other news, The Fugitives have released their single "Bigger Than Luck" here on iTunes with the full EP of the same name set to release on July 16th. CBCMusic picked it as one of their 8 albums to check out this month and the song has been added into rotation on CBC's Radio1 and Radio3 so look out for it.
See you out there somewheres. For now, enjoy our take on the Thelma and Louise poster. We plan to get into some trouble on this tour...
The CBC included a little piece of mine about my dad in their Father's Day posting. Check it out here:
Vancouver Indie Folk Collective The Fugitives release Bigger Than LuckEP, July 16, on Light Organ Records, ahead of full-length album due this fall. Listen to the EP single “Bigger Than Luck” today. LISTEN TO “BIGGER THAN LUCK” HERE
You’d never know by listening to it, but The Fugitives new EP Bigger Than Luck is actually inspired by astronauts. Well, photos of astronauts. Vancouver based Songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod took the weekend off while recording their new EP with producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliot BROOD) to take in an exhibit of rare photos from the first two moon landings at New York’s Natural History Museum. Awestruck by the magnitude of these miracle photos that were tucked away in a small, bland corner of the museum, Glynn and McLeod felt like the images were a perfect reference for the themes of banality vs. wonder they were exploring on the EP. Glynn says, “We felt like Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber running out to everyone, yelling ‘We landed on the moon!’”
Out July 16 on Light Organ Records Bigger Than Luck is the precursor to a full-length album due this fall, but is by no means a trial run. Mastered by Greg Calbi (Of Monsters and Men, She & Him), featuring the vocals of Brandy Zdan, and the instrumentation of bluegrass guruChris Quinn and fiddler Sahra Featherstone, Bigger Than Luck marries the driving banjo and top-notch harmonies of past Fugitives’ releases.
McLeod says album single “Bigger Than Luck” is a feel good song from a cranky old man. “We’re always trying to remind ourselves to be grateful for being alive, and then next thing you know we’re giving the finger to a red light. So ‘Bigger Than Luck’ is an attempt to trick ourselves out of ingratitude.”
When not touring as musicians, Glynn and McLeod are active pursuing other disciplines. McLeod is an award winning novelist and former Canadian SLAM poetry champion, while Glynn is a working actor who received rave reviews for his role in Chelsea Hotel, a play based on the songs and poems of Leonard Cohen. Their band is similarly eclectic, boasting prominent former members like Mark Berube and CR Avery. The current arrangement of rotating cast members includes violin-looping prodigyHannah Epperson, multi-instrumentalist Steve Charles, and renowned actor Benjamin Elliot. As McLeod puts it, “We’re like Broken Social Scene. But acoustic, and way less famous.”
01- Bigger Than Luck
02- Old Mistakes
03- Slowly Undone
04- The City
ARTIST SITE: fugitives.ca
LABEL SITE: lightorganrecords.com
Hey, if you're a Rdio user you can now hear the album "Bruise" on their.. network? Can we call it a network? Anyway, it's on Rdio. So stream on: http://www.rdio.com/artist/Adrian_Glynn/album/Adrian_Glynn/
7 weeks in Toronto. Zero social life. 4 Cameron House gigs with The Fugitives. One leather recliner chair that has molded to my shape. This is what making a record is like. STUDIO!
Yes, I’ve been spending 6 days a week since New Year’s in Green Door Studio with producer John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Amelia Curran) and bandmate Brendan McLeod working on this new record. The Fugitives is basically just Brendan and I now (save for the wonderful musicians we hire to make us look/sound good) so all 3 of us got to know each other pretty well. Anyway, my label Light Organ Records will be putting out the new record in the Fall and we can’t wait. But we will have to.
We are about to embark on a Western Canada tour in March. We kick off with a Vancouver show at the Biltmore Cabaret and then head out to Winnipeg and back. I’m delighted to say that my good friend Hannah Epperson will be joining us on fiddle for this tour and opening a lot of our shows. Check the tour dates page!
(Apologies to my friends in Brandon, MB. Scheduling doesn’t allow us to visit you lovelies this time but definitely in the Fall).
I don’t have one. Just kidding. Right now I’m pretending to be sick so I can finally finish watching the Wire. Then I’ll be able to get on with things. Recent good read: The Sisters Brothers by Canadian author Patrick DeWitt. Simple language but some of the most vivid scenes I can remember reading in a long time.
So on and so forth.
When I was 15 and learning electric guitar i used to go home on Friday afternoons, turn up my amp (because there was no-one home to complain) and play Aneurysm and On A Plain as hard as i could. I'd jump around like a grunge animal and there would usually end up being blood spattered across the white pick-guard on my rental Godin and I'd collapse feeling like I got something out. Thanks, Kurt, for teaching me how to brood like a champ. And Happy Birthday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvwqSMRtoSI
Sorry for the hiatus, everyone. I've been very busy these last couple months with my other project, The Fugitives (www.fugitives.ca). We toured the UK before Xmas and have spent every day since New Year's in a studio in Toronto recording our new record. I spend 14 hours a day on a couch! I'm like one of those recliner-bound people on the spaceship in Wall-E. Anyway, you can catch me out on tour with the Fugitives in Western Canada next month, dates will be posted shortly.
In the meantime, here's a little video of rehearsing a song with a string quartet in the studio last week (i wish i got to do this every morning): Strings in the studio
Hey, sexy people from sexy towns. I hope you’re all smiling and well-fed. I know I am. Thanks so much to all you Northern BCers for making that little August tour so fun- the Robson Valley Music Fest was magic and all the shows around BC were fantastic, thanks for the support.
I’m back into the theatre world, for now. The play I was part of in February, Chelsea Hotel- featuring the songs of Leonard Cohen, has been picked up for a second go round at the Firehall Arts Centre in downtown Vancouver. We open Oct 3rd and run till Nov 3rd, come check us out if you’re in this town. The details are all here.
No rest for the weary, though. As soon as the play closes I’ll be hopping on a flight with the Fugitives to England where we’ll be touring for two weeks, fueled by pints of real ale and struggling to stay on the left side of the road. We’ll be posting our UK dates very soon, they’ll be here on my site and on the Fugitives site.
And that will take us up to the New Year when the Fugitives will head to Toronto to record a new record. Exciting times!
Maybe it’s in preparation for visiting England again, but I am ingesting a lot of British culture at the moment. I finally began reading English author, David Mitchell. I flew through his wonderful coming-of-age novel BlackSwan Green and am now onto Ghostwritten. I am also obsessed with a BBC documentary series called “Time”. It’s on Youtube. It’s one of those mind-blow type shows where your brain hurts after watching. At least mine does. Maybe my brain doesn't get enough exercise.
Hope to see you soon.
Hell-oh! I am writing this from balmy and bubbling New York City (mostly garbage juice that's bubbling). I haven't been to this city in a while and I have missed it. Too bad it's so boring.
Hey, Vancouver show at the Media Club Tuesday night (July 17th) with two spectack bands, Bruce Peninsula and the Weather Station. Very excited for this show. Here's the FB event: http://www.facebook.com/events/383224485047143/ and you can find tickets here: http://www.northerntickets.com/venue.php?id=3
Here is my response to the latest Lefsetz Letter re. Maroon 5 lyrics (the letter in question can be viewed here):
Dear Mr. Lefsetz;
I can't do it anymore. I've been getting your letter for over a year now. Sometimes I'm intrigued by it, sometimes I don't like it; sometimes I agree, sometimes I don't. But what I've never been able to handle is your mystifying fascination with grade-school quality lyrics. You break down lines that are so cliched as to be laugh-out-loudable as if you're deconstructing a Canterbury tale. Usually I just hit delete and try to ignore why an intelligent man has the lyrical taste of an illiterate 13-year old girl... but today that changed.
When you got to the part where you were actually analyzing and paying homage to some of the least imaginative and embarrassingly boring lyrics I've ever heard in this new Maroon 5 song I actually thought you were kidding. I was convinced it was a wind-up. Your reaction to the line "you turned your back on tomorrow" was an emphatic "Whew!". Really? This is satirical, right? But as I read on I realized that you were, in all earnestness, blown away by these lyrics. "I gave you my love to borrow but you gave it all away". These are the kinds of lyrics that make so much popular music unlistenable. And yet you practically deify it.
I just can't make sense of it. When there's platinum-sellling artists like Springsteen, who are blue-collar, poetic geniuses, who say something with every song- whether it's been said before or not, they give it depth and meaning. Or artists like Death Cab For Cutie, who still manage to write catchy-as-shit indie pop tunes but make almost every line mean something. Why are you, who has been privy to so much great music in your time, impressed by the dumbest shit ever written?
"You can't expect me to be fine
I don't expect you to care
I know I've said it before
But all of our bridges burned down"
What fucking bridges? This is dumb, Bob. Dumb and boring and awful. Children fail creative writing classes for stuff like this. If they don't, they should. And yet, you're putting it on a pedestal. You're embarrassing yourself. You're embarrassing me for (once) being a reader of yours. You are offering forgiveness to unforgivable music in a time when no such forgiveness need be offered. There is so much good music out there! So many lines of near-poetry embedded in catchy hooks. So many interesting and fresh ways to sing about old concepts like love and sex and fishing or whatever. But you waste our time and your brain cells on Adam Levine lyrics. This is why I can't be your reader anymore. I hope you understand.
To close, I will offer a quote from the great Maroon 5 that i know you'll appreciate: "Even the sun sets in paradise".
It's been nice reading you.