Little Foot Long Foot

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Little Foot Long Foot are a rock band from Toronto. Some of their songs sound like country, classic rock, jazz and soul. They don't like being compared to the White Stripes, but they do like the East Coast. In their own words, how awesome we all are: "The tour is going amazingly well. We are constantly amazed by how welcoming and kind everyone out east has been," says Isaac Klein (drums). "One of the best examples would be this past weekend in PEI... it's 2am outside the bar we played in that night, and there are piles of drunkards outside and they're all leaning on our car. We warily walk up to the car to start packing the gear, ready to have a bit of an altercation with all these dudes leaning up against the doors, and what do they do once they see Joan unlock the trunk? They apologize profusely and offer us help loading the car. We're starting to bore each other with the same conversation we're having with everyone that we meet: The Toronto music scene is terribly dog eat dog for the most part, yet out here people still seem to value musicians (and musicians value each other). Another great example of how the east brings out the kindness in people? Before one show, there were a bunch of Hell's Angels at the bar, so yeah, we were a bit nervous. Two burly bikers walk up to us and all our gear, and offer to buy us beer! Perhaps we shall never leave." Singer and guitarist for the band, Joan Smith, gets compared to heavy hitters such as Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin, and her songwriting style provides a window into the big and little issues of her life. "Song writing for me used to be a lot about failed or pretend relationships and a lot of anger. 'Marriage Ain't a Promise' obviously doesn't come from a very positive place, but it's more tongue in cheek than it is a rage against social norms. Recently, though, a lot of the subjects for our songs come out of ridiculous conversations we have," says Smith. "One of our new songs, for example, is loosely based on a crazy bazouki playing landlord back in Toronto (called 'Half Man/Half Mule'), while another is about all the 'alt-country' musicians we see around wearing cowboy shirts and writing songs about raising cattle, when really they grew up Richmond Hill (a Toronto suburb) and spent their formative years playing Sega Genesis and crying about mosquitoes at summer camp (that one's called 'Fake Cowboys')." See them in all their glory on Saturday, July 5 with Carmen Townsend and My Shaky Jane at The Seahorse (10pm, $7) and Tuesday, July 8 with My Shaky Jane and Alice Stops Time at Gus' Pub (10pm , $5).

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