First there was York Redoubt. Then there was Long Long Long. And now there is Each Other. When Brad Loughead and Mike Wright moved to Montreal in 2011, they teamed up with ex-Burdock Christian Simmons, another Haligonian, and formed the dream-space trio. After a string of EPs, and discarded digital versions, Each Other is two months into having a buzz record in Being Elastic, which means business as usual, touring. The boys had a bad LP-release run to South By Southwest, returning without a car.
"It was a vehicle that had been in Montreal for too many winters," says Simmons. "We were touring in a station wagon which was really good on gas, and we broke down one or two times. We were in Texas, in the middle of South By Southwest. We were in a Ford Focus, which you can't throw a rock and not hit two of them in Montreal. But in Texas they were like 'You got yourself one of these rare vehicles, we don't know what to do with it.'"
The 12-song Being Elastic, on the other hand, is very sure of itself, all angular guitar parts and harmony lines. It came together on a computer first, then scrapped once Simmons and Jackson MacIntosh (Sheer Agony) built their analogue studio. "That's a deceptive quality of digital recording–it's actually not more convenient," says Simmons, laughing. "We have a community of people who are into analogue recording, and I've always been into it. We were getting into the philosophy of analogue recording and so were all of our friends," so it made sense to record Each Other that way.
"It's one more thing on the same trajectory," he adds. "We like to use tube amplifiers and certain guitars. It's one more thing in line with the general aesthetic we're going for."
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