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The nature of Construction & Destruction

The foggy art-rock duo listens and observes.

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Construction & Destruction w/Julie Doiron, Jon McKiel
Friday, March 30, 8pm
Radstorm, 6050 Almon Street
$10/pwyc

Construction & Destruction might be among the most mythologized bands in this corner of the world, and it's not hard to see why: For years, partners Colleen Collins and Dave Trenaman have been quietly making foggy, artful rock from their seaside home in Port Greville. Like the movement of the tide outside their house, the band's musical output feels consistent but enigmatic. This month, they've been dotting across the Maritimes through the spring thaw with fellow gems Julie Doiron—a dreamy lineup that will arrive at Radstorm on Friday.

"It's kind of dreamy for us too," says Collins. "Though we've toured with both of them before quite a few times now and are happy to call them each friends, it's still really beautiful to see them play every night and hear their stuff."

Like both McKiel and Doiron, Construction & Destruction put out a record last year—the rollicking Noli Timere—that will shape the setlists they're putting together for this tour.

"We have a habit—a bad habit?—of playing the stuff we're most interested in, which is usually new stuff," says Collins. "A lot of the album addressed perspective and vantage point, perspective within perspective, and watching and observing the other...all that theory of mind stuff. It's all trolling the same sea."

Collins adds that both the band's rural situation and its trips throughout the region have attuned the duo to the importance of listening and observing—a central tenet of its music. "It's an interesting time to be watching nature closely, in a way-pulled-out, eon kind of level," she says. "There's information that we have not gathered yet—that's something we've learned since coming out here [to Port Greville]. And we've definitely learned some stuff about listening and observing—what it means to feel small within a larger picture." 


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