NEWS: The Darcys Announce Cross Canada Tour and Record, Rework Final Fantasy’s “The CN Tower Belongs to the Dead”

March 11, 2009

Toronto, by way of Halifax, post-post-rock band The Darcys will embark on a cross Canada tour kicking off March 24th. While having visited both East and West coasts on several occasions, this three-month stint will mark their first time traveling from ocean to ocean in our big cold country. After selling out of their independently released and recorded debut album, Endless Water, the band is releasing a recorded version of their guitar rendition of Final Fantasy’s “The CN Tower Belongs to the Dead” as a free download through their website on March 26th. Often the epic explosion at the end of their live sets, the band decided to hole up in January to record the track with Endless Water producer Matt Durante. Expect a 7-inch release in September and their second LP to follow before Christmas. The Darcys’ often raved about, and unforgettable live sets have garnered them great critical attention, and a loyal following in their home Toronto, the surrounding cities, and their University stomping grounds of Halifax, NS.

The Darcys are the cutting edge of masculinity. They are the new men. Men at home wherever it is they find themselves. They have been described as both a “Victorian Chit Lit Band” and a band for people who love beards. Both descriptions are equally true. They’ve opened fashion shows and swank art exhibitions. They’ve played empty bars save for the alcoholic regulars who curse them out between songs. They can wax poetic on the joys of Proust and P.G. Wodehouse and yet, their van will only start after multiple blows to the starter with their trusty hammer. They enjoy verbally sparring about Heidegger as much as they do wrasslin’ in the snow after a Constantines show. Labatt 50 or a bottle of Veuve Cliquot? One of each please.

After meeting in early 2006 at the University of King’s College in Halifax, The Darcys quickly progressed from shows in campus bars to releasing their first EP “You, Me and the Light” to a packed Horseshoe Tavern. The band, at the time a four piece comprised of Kirby Best (vocals, guitar), Jason Couse (guitar), Wes Marskell (drums), and Dave Hurlow (bass), took off across Eastern Canada, Ontario and Quebec on a series of short tours in an effort to get their feet wet and figure out just what it means to tour their country. In June of 2007 the Darcys found themselves translating their newly discovered live sound on to their first LP in the Waterloo Children’s Museum. A month later, their homemade creation: Endless Water was mixed, mastered and on it’s way out into the world. It was met with a warm critical reception: The Toronto star described its sound as “Thom-Yorke-does-Crazy-Horse” and Exclaim! called it: “a stunning collection of songs” having further stated, “while the band’s recorded material hints at a sound similar to the Dears, their amped-up live interpretations recall the Constantines at their loudest and most structured, tightly hammering on inventive riffs and then retreating into soft choruses.”

With a NXNE appearance, the addition of Mike le Riche (Guitar, Rhodes, Trumpet) and a number of successful Canadian tours in the past year under their belts, the young band will embark on a cross Canada tour this Spring.

Mar. 24 @ Green Room, MONTREAL, PQ (w. L’embuscade)
Mar. 26 @ Whippersnapper Gallery, TORONTO, ON (w. L’embuscade, Black Hat Brigade, Cool Dad, Ulysses & The Serin)
Mar. 27 @ Wally’s Tavern, GUELPH, ON (w. L’embuscade)
Mar. 29 @ Cafe Bar Spectacle L’AgiteE, QUEBEC CITY, PQ
Mar. 30 @ Le Vieux Poele Pub, EDMONSTON, NB
Mar. 31 @ The Five Points Lounge, MONCTON, NB
Apr. 1 @ Hunter’s Alehouse, CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI
Apr. 2 @ Tribeca, HALIFAX, NS (w. Scribbler)
Apr. 3 @ The Paragon Theatre, Halifax, NS (w. Rich Aucoin & Ruby Jean)
Apr. 5 @ The Rainbow Bistro, OTTAWA, ON
Apr. 6 @ The Artel, KINGSTON, ON
Apr. 16 @ McNally’s, REGINA, SK
Apr. 17 @ Lydia’s, SASKATOON, SK
Apr. 20 @ Vern’s, CALGARY, AB (w. The Grim Beat and Lung Puma)
Apr. 23 @ The Canmore Hotel, CANMORE, AB
Apr. 24 @ The Media Club, VANCOUVER, BC
Apr. 25 @ Cafe Deux Soleil, VANCOUVER, BC
Apr. 29 @ The Burbon, VANCOUVER, BC (w. Murder By Death)
May 5 @ The Ottoman, MEDICINE HAT, AB (w. Mt. Royal)
May 7 @ The Hideaway Art Space, EDMONTON (all ages)
May 8 @ Broken City, CALGARY, AB
May 15 @ The Fox and the Hedgehog, THUNDER BAY, ON
*More dates to be announced through bands Myspace



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