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Saturday, May 22, 2010


We have received a number of very kind and generous offers from music fans wanting to donate to Library Voices.

We don't feel right taking anything without giving you something in return. In response to your kindness we headed into the studio & recorded a little somethin' somethin' that we would like you to have for free.

Please Help Yourself

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Press release regarding the flood.




On April 13 Library Voices released Denim On Denim, a feel good summer-pop album with an apocalyptic tinge - to an overwhelmingly positive critical response. Three weeks later their studio/rehearsal space would be destroyed in a flood of biblical proportions. Their space was located in the 10,000 sq ft basement of the Regina Cultural Exchange, a provincial, non-profit arts organization and building. The water, which is believed to have stemmed from a burst water main, reached over 8ft deep across the entire basement. The plumbing firm responsible for repairs estimates 598,000 gallons of water, weighing approximately 4.9 million pounds infused the space and destroyed everything the band had.

Literally every instrument and piece of gear was destroyed except for a saxophone and a Moog synth that miraculously floated to safety. Some of the instruments lost included a vintage Roland Juno 6, a Korg SV-1, a Fender Jazz Bass, an Ernie Ball Music Man, a vintage Korg PS-900, countless guitars, amps, horns, drums, organs, microphones, reel to reel tape machines and tape, and a Casio Sk-1 circuit bent by Tablebeast with only 100 in circulation (other owners include Trent Reznor of NIN and Devo).

Library Voices also had several thousand dollars of rented equipment, which despite purchasing the rental insurance is not being covered. In addition to the equipment loss, many of the bands worldly belongings suffered the same fate including; all of Amanda's artwork, Michael's academic career, a massive comic book collection and a couple hundred of Brennan's records, including our prized copy of No Jacket Required.

Library Voices, along with many others in Regina's music community have been working around the clock to haul the wreckage out of the Cultural Exchange, in an effort to get the venue up and running as soon as possible. It is one of Canada's longest running all-ages venues, and it is in a time of need. The band have pledged to borrow, rent and extend their lines of credit in the name of rock & roll to ensure they don't have to cancel any upcoming tour dates.


June 11, 2010 - Winnipeg / Royal Albert Arms
June 12, 2010 - Thunder Bay / Crocks
June 13, 2010 - Sault Ste Marie / Lop Lops
June 16, 2010 - Montreal / Il Motore
June 17, 2010 - Ottawa / Maverick
June 18, 2010 - Guelph / Ebar
June 19, 2010 - Toronto / Horseshoe *NXNE Show
June 21, 2010 - Peterborough / Red Dog
June 24, 2010 - London / Call The Office
June 25, 2010 - Waterloo / Maxwell's
June 26, 2010 – Windsor / Phog Lounge
June 27, 2010 - St. Catharines / S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival
July 15th- 18th - Ness Creek Music Festival
July 22nd - 25th- Calgary Folk Music Festival

For further information on Library Voices, please contact:
Julie Booth
Freshly Pressed PR
416 536 2698

Friday, April 30, 2010

Coming to a tavern and/or library near you!

It's official. We're headed right, or East, in support of Denim On Denim.

We are also incredible excited to announce we're starting a series of concerts that will take place in actual libraries!

It’s hard to believe that an entire generation has never had to hike down to the library to do research for school reports on tigers or the Canadian Shield. They’ve never had to plagiarize a 1976 Encyclopedia Britannica as if it were the ‘be-all-end-all’ on any subject. Search engines computing algorithms have replaced the card catalogue. Tiny dancing pixels at 72dpi have replaced the tactile experience of sifting through pages. The txt message has even replaced the love letter. The Wiki-generation may single handily be responsible for the extinction of the public library. This concert series is Library Voices modest attempt from keeping their favourite social institution from going the way of the woolly mammoth, the honeybee, and Star Trek TNG. It is our hope that, if even for just one night, communities with gather somewhere besides their local watering hole – that they will converse face to face, that they will share in experiences, and if all goes well maybe even sign out a book or two.

Library Voices would also like to take this opportunity to publicly vow that you won’t find us performing in internet cafes a few years down the road…

Saturday May 1 – Weyburn Public Library (2:30pm) – Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Saturday May 1 – Moose Jaw Library Theatre (7:00pm) – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Saturday May 15 – Estevan Public Library (6:00pm) – Estevan, Saskatchewan

Friday June 11 – Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert Arms
Saturday June 12 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
Sunday June 13 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Lop Lops
Wednesday June 16 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore w/ The Grates
Thursday June 17 – Ottawa, ON – Maverick w/ The Grates
Friday June 18 – Guelph, ON – Ebar w/ Besnard Lakes & Young Galaxy
Saturday June 19 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern (NXNE)
Monday June 21– Peterborough, ON – Red Dog
Thursday June 24 – London, ON – Call The Office
Friday June 25 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s w/ Off Victoria
Saturday June 26 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
Sunday June 27 – St Catharines, ON – S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival (w/ Shad, Lights, & more)

more dates coming soon....

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Photos from UVIC Grad Party @ Element - April 8th, 2010

Our cotton-tech/traveling companion Handsome Joel Hansen snapped these photos.

The trip to this show consisted of a 1863Km drive, a new alternator,2 separate blizzards, pushing the van up the summit of a mountain, 1 lost cell phone, 2 continental breakfasts, 1 new air freshener.

The trip home consisted of 1 smashed drivers window and 9 endless hangovers.

Our cotton-tech/traveling companion Handsome Joel Hansen snapped these photos.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Photos from the Regina CD RELEASE SHOW!

Rae Holtsbaum took some lovely photos at our CD release!
You can view here other work here!

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Georgia Straight gives Denim On Denim 5/5

Taken from The Straight
Click to visit the original review.
Library Voices
Denim on Denim (Young Soul)
I sure hope the members of Library Voices are New Pornographers fans, because it’s a comparison they’re going to get whether they like it or not. It’s unavoidable, really. Like the better-known Pornographers, Regina’s Library Voices specializes in giddy indie pop layered with electric guitars, analogue keyboards, and multipart vocal harmonies. Heck, the eight-piece band even has a lead singer named Carl (Johnson in this case, rather than Newman).

Hopefully they’ll take it as the compliment it’s meant to be. After all, the New Pornographers are one of the most popular and critically well-regarded acts to ever emerge from this country’s indie milieu. Having already received props from SPIN and The New Yorker, Library Voices looks to be headed for its share of international recognition as well. Based on its debut full-length, Denim on Denim, it’ll be well-deserved.

This is a group that knows its way around a hook but isn’t afraid to offset its bubblegum sweetness with unexpected bursts of noise. Observe the fuzz-skronk guitar that rips through the surface of “Family Night” for an examples, or the swirling feedback and synth oscillations that close out “Haunt This House”. Keyboardist Michael Dawson, who writes Library Voices’ lyrics, also has a few lyrical concerns that add a jagged edge to the otherwise upbeat proceedings. These include, in no particular order: self-medication, the weight of other people’s expectations, and the apocalypse. In fact, Dawson seems particularly obsessed with the end of the world, as it’s the theme of at least two songs—“End Times” and the instantly unforgettable “Party Like It’s 2012”.

One hopes that getting all this dark stuff on record has helped Dawson get it out of his system, and the album’s closing tune, “Hello, Cruel World”, suggests that it has: “I spent a winter indoors just getting to know my new self/I read some books and wrote some songs/And when I emerged I was who I claimed to be.” We should all be so lucky. For the love of God, Michael, please post a reading list on your blog.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Live photos from 560 Seymour in Vancouver.

The incredible Christine McAvoy shot some photos of our show on Saturday, February 10, 2010 in Vancouver. Please visit her site HERE.