Plants and Animals, a Montreal based indie trio, have recently come to my attention, thanks to their beautiful blend of acoustic and electric sound, striking me as a forming rock ‘n’ roll shooting star. Lead vocalist and guitarist Warren Spicer is easily recognizable in Montreal as an increasingly sought-after producer, guitar hero, and mustachioed gambler. Matthew Woodley (aka “The Woodman”) handles the rolling backend of the trio on drums with Graceland-like soul (and headband), and Nicolas Basque rounds out the group on guitar and bass, having abandoned his acclaimed career as a theatre composer for imminent rock glory.
They first sprung up in the Canadian indie scene, when they released their self-titled EP back 2005, that brought them a bit of local recognition, but they were still lacking as a over all band. Now, with a lot of experience under their belt after touring with such bands as Patrick Watson, Akron/Family, Calexico, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, and Grizzly Bear, they’re ready to hit the airwaves with their upcoming full length debut “Parc Avenue.” Their debut is a testament to their evolution from a acoustic anonymous band to a epic-rock-pop-soul train that rivals anything crawling out of Canada today.
At the center of their eleven song tracklist, stands “Faerie Dance,” a epic song that when heard one can understand where the high expectations for their debut, come from. The song crescents from a slow and soft mix of acoustic guitar and percussions to a regular orchestral epic. Parc Avenue is due for March 2008 via Secret City Records.