The New Pornographers formed in Vancouver, Canada in 1997, almost immediately recorded the classic Letter From An Occupant. The band released their first long-player, Mass Romantic in 2000 and was followed by Electric Version in 2003 and Twin Cinema in 2005. Their three full-lengths (as well as Newman’s 2004 solo debut The Slow Wonder) received wild critical and public acclaim, and they continue to enjoy bigger (and taller and smarter) audiences.
Challengers continues the New Pornographerâ€™s signature multi-layered sound with greater epic sweep and wider sonic diversity. Less frenetically jaunty than its predecessors but still encapsulating pure summer joy, this album will impress the existing fans and convert the uninitiated.
Recorded for the first time largely outside bassist John Collins’ Vancouver JC/DC Studio, Challengers is their most organic-sounding record, reflecting a conscious decision to use less “beepy synth” and almost entirely “real” instruments (in addition to those listed above, they recruited an entire string section â€“ who have played with Sufjan Stevens – plus harp, flute, and more).
The New Pornographers are:
A.C. Newman: Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Wurlitzer, Casio, Mandolin, Percussion, Bass, Melodion
John Collins: Bass, Baritone Guitar, Glockenspiel, Mandolin, Guitars, Casio, Tambourine
Blaine Thurier: Fender Rhodes, Sampler
Dan Bejar: Vocals, Shakers, Guitars, Piano
Kathryn Calder: Vocals, Piano, Wurlitzer
Kurt Dahle: Drums, Vocals, Percussion
Neko Case: Vocals
Todd Fancey: Guitars, Banjo, Mandolin
The New Pornographers
Live @ Whelanâ€™s Nov 17th
The New Pornographers have announced details of the release of a new single, Myriad Harbour, which is set for release through Matador on October 1st 2007. The single, available on 2 track 7â€ and download only, features extra tracks Fugue State and Silent Systems (download only).
The single is the first to be taken from the bandâ€™s forthcoming album, Challengers. To Coincide with this release the band will perform in Whelanâ€™s on November 17th. Tickets are â‚¬19.45 on sale now through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.