Brasstronaut announces release of debut LP

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    After months of re-recording, Vancouver-based Brasstronaut, will debut its initial full-length album Mount Chimaera this Spring. Named after the fabled home of the fire-breathing immortal composed of parts from a lion, goat and serpent, this record skillfully unifies the classically-trained talents of the six-piece into an awe inspiring beast.

    Set for release on Unfamiliar Records, label for Canadian indie darlings Japandroids and No Gold, the album was originally recorded in early 2009 at the Banff Center when the group did a residency at the acclaimed arts institution. After adding two members, re-recording some sections, and remixing others tracks in a variety of settings, including Vancouver, New York, and Oberlin, OH, frontman, vocalist and keyboardist Edo Van Breemen remarks proudly that, “it’s anything but a lo-fi record.”

    The rich sound, amplified with the human-intensity of the EWI, is generated by a array of classically trained musicians playing a wide array of instruments: Bryan Davies (trumpet, flugelhorn, glock), Edo Van Breemen (vocals, keyboards), John Walsh (bass, guitar),  Brennan Saul (percussion), Tariq Hussain (lap steel, guitar), Sam Davidson (EWI, clarinet). Album opener “Slow Knots” is already available on the band’s Myspace, so head over there and witness just how well the group can meld their distinct sound.


    The 8-track release will be available March 23, just days after the band’s scheduled appearances at this year’s South by Southwest. The band’s tour will commence in February, and span Canada and the U.S. in support of Mount Chimaera. They’ll be joining Woodhands for part of the tour, as well as label-mates Makeout Videotape, though they haven’t confirmed for which dates yet.

    Mount Chimaera Tracklist:
    01. Slow Knots
    02. Hand Behind
    03. Lo Hi Hopes
    04. Six Toes
    05. Hearts Trompet
    06. Ravan
    07. Same Same
    08. Insects

    Brasstronaut 2010 Tour Dates:
    02/20 – Nelson, BC @ The Royal On Baker
    02/24 – Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop *
    02/25 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City *
    02/26 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s *
    02/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ Lo Pub *
    03/01 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
    03/03 – Chicago – IL @ The Dark Room
    03/09 – New York, NY @ Piano’s
    03/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
    03/12 -Toronto, ON @ Canadian Music Week
    03/13 - Toronto, ON @ Canadian Music Week
    03/15 – Jamestown, NY @ Mojos
    03/17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/18 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/19 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/20 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/22 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
    03/24 – Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
    03/25 – Ottawa, ON @ Blacksheep Inn
    03/27 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah Lounge


    * = w/ Woodhands