Greg MacPherson brings his latest musical project to Saint John this summer.
Figure Walking is the two-piece of Polaris Music Prize nominated songwriter Greg MacPherson and drummer Rob Gardiner. Based in Winnipeg, infamous as Canada’s coldest, most racist city, they have taken social criticism and justice to heart with their debut 2017 release, The Big Other (Disintegration Records).
The Big Other accomplishes the rare feat of presenting big ideas on a foundation of dance beats, electric guitar, and storytelling. The jagged, arthouse post-punk of Submarine and Spring Thaw demand movement. Blue World, with its gauzy swells of aquatic guitar, thumping bass lines, and vivid soundscapes, is a hopeful anthem to reconciliation and possibility. Singapore, puts the average hot-blooded North American on a plain dropping into the Pacific, where lust and the no longer exotic combine in the celebrity image of Janet Jackson and a renewed 30 something romance.
If there’s a mission statement drilled into The Big Other, it comes at the surprise ending of Funeral, a swirling barrage of cheerleading gang vocals that command, “let’s just try to celebrate, dance until this all makes sense.”
In MacPherson and Gardiner’s own words, “Figure Walking is our attempt as artists to focus on who we are in the present and to take ownership of what we’re bringing into the world, with an eye on a better future.”
MacPherson is a G7 Welcoming Committee Records alumni whose music was never strictly ideological or easily categorized. His past two solo albums, Mr. Invitation and Fireball, have both been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize.
Figure Walking Tour Dates
Apr 28 – Guelph @ Van Gogh’s Ear
Apr 29 – Kingston @ the Mansion House
Apr 30 – Toronto @ Trazac (5pm show)
May 2 – Hamilton @ Casbah (early show)
May 4 – Quebec City @ Alejandro’s
May 5 – Trois-Rivieres @ Microbrasserie Le Temps d’une Pinte
May 6 – Montreal @Bistro de Paris
May 7 – Windsor @ Phog Lounge
May 18 – Kortrijk, BE @ TBA
May 26 – Copenhagen, DK @ Sorte Rene
May 27 – Braunshweig, DE @ Nexus
May 29 – Halle, DE @ Breite Straße Community Space
May 30 – Leipzig, DE @ Horns Erben
May 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Helter Skelter Bar
June 1 – Solingen, DE @ Waldmeister
June 2 – Kassel, DE @ Krug
June 4 – Kortrijk, BE @ TBA
Jun 21-25 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island
Jun 30 – Saint John, NB @ Festival
Jul 1 – Saint John, NB @ Festival
Jul 26 – Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
Jul 27 – Edmonton, AB @ Buckingham
Jul 29 – Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl
Aug 10 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will
*MORE DATES TBA*