The Posies with Terra Lightfoot

May 20, 2018 - 9:00pm

On Sunday, May 20, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes The Posies back to the WOW Hall along with spewcial guest Terra Lightfoot.

Rock ‘n’ roll has rarely been as smart, soulful or satisfying than it has in the hands of The Posies. During an on/off career that’s stretched across four decades, the Seattle-rooted outfit, led by musical polymaths Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, have shaped and re-shaped their muse, creating one of the more compelling catalogues in modern pop.

With Solid States, their eighth album, The Posies mark dramatic changes in the lives, the music and the evolution of the band.

When The Posies long time drummer, Darius, died suddenly and unexpectedly last year, founding members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow were devastated.  Hard as it was to continue without such a close friend and great musician, the moment called for a reinvention.  For now… the idea of the band getting into a room and banging out the music, garage band style, was over.  The ideas coming from Jon and Ken were fragile and the moods contemplative -- death, divorce, loss.  Even the joys of life are fleeting enough as to be treated with care and respect.

Of course, The Posies still retain their legendary melodic abilities, their trademark vocal harmonies and their lyrical agility. The band has always been exploring and growing.  The multi­year gaps between albums are typically spent on countless other projects that bring new skills, sounds, experiences and people into the picture.  

The Posies will present the album live in a new format, incorporating laptop elements along with guitars, keyboards and drums. As artists, the band feels it’s their duty to take risks and explore.

 

TERRA LIGHTFOOT 

With New Mistakes, Canada’s Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer.  Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, the steeltown native’s third record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence.

Produced by Gus van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Sam Roberts Band, Wintersleep), New Mistakes is poignant as it is rollicking and vulnerable as it is rowdy.  It cruises long and sometimes lonesome highways that lead everywhere from broken down dive bars and endless prairie skies to mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert.

Built around Lightfoot’s killer live band, the session is Lightfoot’s hungriest and most raw album to date, able to mesmerize with graceful melodies one moment, and step into the ring to deliver a hurricane of hooks or a heart-wrenching chorus the next.  Lightfoot’s stunning, soulful voice powers her emotional wallops, and the only force that can go toe-to-toe with her vocal prowess are her guitar chops, with her emotive playing saying what the lyrics cannot.

That’s not to say she’s a tentative wordsmith.  Lightfoot’s evolution into a potent songwriter might be captured best on the poignant “Norma Gale”.  The tune tells the real life story of its namesake’s battle to make it as a songwriter and bass player in the colourful world of ‘70s country music, fighting to pursue her passion while raising her son alone and touring non-stop.

It’s easy to hear why Gale’s story would resonate with Lightfoot: As tried and true road-dogs, they’re kindred spirits, both driven by a creative force they’d be willing to let tear them apart.  And sometimes it does. But, as Lightfoot wails in the song’s transcendent finish — “I knew I had to keep on going.”  It’s an odyssey without a map to guide the way, filled with infinite missteps.  But if they all sound as wild and beautiful as this, let’s hope Terra Lightfoot never stops making New Mistakes.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.

 

 

Door Time: 
May 20, 2018 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$20 Advance, $23 Day of Show