The Lamplighter Public House presents
...San Jose, CA
DEBRA-JEAN AND THE MEANS
Folk rock band from San Jose CA returns to Vancouver, two months removed from a sold out show at the Commodore in support of Morcheeba.
The Mumlers are a five-person group of multi-instrumentalists from San Jose, CA led by singer/ songwriter Will Sprott. They released their debut album, Thickets & Stitches in 2008 and followed up in 2009 with Don’t Throw Me Away , both on Galaxia recordings. The band has toured the US with the Black Heart Procession, the Morning Benders and the Submarines, headlined San Francisco’s 2010 Noisepop festival, played the 2010 Treasure Island Festival alongside Belle & Sebastian, Broken Social Scene, the National and She & Him and shared stages with lots of other bands including Yo La Tengo, Booker T. Jones, Vetiver, the Entrance Band, the Dodos, Kelly Stoltz, the Papercuts and Clinic, all the while building a growing following for their topsy-turvy live performances.
Critic Dennis Cook, of Jambase, has called them a, “bobbing, beautiful iceberg” and noted in a review of their most recent LP, “One is starting to get a feel for what constitutes a Mumlers tune but woe to anyone who thinks that notion has any real parameters. As they grow and extend their own listening and playing there’s really no telling what might get pulled into their gravity, which makes for really exciting music… With The Mumlers a crazy range of music appears to be fair game to be enthusiastically engaged and manipulated to their ends. And one of the best overriding aspects is the dust and rust in their machinery. Nothing’s too tidy on Don’t Throw Me Away
The Mumlers are:
Thrasher Magazine Interview
One of Morcheeba's "FAVORITE BANDS"!
DEBRA-JEAN AND THE MEANS
As a founding member of Canadian indie rock outfit Mother Mother, Debra Jean Creelman was afforded ample opportunities to learn about the stage, the studio, and the road. During her four years with the fast rising and hard working band she played countless festivals, and showcases including: CMJ, SXSW, Virgin Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, CMW, and NXNE. As well as opening for the likes of Patrick Watson, Spoon, Okkervil River, and more, Creelman’s time with Mother Mother saw her headline such historic rooms as Vancouver’s Richards on Richards and Toronto’s Lee’s Palace.
In addition to two full length Mother Mother albums released on Last Gang Records, Debra-Jean’s vocals can be found on the records of a slew of Canadian Artists including: Frazey Ford, The Wooden Sky, Josh Martinez, and many others.
In November 2008 Debra Jean left Mother Mother in order to pursue her own solo career and got together a band comprised of good friends and members of Punk/Math rock hard-hitters Cortez the Killer. After several successful live shows, Debra-Jean and the Means went into the studio and came out with a five song EP, featuring the single 'Silver Platter’. If a comparison needs to be drawn, imagine Sharon Jones being backed by the Jesus Lizard instead of the Dap Kings.
"The Debra-Jean and the Means EP is a snap-shot of where we were at as a band, in the beginning of 2010”, says Debra Jean, “A friend, and amazing sound engineer Eric Mosher approached us with the idea of going into the studio and recording live off the floor. So that's what we did. We had no expectations going in, so I think we were all pretty thrilled to come out with five songs sounding the way they do in such a short amount of time."
The band was recently awarded a spot in the top twenty of this years Peak Performance Project, which is currently in progress.
Debra-Jean & The Means EP now on iTunes
Cole Schmidt - Guitar
Alvaro Rojas - Guitar
Dustin Young - Bass
Benjie Nesdoly - Drums
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Added by DHM on April 14, 2011