Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Plan in Action

Great live music in the nation's capital is certainly not lacking. Whether it's a jazz trio downtown, bluesgrass jamming uptown or the typical music venues hosting small and big names alike - there's always a means of furthering your musical appreciation and expanding your taste. I try to check out the live music calendar around town each week to see if anyone sparks my interest - and this week I was lucky to find that one of my new favourite local bands, The Murder Plans, were playing in the Byward Market. Between the word of mouth and pretty post-punk songs that are hosted by their Myspace page, they're a captivating blend of The National's new romantic instrument-use and Pilate-sounding (Pilot Speed, whatever) vocals.

They don't thrash in your face, dance through the crowd or wear things that make you question if they are even capable of owning a simple pair of pajama's - they boil down to four talented (and refreshingly friendly, if you get to meet them) and dedicated musicians. Experienced and driven in the field of social media and keeping their hefty local fan base up to date, they are accessible and rightfully interested in starting a much-deserved Murder Plan movement.

 Their latest EP, Good Omens, is full of meaningful wording and aerial instrumentals. The shy but suave, annunciated utterances of Connor McGuire are fascinating because his in-person demeanor is modest and anything but overpowering. The building tempo of the sinful-sounding late night confession "Tell Me A Lie" make it a prized tale of ambivalence. "A Minefield" has a pretty resonance about it, but with more of McGuire's breathy rasps and dusk-walking thought processes. One of my favourites, "Chorus Girls," lets us in on the secret of co-lead Michael Simon's purely innocent voice and the band's casually insightful vibe.

This crew of mature, well-dressed professionals are worth a large listen. Not because they're local and all local things need to be pumped up, but because they play the familiar role of the solemn, kind men next door who may hold their words close - but once the dialogue begins, you'll promptly hear their genius potential.

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