FIGURE WALKING, THE NEW BAND FROM, SONGWRITER GREG MACPHERSON, DEBUT LP THE BIG OTHER LONG LISTED FOR THIRD POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE
SUMMER TOUR DATES CONTINUE THIS WEEK IN SK, AB, & MB
“...dub-oriented grooves and flashes of serrated post-punk guitar stutters, there’s an exchange of wiry and rhythmic, which works to console the tension of political and social commentary, deliberately setting the tone for you to get up and move.” - BeatRoute
“...there's liberation hardwired into these songs that could wake even the most comatose from his or her complacency.” Exclaim! 9/10
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Earlier this year, Figure Walking’s debut LP, The Big Other, was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. Built on Greg MacPherson’s powerful songwriting, and the relentless backbone of Rob Gardiner’s drumming, The Big Other brings MacPherson’s songwriting into choice company, marking his third Polaris Music Prize nomination.
Today, the duo is sharing the new video for album track “Summer Haze”, directed and edited by award winning performance and multi-media artist Linnea Swan. “The video is both beautiful and unsettling,” says MacPherson. “Are we all not stumbling along an uncertain path, as ridiculous as we are beautiful in our approach?"
With lots of summer left, Figure Walking is headed out for another leg of tour dates this week in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, and Regina before heading home to Winnipeg to celebrate the release of The Big Other. MacPherson and Gardiner will also take the stage at Interstellar Rodeo in August. Full tour dates can be found below.
Based in Winnipeg, infamous as Canada's coldest, most racist city, have taken social criticism and justice to heart with their new record The Big Other, creating a record that is meaningful, unconventional, and exciting. Out now via Disintegration Records, the album accomplishes the rare feat of presenting big ideas on a foundation of dance beats, electric guitar, and storytelling. The jagged, arthouse post-punk of “Submarines” 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
Jul 26 - Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis
Jul 27 - Edmonton, AB @ Buckingham
Jul 28 - Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl
Jul 29 - Regina, SK @ The German Club
Aug 10 - Winnipeg, MB @ Good Will
Aug 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ Interstellar Rodeo