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Today, ex-Deadly Snakes frontman André Ethier shares the second new track from his upcoming LP, Croak In The Weeds. “Jenny The Blues” is a funky little song about feeling sorry for yourself,” claims Ethier. “ And remember, you can't wash the blues off a cop.”
Due October 11 via Telephone Explosion Records, the nine-song LP was created in collaboration with Sandro Perri (producer) at his Toronto studio in late 2018 / early 2019.
On the LP, Ethier explains: “I was imagining a pond at the swamp. A pond gets murkier the deeper you dive. Frogs are amphibians. They’re in and out of the pond like it’s no big deal, but we stay mostly on the shore and only peer in. Then, when the weather is right, the pond rises in a mist and we can breathe it too. We can be in the pond but also on the shore.”
Croak In The Weeds continues Ethier and Perri’s musical relationship which was originally established on 2017’s Under Grape Leaves. Croak expands upon that album, deconstructing synthetic elements to a point of raw organic beauty. Lyrically, André’s approach has shifted to the natural world, focusing heavily on flora and fauna. Almost every track on the 34-minute album references animals, with central characters ranging from pigs to dragons.
This is André’s third attempt at a trilogy of records. Previous attempts have stalled for various reasons; disillusionment with genre, unrealistic sense of self, arachnophobia... Though it would not be inaccurate to suggest that he now has completed a trilogy of unfinished trilogies (he would thank you for your optimistic reasoning,) and is still planning to finish this one. Regarding trilogies, André opines: “In the first you establish the tools and build yourself a room, in the sequel you live in the room and imagine what’s outside, finally in the third.... you escape?”
He doesn’t know, he has never gone all the way…
MORE ON ANDRÉ ETHIER
André Ethier has been steadily creating a body of work over the last 20 years. An artist who works in two mediums, music and painting, he does so both synergistically and separately, depending on his whim. He currently enjoys a humble, cult-like status with concertgoers and gallery patrons alike.
He began his career releasing four albums with seminal garage-rockers The Deadly Snakes, the last of which, 2005’s Porcella, was Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted in the award’s inaugural year. He then released five solo albums, taking a nine-year hiatus from releasing music after the third to raise a family. In 2018, he returned with Under Grape Leaves and a sound that fell directly in-line with the thickly stroked and wryly humorous characters in his newly discovered style of painting, revealing a new world that is connected both sonically and visually.
André’s career has seen all the ups, downs and transcendent moments that come with two decades of experience. His paintings have been reviewed in the New York Times and continue to be shown in galleries worldwide. He sang the Canadian national anthem at a 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers game (the team’s then-outfielder was also named André Ethier.) Afterwards, he received a congratulatory hug from Lisa Loeb, who sang the American version and was suffering from an extreme bout of stage fright. Anyone who listens to André’s recent work will attest to the fact that he has undergone a musical resurgence. André's work has never felt as fresh, full of life and truly unique as it does today.
PAST PRAISE FOR ANDRÉ ETHIER
“André Ethier is a world-class storyteller-songwriter on Under Grape Leaves” - Now Magazine
“Slow, soft-spoken and built around spare voice/guitar/drum-machine arrangements overseen by esteemed Toronto experimentalist Sandro Perri, Under Grape Leaves adopts a pensive tone to match Ethier’s ruminations” - The Toronto Star
“Andre Ethier’s ‘Under Grape Leaves’ leaves you with a sense pure calm” - Broken Pencil
“Under Grape Leaves, a soothing but still powerful journey through the lush, untamed expanse of the mind and soul.” - Dominionated
“Under Grape Leaves is a nuanced collection of intimate songs recorded by Sandro Perri.” - Northern Transmissions