Saturday, March 17, 2007

...And the new Page France

While everyone has been proclaiming their excitement concerning the release of the new Arcade Fire album Neon Bible (which amazingly is already available on eMusic - for which many kudos should be given to the band and Merge Records), I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Page France's new album ...And the Family Telephone, scheduled to be released May 8th.

This release, the group's third, show's much more growth and maturation compared to their development between their first and second. Don't get me wrong, I loved both, but their newest flaunts more instrumental intricacies and just more oomph in general to back up Michael Nau's distinctive vocal range. As much as you can say this about any Page France songs, there are a few on this album that really rock out! Although I'm still undecided about whether it's for the best or not, gone also are many of the biblical allusions so evident in the group's previous releases. Instead Michael is celebrating animals of all shapes and sizes with songs like Hat and Rabbit, Pigeons, The Belly In the Fish, and many others (I was prepared for a song about Noah's Ark at the end of it all).

I've had the disc on heavy rotation since I got in earlier this week and I really can't say enough good things about it. If you've liked Page France's previous albums, you're really going to enjoy this one. While you're waiting for its release, let the following songs satisfy your hankerings.

Page France - Hat and Rabbit : ...And the Family Telephone

Page France - Wet Dog Afternoon : ...And the Family Telephone

Page France - Who Cracked Your Egg? : Tomato Morning Tour EP

Visit their website, their label Suicide Squeeze Records, and become their friend on MySpace.

Check out the gang on tour:

03-21 San Diego, CA - Che Café
03-23 San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
03-26 Portland, OR - Doug Fir
03-27 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café
03-28 Boise, ID - Neurolux
03-29 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03-30 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
03-31 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
04-02 Fargo, ND - Aquarium
04-03 Duluth, MN - University of Minnesota
04-04 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
04-05 Milwaukee, WI - Stonefly Brewery
04-06 Champaign, IL - Cowboy Monkey
04-07 Chicago, IL - Schubas
04-09 Lexington, KY - Mecca Stuido
04-10 Gambier, OH - Kenyon College
04-11 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
04-12 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
04-13 New York, NY - Pianos
04-14 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
04-15 Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs


Anonymous said...

I seriously cannot wait for the new Page France album. I've been listening to them nonstop. Thanks for putting "Wet Dog Afternoon" up. I haven't heard that one before. How did you get a copy of the album?

Sean said...

The band's record company, Suicide Squeeze, was kind enough to send a copy my way for review. You're going to love it, trust me!