Preview – Raleigh at the Rickshaw, Vancouver, Dec. 8
This Sunday, Raleigh plays the Rickshaw. Vancouver is the last stop on the Calgary indie trio’s cross-Canadian tour in support of their newest album Sun Grenades and Grenadine Skies. It features the tracks “It Will Rise” and “Pen That”.
Back in 2010, Clea Anaïs, Brock Geiger and Matt Doherty formed Raleigh and released their first album, New Times in Black and White in 2011. Since then they’ve played the Calgary Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, and Sled Island. Raleigh has also opened for Dan Mangan, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and AroarA.
The band’s second album was recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango studio, with Greg Smith and Howard Bilerman, who formerly worked with Arcade Fire. Critically acclaimed, Sun Grenades and Grenadine Skies has gotten some much needed attention.
“Raleigh is a warm blast of fresh air,” states Vue Weekly. “Sun Grenades & Grenadine Skies is gorgeously arranged and musically complex, best exemplified by Clea Anaïs’ sweeping cello and Brock Geiger’s tight rock ‘n’ roll guitar on the standout track ‘Pen That’.”
The Star also had a few opinions about the album, both good and bad.
“It’s the sort of stuff that can get on your nerves when you’re in the wrong mood or, to perhaps put it more accurately, when you’re not in the mood to pay close enough attention to the tangled proceedings, but there’s no denying the poise and discipline with which Raleigh struts its mysterious stuff here.”
To promote the Canadian tour, the band released a video for “It Will Rise” back in October. The video mirrors the same complexity as the music by using quick and flashy camera angles.
Video – Raleigh, “It Will Rise”:
Another trio band, Phantoms Again joins Raleigh on stage Sunday. The band consists of guitarist Jensen Gifford, drummer Travis LaCroix, and singer Cali Travis. Their next album Half Dog is set to be digitally released Dec 8.
Doors open at 8 p.m.
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