In many ways, Plants and Animals perfectly represent the diversity that makes Montreal’s music scene so magical. Made up of one Francophone and two Maritime-expats, this trio formed while taking classes together in Concordia University’s Music Department. Their 2008 full-length debut album, which was nominated for two Junos and the Polaris Music prize, was titled Parc Avenue – a nod to the lively and eclectic street on which most of the group lives.
Recently, a photographer friend and I hung out in the studio as they worked on their new album…
Plants and Animals are Warren Spicer, Matthew Woodley and Nicolas Basque. Having completed a massive tour of North America, they returned home to Montreal and immediately holed up in The Treatment Room (http://www.myspace.com/treatmentroom), one of the many Mile End studios that plays an integral role in supporting Montreal’s internationally recognized indie music scene.
Over some beers and bourbon, they played me some of their new songs, and though I’ve been sworn to secrecy, I can safely say that, as big a year as they’ve just had, 2009 looks to be even more big-tiiiiime. Honestly, I was blown away by what I heard.
If you’re in Montréal and would like to see these cats play their hometown, their next show is on Friday, May 1st at the MACM’s excellent Vendredi Nocturne series. You will not be disappointed.