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"In Medias Res "Red Apples" (Smog cover)"

By Gregory Adams
Vancouver's In Medias Res are set to hit the road later this month for a few Canadian shows, and while they still have yet to release any original material since 2011's It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out LP, they've at least unveiled a new cover of Smog's "Red Apples."

While the moody interpretation of Bill Callahan's song initially skids across a glacial synthscape, the track eventually cascades into a sonically oppressive wonderwall of drum clatter, spiralling guitar distortion and leader Andrew Lee's plaintive moans.

"'Red Apples' is a song that I have been covering for the past three years," Lee said in a statement. "I admire Bill Callahan for his song writing and his delivery but I find this song to have a strange meta-narrative type thing happening. It's a retelling of strange dream about a widowed woman who has possibly started a new relationship. But her husband keeps showing up with Apples and that just creeps me out."

You can check out the song in a video featuring some footage from Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 film Stalker, or nab the song over on In Medias Res' Bandcamp page. You can peep their tour itinerary below as well.

Tour dates:

4/13 Toronto, ON - P|M Gallery
?4/16 Montreal, QC - Le Cagibi
?4/20 Winnipeg, MB - Jesse's Manor - Exclaim!

"In Medias Res "Hollis" (video)"

By Philip James de Vries
In Medias Res have released a new video for "Hollis," the second single from It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out.

The Vancouver-based group showcase visuals here that, while unsettling at points, are well-matched to the nonchalant vibes of "Hollis." Directed by Vancouver's Andy Dixon (aka Secret Mommy), the clip's overlaying facial shots contort the brain's perception of what a face usually looks like, creating a complex visual anomaly that can't quite be deciphered.

Check out the video for yourself below.

Along with the video, the band have some Canadian tour dates, as well as a few in the U.S., coming up. You can see the schedule below.

It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out is out now via File Under: Music/Outside.

Tour dates:

11/5 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
11/16 Edmonton, AB - The Empress Ale House
11/18 Regina, SK - O'Hanlon's
11/19 Calgary, AB - The Palomino
11/20 Lethbridge, AB -The Slice
12/3 Portland, OR - Ella Street Social Club
12/9 Eugene, OR - Diablo's Downtown Lounge
12/10 Seattle, WA - The Mix - Exclaim!

"Vancouver's In Medias Res Sign to File Under: Music for Latest LP"

By Alex Hudson
In recent years, Vancouver label File Under: Music has amassed an impressive catalogue, including albums by Dan Mangan, Kathryn Calder, Graham Wright and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Now, the record company has announced its latest signing: In Medias Res.

The Vancouver indie rock quartet formed in the late '90s and have since released two LPs. Their latest full-length, It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out, was self-released digitally in early 2011.

This album was produced by Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, Stabilo) and the celebrated studio team of John Collins and Dave Carswell (Tegan and Sara, the New Pornographers). A press release contains descriptions like "unholy squall," "rousing anthem" and "sweetly melodic," when discussing the album.

It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out will receive a hard-copy release through File Under: Music/Outside on July 12. See the tracklist below, and keep scrolling down to check out the band's smattering of upcoming shows. At the bottom of the page is a video for the track "Fight Song."

It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out:

1. "The Final Flight of the Bees"
2. "This Could Be the One"
3. "Come Back Down"
4. "Bears"
5. "Slow Motion Clarity"
6. "Fight Song"
7. "This Is the Night"
8. "Hollis"
9. "Tonight I Am New"
10. "No Words Came Down"

Tour dates:

6/24 Calgary, AB - The Legion (Sled Island)
6/25 Calgary, AB - Hillcrest Church (Sled Island)
7/16 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore - Exclaim


"Self Titled" (EP)
Sept. 2001

Of What Was (LP)
Sep 2004

The Dark Crystal (EP)
Dec 2010

It Was Warm And Sunny When We First Set Out (LP)
Jan 2011

Variations (drum loops and pedal steel) (EP)
March 2012

The Center (EP)
Feb. 2013



Formed over a decade ago, Vancouver-based In Medias Res has risen from a fledgling act full of potential to one of the most lauded performers in the city. Re-teaming with esteemed producer Jonathan Anderson (Aidan Knight, Jordan Klassen) and mixed by Dave Carswell and John Collins (Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers), their latest album released on File Under: Music, It Was Warm and Sunny When We First Set Out, has garnered high praise from critics across North America.

Recently, the band has taken on a new shape, with principal songwriter and frontman Andrew Lee striking out on tour himself with a rotating cast of players. This new formation has been met with great success, and allows for exciting new interpretations of the music including unique collaborative performances with renowned visual artists at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Centre for Performance Research in Brooklyn.

In Medias Res has shared the stage with such acts as Death From Above 1979, Cursive, Kurt Vile, David Bazan/Pedro the Lion, Damien Jurado, Porcelain Raft, Yukon Blonde, Library Voices, Dinosaur Bones, Rosie Thomas, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Moon Duo, Sparta and many others.