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"Release Party Review"

“There was one moment last night that will forever remain in memory. Such moments seldom come around. As the last song before the encore, “Marching Backwards”, started to wind down, the band broke into an impromptu jam session.

They’d done this a few times during the night, but nothing at this level. As Patrick Krief’s fingers moved at lightning speed, it was clear that something special was about to occur. Even the band could feel it, big smiles came across their faces and at times they seemed to even want to watch what Patrick was going to do next.”

Two Way Monolgues

Live review from the Release Party Aug 30th 2007
- Two Way Monolgues


""intense heavy psyche rock...""

I only got to see the final five minutes of Kreif. And that was a shame because they were one of the best of the weekend. Complex and intense heavy psyche rock helmed by two of The Dears …Patrick Kreif and George Donoso, they did themselves nothing but favors at M For Montreal.
- NME
- NME (UK)


""...tenderly plucked from the Beatle's most accomplished solo release.""

“Krief’s voice, the songs’ stripped-down presentation, and lyrics expounding the virtues of love are all tenderly plucked from the late Beatle’s most accomplished solo release. (Lennon’s 1970 solo album, Plastic Ono Band).
- FFWD Weekly
- FFWD


""there are good guitarists and theree are great guitarists.""

“There are good guitarists and there are great guitarists. The Dears' Patrick Krief is one of the great ones…add Patrick Krief to the list of heavily underrated guitarists like Jay Farrar or J. Mascis, because his playing goes far beyond the sonic noodling of some of the other so-called greats.”

- www.itsnotthebandihateitstheirfans.blogspot.com


"Album Review"

Patrick Krief, whose day job is playing guitar in the Dears, has assembled his own little band of merry musicians. While some songs sound like the Dears, Krief also dips his hand in some other sounds and moods. Well, maybe not so much. But this EP suffer from what afflicts many introductory Eps namely that the majority of the songs are first unsure steps of a maturing band. “Broken Mirrors” is a muscular number that goes for a Dears-esque climax but “What We Wanted” is the better song, with more of Krief’s personal stamp. The real pleasure, and hope for the future, comes from “Worries Are Over”, a folk-tinged song that see Krief display some great pining sentiments and establishing an emotional connection that lacking in the other numbers.
(SunnyLane Records www.sunnylanerecords.ca)
Chris Whibbs
September 2007
- Exclaim!


"Disc-overy of the Week"

KRIEF
Take It or Leave
(SunnyLane Records)
If The Dears' 2006 release Gang of Losers suggested a certain degree of contentment had tempered the psyches of Montreal's most despairing art-rock romantics, then no one gave the memo to guitarist Patrick Krief. His eponymous band's seven-song EP finds Krief sidling up next to John Lennon and Harry Nilsson on their lost weekend, washing away their girl trouble in a flood of whisky and syrupy string arrangements. But while the air of melancholy threatens to suffocate at times, Krief consistently cuts through the bleariness with shot-glass-raising choruses. And whether or not the Don Henley cop on “La Vérité” is intentional, you'll be singing it after this boy of bummer is gone.
STUART BERMAN
KRIEF PLAYS THE RIVOLI (332 QUEEN W) AUG. 30.
- Eye Weekly


"Interview"

Patrick Krief is a guitar god in the making. Me and my friends had an idea of what was coming, because we were there ridiculously early and caught Krief’s sound check, where he tested the absolute limits of the Rivoli’s sound system by breaking into a massive guitar solo that drew a round of applause from the ten or so of us in the room at the time. But even that did not leave me prepared for what was about to unfold.
Ever the good student, I polished up on Take it or Leave before I went to the show. Whenever I can, I like to have the songs fresh on my mind when I’m going to write a live review. So there I was, semi-expecting a more fleshed-out but still semi-relaxed show from Krief to go along with the feel of the EP.
Well, that didn’t happen. Instead these intimate, warm -- and at times, very sparse -- songs that Krief crafted for Take it or Leave morphed into intense, enormous rock epics with extended jam sessions, amazing theatrics and guitar – fucking amazing guitar! I think it’s truly a testament to a song when it can change shape so effortlessly without losing anything.
One of my favourite shows was Martin Tielli’s second ever solo show at Call the Office in London. Tielli, much like Krief, had a full band backing him, and for much of the show he full on melted my face. At one time he said he just wanted to feel what it felt like to be a rock star. I bought the album and got it home only to find that it was entirely an acoustic album. That album has since become one of my all-time favourites.
What is going on right now with Krief is rare, and it won’t last long because the next album is surely going to be recorded with his band and will be more indicative of what we saw last night. But right now, if you run out and buy the EP and then catch Krief either at the Drake on September 12th, or the Rancho as part of our showcase on October 19th, you’ll get the best of both worlds.
One of the highlights of the night was hearing the new souped-up version of “What We Wanted”, which apparently might very soon have a video to support Take it or Leave. It’s an excellent choice for a single. On record, it immediately stood out to me as being the song that sticks. As a live track, it has nearly unlimited potential. I think it really showcases Roberto’s amazing keyboard skills. Each time the chorus kicked in, my attention was immediately drawn to the enchanting keys.
The sound guy struggled with the vocals all night, it seemed, but I noticed it less on “What We Wanted” than any other track. Towards the end of his songs, Krief tends to lose himself in his own little world, with nothing but him and his guitar, and there’s no telling what he might do.
But -- hands down -- there was one moment last night that will forever remain in memory. Such moments seldom come around. As the last song before the encore, “Marching Backwards”, started to wind down, the band broke into an impromptu jam session. They’d done this a few times during the night, but nothing at this level. As Patrick Krief’s fingers moved at lightning speed, it was clear that something special was about to occur. Even the band could feel it, big smiles came across their faces and at times they seemed to even want to watch what Patrick was going to do next.
Before you knew it, he was amongst the crowd, crushed up with a random Guy Lafleur jersey-wearing fan, a mere foot away from us. Back to the stage he went, head-to-head with bassist Andre (pictured above), where they had a bit of a back and forth, eventually ending in Krief -- still wailing away on his guitar -- tumbling down to the floor. The gravity of what had just gone down was not lost on the crowd, who demanded an encore and were rewarded with the only quiet Krief song of the night, “Worries Are Over” -- a very beautiful song that I hope will always remain in its current state, rather than getting the rock treatment.
Will every Krief performance have a moment as powerful and memorable as what we experienced last night? One can only hope. What I’m sure about is that the next times these boys roll into town, the legend of last night at the Rivoli is bound to result in even more people coming through the door. I’ll see you there.
- Two Way Monolgues


"Interview"

Holy Krief; This isn't The Dears - Patrick Krief's CD Release party shows a new side to Krief - a vulnerable side with '70's-esque Jam-band quality, as Patrick's new band takes to the stage along with The Danielle Duval Band and Seedy Easy. THE RIVOLI, August 30, 2007
Patrick Krief's musical life didn't begin when he was asked to play guitar for THE DEARS and clearly it won't end there either. I most recently saw The Dears as Saturday Night Headliners at Hillside Music Festival. They held an appreciative audience in an "audience in the headlights" trance. From 2000 until now they have released 6 CDs. The Dears hold an undisputed and permanent place in Canadian music history. From the outside looking in, it would be easy to think that being guitar player for The Dears would be all or more of a music career that anyone should ask for.
But Patrick has always had these musical ideas that compel him and Take It Or Leave is a starting point. About 30 songs were considered for the EP, 14 were tracked and "I didn't nail them all so 7 is the number that made it to a CD" says Patrick. All instruments on the EP are played by Krief. His band is made up of George Donoso III of The Dears as well as bass player Andre Bendahan and Roberto Piccioni on Keyboards. His self released EP sold out 1000 copies on Maple Music in a snap. On the eve of this review, August 30th, 2007 Krief entered into an agreement to licence the recording to SunnyLane Records. "Only a few of the songs we do live are from the record" foreshadows Krief, giving me the impression that plans for a second solo record are already under way.
Ted Heagle of SunnyLane told me that the live experience is nothing like the EP. What an understatement. Roberto (keyboards) works in an HMV which started playing the EP in the store and Roberto jokes that he could hardly recognize the pre-recorded version as being the songs he's been rehearsing and performing.
First - about Take It Or Leave, it's a great record to drive to or unwind to. For those of you who recall me going on and on about The Barzin My Life In Rooms EP, it has some of those same soul enriching qualities. It's not disposable music. By that I expect that people who like it will play the shit out of it and be telling their friends about it.
So, yeah, get the CD or listen on myspace if you're not sure. But the live show is something you must see. If you go to as many shows as I do, you know that some are forgettable, some are worth the trip and remind you why music is important and a few, a very few are shows that you will never forget. The live show has an early to mid-70's jam feel to it, giving you "from the heart" performances that transcend any need to talk about the quality of the musicianship and song structure. In fact, I assure you, if I got trapped into articulating either of the aforementioned qualities, I missed the point. The point was that these performers laid something genuine on the line in both a vulnerable and reckless way and isn't that what Rock 'n' Roll is all about?
I am telling you to see this live show and if you want to have an extra hit of satisfaction, bring someone you know who is lost in the time warp of their vinyl collection of Cream, Hendrix or Grateful Dead. You may renew their faith in live music. Listen to the August 30th interview Now - joe chisholm - info@indiecan.com
- Indie Can


"Patrick Krief Uses Time Off From The Dears To Work On His Own Music"


Thursday August 02, 2007 @ 07:00 PM
By: ChartAttack.com Staff
MONTREAL — One of the more unfortunate incidents to rock the close-knit Montreal music community this year was the break-in and robbery of Dears guitarist Patrick Krief's rehearsal space. Banditos made off with nearly $20,000 worth of equipment, including a beloved Stratocaster guitar that he received as a gift on his 18th birthday. The story doesn't have an entirely happy ending — the gear was uninsured and the cops never opened a file on the matter — but friends and family members chipped in along with rehearsal space neighbours The Stills to buy him an identical Stratocaster.
The building is now protected by industrial-strength steel and an alarm system, and Krief and his Strat are ready to move on to the next project — a solo record and tour. His debut EP, the seven-song Take It Or Leave, was available for sale on his website earlier this year and can currently be downloaded from the MapleMusic site. It will be released in stores on Aug. 28 via Toronto's SunnyLane label.
When Krief and his group — consisting of Dears drummer George Donoso, bassist Andre Bendahan and keyboardist Roberto Piccioni — release their first album, not only will the sound be different from the dreamy, Beatles-inspired EP, but Krief hopes the band will have a new name to reflect the cohesive unit.
"The name Krief or Patrick Krief doesn't represent what we're doing live," the 27-year-old Montreal native says. "It sounds more like a singer/songwriter thing.
"If you go see a show, you won't even recognize the songs or make the connection that it's the same band. On the EP, I played all of the instruments. There's just a different dynamic when you get four guys in a room banging away at their instruments."
It's always been Krief's intention to juggle his responsibilities with The Dears and his solo project. The EP was recorded over two weeks in 2006 and, with a bit of downtime now, Krief plans to tour vigorously to promote the EP and upcoming album (which he's in the preliminary stages of recording).
"The way that The Dears tour is on a much larger scale," Krief explains. "It's more organized and more clean.
"When we plan the tour out, we know we'll be in England for two weeks, for instance. It's so tight and organized that we rarely go back to a place. The Dears toured for about nine to 10 weeks last year, which is nothing. This band is going to have to get out there, touring for 30 weeks or as much as we can."
Krief has been writing songs since long before joining The Dears in 2004. He recently formed and then disbanded another group called Lesley Lane, largely because he was uncomfortable having another vocalist sing his songs. It was finally at the encouragement of Dears headmaster Murray Lightburn and his friends that Krief put his own insecurities aside and assumed the mantle of frontman, even if he still has issues with his voice.
"There was a lot of pressure from people around me to sing because they had heard the demos. After I recorded the EP, I was thinking if I didn't like it I would have just called it another demo and found someone else to sing it."
Catch Krief here:
• Aug. 3 Montreal, QC @ Playhouse
• Aug. 4 Wakefield, QC @ Black Sheep Inn
• Aug. 19 Montreal, QC @ L'escogriffe
• Aug. 30 Toronto, ON @ Rivoli
—Erik Leijon
- Chartattack


Discography

The Dears - Gang of Losers
Krief - Take It Or Leave

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Patrick Krief is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter. Guitarist for The Dears, Patrick has recently released an EP, Take It Or Leave. The EP was tracked and mixed in 6 days, and Patrick performed all the instruments as well as produced the album. The record features mixes by Murray A. Lightburn (The Dears) and was mastered by Ryan Morey. The Record has a distinct sound of its own, and is very little like his work with The Dears. The record is intimate, stripped down and personal. The songs are simple and are decorated with simple arrangements giving the album an honest and easily listenable feel.