Statue Park

Statue Park

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN
BandAlternativeRock

Behind soaring, breathy vocals, Statue Park is a blend of intricate guitar interplay, moody, murky samples and bubbly analog synths, driven by a live pulsating, heartbeat of bass and drums. The quartet carry their complex arrangements to the stage with verve and intensity.

Biography

Statue Park is a Montreal-based band formed by road-worn musicians Toby Cayouette (Chinatown), Jon Hill (Bomb Camera, Stab Ability), Mathieu Dumontier (Kiss me Deadly, Or Condor, Le Husky), and Michel Aubinais (Hey Hey My My, Farewell, Poetry). For these boys, music isn’t a hobby, or even a choice, it’s an imperative, it’s their life. And even after years of struggling through dusty pan-american tours and sleeping in cobwebs, they’ve become older, more experienced, and have their share of DIY wrinkles, but are no less passionnate about their art than they were at 18.

The band was out of the gates back in 2003, when Toby Cayouette started writing under the name Statue Park. He cribbed that particular moniker from the surreal theme park that he visited on the outskirts of Budapest, a field of Stalinist monuments and scarlet fever.

Then they needed a studio, so they built one and crammed a house in the back. It was six months of sweating and swearing, hauling drywall up four flights of narrow Montreal stairs to our top-floor warehouse. And because of the construction in his blood, and his blood all over the construction, Cayouette wrote about buildings, and when he stumbled across a stack of old urban planning journals behind a dilapidated wall, he wrote about that too. And then they were forced out of the building, so he found another, and built another, hoping never to be found, and they were eventually forced out of that one too. And when, after a cross-canadian tour, the hard drive containing the demos for their entire album was stolen, it was time for a pause..

Cayouette went off to record 2 critically acclaimed albums and tour China, France, Switzerland, and Québec with Montreal French pop wunderkinds Chinatown. Cayouette spent the summer of 2011 driving through the American South, documenting loss through photographs and writing songs. Equipped with this material, Cayouette was going to need help to turn these blueprints into the aural cladding, buildings and structures that would populate the album he so urgently needed to make. So he re-assembled Statue Park with long-time contributor Jon Hill, old friend Mathieu Dumontier, and fresh-off-the-boat Parisian drummer Michel Aubinais.

Now, Statue Park makes music by introducing different sounds to each and letting them eat each other alive: drums, laptops, guitars, old synths and amps, tape machines, the odd wind instrument and voices too; anything that can make sound is worth using.

Behind soaring, breathy vocals, Statue Park is a blend of intricate guitar interplay, completed by moody, murky samples and bubbly analog synths, driven by a live pulsating, heartbeat of bass and drums. The Montreal quartet manage to carry their complex arrangements to the stage with verve and intensity, delivering a 90s inflected indie rock breathing through epicly layered electronics.

In keeping with the prevailing moods of passing time and mutating architecture, Statue Park’s upcoming album, The Cities We Planned, The Cities We Made is about things never quite working out the way we expect them to, whether it be heartbreak, failed urban planning experiments, or other manifestations of loss.

Lyrics

Shackleton

Written By: Toby Andris Cayouette

Let me take you far away
On an expedition
To the furthest we can go
A place of ice and snow
And set adrift
On an ice floe
We'll lose our way
I'll sing to you every day

We'd be okay
If nothing ever got in the way
We'd be alright
If you never left my sight

We can forget about the rest
The complications
Take time to build a nest
The perfect nation
If something goes wrong
Will you be strong
Will you run away
Or will you stay

We'd be okay
If nothing ever got in the way
We'd be alright
If you never left my sight

We'd be okay
If nothing ever got in the way
We'd be alright
If you never left my side

Letter Before Leaving

Written By: Toby Andris Cayouette

Letter Before Leaving

I watched you wash your feet in the sink
I watched you lose your furs in the snow
I watched you burn a pie on the stove
I watched you drop your necklace down the drain
On the day before I left

You were angry
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch you do it all over again
And you were beautiful
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch you do it all over again

I watched you bite my cheek until it bled
I watched your nails dig trenches in my back
I watched you use me while you watched me use you
I watched the deepest sleep you drew me into
On the night before I left

You were fierce
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch you do it all over again
And you were fiery
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch you do it all over again

And during every day that I was gone
I watched the films we made
I listened to our songs

I watched you put a flower print dress over your shoulders
I watched you take it off and put on five more
I watched you carefully put your makeup on
I watched you cry it off in the mirror

You were far away
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch us do it all over again
I was far away too
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch us do it all over again

Discography

EP1 (2005)
EP2 (2006)
Shackleton EP (2012)

Set List

A letter before leaving
Shackleton
Electric Blue Printing Machine
This Folding House
Picture Irene
The Architect
1983
Dead's Man's Switch
Weights & Sinkers