Tearjerker
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Tearjerker

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Tearjerker - 'You Can' (Music Video Review)"

The new video for "You Can," by the Canadian shoegaze-pop band Tearjerker, uses found footage of old home movies to create a melancholy montage of faded memories.

Gökçe Erdem, who directed the video, tells us via email that the song and video are about the way the memories we retain shape who we become. "The band members and I wanted to experiment with projecting visuals onto a human body to reflect that feeling. I watched lots of random family videos from the 1960s and narrowed down my selections to a few. I especially loved this one segment from Norway where a family documents their daughter's growth over the years and their second baby's arrival. I collected all the parts I liked and tried to create a story within."

Tearjerker's Micah Bonte adds that "the visuals fit perfectly, because the song is about appreciating the present time and making the most of it. Because, as the song says, 'You can't bring it back, but you can make it last.'"

"You Can" is from Tearjerker's recent EP, Hiding. - NPR


"Tearjerker - 'Another Moon'"

It's pretty appropriate that we're premiere Tearjerker's latest track, "Another Moon," on the day of a full moon. With blissed-out melodies and plenty of feedback loops, the song feels like a dreamy chant--totally authentic and exactly the thing you'd want playing on repeat for a full moon celebration or a chill car ride up the PCH.

The rad tune comes off the Toronto three-piece's upcoming EP, Hiding--you can listen to "You Can" off the EP here--which they are releasing on iTunes, as well as as a limited edition cassette tape and limited edition vinyl pressing on May 20th. (Yes, they do have the coolest DIY projects out there.) So if you need a new band to groove out to and obsess over, we just found them.

Listen to "Another Moon" below, and we promise you'll be hooked. - Nylon


"Tearjerker - 'You Can'"

"You Can", by the Toronto trio Tearjerker, is less of a "song" than a blissful loop, a freeze-frame on a perfectly symmetrical five-note melody. After some sputters and coughs, the transfixing loop kicks in—it's a soccer chant, something huge and relentlessly simple designed to ripple out over festival masses. Hear it once, and feel it become part of your under-the-breath murmuring for the rest of your day. The band seems to know they've designed a lethally powerful hook, so they reinforce it with keyboards and a guitar, pumping it full of air until it takes to the sky, a great big orange blimp floating overhead. It's all peak, the blissful climax of an Explosions in the Sky song snagged in a processor and repeating. Their EP Hiding will be out May 20. - Pitchfork


Discography

Rare, 2011 (http://tearjerker.bandcamp.com/album/rare)

So Dead (Single b/w Blood), 2011 (http://tearjerker.bandcamp.com/album/so-dead)

Strangers, 2010 (http://tearjerker.bandcamp.com/album/strangers)

Slouching, 2009 (http://tearjerker.bandcamp.com/album/slouching)

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Toronto-based band Tearjerker was born from the shared mindset that allowed for each member to play an equal part in the creative process. Since 2009, the band has released two albums, an EP, a few remix projects, and a handful of singles, completely independently. Everything, from the writing, recording, production and album artwork has come from the three of them. Tearjerker has even released special edition cassettes of their albums with handmade packaging, lending a personal, tangible feel to each offering.

“We wanted to put out music we thought was cool and that we liked, and have a homemade, DIY feel about it,” Micah says. “We’ve done everything ourselves up until this point.”

The trio signed with SQE Music in 2014, where they will retain the DIY aesthetic as much as possible. “They didn’t want to change our process,” Trevor notes. “They wanted to give us the tools to keep doing exactly what we’re doing but just shine more light on it.” The band’s first release on the label is a four-song EP called Hiding. The gauzy, surging, shoegazy indie rock songs were written and recorded in the musicians’ homes in Toronto. Much of the music was recorded separately, in solitary circumstances, and then brought together to create the sprawling, layered melodies.

Throughout the EP Micah’s lyrics find emotional grounding in the music itself. Hiding also offers a preview of what’s to come on the band’s next full-length, which they are presently writing to release later in 2014.

"The four songs on Hiding are individually unique, but together they are a part of our cohesive sound," Taylor says. "We always have an underlying theme for each release, whether it's a conscious decision or not."

Tearjerker, in its current form, operates on instinct and sincerity. They’re less concerned with selling singles than they are with being a prolific group that consistently unveils interesting new music. And it’s important to them that each piece of that music exists in the world in palpable form. “We take pride in making a really cool product that we can hold,” Trevor says. “It’s exciting for us as much as it is for anybody who is a fan.”

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