The Tender Threads
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The Tender Threads

Montréal, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Montréal, Canada
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Alternative Experimental




"Review- “bl:ndness”- The Tender Threads"

While calling Montreal home, The Tender Threads are world travelers. Their debut recording bl:ndness came together during the last few years of their globe spanning journey, from Barcelona to Hanoi and back home again, and as a result it’s permeated by both a resigned, seen-it-all weariness, and a hopeful faith in people.

The most impressive thing about these songs is the attention to detail in the arrangements. Core members Sandro Manzon and Liam Welch are joined on the these recordings not only by a sizeable cast of friends, who bring along an assortment of strings and horns, but also by some seamlessly integrated found sounds, from clacking rocks, to running water, to the pops and hisses of a vinyl record.

Named for a flower associated with death, opener “Asphodel” is actually one of the less funereal tracks here, at least in its punchy horns and rhythm. Manzon knows it’s not going to last though, as he sings of “immortal beauty, or is it in decay?” The following song “red + – O” is a dirge anchored by a slow, throbbing pulse, and its lyrics conflate images of erupting volcanoes and skulls split open by arrows. Life comes back to the album in its second half, however. Standout “into the spring” is based on a simple, repeating melody, and has an endearing, old-fashioned sweetness to it. It favourably recalls Dylan’s “Boots of Spanish Leather” in its back and forth dialogue between two lovers who yearn only for each other, above any worldly possessions. Closing jam “{{{ Anex }}}]]]” takes us out with the return of those punchy horns and some high psychedelic vocals.

The Tender Threads want to take you with them on their journey, and I suggest you open your eyes and follow. - Grey Owl Point

"Tiny vintage clothing store transforms into packed music venue"

Closing out the night, The Tender Threads put on a great set despite an R. Kelly-centric karaoke hangover from the previous evening. The four-piece group weaved their way through experimental folk-pop compositions, masterfully aided by soaring trombone jam sections. Blending in elements of mild psychedelia and soft rock, the band was able to gently bring the audience back down to earth as easily as they were swept up. The band is currently touring to support their October debut record bl:ndness. - The Ontarion

"Weird Tuesday EP Highlight:"

They play soft soul-rock, but then there are strange noises and beats, plus some of the instruments are going off doing their own thing. Weird and wonderful. - Ride The Tempo


Archipelago (2017 TBD) - The Tender Threads 

bl:ndness (2016) - The Tender Threads 

Stranger II: To Look Up; To Reach Out (2013) - The Tender Threads 



The Tender Threads is a Canadian music group founded in 2013 and has since spent time living and working on their music in Europe, Asia and North America. In this project, the members of The Tender Threads engage in a collaboration between disparate musical worlds like psychedelic soft-rock, experimental, contemporary classical, traditional folk, among others.  Tender Threads is an examination of human perspectives, social climate, seeking to contribute to illuminating environments by encouraging conversation between people.  

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