The Assistants

The Assistants


"Fans of The Go-Betweens, The Smiths, Orange Juice, Felt, and R.E.M. are surely to find The Assistant's first release to be one of the most remarkable debuts of the year." - ** "Janglesome, melodic and far more assured than you'd expect from a debut. Recommended." - Chromewaves


The Assistants formed in the spring of 2004 and are led by singer-songwriters Ciaran Megahey and Kiley Meehan. Initially a trio, the band aimed to fuse electronic ambience with classic songwriting. By using a plethora of drum machines and keyboards, the Assistants created a sonic brew that drew comparisons to New Order and the Jesus and Mary Chain. Now, nearly three years later, the band has blossomed into a formidable dream pop ensemble with the addition of Adam Boyle on drums, Tim Munro on bass and Ildiko Kaszas on keyboards. 2007 also marks the release of the band's self-titled debut album.

Recorded in Toronto at Sleepytown Sound, the Assistants resists sonic padding in favor of a stripped down immediacy. Over the course of ten songs, the band proves to be a creatively restless entity, shaking off one style only to quickly settle into another. The album shifts gears rapidly, veering from the Beatle-esque shuffle of "In My Dreams", to the glam-inspired stomp of ï"This Time". The wistful pop of "Planet News" crafts a beguiling mix of Morrissey and the Byrds, while the sinister undercurrent of "Taste It" exudes a bold swagger. By the final crescendo of "Consent" The Assistants makes it's case as a glowing introduction.


The Assistants - The Assistants (2007)

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Set List

Taste it
This Time
Planet News
In My Dreams
And Then Again
Handful of Heaven
Free to Believe
The Fall

Dream Weapon
Companions of the Flame
Stop Dead
Ghost in Your Skin
In The Sun

Set time: 30min to 60min