The Assistants

The Assistants

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"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." - Obscuresounds.com ** "Janglesome, melodic and far more assured than you'd expect from a debut. Recommended." - Chromewaves

Biography

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.

Discography

The Assistants - The Assistants (2007)

Download the album in its entirety here:
http://www.theassistants.net/media/

Or stream the album here:
http://www.theassistants.net/media/player.html

Set List

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

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

Set time: 30min to 60min