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The Constantines, Ladyhawk

Fri. June 27th 2008 9:00 pm Sugar (No Minors) 9:00 pm
Tickets at: Lyles Place, Ditch Records & Cds,
Presented by: Atomique Productions
he band was formed by Steve Lambke, Bryan Webb, Doug MacGregor, and Dallas Wehrle in 1999, following the break-up of Webb and MacGregor's emotional hardcore band Shoulder. Their style has been described as "art-punk", and they have been compared to bands like The Clash, Fugazi, Bruce Springsteen, and Nick Cave.
From their hometown of Guelph the band relocated to London, Ontario and then to Toronto, where in 2001 they released their self-titled first album. Constantines enjoyed widespread play on campus radio and was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album.
In 2002 they added keyboard player Evan Gordon to the lineup and released the EP The Modern Sinner Nervous Man. Gordon left the band soon after to pursue his own song writing. He was replaced by Will Kidman, and the band released Shine a Light in 2003. This album was the band's first to be released outside of Canada on the Sub Pop record label.
In 2005, they embarked on a cross-Canada tour with The Weakerthans called The Rolling Tundra Revue. Later in the year their album Tournament of Hearts was released September 27 by Toronto record label Three Gut Records in Canada, and on October 11 by Sub Pop in the United States.
The members of the Constantines have occasionally played shows under the name Horsey Craze, covering Neil Young songs. In early 2006, they released a vinyl only split-album with The Unintended. The Constantines recorded four Neil Young covers for the LP, while The Unintended performed four Gordon Lightfoot songs.
In 2007, following the demise of their former Canadian record label Three Gut Records, the Constantines signed with Arts & Crafts. On January 15, 2008 they released a limited edition 7" on white vinyl, entitled Hard Feelings. Their fourth full-length album, Kensington Heights, is scheduled to be released on April 15 in Canada and April 29 in the US.
Guitarist Steve Lambke has released two albums under the name Baby Eagle, and keyboard player Will Kidman has recorded under the name Woolly Leaves.

The Constantines

The Constantines are the children of Fugazi, stepbrothers to Make-Up and Trail of Dead, the grand-kids of Springsteen and Strummer. They call what they do soul music, not because of what it sounds like, but where it hits you. They haven't just inherited the styles of their ancestors, but the wisdom as well. Their Fugazi fandom, for instance, focuse... more info

Ladyhawk (Alt Rock)

"Vancouver-based Ladyhawk are now considered godfathers of the rock music scene. After two boss albums on Jagjaguwar and international touring, the four piece have been off the grid, plotting their forthcoming masterstroke. While each member is active with an assortment of sides, let's raise a toast for the next main course!" -Sipreano more info
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