UPDATE – We’ve got a winner! In case anyone’s curious, Andrew Vincent’s “Canadian Dream” was nominated in – big surprise coming up – the “Most Canadian Song” category at the 2009 Bucky Awards. Unfortunately, Vincent lost to Said the Whale.
Andrew Vincent has long been a mainstay of Ottawa’s music scene, but did you also know he’s practically Apartment613 family? It’s true – just this week, I found out that he was the roommate of the cousin of one of our editors’ high school boyfriends. And to think, all this time we’ve forgotten to send him a Christmas card.
That being said, what sort of family would we be if we didn’t boast about Keep It That Way, Vincent’s new EP? It’s a charming 20-minute blast of music, perfectly in character with the lo-fi rock and roll Vincent’s been churning out ever since his days in the early 2000s with the Pirates. There’s hooks aplenty, whether on “Ambassador Bridge,” Vincent’s chugging postcard to the Detroit-Windsor metropolitan area, or on the softer, regret-tinged “Diane.” Vincent also calls in a lot of favours on the EP – guests include fellow Ottawa musicians Andy Swan and Jim Bryson, and Jenny Omnichord shows up for an adorable vocal turn on the title track.
There’s a certain nostalgic quality to Keep It That Way that’s particularly appealing – it’s almost as if the EP weren’t recorded in 2011, but rather in the days when bands like the Super Friendz and Thrush Hermit were ruling Canadian community radio airwaves. But this is a new album, I swear. And if you want proof of that, head down to the Raw Sugar Cafe this Saturday for the official release – which will feature not just Vincent but also Ms. Omnichord and Andre Bluteau. Tickets are $8, doors are at 9pm.
And guess what? Our good friends at Kelp Records have a free copy of Keep It That Way to give away to someone who knows the answer to the following question: In 2009, CBC Radio 3 nominated Vincent for a Bucky Award for his song “Canadian Dream.” What was the category? Send your responses to email@example.com – first to get it right wins!