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A Brood worthy of shortlisting

July 11th, 2009

This past Tuesday, the Polaris Music Prize shortlist was announced. This is an award presented to the best full-length Canadian album of the year, based on artistic merit and regardless of genre or commercial success. I was thrilled to find out that Elliott Brood’s Mountain Meadows is one of the 10 shortlisted contenders.

I’ve seen this trio perform numerous times, and it’s always a romp. They were in town on Thursday as part of Bluesfest in the Byward — and it was a particularly memorable night. It was the loudest, most keen crowd I’ve ever seen at a Brood show; all around me, people knew the words and sang along. There was also the closest thing to a mosh pit I’ve seen in years.

These guys have a sound all their own — eclectic, heel-stompin’, raspy. It always astounds me how they fill in each tune, being just three. Here are a couple of vids I caught from the show:

Give them a listen and see them live if you get the chance. They put on a show and a half, and deserve every success that comes their way; they just happen to be really nice, humble guys to boot.

The Polaris winner is announced at a gala in September; go git ‘em, Brood!

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