Thurs. April 21: Attack In Black’s Spencer Burton reveals the intimacy of his Grey Kingdom at Phog
Welland’s Attack in Black have come a long way since they first played Windsor many years ago. They’ve emerged from the mean streets of Welland, Ontario as a punk explosion but, like a similar pathed The Reason, they’ve mellowed a bit in their “old age” to create some powerful indie rock more akin to Constantines or Arkells than their punk roots.
Guitarist Spencer Burton has also decided to show of his more sensitive side, with a new project entitled The Grey Kingdom. Perhaps its coming from an area of Ontario that birthed Ron Sexsmith, but The Grey Kingdom is to Attack in Black what City and Colour is to Alexisonfire (who also, incidentally, come from the Niagara region) – embracing a warmer more introspective side of one’s self by removing themselves from a larger collective. By while City and Colour is a little more Sexsmith via Jeff Buckley sounding, Burton’s Grey Kingdom is like a warmer Bon Iver or a more Band-esque performance of Great Lake Swimmers - the songwriting is as lush, just not as orchestral. It’s got more Canadiana roots feel. The song-writing is fantastic, the performance impeccable and the words ring true.
Currently on the road in support of his full length debut, Eulogy of Her and Her and Her (a self-titled EP was released last year to introduce the music world to Burton’s solo material), The Grey Kingdom is stopping by Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) this Thursday for what promises to be an intimate and beautiful showcase of some of Ontario’s finest songwriting.
Supporting the show is Windsor’s own (via Halifax, Nova Scotia) Crissi Cochrane, a songstress whose voice and music has emerged recently as one of the local scene’s most poignant and relevant songwriters (as evidenced by her recent 2011 Jammy Award for Best Local Musician from CJAM 99.1 FM). Always a treat to catch live (and not just because she brings cupcakes for the audience), Cochrane is still playing in support of her fantastic album, Darling Darling from last year.
Opening up the show is another Windsor songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Kevin Echlin. Perhaps not as well known as some of the city’s other songwriters, Echlin is a hidden gem in this scene. This young man has shown a maturity and wisdom beyond his years and it’s only a matter of time before he’s packing places with his voice and storytelling.
If you’re looking to go out for some great songs, a warm vibe (and $10 for Pint and Poutine? Mmmmm), and away from the usual delicious chaos of downtown, this might be the best ticket in town.
The Grey Kingdom with special guests Crissi Cochrane and Kevin Echlin, Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), Thursday April 21, 9pm, 19+/$5