Vancouver's Octoberman, side-project of Kids These Days's Marc Morrissette, has announced the release of its debut album, These Trails Are Old and New, on BC's White Whale label. The album is of the concept variety, sort of, documenting Morrissette's wanderings over the past couple of years, from Paris to Vietnam to NYC to Turkey (and back again, presumably).
Initially envisioned as an entirely solo venture, Morrissette has now assembled a full-on band to accompany him on his latest travels, namely a fall Canadian tour with a stop-off in New York for a showcase at the annual CMJ Festival.
Described as "melding the sensibilities of Neil Young and Jack Kerouac," These Trails runs the gamut of Morrissette's experiences in travelling, detailing encounters with fellow Canadian backpackers abroad ("X-Pat"), the terrors of a monstrous metropolis ("Tokyo Nightmare") or, in "Merci Cornerstore," how you can find "urban salvationÖa mere block away."
These Trails Are Old & New will be released on October 4th. You can catch Morrissette and band (featuring fellow Kids These Days moonlighter Rob Josephson, guitarist Peter Doig, bassist Graham Christofferson, and keys player Brook Houglum) at the following locales:
September 7, Langley, BC - Ethical Addictions
September 10, Vancouver, BC - Lamplighter
September 24, Guelph, ON - The Cornerstone
September 25, Windsor, ON - Phog Lounge
September 26, Toronto, ON - Art Bar, The Gladstone Hotel
September 27, Montreal, QC - L'Hemisphere Gauche
September 28, London, ON - Alex P. Keaton
September 30, Waterloo, ON - Raintree CafÈ
October 1, Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal Festival
October 15 & 17 Vancouver, BC - Media Club
Writer: Neil McDonald