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KUESTIONNAIRE: Plants and Animals

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01/24/2012

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Some of you may have heard 2010’s touching and true classic rock revivalist album La La Land from the brilliant Montreal act Plants and Animals. For those of you that haven’t, it’s about time you hop on the band-wagon. In addition to their fantastic live shows, the band has this uncanny ability to craft songs that roar and rock while still emoting the feelings of joy, loneliness, and personal freedom. The End of That, which comes out February 28, 2012 comes the closest to bridging the gap between the disorder, rock adventure, primal infusion and gushing sing-alongs of their live shows. With the new track Lightshow, both raggedly brutal and delicately pensive, the song is only a taste of what will be an album painted gorgeously by this cerebral and euphonic band.

The band has released a 7” for ‘Lightshow’, the first single off of The End of That, which will be available in stores on the same day as the CD/LP. The 7” features a live cover of Wolf Parade’s “I’ll Believe in Anything” on the B-side. A digital version of the 7” is available now via iTunes and other online retailers. See them live on this upcoming tour as well.

For this week’s Kuestionnaire we have P&A drummer Matthew Woodley as he provides stark evidence for question number 13.

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1. Could you state your name and what you do in the band?
My name Matthew Woodley, people call me Woody, I’m the drummer.

2. How would you describe your sound?
Post-Classic Rock.

3. What is your favorite local band?
Mike O’Brien and David Payant are two chaps who play with a bunch of people like Silver Mt. Zion and Katie Moore. They have a newish project called Oh Bless Your Heart. Guitar and drums with vocals. They’re two of the best musicians among many really really good musicians in this city. I love seeing them play together. I hope lots more people get the chance.

4. Any concerts that blew your mind recently?
A couple weeks ago P&A were involved in a tribute show for Lhasa de Sela, who passed away two years ago from breast cancer. Lhasa was an incredible singer and inspiring human being. People who had played with her came together from all over and played mostly her songs. It was all of the best things about music and an event that will stick out in memory for all of my life.

5. Any non-musical influences you would like to mention?
I like nature.

6. If your music was to be the theme of a film/TV show, what would it be?
Growing Pains.

7. What musician/artist would you like to collaborate with for a day?
Stevie Wonder!

8. What is the album you listen to on a cold rainy day?
Stevie Wonder.

9. List four songs you would listen to on a roadtrip?
I can’t get enough of Zigaboo, the drummer from the Meters – especially the records the Meters did with Dr. John.

10. Where do you see yourselves in 7 years?
On one of those new, habitable planets they’ve just discovered.

11. What is the last book you read?
A Pablo Neruda collection o’ poetry.

12. Is image a factor in music or is it a waste of time?
Both, I suppose. People don’t listen with their eyes closed and you have to put things on the Internet for people to click on. But none of us are getting boob jobs or anything like that.

13. Any embarrassing moments on stage you would like to share?
This is Nic, our lead guitar player

14. Any favorite tour locations?
Since so much time is spent looking out a window, the whole western side of North America, the mountains, the desert, the ocean, the big big. We’d all like to go back to Iceland too.

15. Lastly, what is your present state of mind?
Life is beautiful.

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Plants and Animals – Lightshow from The End of That (2012)

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A Silver Mt. Zion – Sit In the Middle of Three Galloping Dogs from He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms… (2000)