photos by Jim Bennett
Elliott Brood hit KEXP’s airwaves last year with their powerfully addictive album Mountain Meadows that featured such iPod mainstays as “Write It All Down For You” and “Fingers & Tongues.” This Toronto-based trio utilizes a variety of instruments including guitars, banjos, ukeleles, harmonicas, and even an old Samsonite suitcase which was sadly retired after a particularly rowdy encore. Much of their music, dubbed as “death country” by the band, evokes the old wild west with driving beats, raw, aching vocals, and a strong historical narrative weaved throughout the music.
The Brood got their start in 2002 after frontman Mark Sasso and Casey LaForet moved to Toronto after finishing school. Stephen Pitkin originally recorded and produced their first EP and officially joined the band with their debut album Ambassador. Mountain Meadows, their second full-length, was recorded in various locations throughout Canada including various hallways, bedrooms and cabins which might explain the haunting qualities found on many of the tracks.
Elliott Brood are playing several dates during SXSW before heading back North for some more dates in Canada including a stop at the Canadian Juno awards (the equivalent of the American Grammys). Check out their myspace page for dates and info.