Thursday, May 13, 2010

Library Voices will honour tour dates despite losing all gear in studio flood

This is just devastating. Regina's 8-piece pop band Library Voices, whom I had the pleasure of seeing last month while promoting their latest release Denim On Denim, had their studio/rehearsal space destroyed in a flood on May 6. A burst water main in the basement of the Regina Cultural Exchange, where the band stored all of their gear and then some, flooded the rehearsal space with some 598,000 gallons of water. The picture above shows the band sitting in (what I assume) the stripped and barren space where their gear used to be.

According to the press release, "literally every instrument and piece of gear was destroyed except for a saxophone and a Moog synth that miraculously floated to safety." Musicians and music lovers alike will cringe at the list of instruments lost in the flood, which includes: a vintage Roland Juno 6, a Korg SV-1, a Fender Jazz Bass, an Ernie Ball Music Man, a vintage Korg PS-900, countless guitars, amps, horns, drums, organs, microphones, reel to reel tape machines and tape, and a Casio Sk-1 circuit bent by Tablebeast with only 100 in circulation (other owners include Trent Reznor of NIN and Devo).

Other things destroyed in the flood include several thousand dollars of rented equipment, which is not being covered by the rental insurance, as well as band members' artwork, academic projects, massive comic book and record collections.

All that is to say, Library Voices will need all their fans, die-hard and casual, to party hard with them to cover some of those losses. The band have pledged to borrow, rent and extend their lines of credit to ensure they don't have to cancel any upcoming tour dates. That is not the only reason to see them, of course; LV puts on a phenomenal live show which lives up to their slogan "Pop as Fuck." There's good reason why Canadian indie fans voted LV into the shortlist for Best Live Act in the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards. Their upcoming summer tour dates are listed below.


June 11, 2010 - Winnipeg / Royal Albert Arms
June 12, 2010 - Thunder Bay / Crocks
June 13, 2010 - Sault Ste Marie / Lop Lops
June 16, 2010 - Montreal / Il Motore
June 17, 2010 - Ottawa / Maverick
June 18, 2010 - Guelph / Ebar
June 19, 2010 - Toronto / Horseshoe *NXNE Show
June 21, 2010 - Peterborough / Red Dog
June 24, 2010 - London / Call The Office
June 25, 2010 - Waterloo / Maxwell's
June 26, 2010 – Windsor / Phog Lounge
June 27, 2010 - St. Catharines / S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival
July 15th- 18th - Ness Creek Music Festival
July 22nd - 25th- Calgary Folk Music Festival