The Medicine Hat is an alt-indie band from Guelph in Canada comprising the quintet of Aaron Hoffman, Elliott Gwynne, Michael Boyd, Nabi Bersche and Tyler Bersche.
Interestingly for the second time in a month I find a band who coincided a release with a relationship occasion – last time it was Crying Day Care Choir with their daughter, this time a release that came out in the summer to marry up with a – wedding and you can spot by the surnames who it was back in June that tied the nuptials, even more intriguingly both being folk derived and even more fascinating, both living in countries whose borders extend into the Arctic Circle….
….At that point the common thread breaks you will be delighted to hear, else this would not be a band review but an exploration of geographics and genetics. The Medicine Hat, yes, finally we have arrived….
A beguiling vocal that sounds akin to an icy blue figure is surrounded by equally separated instrumentation, giving the material a strangely stark context as the precursor to the evolving relationships of which The Medicine Hat concentrate. Whilst distinctive instrumentation slips into the room from the various corners, there is a cohesion that delivers music which resonates of the virtual spaces of Social Media, connected, cohesive, yet solitary and distant entities.
The keys, provide a thawing sentience to the sounds, acting like the melting and refreezing bond which creates the sculpture that is The Medicine Hat. I have had the opportunity to listen to the nine track Old Bones which came out recently to coincide with the wedding and it is delightful journey lasting just over half an hour – worth taking ownership.
Old Bones – The Medicine Hat is available on iTunes*.
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