Back in 2006, a bunch of San Diego scene regulars decided to try something new. Soon, Americana was introduced to power pop and The Midwinters began to catch on. The band — currently comprised of Paul Donovan on vocals, Chris Hobson on keys, Jeff Hoyer on guitar, Matt Cliff on bass, and Erik Ekdahl on drums — has been writing, playing shows, and recording ever since, with the excellent EP Hinges released last year (download it for free at the link above), and another scheduled for 2011.
The band will play the Tin Can Ale House tonight, April 13. If you’re lucky, you might hear some of those new songs. In anticipation of the show, Paul and Matt sent us lists of their influences. Check it out below…
The group just released its second LP, La La Land, in April, and the album’s balance of mellowness and electric fuzz is the perfect companion to Frightened Rabbit’s whisky-soaked Scottish blues. Plants and Animals’ first LP, Parc Avenue, was shortlisted for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize and nominated for two Juno Awards in 2009. (And speaking of Juno, they share a hometown — Halifax, Nova Scotia — with Ellen Page.) For a sample of the band’s sound, check out the song “The Mama Papa” (MP3).
We’re offering two tickets to see Frightened Rabbit and Plants and Animals at San Diego’s House of Blues on 10/14. To enter the contest, just comment below, and include your email address in the form (your email wonâ€™t be visible to the public). The winner will be chosen at random on October 12, 2010.Plants and Animals tour dates are below.