HOMETOWN: Vancouver, BC
GENRE: Post rock/instrumental/ambient
MEMBERS: Isaac Jeffs (guitar), Kai Furugori (percussion), Eric Furugori (guitar/bass)
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Spruce Trap is a Vancouver-based post rock band formed in 2012 by guitarist Isaac Jeffs and drummer Kai Furugori. True to their West Coast roots, the pair would twice-weekly hike their city’s celebrated North Shore trails before returning home to experiment with ambient music inspired by their adventures, and quickly they recruited Eric Furugori on bass and second guitar to expand their tonal options.
On December 2nd, 2016, Spruce Trap released a follow up to their 2014 debut EP: a full-length ominously titled The Wise Prefer To Perish. The occasion was marked with a free show to over 400 guests at Vancouver’s historic Christ Church Cathedral and the performance was recorded in 5.1 surround sound for release later this year.
Ahead of a tour that takes them down the West Coast this month, the band has released a video of the closing track from that night titled Justice For Her. The piece features five distinct movements that take the listener on a 17-minute journey, punctuated by mountainous crescendos and lush melodic transitions symbolic of the group's Pacific Northwest home. Sonically it sits somewhere between the prodigious film scores of Trent Reznor and Hans Zimmer, and the quasi-classical instrumental rock of fellow Canadians, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Footage from the evening is intercut with the abstract projections that backlit the band on the cathedral stage.
Spruce Trap will be on tour down the West Coast June 18th - July 2nd in support of their recent full-length, The Wise Prefer To Perish.
June 18th - Vancouver, BC, Thor's Palace
June 19th - Seattle, WA, Chop Suey
June 20th - Olympia, WA, Le Voyeur
June 21st - Olympia, WA, KAOS Radio
June 22nd - Portland, OR, Post-rock Castle
June 23rd - Eugene, OR, Black Forest
June 26th - San Francisco, CA, Cafe du Nord
June 27th - Oakland , CA, The Golden Bull
June 29th - Pacifica, CA, Winter's Tavern
July 1st - Portland, OR, Valentine's
July 2nd - Olympia, WA, Le Voyeur
ARTIST: Spruce Trap
TITLE: The Wise Prefer To Perish
LABEL: Big Smoke / Eagle Time Records
RELEASE DATE: December 2nd, 2016
FORMAT: 200 x 150g 12" black vinyl / digital via iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc.
FFO: Explosions In The Sky, Trent Reznor, The Antlers, Godspeed You! Black Emperor
"Justice For Her" live at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, December 2nd 2016.
"Beginning with the slow build of Tumült from almost Pink Floyd-like psyche flourishes to an atmospheric boogie showcasing some really lovely guitar textures, you are lulled into letting the music wash over you. The shift to near-metallic pulse and pound on Fiddle Nero/Rome Is Burning is an altogether different sensation. This is music that can hold you in place."
- The Province
"It’s an album that, as its title alludes, celebrates moments of stunning beauty, but also realizes that beauty is doomed in the end. What can we do in the face of such a realization? There might not be words – and there are none here – but we are left to look up to the skies and howl what instruments we have at maximum volume and hit drums so hard they might threaten to explode. The Wise Prefer to Perish is a deeply cathartic listen after a genuinely, sometimes incomprehensibly screwed up 2016..."
- Grayowl Point
"When you hear their textural, atmospheric, guitar-laden instrumentals slowly begin to unfurl into grandiose postrock crescendos, while contemplating the political gravity of the album’s title and tag line (“a brief story of the inevitable fall”), Godspeed You! Black Emperor is the most obvious reference point. For many bands of this ilk, such a comparison would be a bit of a reach, but Spruce Trap has proven itself worthy on this record."
- The Georgia Straight