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On the road with Slow Down Molasses

sdm2 thumb.jpgWriter and Slow Down Molasses bass player Chrix Morix takes us on the road with the band, with excerpts from his Walk into the Sea tour blog, set to the sound of Slow Down Molasses itself, in concert.

self-portraitsleevelessCLIP.jpgChrix Morix aka Chris Morin, in addition to playing with Slow Down Molasses, is a prairies-based writer, illustrator and musician who splits his time between northern Saskatchewan and Montreal. Holding a BA in Political Studies (University of Saskatchewan) and a Certificate in Graphic Applications in Desktop Publishing (Concordia, Montreal, PQ), Morix writes a weekly live music column for various newspapers and magazines, including Planet S Magazine and Prairie Dog, as well as working as a partner and content editor for Ominocity.com. In addition to his self-published novel, entitled The Dirty North, he has released a series of zines entitled OHNO!THEROBOT, which were once distributed in North America through Tower Records.


Chix takes us on the rad with Slow Down Molasses this week through his journal from their Walk into the Sea tour--here's theband live in on January 14 at LUGO!



sdmpress ext.jpgSlow Down, Molasses are a sprawling indie rock collective from Saskatoon, SK. The band brings together a cast of 5 (and sometimes more...) members to create their own unique wall-of-sound. Songs that began as sparse, dust-covered arrangements have developed into full-fledged, lush indie-folk anthems filled with strings, horns and layers of feedback drenched guitars and sweet vocal harmonies.

The band's latest album, Walk Into The Sea, features guest appearances by "Canada's indie queen" (cbcradio3.com) Julie Doiron and Ontario's Olenka & the Autumn Lovers and was mixed by Ohbijou's James Bunton. Since the release of the album, Slow Down, Molasses has toured clear across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver, played marquee festivals like NXNE, Sled Island and the Regina Folk Festival, and completed a tour of the United Kingdom, including an appearance at England's End of the Road Festival alongside indie heavyweights Mogwai, Okkervil River, The Walkmen and Joanna Newsom.

Slow Down Molasses will be releasing a video for their song "Bodies" soon, and another album full of remixes of songs off Walk Into The Sea on February 7th. Then they head into the studio at the end of January to begin work on their next full length album.

"This could be one of the next great Canadian bands" -Slowcoustic.com

"Slow Down, Molasses brings out a simple beauty by balancing dream-pop, folk elements, and a collective aesthetic. Musically infusing the wide-open spaces surrounding their native Saskatoon, this seven-piece delivers organic country-tinged dreamscapes wrapped around contemplative vocals, sparkling guitars, loping rhythms, accented with a violin and organ." - Lonely Vagabond

"...I hear Cuff the Duke and the band Low getting busy with each other on their new album, I'm an Old Believer." - Chris Alscher - CBC Radio 3

"....it's an absolute dream of an album that, if there is any justice in the world (there isn't; I checked), will cause quite a fuss across Canada and far beyond." - Morrison's Nifty Drivelarium & Gubbins Repository

"...channelling the spirits of Neil Young, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Low" - FFWD Weekly

"Slow Down, Molasses are like the Broken Social Scene of the prairies, and their music, both individually and as a group, always tastes good no matter how you mix it." - Exclaim!

Slow down, Molasses has toured throughout Canada and the United Kingdom, including performances at the Halifax Pop Explosion, North by North East Festival, Sled Island Festival, Ness Creek, Regina Folk Festival and England's End of the Road Festival.


Listen to Slow Down Molasses now, on CBC Radio 3.