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Foam Lake in Concert

November 2  on the X, we bring you the big, deep sound of Foam Lake, recorded live in concert in the Mae Wilson in their home town of Moose Jaw, SK, plus the wit of Kenneth T. Williams.

Photo by Patrick Schmidt

Listen to  Foam Lake

A band named after a place where a mother grew up and a grandfather lived and died, Foam Lake is four blood brothers who have been playing together longer than they can remember. In late 2008, after the sudden demise of a band half the brothers were members of, the Ross brothers decided it was time to make it official and Foam Lake was born.

Heavily influenced by their father's obsession for the drums and his extensive record collection, the Ross' bring together a mixture of the guitar tones of Neil Young and My Bloody Valentine, the driving beat of the Ramones, electronic elements of post punk and new wave with lyrics influenced by the Smiths and Magazine.

Currently, both Tyler and Kalen are members of the rock trio the Warbrides, Paul is a member of the alt/country/shoegaze collective Slow Down, Molasses, and Barrett is active in Chiba. In their previous band (The Blood Lines), Barrett and Paul toured across Canada, parts of the US and China, including showcases at the CMJ festival in New York, NXNE in Toronto, and a spot at the Beijing Pop Festival. They also managed to land on the cover of the New York Times as a result of their trip to Austin's famed SXSW festival.


ken williams.jpgKenneth T Williams (from playwrightsguild.ca)

Kenneth T. Williams  is an award-winning Cree playwright and journalist. His plays Gordon Winter, Bannock Republic, Thunderstick, Suicide Notes, AWOL: Aboriginals Without Official Leave and Three Little Birds have been professionally produced and acclaimed across Canada.He also writes film scrripts, novels, theatre for young people, and the occasional column for CBC Radio (for bus fare). He is the first Aboriginal writer to earn an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Alberta. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.