Toronto area based folk/ rock/ roots duo The Sunparlour Players have always had a fondness for Lethbridge, so they are excited about returning to the Slice, Tuesday, April 22.
“We love Lethbridge. The first time we played there was with Elliott Brood and this great band, the Acorn,” related Andrew Penner, one half of the multi-instrumental duo with Michael “ Rosie” Rosenthal.
“ And six years later, we have a pizza named after ourselves at the Slice. Some of our most bizarre memories have happened in Lethbridge,” he said.
“ I think there ended up being fist fights at the first show,” he said.
“ So this time I’m hoping for a big dance party,” he said.
They have literally just released their brand new CD “The Living Proof” which was released, April 8. They recorded it over three months last fall with their producer Chris Stinger
They added their Sunparlour Preserve Ginger Butter recipe from their previous EP “Sunparlour Preserves.”
“I really liked it,” he said adding they recorded it in an old 1860 mansion which had an ancient piano. It features 83-year-old poet Hugh Oliver reading the recipe.
The duo always set out to record something different.
“It’s very playful and very random. It just feels different,” he said.
“ The first song, ‘Soapbox’ is little bit of folk, but it feels like it is being played by Sabbath. Whole the last songs, ‘Bless this City,” is about two things— Rob Ford and his personal issues and my hometown,” he said.
“ There is a Heinz plant in my hometown Leamington, which shut down. I grew up on a tomato farm helping grow tomatoes for the Heinz plant. Now it is closed, it is really going to hurt the people of this town. It is something a lot of people in a lot of small towns will be able to identify with,” he continued.
“ This CD is sharper and stronger,” he said.
They each play a plethora of different instruments and on their CD.
“If you see something on stage, we’re going to be playing it. It always bugs the shit out of me when a band has an unusual instrument on stage and they don’t play it,” he said.