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Thursday, March 17 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Details

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Every band who plays SXSW hopes they’ll end the week with a lucrative record deal, or at least the prospect of one. For Winnipeg foursome The Details, that almost happened. “You know the evil manager in the movie the Runaways?” asks Jon Plett, the band’s singer and guitarist. “We met him in an elevator, gave him a press kit and then he wouldn’t stop calling.” That guy was none other than Kim Fowley, a legendary record producer and songwriter who’s worked with The Runaways, Kiss, Alice Cooper and more. They didn’t know who the towering, white-haired 60-something was at first, but Fowley, after listing to their first record — Draw a Distance, Draw a Border — knew exactly who the band was. One day, as Plett was working on his farm (that’s right, he’s a farmer), he got a call. “It was Fowley,” he says. “We talked for an hour, it was so surreal.” The producer said he played the band’s music for people in L.A. and there was a lot of interest. He wanted more tunes and to tried to fly the group out to California. The band was at a crossroads — do they go and potentially give up a piece of the band to the music industry machine? Or stay home and create a new record on their own terms. They chose the latter. It turned out to be the right move, especially since the band found two equally adept producers in Brandon Reid, The National’s engineer and right hand man, and Stephen Carroll, the guitarist of seminal Winnipeg indie act The Weakerthans. Reid and Carroll don’t produce just any act that comes their way. There are two reasons they spent 12 long days working and recording The Details: their huge potential and the fact that they're not afraid of hard work. A lot of bands write some songs in a few weeks then release a record, only to regret the final product. The Details took three years to write the songs on their sophomore effort, Lost Art, and spent a year perfecting them, throwing out songs that didn’t work or redoing tunes that needed an extra push. “We’d play a song a certain way for three months and then flip it on its head,” says Sean Vidal, the group’s other guitarist. “It took us three years to refine the songs the way we wanted them.” That painstaking work was a good thing. It resulted in one of the most exciting records to come out of Winnipeg since The Weakerthans’ Left and Leaving. The combination of Reid and Carroll couldn’t have been more appropriate — Lost Art channels the same type of pull-at-the-heartstrings indie rock as The Weakerthans and The National’s rich folk rock feel. But it’s also got punch. “Vulture Mechanics” kicks off with the loud slap of Shaun Gibson’s snare, eventually launching into a soaring chorus backed by Keli Martin’s deep bass and Vidal’s bright fuzzy riffs.
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Every band who plays SXSW hopes they’ll end the week with a lucrative record deal, or at least the prospect of one. For Winnipeg foursome The Details, that almost happened. “You know the evil manager in the movie the Runaways?” asks Jon Plett, the band’s singer and guitarist... Read More →



Thursday March 17, 2011 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Parish Underground 214 E 6th St

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