By Divine Right with The Magic and Dave Schoonderbeek
By Divine Right with The Magic and Dave Schoonderbeek at Monarch Tavern
By Divine Right
In the mid to late nineties Canada was experiencing an indie rock explosion. Long before the internet drew international attention northward to the likes of Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene, a handful of Canadian bands were building an exciting sound – something altogether unique from the rest of the world. At the epicenter of this churning bubble was By Divine Right.
The Magic are brothers Geordie and Evan Gordon, born and bred in the small Canadian city of Guelph, Ontario. The brothers formed, and styled, The Magic in the back room of a now defunct treasure trove of a thrift store in downtown Guelph. Geordie sings, plays guitar and keys, with Evan on bass, backing vocals and production. Live they're also joined by Sylvie Smith (Evening Hymns) on vocals and keys and Aaron Curtis on drums. Geordie and Evan also play in the bands Islands and Human Highway.
The new "solo" project from Dave Schoonderbeek follows in the trajectory of his past work in Another Blue Door — and has some of the same faces on hand. Several of the songs here sounded like they could slip right in on a compilation of, say, early Merge singles.