After hosting two advance screenings this fall, SLUICE has officially released their concert film Live Au Mouse Trap.
Directed by Matt Charlton, Live Au Mouse Trap is a 20-minute concert film showcasing the Acadian powerpop band performing songs from their debut album live. Part basement punk show, part house party, part Intimate & Interactive, Live Au Mouse Trap captures the quartet delivering a blistering set in front of an energetic and enthusiastic hometown audience.
Following the film’s release, Sluice plays their last show of the season tomorrow, Thursday, February 02, in Fredericton, NB, where the group opens for recent JUNO nominee Lisa LeBlanc at the Fredericton Boyce Farmer’s Market. Tickets are available now.
Later this month, Sluice returns to the studio to record their sophomore album at Taurus Recording in Toronto, ON. The new LP, which received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and Musicaction, finds AA Wallace (Cheval, Sleepless Nights) at the helm as producer and Thomas D’Arcy (Small Sins, July Talk, The Sheepdogs) in the role of the primary recording engineer. The album is slated for release via Acadian Embassy later this year.
Winner of Music Nova Scotia’s Prix de l’Acadie in 2022 and nominee for the ECMA’s Francophone Recording of the Year that same year, Sluice has garnered press coverage from outlets such as CBC’s q, CBC Music, Canadian Musician, CBC Radio 3, ICI Première, and ICI Télé, performed at festivals such as Acadie Rock, le Festival international de Louisiane, Nova Scotia Music Week, the East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference, and the Halifax Urban Folk Festival, and been featured on nationally televised broadcasts such as Hockey Night in Canada, La fête en Acadie : Havre au tchai, and Tout inclus.
Fuelled by nostalgia and hyper-regional history, Sluice (rhymes with ‘juice’) unleashes souped-up pop rock/powerpop songs that are entrenched in the breezy and foggy summers of Par-en-Bas – a region that encompasses several Acadian communities around Yarmouth, NS.
The music itself also makes strides to look back, capturing a musical atmosphere that draws allusions to a late ‘90s, early 2000s heyday era for acts such as Nada Surf, Weezer, Harvey Danger, Jimmy Eat World, and Death Cab For Cutie, all while integrating guitarmonies inspired by Thin Lizzy and the everlasting road-trip drive of Tom Petty.
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I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.
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