“Fuck having a singer, these guys don’t need one!”
-Ain’t it Now Magazine
“If Tortoise dated Neil but cheated on him in a three-way with Trans Am and Fogerty…”
-Patron, Railway Club, Vancouver BC 12:17 am
These two fake quotes basically sum up what it would take traditional music writers 300 flowery words to say. But in all honesty, the truth is right there. There is driving rhythm and wide open spaces. There are layers of sound that fill the moments, rising, building and falling off again. There see? flowery words… It’s so easy to do.
Regardless, a useful, basic history might be that the Precious Fathers are a four piece, 50% of them are actual fathers and they practice in a barn in unincoporated territory outside of Vancouver, BC. Their lives consist of children, farming, painting and car stereo installations. And it shows. Friends before fathers, they have continually managed to explore instrumental rock with a sense of smart, intelligent pleasure that carries you along with it and reminds you of different times in your life; a road trip down the rolling, dead-straight highways of Montana, or waiting for a ferry with a snow cone in your hand and a warm burger in your belly. Filled with movement it makes you feel like you are there again, wherever “there” is, for the first time. OOPS. There we go again.
Now, with their second release on White Whale Records, the Precious Fathers continue to push their music to new places. Tim Loewen and Jaret Penner’s dueling guitars play off each other to blend and collide in a classic back yard rock entanglement while bassist Paul Goertzen matches notes to fill the music with grooves and steady rhythm. Drummer Josh Lindstrom provides the rushing beat behind it all. Both fast and smooth, his rich patterns make the songs move and help augment the changes that the guitars have led each tune into.
(Fun Indie Rock Factoid: Tim Loewen is the very same Tim Loewen that plays bass for Destroyer.)
Where their first, self-titled record played with wide open spaces and delicate, quiet bridges, their latest record boasts some louder more forceful directions. A maturing of moods, songs like “Swells” and “Sylvan Court” play out to provide rich crescendos of sound and thick, dense changes as each song brings about a new time, a new idea, a new place, sometimes, even a precious new experience.