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Rock Plaza Central Tour with The Weakerthans, Release Limited Edition Vinyl

August 7, 2009

Canada’s favorite horse-loving folk band Rock Plaza Central is busy preparing for an exciting fall tour with folk-punk pioneers The Weakerthans! Rock Plaza Central has already spent the larger part of this year on the road in North America, performing with a wide array of artists including Suckers and Laura Gibson, as well as hitting festivals such as the Wicker Park and 10,000 Lakes Festival. As their set of fall dates approaches, Rock Plaza front man and literary award winner Chris Eaton is once again looking forward to adding more to his on-the-road Twitter project. Eaton has been writing one story per day of no more than 140 characters on tour, so that he may publish them for public participation on his band’s Twitter account from the road. The tweeted micro-fiction project will be published in Steel Bananas’ upcoming anthology, GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose.

Rock Plaza Central’s new release …At the Moment of Our Most Needing, or If Only They Could Turn Around, They Would Know They Weren’t Alone, out now on Paper Bag Records, has been garnering positive reviews across the US and Canada. It received an 8/10 by Pitchfork and was described as “a bracing album of hope” by Popmatters. Eaton says the album was inspired by William Faulkner’s Light in August , as well as groups like Palace/Oldham, Tom Waits, and Van Morrison.

Something that will inspire fans to attend this round of fall tour dates is a special Paper Bag Records limited edition pressing of the band’s celebrated release, Are We Not Horses?, on 180-Gram vinyl (only available on the road at their shows!). Being huge fans of vinyl music themsellves, PBR takes great pride in creating the sort of offerings that fellow vinyl fans will appreciate as a proper addition to their collections. All PBR vinyl releases are numbered pieces produced in limited quantities and feature unique silk-screened covers and additional artwork.” Fans will have to take solace in the Are We Not Horses? issue as the vinyl release of …At the Moment of Our Most Needing is almost sold out!

[Also available on limited edition vinyl: Woodhands – Heart Attack, Winter Gloves – About A Girl, Slim Twig – Contempt!, Josh Reichmann Oracle Band – Crazy Power]

Rock Plaza Central Tour Dates w/ The Weakerthans:
9/16/09 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
9/17/09 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/18/09 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
9/19/09 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
9/20/09 Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live Downstairs
9/23/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
9/24/09 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
9/25/09 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
9/26/09 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
9/27/09 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon

Rock Plaza Central – At the Moment of Our Most Needing

June 30, 2009

Label: Paper Bag Records
Rating: 3 Guns

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Rock Plaza Central

Written By: Darwin Green

If Neutral Milk Hotel met Cloud Cult in a barn after an evening spent with the Polyphonic Spree singing around a campfire, you might get a sense of what this album has to offer.

Hypnotic chanting and the atmospheric, whiny intermittent fiddle allow the homorhythmic voices to leap out at the listener, jolting one with repetitious joyousness, infectious glee, or something other than glee; a sudden guitar or a bass line or some sprinkles of electronica punctuate what feels like a rural revolt against some mysterious antagonist.

The creaking, anarchic lead vocals threaten to head in any unpredictable direction, but remain confined to repeated chants. The horns soften this effect, relaxing one into submission, sustaining a thread common throughout the whole album.

Listening to this feels like watching the sun come up after waking very early in the morning on a farm, sitting in a nice car in the doorway of a barn full of hay and horses.

Like Rock Plaza Central? Then you may also like: Neutral Milk Hotel, Cloud Cult, Polyphonic Spree


June 25, 2009

Download This! – Rock Plaza Central “Panama” (Van Halen Cover)

Download This! – “(Don’t You Believe the Words of) Handsome Men“!

Toronto six-piece Rock Plaza Central is preparing for the second leg of their tour of the US, this time hitting the midwest and west coast. To kick off their tour, and in celebration of their forthcoming album and Paper Bag Records debut, At The Moment Of Our Most Needing, Or If Only They Could Turn Around, They Would Know They Weren’t Alone (out this week!), the band is offering a free mp3 download of their take on Van Halen’s “Panama.”

According to front man Chris Eaton, “…it really all happened as a result of two things. I had an idea to host a night about four years ago where I’d book bands and give them a list of songs they’d have to cover. It was pretty brilliant. And then I had to stop because my partner got a job in Panama for four months. I couldn’t get the song out of my head, so one day I just clicked record on the tape recorder and this came out.”

With influences ranging from William Faulkner to Palace/Oldham, Tom Waits and Van Morrison, Rock Plaza Central’s profile grew quickly after a pair of glowing reviews from Pitchfork, one being an 8.4 stating, “the music is so surefooted and evocative…accessible, supremely affecting, and unique.” Shortly thereafter they were on the cover of CMJ and were called “stars-in-waiting” by David Fricke at Rolling Stone. Magnet said, “‘[RPC] deftly toed the line between a Dust Bowl-era country/folk road show and more modern, damaged rock brainiacs like Neutral Milk Hotel…the new album reveal[s] some fresh weapons in RPC’s arsenal,” NPR mentioned, “Rock Plaza Central isn’t afraid to get thematically ambitious…,” and RCRD LBL said the band, “makes your head spin in a good way.”

Rock Plaza Central On Tour:
July 4 Milwaukee, WI @ PBR Event outside Burnheart’s
July 5 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St.Entry
July 7 Winnipeg, MB @ The Pyramid Cabaret
July 8 Saskatoon, SK @ Walker’s Nightclub
July 9 Edmonton, AB @ Brixx
July 10 Calgary, AB @ Dicken’s Pub
July 11 Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel
July 13 Kennewick, WA @ Red Room
July 14 Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern
July 15 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
July 16 Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo
July 22 Detroit Lake, MN @ 10,000 Lakes Festival
Sept 18 Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival