After spending most of the summer playing outdoor music festivals across Canada, Toronto’s instrumental collective The Hylozoists are ready to hit to road again, in an effort to bring their special brand of orchestral-pop to the masses. The Hylozoists are starting things off in London this Saturday, September 22nd at the LOLA Festival before heading off for a proper tour with The Besnard Lakes, beginning in Vancouver on September 27th.
The Hylozoists recently re-released their critically acclaimed and long out of print debut, La Nouvelle Gauche, through Boompa Records on July 31st, 2007. This follows the release of their groundbreaking sophomore album, La Fin Du Monde, which was released through Boompa in June 2006 to rave reviews. The Hylozoists have spent most of 2006 and 2007 (so far) on the road (including showcase performances at SXSW and CMW) and have earned a much deserved and buzzed about reputation for their incredible live performances.
The Hylozoists were conceived by producer/multi-instrumentalist Paul Aucoin in 2001 when he wrote and recorded La Nouvelle Gauche at his studio in Nova Scotia. A Halifax-heavy line-up of backing musicians was then assembled to perform the songs at a variety of festivals. However, the project was soon relegated to the backburner as Aucoin turned his focus to responsibilities both in the studio and on stage with The Sadies.
Relocating to Toronto in 2004, Aucoin drafted a new compliment of The Hylozoists from bands such as The Weakerthans, FemBots and Cuff the Duke. Having already commenced production on a sophomore effort, he ultimately abandoned the work-in-progress. For Aucoin, it was essential that he start fresh and capture the collective sound of his new legion of collaborators. At that point, The Hylozoists shed the shackles of “solo project” and blossomed into a full-blown supergroup.
The Hylozoists have begun work on their 3rd album, L’ÃŽle Des Sept Villes. The release date is tentatively set for spring 2008. Look for The Hylozoists on tour across Canada this fall!
09.22 London, ON – LOLA Music Festival
09.27 Vancouver, BC – Richards on Richards
09.28 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
09.29 Tofino, BC – The Legion
10.02 Kelowna, BC – Habitat
10.03 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
10.04 Calgary, AB – Broken City
10.05 Saskaktoon, SK – Amigos
10.06 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre