The concert takes place in London at The Electric Ballroom on 27 November. TICKET LINKS HERE
The band will no doubt also tap into and play other highlights from its tremendously excellent catalogue of six albums spanning the past decade-and-a-half. This will be a very special night, featuring the Do Make Say Think core line-up of Charles Spearin, David Mitchell, James Payment, Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit – unchanged since the group’s inception in 1996. The band will be joined by longtime “number six” member Adam Marvy.
DMST will be offering up the Airship experience at the Constellation 15th Anniversary mini-festivals in Europe this November as well.
And the band plays additional European shows joined by Sandro Perri and Eric Chenaux – scroll down a bit on the Do Make Say Think artist page for all dates.
Some reflections from Don and Ian about the band and the Goodbye Enemy Airship album:
“When Do Make Say Think handed us their new record at the end of 1999, we were floored. We knew the band had sparked something special with their first album, but for us this was still a pretty abstract feeling and experience; unlike all the other groups we were releasing in the early days, DMST didn’t live in Montréal. We were still just getting to know them, we weren’t really connected to their scene in Toronto, we weren’t seeing them personally or playing live on any regular basis, and we couldn’t be sure how the heady mix of influences on their first album might play out.
With Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead, the band delivered on every promise we had projected upon them! They truly established their seriousness, originality, soulfulness and narrative depth as an instrumental rock band. The first album was a tour-de-force debut of exuberantly controlled space-jams blending psych, jazz and breakbeat – but GEATLID tapped a whole new level of emotion and compositional tension, with a sonic palette and trajectory that was more raw and elemental while equally more subtle and complex. The record’s title, pulled from a Toronto street art paste-up that also serves as the album cover, perfectly evoked the powerful mix of defiance, isolation, melancholy, escape, communion, relief and jubilation that the album’s song cycle conveys.
Yup, we were floored. In 1999, Do Make’s brilliant sophomore album felt to us like a statement by a band that was here to say, and we could only hope at the time that this might prove true. The band proved it and then some, going on to release four more awesome records in the 2000s that we think makes them one of the most consistent, conscious and unpretentious groups to explore the expressive possibilities of genre-bending hybrid instrumental rock music.”
But don’t take it from Don and Ian.
DMST really have been one of the most consistently acclaimed artists on the label. They helped gestate and inform the sound and spirit of Broken Social Scene, among others, but kept their heads down and ears attuned to their own keenly independent, non-indulgent and intuitive trajectory. In the end, quality, integrity and constancy are their own rewards and DMST are hardly alone in being a symbol for the fickleness and frivolousness that conspires against such traits being recalled and recognised more broadly. The five-person core of Do Make Say Think has remained unchanged since the earliest days; theirs has been a story of humble dedication to uncompromising creativity and friendship through music – the only clichés to which they have unapologetically succumbed!
Do Make Say Think are a band genuinely deserving of time, engagement and hard-earned cash if anyone has the chance to see them in Europe this Autumn.
Thank you for your time.