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The End Of Part One
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THE VIOLET ARCHERS
It was late Tuesday morning when the Violet Archers side-stepped the checkout line at the local library, making off with three suitcases, one handbag and one upside down umbrella full of assorted reading materials. With Lou Reed sunglasses and purple high-tops, they managed to fit the books and all their bows into the back of their get-away van amongst the antique instruments and notepapers. It was hard to elude the librarians quietly with piano keys jangling and drum skins resonating, so they sang aloud instead: "It's over or just begun!" Some pages flew out of the window and scattered at the librarians' feet. This is the End of Part One.
The band of cerebral-do-gooders pulled over at a clearing beside a lake, quivers in hand, and strung up an arrow each. The shafts flew in their respective directions, calling out melodies and harmonies in the violet light of dusk. In this panoramic photograph, this colour-filled Matt James painting, the Archers have found all the good; they
are at peace here. Perhaps because they share a love for this music or maybe it’s because they all used to pass love notes in school. As they clamber back into the van, they race off screaming, "Show us colours without names!" as a thousand pages from their overdue library books petal the road behind them. “Play us songs on your heart strings!” This is the End of Part One.
After close to two decades as singer and multi-instrumentalist for rock icons The Rheostatics, writer and producer Tim Vesely steps forward and into a new pair of shoes with The Violet Archers. Vesely is joined by singer and pianist, Ida Nilsen (Great Aunt Ida, Buttless Chaps), drummer Steve Pitkin (The Flashing Lights, Elliott Brood), bassist Aaron MacPherson and guitarist Yawd Sylvester (both of Toronto's Wayne Omaha) for the debut solo album, The End of Part One, slated for release August 23rd on the Vancouver-based label Northern Electric. Produced by Vesely, the album laces musical genres with a luminous ease: be-bop cowboy and brooding psychedelia; Floyd-esque rock and Sexsmith simplicity and sensitivity. The dynamics of the band's members are as diverse as the sounds they create: Nilsen's heavy-hearted piano chords give way to Vesely's endearing vocals and infectious pop pieces, and Pitkin's lyrical feel vibes nicely with the Wayne Omaha boys' electro-beauty-rock. By Divine Right's Jose Contreras also lends his quick fingers and na na na’s for a few tracks. So keep your eyes peeled for The Violet Archers, on tour this fall. And don't dismiss that purple blur in the corner of your eye, for it could be an arrow hurtling to pin up a love note just for you.
Caitlin, June / 05