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Adam & the Amethysts To Play LP Release Show

Posted by Katelyn / November 10, 2011

10112011_A&tA.jpgAdam & the Amethysts is not songwriter Adam Waito's first musical project. This Thunder Bay, Ont. native has been in a few bands, namely Telefauna and Miracle Fortress, since he packed his bags and moved to Montreal in 2003.

Waito's interest in music began at 14, which is when he started going to shows. "I was really enchanted by that whole world of teens starting bands and playing shows," he said, "so as soon as I could get some friends together I started doing it."

While most of his friends relocated to Toronto after high school, Waito's against-the-grain direction landed him right smack in the middle of, as he described, "an explosion" in the Montreal music scene.

Both 2008's Amethyst Amulet and 2011's Flickering Flashlight began as home recording projects, and the songs were re-arranged for live shows. The band has historically had a fluid membership, but Waito revealed that since he began recording Flickering Flashlight, Adam & the Amethysts is "Definitely feeling like a band in a way that it didn't really before."

The Oct. 4 release of the LP took the band, which is currently comprised of Rebecca Lessard, Scott Johnson Gailey and Jordan Robson Cramer, on a brief tour of southern Ontario. The album's release will be celebrated at La Sala Rossa on Nov. 10, in Montreal.

"So far the response has been quite good," Waito noted. "It's been really uplifting to get some positive vibes from people with regards to the new songs." He articulated that the over-arching narrative of the album is about "finding yourself in a strange place or strange period in your life and being lifted out of a rut by your friends."

Adam & The Amethysts - Prophecy from Adam Waito on Vimeo.

While drummer Cramer accompanied Adam & the Amethysts on the Ontario portion of the tour, Waito said that he will not be joining the rest of the band for the Western stretch, which will begin in Thunder Bay on Nov. 23 and end during the second week of December.

For those who have yet to pick it up, a limited-edition purple cassette reissue of Adam & the Amethysts' first album will be for sale during the concert at La Sala Rossa.

Adam & the Amethysts
w/ Elfin Saddle
Nov. 10, 20:30
La Sala Rossa, $10

Photo by Francesca Tallone (Adam & the Amethysts play La Tour Prisme, POP Montreal, 2011)

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