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Meet The Peculiar

By Henry McGuire

Our sound evolves from the collision and fusion of the diverse influences of our members —  Bolivian guitarist Jason Burgos, Danish drummer David Chidekel, British bassist Michael Marshall and Canadian vocalist and guitarist Henry McGuire.

We live in Toronto, but write much of our music on Simcoe Island, near Kingston, Ontario.

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Jive video: The Making

By Michael Marshall

For some people thanksgiving is a wonderful family holiday. For some it’s a reoccurring nightmare that ends with a sigh of exhaustion and a feeling of accomplishment. For a very, very small minority it involves cameras, cold hosing, semi-nudity, and five gallons of paint. We were in the latter camp for our thanksgiving. The woman behind the counter of the paint shop did get a chuckle when we asked if the paint was ‘body safe’. One warehouse, lights, drop cloths, and a clam shaped kiddie pool later we were set up for an entertaining couple hours of schadenfreude, watching each other get drenched in thick paint before discovering for ourselves how bad it tastes and how hard it is to breathe through. We might rethink our art concept next time, but damn, if it doesn’t look cool on video.
Watch for our video coming your way soon.

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There’s a chemistry in diversity

By Michael Marshall

Everything we produce is about diversity, cultivating new combinations of melody and rhythm. Obviously, the music we encounter in our day-to-day lives is a huge aspect of this, and we’ve got the privilege of being in Canada where diversity is right on your doorstep. Toronto is great for that, with distinct cultural districts and celebrations in the city and wildly diverse music festivals that spring up every year.

Of course, you’ll be lucky to find Mongolian throat singing in our music but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t come up in the genesis of new songs. And that’s the point; sharing the best of art and culture is something we want to respect and celebrate, and it’s one of the best parts of being based where we are.

We’re by no means paragons of pluralism but a Dane, a Brit, a Canadian (via-elsewhere), and a Bolivian want to offer what we can.

Ultimately, we think it’s good for everyone. It keeps things fresh and leaves a lasting impression. I will forever remember sitting in a barn on Wolfe Island with a massive gamelan gong from Indonesia, an ape (sadly not a primate but an Italian microvan), and a whole crate of classic blues and jazz vinyl’s spinning in the sawdust.

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