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Slightly more massive than your average supergroup

SHANDA DEZIEL August 22 2005
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SHANDA DEZIEL August 22 2005

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Slightly more massive than your average supergroup

SHANDA DEZIEL

Two of Canada’s biggest bands-in size and buzz-bumped into each other one evening on the streets of New York City. “It was like two gangs meeting,” says Carl Newman of Vancouver’s New Pornographers. “We were leaving a bar and Broken Social Scene were going in. This huge group hung out on the corner for 10 minutes.” While Newman, 37, says that’s the extent of his relationship with Toronto’s favourite indie rockers, his band feels a kinship with them. “Both are filled with a bunch of people who had been playing music for a long time and became popular. I’m sure we both sort of went, ‘What the hell,

where did this come from?’ We both won Junos early on-little parallels.” The new CD, Twin Cinema, is another collection of exuberant, sophisticated pop, showcasing the depth of this band’s talent pool, which includes Dan Bejar (who also records under the name Destroyer) and twang queen Neko Case. Yet Newman can’t figure out why they’re called a supergroup. “Aren’t supergroups where you take members from massive bands and stick them together and then the supergroup ends up slightly less massive? We took five unpopular things and stuck them together into one popular thing.” SHANDA DEZIEL

The New

Pornographer’s

album,

Twin Cinema will be released on Aug. 23.

You can hear a track at www.macleans. ca/twincinema