YCTV PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE ROCK MUSIC SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM: “THE OUTFIT: DO SXSW”. Streaming now at the end of the red-carpet link below, the film is a tell-all, show-all, well-tuned celebration of honour and friendship, tacos, gumbo, autograph signing, hotel conditioner, and not super talkative donkeys.
This is the real scene. The truth the industry scorns. The summation of goodness in music. Featuring Daniel Romano, Julianna Riolino, Julie Doiron, Carson McHone, Roddy Rossetti, Ian Romano, and Kenneth Roy Meehan. Shot and edited by Colin “THE EYE” Medley. Tune your browsers to reality.
LET’S GET LIVE!!! Julianna Riolino has just announced a whole bunch of tour dates this spring and we wanted to celebrate the occasion with this ultra-special live video filmed at the All Blue album release show in Toronto (December 7, 2022), featuring a rip-roaring, set-opening, mind-expanding, call-to-arms cover of the Fairport Convention classic Come All Ye and a passionate rendition of All Blue’s Hark! This YCTV exclusive was filmed by @wolfmanhann and @colin.medley; live and recorded sound engineered by @keenthroymeehan, and features the all-star on-stage line up of Aaron Goldstein, Thomas Hammerton, Carson Mchone, Daniel Romano, Ian Romano, Roddy Rossetti.
“Making music feels so good, and I like to think of this captured energy as a marker of growth. This life is dedicated to the winding journey of art and creation, the perseverance of thought, and our duty to destiny. I can’t wait to see where I grow. “ – Julianna Riolino
Come all ye rolling minstrels and together we will ride:
March 14 – SXSW – Swan Dive
March 16 – SXSW – Waterloo Records
March 18 – SXSW – Soco Stomp
Apr 19 – Washington, DC – The Runaway ~
Apr 20 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle ~
Apr 21 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall ~
Apr 22 – Atlanta, GA – EARL (appearing on stage with the Sadies, not her own set) ~
Apr 24 – Houston, TX – Big Top Lounge ~
Apr 26 – Austin, TX – 3TEN @ ACL LIVE ~
May 4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe ~
May 5 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom ~
May 6 – Rochester, NY – Skylark Lounge ~
~ opening for The Sadies
May 18 – Sydney, NS – St Patrick’s Church Museum #
May 19 – Halifax, NS – Marquee Ballroom #
# opening for Daniel Romano’s Outfit
May 25 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern ^
May 26 – Trout Lake, WA – Trout Lake Lounge ^
May 27 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios ^
May 30 – Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post ^
June 1 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer ^
June 2 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s ^
June 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon ^
June 5 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar ^
June 7 – Atascadero, CA – Bristols Cider House ^
June 8 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley ^
June 9 – Mariposa, CA – The Grove House ^
June 10 – San Francisco, CA – Amado’s ^
^ opening for Kassi Valazza
Welcome to the New Year with NEW MUSIC from Status/Non-Status!
The January 3rd EP offers 3 beautiful reflections on the search for home, those left behind when we leave, and those lost far too early, highlighted by a title track calling to a more natural way of existing but trapped within the busy people, streets and lights of a broken city. January 3rd follows up the critically acclaimed Surely Travel LP with a selection of additional material drawn from the same fruitful sessions. Collected together these songs document a sentimental journey that sounds just right on the cold winds of winter.
Notes on the songs from Adam Sturgeon:
“January 3rd is a song of reflection; a call to a more natural way of existing but trapped within the busy people, streets and lights of a broken city. I wrote this while living in Flint, Michigan and it was the first song we recorded for Surely Travel, where in a song we are all just trying to be free.
Johnny’s Song could be about any kid, anywhere. In this case a specific kid – Johnny, who was trying his best to persevere despite a harsh reality at home, each day bringing a new challenge but finding hope within the cold terrain of the Arctic tundra and being on the land.
Glide is a dedication to our dear mother, mentor and friend who slipped into the ice and never came home. Emotions got the better of me through tracking so I walked away from the song and left it unfinished. Still can’t listen to it to this day.”
Announcing the highly anticipated release of the brand-new Status/Non-Status full-length album “Surely Travel”, coming September 23rd from You’ve Changed Records! Watch the beautiful animated video for the single Mainly Crows now!
What’s revealed when you archive the quiet moments during time spent on the road? For Adam Sturgeon, the result is a crystalline glimpse into the unseen — and gratifying — moments of personal renovation we rarely pay attention to; where a blown out tire incites calm rather than rage, and moments of frustration invite grace instead of judgment. This is the vantage of Surely Travel, the newest album by Status/Non-Status, the evolving musical project of the Anishinaabe artist and community worker, and a close-knit group of collaborators.
Exploring their expansive, sky-sweeping folk rock from a fresh angle, Status/Non-Status drive head-on into a natural complement to the earth-shaking sonic landscapes they’re known for. A loose concept album written as a travel log of animals in flight, the record brims with open air reflections, while gazing out of a blurry window and acknowledging what it can’t see clearly. Blending the melted psychedelic gauze of distorted Americana, with thundering flashes of post rock, Sturgeon implements softness generously. At the core, remembering that lyrics that break through universally sing with clarity about experiences that “chop at the knees.”
Recorded over 10 days at Deadpan Studios in Sudbury, the goal was to chisel things down down to the bone. Where past records built atmosphere out of heavy swaths of sound, overlaid with harmonies, the band opted for a single vocal take, a Wurlitzer, and ran a $100 classical guitar through an amp. Written in the company of others, whether from the back of a van, or with a baby on the other side of the door, Sturgeon wrote sections of the record in near silence — whispered lyrics and muted bass riffs that started as lullabies, only to be blown out later. It interlaces the album’s material composition with its central inspiration: the inconsistent perception of glamorous associated with life on the road, and the reality of over-indexing on time spent in an unreliable, stuffy van; the wrenching sacrifice of time away from loved ones, in favour of only seeing a gas station and vacant roads for hours on end.
Where the acclaimed, Polaris Prize Long Listed album Warrior Down (2019), and its celebrated follow-up the 1,2,3,4,500 Years EP (2020) required a mighty sonic landscape to fit its lofty reckonings of nationhood, trauma and familial memory, Surely Travel tightens its scope, but not its ambition. Instead, peering inward to examine the self within its surroundings, and to underscore identity and indigeneity from the smallest spaces or ordinary experiences. Conjuring the awe of sunshowers through the rearview mirror, Surely Travel intentionally doesn’t over-promise optimism, but rather celebrates the small wins of a human-sized approach to resilience and healing.
Status/Non-Status – Surely Travel
September 23, 2022
Come poet, contemplate the moon, in this timeless moment be timely, awaken the spirit, and sing….
Outfit photo by Colin Medley
Consisting of a single massive song in 12 individual parts, plus pulse quickening overture and truly grand finale, La Luna is an unprecedented artistic achievement by one of contemporary music’s most ambitious and consistently surprising practitioners. Daniel Romano sets his visionary poetry to exuberant tune – it is epic, immaculately and extravagantly arranged, and truly cinematic.
Through close observation the observed is drawn near. Identification becomes possible. A sympathy indistinguishable from grace. Are we not like the moon? the poet might ask. Yes, does ask. In the long song. La Luna is a hymnal or scroll for modern seekers, brought to life by the impeccably skilled Outfit, (Julianna Riolino, Roddy Rosetti, David Nardi, Carson McHone, Ian Romano) with swagger and joy. Transcendently melodic, undeniably classic and shockingly contemporary, La Luna synthesizes teachings from the sacred texts of rock and roll and psychedelic-folk (Beatles, Fairport Convention, even the Stones, Queen…) into a new testament for a new time. It was recorded in a blast of radiant activity at the band’s own Camera Varda studios.