This is our latest disc. It was recorded live in a great friend's
voice-over studio in Toronto. It is our first disc with keyboardist,Mark Lalama. We are honored to have him in the band. This disc
was a pure pleasure for us four.
Faith and Cola are not two words you often see in the same sentence. Faith is often considered a balm for the spirit and Cola an elixir for the body, the two put together, result in a raucous, rejuvenating potion. The Sisters Euclid new CD, Faith Cola dispenses this brew in sonic form, with equal amounts of their legendary group interplay and added ingredients namely, guests like Jane Bunnett, Cellist Matt Brubeck, Sax players Perry White and Alex Dean, accordionist Dennis Keldie, singer Julie Crochetiere and soundscapist Nic Murray.
Recorded it in 2 days at Canterbury Sound Studios, in downtown Toronto, served as the plant for distilling performance and collaboration into a sound that captures the essence of both.
The CDs opening track, Faith Cola stakes its claim with an anthemic slide guitar intro and muscular groove calling upon invisible legions to raise their fists, not in anger or protest, but for the sake of hope.
In fact hope is the common theme throughout the recording, the cover of Charlie Parker's Donna Lee (as a waltz) featuring the evocative voice and narrative of Julie Crochetiere and Jason Jackson. It casts the listener as audience in an intimate play of a lovers' spat that ends in delicious reconciliation somewhere on the rive gauche. Sunday Best delivers like an inner city church sermon, equal parts fiery grit and elegance.
Faith Cola is the Sisters Euclid subversive prescription against the safe, tried and true.
*To be taken without warning and in large doses.
Gary Taylor really suggested we do this. I thought a Henry Mancini tribute was a better idea but Gary trumped me with the, 'he's Canadian' card. (btw...this disc won us a Juno...maybe Gary knew something)
Here are Gary's liner notes:
Neil Young may not have been most musicians first choice for an "instrumental" album tribute, but the Sisters Euclid is a group that thrives on taking the road less-travelled. Sure, we could have done funked-up versions of pieces by Henry Mancini or Theolonius Monk, but we all grew up listening to "pop music" and it seemed like it would be more challenging to do instrumental arrangements of pieces by an artist that nobody would think of doing. Neil Young writes damn good songs! They have beautiful melodies and sound harmonic structures that we felt carried the tunes just fine, even without his incredible lyrics. Neil's words are, of course, the central point of his songs and we tried our best to imply them in the arrangements. "Southern Man" and "Ohio" are probably the most obvious examples of this. These are very powerful, political songs about very serious subjects and we put our hearts and souls into their delivery. There was a ghostly, teary-eyed silence in the studio after the last notes of "Southern Man" died away. Even though it was the first take, we all knew right away it was the only one we had to do. Kevin just put his guitar down and said, "Well, that's that!" The mansions were all on fire and the slaves were running free. Neil's ballads are just plain beautiful and a pleasure to play. We're not the first ones to cover "Harvest Moon" and we won't be the last. Neil has romantic ballad writing covered here. This recording was a lot of fun to make and we hope Mr. Young gets to hear it and we hope he isn't too pissed-off that his words aren't there. We have nothing but total admiration for him as a songwriter and a storyteller. This recording is respectfully dedicated to the Artist, Neil Young.
The Sisters Euclid, teamed up with our friend, John Dickie,
to create an album for now-defunkt, blues label, Northern Blues.
Much thanks to Fred Litwin, the owner of Northern Blues, for taking
a chance with this music.
"This one's for those who like a streak of insanity with their music, which singer-guitarist Kevin Breit can always be counted on to provide. Add gravel-voiced howler John Dickie to Breit's Sisters Euclid Band, and you get rock and jazz and blues and some sort of hairy, hauting sound all mixed together. "Gun" features a reverberating guitar and soulful vocal harmonies. The infectious "Pralene" builds incessantly, courtesy of some joyously noisy percussion. "Too Damn Big" is a yell-athon that's either about life's problems or about a dog that won't get off the couch. Two treats are the loud but tender "Faithfully" and the lush and bouncy "Good Fay". This is a wholly unique album, one without apparent influences. The best lyric is on "Love to Stay, Gotta Go," in which the protagonist sings, 'I would've left you at the altar, if you hadn't turned me down.'
- Ed Symkus
"file under improvised non-jazz instrumental music for weddings, parties, interstellar conflicts"...don breithaupt, the national post
"it's imaginative, expansive, sometimes bizzare-but unfailingly stimulating"...geoff chapman, the toronto star
Debut cd from the Toronto, all-male quartet, Sisters Euclid.
"...next time you're in ontario, give the orbit room a call and find out if the sisters euclid are in residence.i enjoyed my visit to toronto so much that i' headed there again this week-and i know damn well where i'm going to be come monday night.".....alexander varty, the georgia straight
There are a lot of bars in Toronto. I’m not talking bistros or anywhere featuring ferns, spritzers, tablecloths or wine lists. I mean bars, where you can have a drink, shoot the breeze and hear a live band. For over a decade, the Sisters Euclid have been appearing most Monday nights in a bar called the Orbit Room. You can hear the bar bone-deep in their music and you can see it when they are making music together. They play the instruments that were heard first and mostly in bars: classic bass, Hammond organ, a few guitars. There’s no double kick drums, no Marshall stacks, headset mics, dry ice or lasers. The music’s loud enough but no louder than it needs to be for you to hear what the musicians are really doing-the over, under and inter-tones humans both hear and feel. This regular Monday night house gig, a great way for some musicians playing music together to turn into a band. It can bring the bread to the butter for musicians and it’s a place to take chances, try things out and try them again. It institutionalizes learning new things, because the set can’t be the same every week. Every once in a very blue moon in such a setting, a band finds a new level of connection, and together they enter a musical state of grace. That’s how I hear the Sisters Euclid: their music is part blue sky, part single malt and part junkyard dog, an aural gumbo that’s been simmering on the stove for years. It feels good between your thighs and between your ears. All kinds of musical ideas that slap you up-side the head on first listen. It’s smart and juicy, it’s rough and it’s gorgeous, and when you turn it up, it can sweeten a lot of sour." Dugg Simpson