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Plants and Animals are a Canadian indie-rock band from Montreal, composed of guitarist-vocalists Warren Spicer and Nic Basque, and drummer-vocalist Matthew ‘the Woodman’ Woodley. They are signed to Secret City Records.

The first seeds of the band were originally planted on Canada’s salty-aired East Coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Young Warren C. Spicer and Matthew ‘the Woodman’ Woodley had begun playing together in high-school bands. The sea winds eventually carried them through the vast plains of Quebec to Montreal (a journey they would come to know intimately as the years wore on). It was in the now hallowed halls of Concordia University’s music department that they would come upon Nicolas Basque, a strange francophone native that shared their musical inclinations (and a trappeur’s finely-tuned taste in cuisine). It wasn’t until then that the three boys became men, signified their union with a name, and that Plants and Animals emerged from the wildlife.

In 2003 they bat out an instrumental menagerie of song-like folk-beasts, and put some of them to tape in the form of a recording that local label Ships at Night would later release. By 2005 the three young men were taming the sprawling wilderness of their sound and sculpting real songs, as Spicer also lead the way to a (hitherto unheard of) vocal domination of their material—as if he had been possessed by the ghost of some recently departed soul singer. During this time Spicer and Woodley would occasionally stop by to care for some of the neighbours—Timber, Socalled, and Katie Moore—and play. All the while, the Halifax-born were jamming and pruning with Basque, harnessing the band and its songs like a wild horse.


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  • rockstarvaci

    Any1 else watched "The Lifeguard"? Fuckin awesome movie! Lightshow is in the OST...

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Two-Sails

    Anyone looking for a copy of La La Land on vinyl? Bought it at Record Store Day 2010 and it's been sitting on my shelf since then...never played it. PM me if you're interested :)

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TheWalkmen

    I disagree with blossomtoe. While Parc Avenue is my favourite Plants and Animals album, I think the End of That is simply an evolution of their sound, and a major improvement over La La Land. On the new album, the band sound more confident, while retaining the spirited mood that drew me into the band initially.

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • blossomtoe

    Agree with Beatnik24 100%. Parc Avenue will always have a special place in my heart, but since then it's been the law of diminishing returns. Spicer's lyrics have never been the band's strongest suit, but it sounds like he's really phoned the latest bunch in. Some of the rhymes are downright embarrassing. So many of the songs are too long and overstay their welcome - the 2nd half of The End of That is just a boring racket. I agree that they have the talent to do much better, but they need to knuckle down and re-discover the songwriting knack - or introduce a bit of new blood to the band to give them a kick up the arse. I actually just deleted The End of That from iTunes, because I know I'll never listen to it, and it's kind of infecting how I view their earlier work. Most disappointing release of the year? You betcha.

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    So chill.

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • InASafePlace

    Parc Avenue was GREAT but the self-titled was THE BEST

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TastySun

    I enjoy all of your Albums. But Parc Avenue is by far the best.

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Beatnik24

    I'm put in that uncomfortable position where I unfortunately sound like every cliche stereotypical hipster by saying their first album was truly their best. Parc Avenue was a masterpiece, and i remember in 2007 being disappointed that they didn't receive the props or recognition that they deserved. La La Land was mediocre, a few good songs, but nothing spectacular- to be very frank. And The End of That made me sad. Like La La Land, a few stand-out songs, but no evolution, no growth, uninspiring- just a turn for a darker sound with more depressing lyrics- and P&A is one of my fav. underground bands. They're very talented and I know that they're capable of better. I also realize that being a fan isn't blindly applauding everything your favorite artist does like a sheep, but also admitting when the music isn't moving you. And 3 songs out of 11 just isn't good enough.

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • lolijackson

    If you enjoy Plants and Animals come check out the new City Flux Mix Tape, featuring "Lightshow" and 20 other indie tracks on

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • broteko

    Hahaha, what's wrong with all there similar artists?

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Avantgardian

    Self-titled > Parc Avenue > La La Land > The End of That

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Under_Radar_Mag

    Check out our review of The End of That:

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • slonoedov

    эмейzин няшки, эмейzин, ага

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • showman90

    Yeah La La Land was the tits!! Don't let the shit get like that, y'all!!

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • rioli

    Love, love Lightshow!

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sper12

    La La Land was great. Make your own mind up and don't take your cue from the music press, who have no taste and no idea what is good. Proof: the best reviews are always for re-releases and "bootlegs" of old stuff that everyone now agrees is good. Check Metacritic and see for yrself

    12 Nov 2011 Reply

    Parc Avenue was my lifeblood through the summer of 2008 (Also Oracular Spectacular.) I remember trying to articulate my love for this album to a friend but falling short. Words cannot come close to some things.

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Raya_13

    amazing guys!!! of course, it's worth to listen...

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    "The Mama Papa" is freaking great

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Avantgardian

    Parc Avenue feels like an album whereas La La Land is like a collection of songs. Both enjoyable, but Parc Avenue is more ambitious and satisfying.

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
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