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Vancouver, Canada (1997 – present)

The New Pornographers are a Canadian group formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their sound is influenced by that of such bands as The Cars and Cheap Trick, but they use much more sophisticated rhythms and chord changes. Although it was widely reported that the New Pornographers got their name from a pamphlet put out by televangelist Jimmy Swaggart condemning rock ‘n’ roll as “the new pornography,” Carl Newman has stated that he came up with the name after watching Shohei Imamura’s The Pornographers (1966).

Carl Newman, who writes most of the band’s material, has said, “When I seriously started to try to write songs, my main influences were, like, Burt Bacharach, Jim Webb, and Brian Wilson. Those were the guys I kinda looked at their music and went, ‘What the hell are they doing here?’ I was just fascinated by the structures and the harmonics.”

The melody of the first and eponymous track on their second album Electric Version, for instance, begins with an arpeggiated diminished triad —- a rare and strange opening flourish for a pop song.

The band have released six albums to date: Mass Romantic (2000), Electric Version (2003), Twin Cinema (2005), Challengers (2007), Together (2010) and Brill Bruisers (2014).

The band members include:
- Carl Newman - vocals, guitar, ebow, synthesizer, harmonica, pump organ, xylophone
- Dan Bejar - vocals, guitar, synthesizer, melodion
- Kathryn Calder - vocals, piano
- Neko Case - vocals, tambourine


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  • menswear2112

    Brill Bruisers (the song) is dripping with bright Maple Syrup

    18 Jun 8:07pm Reply
  • puismourir

    i listen to this band like every day and still can't get over how good they are

    7 May 8:08pm Reply
  • Gargoyle2500

    I saw them on their Together tour, in Columbus Ohio on the 13th of June 2010. The show went better than I expected, and it was my first paid-for concert. Oh, And I had a (roughly) 500 mile two-way trip to see them.

    15 Apr 12:58pm Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    the contrast between The New Pornographers and Destroyer is pretty cool

    25 Feb 2:27am Reply
  • muteoff

    Seeing them live has totally changed my perspective on them. This a band that demands to be heard LOUD surrounded by lots of people soaked in positivity.

    11 Jan 6:44am Reply
  • chronicplutonic

    last week's gig was good, but just not the same without Kurt. im really sad about this.

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • JordanNeo

    Amazing set by TNP at Riot Fest Toronto. Take a peek at my pics:

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mapref31n106w

    I wanted to go home with you I wanted to stay true to the cause But look what we're living in. It's war on the east coast It's war out west Oh, I don't care I don't care

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • anticlimactica

    these songs have so much personality

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Keolia

    Brill Bruisers is fantastic! Especially loving Backstairs ♥

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • puismourir

    YES v

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • johnonymous

    I feel so disgustingly spoiled listening to Brill Bruisers. I didn't even expect another album from them with the soaring success of Neko and Destroyer. I'm so damn happy that this album happened, and that I got to see them live, and that I got Pity Sex and Perfect Pussy as co-openers instead of The Pains of Falling Asleep While Standing Up

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • chronicplutonic

    @AndrzFAL You're in for the best treat. I'd start with Twin Cinema, followed by Challengers. Then do Electric Version & Mass Romantic. Save the later ones for last! The new album rocks my world. They can do no wrong in my eyes.

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • HighOnSunday51

    New album is so great... They're one of the best bands ever... AndrzFAL, I'd suggest starting with Electric Version or Twin Cinema, but their entire discography is great.

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • beefigursk

    Someone I know wrote a review of Brill Bruisers and it would be very polite if you could click on the link to promote web traffic to this swaddling website:

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Hypado

    My new favorite band

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BrokenTel

    The charts stagnated a few days longer than they should have, probably to help accommodate the flood of new song plays. As you can see the flood has arrived.

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CatalystDM

    It's weird to me that War on the East Coast and Brill Bruisers are top 2 tracks but the other tracks from the album are nowhere in the top 15

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ReNio316

    Awesome name

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    @AndrzFAL - To be honest, their entire discography is awesome (in my opinion). Most people like Twin Cinema the most, even though I prefer Challengers and Mass Romantic. But to me, it wouldn't really matter what album you decide to listen to first because it's all really good.

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
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