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The New Pornographers

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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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  • JordanNeo

    Amazing set by TNP at Riot Fest Toronto. Take a peek at my pics: http://www.oneintenwords.com/2014/10/riot-fest-2014-day-2-band-6-new.html

    29 Oct 8:06pm 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 2:57am Reply
  • anticlimactica

    these songs have so much personality

    18 Sep 4:13am Reply
  • Keolia

    Brill Bruisers is fantastic! Especially loving Backstairs ♥

    13 Sep 3:35am Reply
  • puismourir

    YES v

    10 Sep 7:12pm 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 5:15am 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 9:29am 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 3:54pm 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: http://staticdistance.com/2014/08/25/review-the-new-pornographers-brill-bruisers/

    6 Sep 3:03pm Reply
  • Hypado

    My new favorite band

    4 Sep 1:45am 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 9:25pm 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 2:17am Reply
  • ReNio316

    Awesome name

    1 Sep 6:23pm 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 3:58pm Reply
  • AndrzFAL

    I haven't listened this band. From which release should I start from?

    30 Aug 2:51pm Reply
  • George336

    Terrific, often astounding, new album. Very impressed.

    26 Aug 10:09pm Reply
  • cabfedhig

    BB: so much better than Together.

    26 Aug 7:41pm Reply
  • sleepingpill23

    This is what cocaine must feel like.

    26 Aug 3:47am Reply
  • ipodman715

    Twin Cinema 2.0 :D

    26 Aug 3:39am Reply
  • I_Am_Kid_A

    I thought Brill Bruisers was great. I'd never listened to them before this album and now I'll be listening to all their stuff! I reviewed it on my blog http://amusicaltimetravellingdiamond.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/brill-bruisers-by-the-new-pornographers/

    25 Aug 6:10pm Reply
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