Work and Love
Last year, T.O. roots rockers Elliott Brood took home the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for Days Into Years, a fitting indication of their hard-earned rise up the ladder. They deliver another winner now with their fourth full-length, Work and Love. It continues their gradual shift in a more rock 'n roll direction, though banjos, mandolin and pedal steel (from Aaron Goldstein) keep some rootsy sounds in play. Hard rock guitar hero Ian Blurton (Change of Heart, C'mon) takes over production duties, to fine effect, and the album (thankfully out on vinyl too) was recorded at The Hip's Bathouse studio. Songwriters Casey Laforet and Mark Sasso come up with sometimes dark lyrical reflections, but the trio's signature sonic energy is always on full display.
The Brood spread their wings on a European tour, Oct. 22-Nov. 15. An extensive North American tour was announced this week. Running from Jan. 15 to March 7, it includes 16 Canadian dates. Check the sked at their website.