Live Concert Photography: Faith Healer with HNRY FLWR and Look Vibrant and Elsewhere Zone 1 3/25/18

Live Concert Photography: Faith Healer with HNRY FLWR and Look Vibrant and Elsewhere Zone 1 3/25/18

Initially begun as the solo recording project of its Edmonton-based creative mastermind, founding member, singer/songwriter and guitarist Jessica Jalbert, as a way to avoid and resist being pigeonholed as just a sensitive, singer/songwriter strumming a guitar, Faith Healer  expanded into a duo with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Remmy Wilson, who joined before the recording sessions for Jalbert’s sophomore Faith Healer effort (and first as a duo), Try 😉.

As Jalbert has explained in press notes, the newly constituted duo’s newest effort is a sonic and creative departure for her. “The last album had a lot of flowery ’60s flourishes. This time, we wanted to simplify it and just do some straight-ahead songs. Focus on the song itself rather than all of the production.” And although the material may seem effortless to the listener, the creative process which spawned it were according to Jalbert, rather intensive, as she and her bandmate spent time meticulously crafting the album’s material while focusing on plainspoken lyrics on self-empowerment, depression and appreciating all the good in life; in fact, the album’s title was also deeply inspired by its creative process, and is a reminder that sometimes you need to be proactive and grab life by the horns rather than waiting for inspiration to strike.

The Edmonton-based duo, along with a backing band are currently finishing up tour to support their sophomore effort, and the tour included a March 25, 2018 stop at Elsewhere Zone One that included HNRY FLWR and Look Vibrant. Check out the remaining tour dates and photos from the show below.

Tour Dates:
April 13 – Toronto, ON – Baby G
April 14 – Montreal, QC – Ritz PDB

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IMG_0737 Led by Leopold Bloom, who was born in a cult in Iowa and grew up meditating and moving around the world with a psychic mother, who has claimed to remember being born, and featuring members of Foxygen, A Place to Bury Strangers and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger both in studio and live, the New York-based act HNRY FLWR specializes in a lyrical, jangling (and at times, meditative) dream pop. And with the release of their 2017 David Groener, Jr.-produced debut EP, FLOWERAMA the New York-based act has built up some surrounding buzz: according to the project’s Facebook fan page, their debut EP has amassed over 500,000 streams on Spotify and as a result, they were added to Deli Magazines Best Emerging NYC Psych list. Adding to a growing profile, the EP received praised from GoldFlakePaint and Alt Citizen.

  Building upon the growing buzz surrounding them, Bloom and company intend to double the amount of live shows they played last year and record new material with a few well known producers. IMG_0556

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Opening the night was the Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based quartet Look Vibrant. Comprised of Justin Lazarus, Matt Murphy, Andrew David, Eli Kaufman and Alex Rand, the Canadian indie quartet describes their sound art pop and no-fi among others. Unfortunately, I managed to miss about half of their set thanks to the fact that the buses were running slow; but I caught what I could.

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