Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers wsg Rob Moir
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BEN CAPLAN & THE CASUAL SMOKERS
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A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he's already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. It's no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world. Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His new album, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Caplan's leading the way.
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
Toronto’s Rob Moir looks back at two consecutive years of life on the road with the release of his new album 'Adventure Handbook' (Underground Operations/eOne - Canada, Make My Day Records - EU, released August 2015). In the vein of timeless artists (and muses) like Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements and Jeff Tweedy, Rob's songs are honest and exceedingly entertaining to see live. Rob continues to routinely finesse clever turns of phrase in his lyrics. The opening track 'New Years Eve' shows hope on the horizon, with 'Run For Your Life' and 'Ports Of Call' illuminating the excitement of doing what you love on an unknown course.
Formerly the front man for Toronto’s Dead Letter Department, Rob released his first solo EP in 2010 called 'This Is The Lie', then came the critically acclaimed LP 'Places To Die' in 2013 which Rolling Stone wrote in their 4/5 star printed album review, "Moir isn't conservative; there's something urgent in his songs, that are never too sure of themselves, and whose longing hasn’t found a home yet. Moir sings his romantic sighing songs with punk rock folk in his heart and in addition proves a great sense for quiet singer/songwriter moment”.
Since then, he’s toured Europe with Neko Case and shared the stage with fellow alt-folk artists such as Frightened Rabbit, Frank Turner and The White Buffalo. With past solo performances at international festivals; NXNE, CMW, BIGSOUND and multiple successful tours in Australia, Canada, Europe, UK and USA, Rob has proven his ability to silence rowdy audiences with his intimate performances, quick humour, and captivating stage presence.
Perpetually on the lonesome road, Rob continues to expand his audience as he perform his songs across the world, making fans the old fashion way, one dedicated believer at a time.