YES WE MYSTIC SHARE MUSIC VIDEO FOR PLEASE BRING ME TO SAFETY
NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM TEN SEATED FIGURES
OUT THIS FRIDAY ON DEVILDUCK RECORDS
HOMETOWN ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT
THE GARRICK CENTRE IN WINNIPEG ON APRIL 27th
Toronto, ON – April 15, 2019 – This week, Winnipeg-based maximalist art-pop darlings, Yes We Mystic, release their stunning second full-length, Ten Seated Figures (out Friday, April 19 via DevilDuck Records). Today, the group shares a visual for the album’s lead single, Please Bring Me to Safety.
In late February, Yes We Mystic announced that they were going to play two shows, in two cities, at the exact same time. There would be no use of holograms, or projections, or live streaming. There would be no splitting off members or cancelling last minute. And for all the questions that arose and fervor that ensued, the answer to this mystery remained deceptively simple: there are now two groups of performers called Yes We Mystic.
The two Yes We Mystics remain in existence, as they had in secret for months prior; both have "played shows, recorded music, and consorted with the press". Both versions appeared in the band's earlier video for Young Evil, and both versions appear together on the cover Ten Seated Figures. In other words, both groups, having done everything that a normal band has done, have a solid claim to being the real Yes We Mystic. The video for Please Bring Me to Safety takes a look at how that will play out over the long term.
"It's not sustainable. There can't be two versions of this band forever,” comments lead singer of one of the Yes We Mystics, Adam Fuhr. “So we fought for the title on a giant rotating platform in a warehouse. We actually beat the shit out of each other, there was blood, there were bruises, there was vomit. We fought for the title of Yes We Mystic and it got pretty brutal."
Adds Davis Plett, lead singer of the other Yes We Mystic, "The full strength of two human bodies clashing with one another is certainly a difficult and frightening thing."
Filmed in a warehouse in Winnipeg, director Solmund MacPherson set everything up as best they could, hired a crew, built the platform by hand, and then let the two groups of performers fight, while trying to capture that as dynamically as possible.
The two Yes We Mystics will appear together once more, performing together for one night only at the band's hometown album release show at The Garrick Centre in Winnipeg on April 27th.
"Think of a time where you recalled something from your past with absolute perfect clarity, only to realize it happened in an entirely different way, or happened to somebody else, or didn’t happen at all,” says Keegan Steele, co-lead/lyricist. “This new Yes We Mystic comes from that place. One of the countless worlds created by misremembering, or flawed retelling, or pure fabrication. They have always been around, you just didn’t remember."
Ten Seated Figures is a bold step forward from Yes We Mystic’s breathtaking 2016 debut, Forgiver. While the debut album tried to fit in as many inorganic sounds as possible, but make them feel as though they lived in an organically created musical world, Ten Seated Figures instead embraces the unfamiliar. The sonic landscape is brimming with sounds that are unidentifiable, but still created with the same instruments Yes We Mystic has always used.
The album marks Fuhr’s first outing as a producer and engineer, a process which he learned as the record was being made; many moments on the album were captured as they were conceived. And though Fuhr took the helm as producer, he flew to Montreal to have the record mixed by beloved producer/engineer Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Hey Rosetta!).
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
4.27 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre
5.10 - Brighton, UK - The Great Escape
5.11 - London, UK - Sofar Sounds
5.12 - Exeter, UK - Exeter Phoenix
5.14 - Manchester, UK - Gullivers
5.15 - Leeds, UK - Lending Room
5.17 - Wrexham, UK - Ty Pawb (Focus Wales)
5.18 - Wrexham, UK - Undegun (Focus Wales)
5.20 - Bristol, UK - Crofters Rights
5.21 - London, UK - Thousand Island
5.23 - Cologne, DE - Yard Club
5.24 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
5.25 - Magdenburg, DE - Moritzhof
5.26 - Langenberg, DE - Kultur.Guter.Bahnhof
5.28 - Dresden, DE - Ostpol
5.29 - Chemnitz, DE - Aaltra
5.30 - Bremen, DE - Pusdorf Studios
6.2 - Svendborg, DK - Harders
6.3 - Berlin, DE – Privatclub
7.11 - Edmonton, AB - Station on Jasper
7.12-14 - Yellowknife, NT - Folk on the Rocks