. : : September 23rd, 2013 : : .
Most fans of HaterHigh will need no introduction to Whitehorse or its parts Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, so I’ll skip the how’dyados and get right down to business.
The Polaris Music Prize is a coveted music award that started as a sort-of underground alternative award to Canada’s generally commercialized North-of-the-border Grammy award, the Juno. It has gained huge notoriety in its seven short years of existence due to its tendency to award smaller, lesser known, fringe and alternative acts that are generally otherwise ignored by the mainstream media. Its inaugural event awarded Final Fantasy for the crassly named album He Poos Clouds, and in 2009, a local punk band called Fucked Up won for their album The Chemistry of Common Life.
Our dear friends in Whitehorse made the shortlist ballot, among the final 10 albums considered to be “the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales or record label” (source: Wikipedia.org), but the competition was stiff and Godspeed You! Black Emperor infamously took the prize (and very publicly shunned it).
Luckily, the night was exceptionally memorable, if not for its controversial top prize-getters, than perhaps for Kathleen Edwards‘ potty-mouthed hosting of the event, or even some of the exceptional performances, of which the following is but one.
So, here it is Whitehorse fans: an audio grab of the band’s No Glamour in the Hammer > Devil’s Got A Gun medley. I split it in to two tracks because, technically they are two separate songs, and although it’s only micro-seconds long, there was a discernible gap between them. Listen to them on your favourite gapless audio player and you won’t even be able to tell the difference! Enjoy.
02. No Glamour in the Hammer [tease]
03. Devil’s Got A Gun