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Greg MacPherson

Greg MacPherson: MaintenanceMaintenance (2004)
G7 Welcoming Committee Records

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Winnipeg based singer songwriter Greg MacPherson's been on the road constantly since the release of his 2002 full length Good Times Coming Back Again, but despite being backed by members of indie darlings The Weakerthans it was his solo shows that truly had people raving. It's fitting then that his .
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Winnipeg based singer songwriter Greg MacPherson's been on the road constantly since the release of his 2002 full length Good Times Coming Back Again, but despite being backed by members of indie darlings The Weakerthans it was his solo shows that truly had people raving. It's fitting then that his first release since that record captures the impassioned singer/songwriter in such a way: showcasing his Springsteen by way of Strummer style and proving just how forceful one man and a guitar can be.

MacPherson's in the possession of a rather striking and distinctive yell, which perfectly suits his passionate rendition of The Clash's "Bankrobber." The rhythmic original's reinterpreted in a frantic fashion that fit's MacPherson's raw, immediate style. Tracks from his last full length like "Slow Stroke" and "Good Times" get a similar acoustic treatment highlighting MacPherson's own excellent songwriting skills. The same can be said of the new song "Wide Turn" which debuts on this EP.

However the real treasure here is "Company Store," one of the singer's most beloved songs. That label's entirely based on feedback from his live shows, as the track's never been recorded or released before. It's a tale of the injustice and retaliation of organized coal miners in the Cape Breton, one of which was MacPherson's grandfather. It's a powerful, rocking song heavy with emotional weight. On a personal level the song strongly resonates, as it's a tale not unlike the one I'd hear from my own grandparents. Even outside of the Nova Scotian context the song's themes are universal and should ring true for anyone with family roots in immigrant labor.

Maintenance is a minimalist EP that captures an irrefutably genuine voice in Canadian music. The music's built on familiar rock fundamentals but the aesthetic, performance and ideology involved are working class punk at it's purest.

 

 
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tristan (April 27, 2005)

In retrospect, this was one of the best EPs of the whole year, and certainly my favourite acoustic one.

Anonymous (September 3, 2004)

G7 is one of the best labels out there

lieutenant (March 25, 2004)

Hahahahahahaha. (to the comment below)

Anonymous (March 24, 2004)

I once called out to him at a show, "Your arms are huge!" To which Greg responded "So is your mouth!"

I've got to get my hands on this EP.

lieutenant (March 24, 2004)

I love Greg MacPherson, but I will admit on a completely meaningless and superficial level, I have always been irked by the fact the he kinda of looks like a jock. Certainly not a nerd like John K., but as it was once said surely a long time ago, it's all good.

squirrelbait (March 23, 2004)

I think G7 was pretty awesome to begin with. I like how they have a small but very varied collection of bands on their label. I don't think G7 has ever released a bad album, plus all the stuff has some meaning too. So yeah, I love G7.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

G7 is getting better and better

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