Live From Breakglass

Napster Vertigo

In September, KEXP made our first journey out to Montreal, Quebec, to immerse ourselves in their vibrant and eclectic music scene during the 16th annual POP Montreal Music Festival. With the assistance of FACTOR, a fellow nonprofit that assists the growth and development of musicians across Canada, we took up a four-day residence at the influential Breakglass Studios and with the help of studio co-owner James Benjamin and friend of KEXP Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Operators), we were able to book 13 amazing bands for exclusive live performances. Today, we are excited to begin launching the videos from these performances.

One of the many reasons KEXP went to Montreal was at the recommendation of our friend Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Operators), so when we had our plan in place to record at Breakglass Studios during the POP Montreal Festival, naturally we asked Dan if he had any local bands that he would recommend that we check out. One of those was Napster Vertigo, who has sort of an elusive web presence at the moment. With just a Bandcamp page containing one single and a few live tracks, we weren’t sure what exactly to expect when they showed up for their session.

The full band, led by frontman Andrew Wood, and including well-known Canadian solo artist Basia Bulat whose album Good Advice was short-listed for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize, played a really great set of catchy songs they self-describe as belonging to a genre they like to call “Zinger-Zongwriter,” which I honestly can’t think of a better description once it sticks in your head. Think Mac Demarco, Ariel Pink — these I would also categorize as Zinger-Zongwriter. It just works.

I spoke with Andrew recently and he let me know that he is 70% through recording the debut full length, which I am very excited to hear.

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