Trips and Falls


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“something of an anthem around here”Tom Robinson BBC Introducing
“smart in form and devastatingly beautiful in content” – The Skinny
“Spookily charming.” – The List
“one of our sleeper favourites of 2010”Sweeping the Nation

Trips and Falls formed in Montreal, Quebec in the fall of 2007 by guitar player Jacob Romero and drummer, Paul Gareau while both were attending Concordia University. Their songs touch on topics ranging from your standard heartbreak, or fear of heartbreak, to sympathy for religious missionaries who withstand repeated hostile rejection, to songs about men who wear corduroy pants. People Have to Be Told is their second album.

Trips and Falls’ artistic vision is optimistic, if a little naive at times. Optimism permeates the lyrics and the music no matter how despairing either might get at times, Trips and Falls pick themselves up, dust each other off and keep going. The band works hard at breaking dark tension that arises in the music with crafty and intelligent key changes, tempo lifts and sweet sounding melodies. The band never wants to leave the audience feeling hopeless, though feelings of hopelessness might be explored both sonically and lyrically. Hope is the ever-present and dominant emotive in both debut album He Was Such a Quiet Boy and in the twenty plus songs the band have written since.

Today, Trips and Falls is made up of Ian Langohr on drums (replacing Paul Gareau in December 2009, who is pursuing a PhD), Jacob Romero and Ashleigh Delaye, who plays bass, keyboards and sing backing vocals. All current members are full time collaborators in the band.

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