Band Watch: FORMALISTS
Though they classify themselves as “folk romp”, the lads of Toronto-based indie-folk-rock quartet FORMALISTS mix classical composition styles with indie rock flair while skirting the folk genre borders – but according to the band themselves, “this band is just love, love, love, love, love.”
Originally hailing from the suburb of Thornhill just north of Toronto, FORMALISTS was first… er, formed… back in 2010 by guitarist/vocalist Joseph Landau – the name FORMALISTS an homage to Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich (hence the Cyrillic-like font), and in reference to the meticulousness of the band’s compositions. The current band lineup was finalized in early 2012 with guitar/banjo/keys man William Hunter, bassist Sean Trazyk, and drummer Daniel Korn rounding out the troop – all classically-trained musicians who ended up meeting in university.
Following up the December digital release of EP Congratulations To Those Who Move Onwards And Excel! – the first release with the current lineup in place – the quartet are preparing to unleash In Support Of Healthy Structure – a second brand new EP – with an iM presented dual-EP official release showdown at The Annex Live on February 9th.
The band is also working on an official video for single And Here, And There, And Yet, And Again with conceptual artist Meghan O’Neill and filmmaker Pablo Perez – to tide you over until then, check out their Elliot Fraizinger-engineered, Emilio Guim-mastered EP effort in the embed below.