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The New Deal – Chicago Late Night LIVE *Soundboard*

The New Deal posted another recording. Listen to their recent late-night performance in Chicago below, featuring a massive TWO-SONG setlist!

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The New Deal Still Has It…LISTEN HERE > > >

NewDeal-colourThe New Deal just released their first fresh soundboard recording in years, and it is good my friends. Toronto’s live techno trio have skipped the warming up stage by miles from the sound of their recent performance in Silver Springs, MD. Listen to the entire second set below! After a two year absence, band members Dan Kurtz (currently of Dragonette) and Jamie Shields (Suckerpunch) answered the fan’s demand for a reunion, not without some unfortunate conditions though. Sadly, original drummer and frontman Darren Shearer decided he would not move forward with the group. Joel Strouffer has taken his place, but not without a skeptical eye from their followers. Can the New Deal capture the interest of fans and musicians alike as they did back in the day?

Hopefully I can put some of your worries to rest. After their hiatus-breaking performance at the now infamous Hudson Music Project (no doubt a highlight in a cataclysmic weekend), they shot over to Silver Springs for two personalized sets at the Fillmore. Missed the shows? Apprehensive to buying tickets for their upcoming tour? We don’t blame you, but check this out! While Darren did have a lot to offer in the trio’s dynamic sound, we think you might be pleased with what you hear. From a fan’s perspective, this group still fully accomplishes what they set out to do in the first place: To be a truly live house/techno group, an exclusively electronic band, and to do it well. The style has shifted a little bit of course, but not as much as you may think. They still have that classic sound, plus a lot of new tricks as well. The direction in their improvising hasn’t veered much. However, now they’re going different places on top of the old ones. Jamie has a whole new batch of effects and momentum to go with them, and that alone is worth the time. They still milk those huge build-ups to their fullest peaking potential. Joel’s drumming is slightly less evolved than Shearer’s, but it sounds like even that might change after some more shows together. It’s The New Deal 2.0 and if you embrace that concept, you might find that you’re not too far from home.

-CB

Relix Magazine On The History Of “Livetronica”

Brothers Past performing live

Brothers Past performing live

Relix Magazine, the periodical representative of the jamband community, just published a very intriguing article on the oral history of “livetronica” today. The article features a chronological series of oral passages from musicians including  Jamie Shields (The New Deal), Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), and Marc Brownstein (Conspirator/ The Disco Biscuits). These artists and more give their own first-hand input on the roots, and exponential growth of this dynamic, multi-branched genre, and for that reason it’s a particularly interesting read. You can read the full article here, or below!

READ>> Relix Magazine- An Oral History of Livetronica 

“After the death of Jerry Garcia and the rise of Phish and Widespread Panic, the next generation of jambands emerged. Though firmly rooted in the Grateful Dead’s commitment to improvisation, many of these groups looked past American roots music to such sources as jazz, funk and even hard rock. While musically worlds apart from the early electronic movement that was simultaneously blossoming, the two scenes had a number of similarities. Both audiences liked to dabble in drugs like acid and ecstasy and dance for hours on end.

A few enterprising young jambands saw the crossover appeal and began to incorporate electronic sounds and beats into their live, improvisational-based jam-rock. Enter the Disco Biscuits from Philadelphia, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) from Atlanta, Lake Trout from Baltimore and The New Deal from Toronto. And a scene and a genre were born.” -excerpt from “An Oral History of Livetronica”