We can all agree that folk music is making a comeback in mainstream charts. With bands like The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, folk is reaching groups of people that don’t usually listen to music like that. Although some of us may be overtired of hearing the new hits, it’s refreshing to see these bands at the top of the charts. If you want something new but not as polished, I’ve recently become aware of indie-folk band My Man – formed of members Rachael Ogilvie, Kaelan Bean, and Lautaro Castillo-Oliva, all based here in Toronto. They’ve kept a fairly low profile but have released two EPs since 2012: Foul Brood and 65 Songs, which came out last year. I can’t help but think that My Man’s music is similar to something you would hear on the Juno soundtrack. And I love it.
The band members have been friends for years, but it wasn’t until going to a music festival together where they decided music was something they wanted to create. When I spoke with Rachel of the band, she told me that they all have similar music tastes – mostly with punk music, which reflects in their live shows.
With the EPs being heavier with folk, I had to ask if punk would be more prominent on the debut album that’s set to release later this year. She let me know that it will indeed as it seems they’re solidifying their sound as a group. For both EPs, musician friends of My Man came into the studio to lend their talents to the songs, which you can almost hear in the music. It sounds like friends having a good time and making music together.
You can listen to both the Foul Brood and 65 Songs EPs on My Man’s website here. Catch them Wednesday, June 11th at The Drake Underground, and if you’re looking for something to do tonight then My Man will be performing at S.H.I.B.G.B’s (Dufferin and Dupont). Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $10.
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