Do Make Say Think

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Do Make Say Think
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Do Make Say Think in concert at Art Rock (Saint-Brieuc)
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Post-rock, experimental rock, jazz fusion, instrumental rock
Years active 1995–present
Labels Constellation
Associated acts Broken Social Scene
Lullabye Arkestra
Microgroove
Valley of the Giants
Years
Website domakesaythink.com
Members Ohad Benchetrit
David Mitchell
James Payment
Justin Small
Charles Spearin
Julie Penner
Jay Baird
Brian Cram
Past members Jason Mackenzie

Do Make Say Think is a Canadian post-rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Their music combines jazz style drums, distorted guitars and wind instruments, as well as a prominent use of the bass guitar.

Biography[edit]

The band formed in 1995 as a recording project for a Canadian youth dramatic production. They rehearsed for the production in an empty elementary school room. The four simple verbs 'Do', 'Make', 'Say' and 'Think' were painted on walls of the room, and the band adopted them as their name. In 1996, the band progressed as they practiced in the rehearsal room in the basement of the University of Toronto radio station CIUT.

The song "Chinatown" from 2002's & Yet & Yet is featured in the movie Syriana starring George Clooney, as well as The Corporation. The song "The Landlord is Dead" from Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is Dead and "Chinatown" from & Yet & Yet are also featured in the movie A Simple Curve.

The band's fifth full-length album, entitled You, You're a History in Rust, was released on Constellation Records on February 12, 2007 in Europe and February 26 in the rest of the world. The band toured North America and Europe to promote the release of the album, and released a tour EP, The Whole Story of Glory, to promote the Japanese leg of their tour.

In June 2009 at Luminato, Toronto's annual festival of arts and creativity, the band provided part of the live soundtrack for the outdoor screening (at Yonge-Dundas Square) of the 1919 silent German horror film Tales Of The Uncanny (Unheimliche Geschichten), alongside Canadian violinist Owen Pallett and electronica music artist Robert Lippok from Berlin, Germany.

Constellation Records released Do Make Say Think's sixth album, titled Other Truths, on October 6, 2009.

The band have announced that they have been working throughout 2013 on a new album, to be released in 2014.

Members[edit]

Do Make Say Think performing live at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in October 2007.

Current members[edit]

Previous members[edit]

Side projects[edit]

  • Justin Small is also involved in a side project called Lullabye Arkestra as a drummer with his partner and bassist Katia Taylor. They have been produced by Benchetrit who, along with Spearin, records and tours with the Toronto group Broken Social Scene.
  • Do Make Say Think are routinely joined on stage by trumpeter Brian Cram who, along with drummer James Payment, also perform in the metal band Gesundheit. They also provide horns and beats to local Toronto rock outfit Z'howndz.
  • Spearin, Mitchell, and Benchetrit recorded an album together in 1997 under the moniker Microgroove, which put out a limited number of presses of their synthesizer and acoustic drum and bass beat working of jazz forms.
  • Benchetrit and Mitchell were also involved in a side project called Sphyr, who released one album, A Poem for M, in 2003. This album is on Fire Records.
  • Benchetrit's current solo project is called Years and released a self-titled album under that moniker in 2009.
  • Spearin released 'The Happiness Project' in 2009, a collection of interviews with his neighbors set to music. The album was long-listed for the Polaris Prize.

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