Rock Plaza Central

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Rock Plaza Central
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock, indie folk
Years active 1996–present
Labels Paper Bag, Outside, Yep Roc
Associated acts People from Earth
Website myspace.com/rockplazacentral
Members Scott Maynard
Donald Murray
John Whytock
Chris Eaton
Blake Howard
Fiona Stewart
Past members Doug Tielli
John Tielli
Rob Carson
Jack Breakfast

Rock Plaza Central is a Canadian indie rock band. The band received favourable reviews from the music website Pitchfork Media.[1][2] Their 2006 album, Are We Not Horses, was critically acclaimed in both Canada and the United States.

Biography[edit]

Rock Plaza Central's independently released album, Are We Not Horses, made many top ten lists for the year, including No. 8 for CMJ Editor-in-Chief Kenny Herzog, Pitchfork staff writer Stephen Deusner and Americana-UK lead writer David Cowling. The album would eventually be distributed by Outside Music in Canada. Because it did not receive an official US release until mid-2007, through Yep Roc,[3] it made several[which?] of 2007's year-end lists as well, including Magnet's "10 Great Hidden Treasures of 2007", calling it "2007's finest folk/rock find". In the Winter/Spring of 2009, Are We Not Horses was studied as part of the curriculum of a graduate English course in Contemporary Fiction at the University of South Alabama.[4]

In early 2007, the group received additional attention for their cover of the Justin Timberlake song "SexyBack".[5] Their fourth album, ...at the moment of our most needing, was released on May 28, 2009 on Paper Bag Records.

The group is often compared to Neutral Milk Hotel[2][6] and Will Oldham.[7][8]

Frontman Chris Eaton is also the author of three novels, The Inactivist (2003), The Grammar Architect (2005), and Chris Eaton, a biography [9] that have been studied on several university courses across North America. Letters To Thomas Pynchon is a short fiction collection published as an eBook[10] with Joyland: A hub for short fiction.

Discography[edit]

Videos[edit]

  • Anthem for the Already Defeated from Are We Not Horses Music Video by Humble Empire
  • My Children Be Joyfull from Are We Not Horses by Music Video by Humble Empire
  • I Am An Excellent Steel Horse from Are We Not Horses Music Video by Humble Empire
  • (Don't You Believe the Words of) Handsome Men from At the Moment of our Most Needing Music Video by Akaflk and Epstein Creative, January 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (2006-11-16). "Rock Plaza Central Are We Not Horses Pitchfork Record Review". Pitchfork Media. Pitchforkmedia, Inc. p. 1. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b Deusner, Stephen M. (2006-10-23). "Rock Plaza Central "My Children, Be Joyful"". Pitchfork Media. Pitchforkmedia, Inc. p. 1. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  3. ^ Rock Plaza Central Sign to Yep Roc | Pitchfork
  4. ^ "EH 573 | Contemporary Fiction". Soundculturestudies.net. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  5. ^ Wheeler, Brad (2007-01-30). "Too sexy for their suits". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  6. ^ Berman, Stuart (September 7, 2006). "Disc-overy of the Week: Rock Plaza Central "Are We Not Horses"". Eye Weekly (Torstar). Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  7. ^ Khanna, Vish (November 29, 2006). "Record Reviews: Rock Plaza Central Are We Not Horses". Exclaim! (Exclaim!). Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Robot Horses Waging War On Angels: A Profile Of Chris Eaton". The Rumpus.net. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  10. ^ Dilworth, Dianna (2010-11-16). "Joyland eBooks To Release Second Title - eBookNewser". Mediabistro.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

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