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|Origin||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Genres||Instrumental rock, indie rock|
|Associated acts||Broken Social Scene, The Weakerthans, The Sadies, Cuff the Duke, Do Make Say Think, FemBots, Tricky Woo, Rockets Red Glare, Sea Snakes, Heavy Blinkers, The Guthries, Christine Fellows, Hummer, Hopeful Monster|
|Members||Paul Aucoin, Randy Lee, Paul Lowman, Greg Millson, Christopher Sandes, François Turenne, Eric Woolston|
|Past members||Bryden Baird, Jason Ball, Dave Christensen, Patrick Conan, Peter Conrad, Matthew Faris, Jonina Gibson, Rob Gordon, Monica Guenter, Taylor Knox, Nathan Lawr, Dave MacKinnon, Ruth Minnikin, Damian Monyhan, Dale Murray, Michael Olsen, Owen Pallett, Lukas Pearse, Julie Penner, Wayne Petti, Brian Poirier, Jeremy Strachan, Jason Tait, Leanne Zacharias|
The Hylozoists are a Canadian instrumental rock supergroup formed in 2001 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The band's name is derived from hylozoism and was started as a side project of record producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Aucoin.
The Hylozoists is an instrumental band conceived by producer Paul Aucoin in 2001. Aucoin wrote and recorded their first album La Nouvelle Gauche (using a line-up of musicians mainly from Halifax) in his studio in Nova Scotia. Sadly, The Hylozoists were moved to the back burner as Aucoin had to return to his responsibilities for the band The Sadies.
In 2004 Aucoin moved to Toronto where he revived The Hylozoists. This conception of The Hylozoists would consist of musicians from other bands such as The Weakerthans, FemBots, and Cuff the Duke. It was here that Aucoin started fresh and captured the collective sound of his new collaborators, he shed the idea of a “solo project” and created a full-blown supergroup.
In addition to his work with Hylozoists, Aucoin has also produced albums for other artists, including Cuff the Duke's Sidelines of the City, The Golden Dogs' Big Eye Little Eye and John K. Samson's Provincial.
Their MySpace page describes their music as Indie/Classical/Emotronic. This is a pretty accurate description of their music, especially considering their instrumentation. A majority of their instruments (vibes, glockenspiel, organ, violin, viola) are primarily used in classical music, and in some instances jazz. These instruments interact in conjunction with the other “non-classical" instruments (drums, pedal steel, guitar, bass). What makes their sound unique is the application of the instruments, not necessarily the instrumentation itself. While using vibes and a glock is unique for an indie band, what makes it interesting is that some of their songs sound like something out of a feature film. Aucoin had a musical education (i.e. he had either conservatory tutoring or maybe even post-secondary, classical training) and he uses it in an effective way, not just in writing but also in orchestrating. In their song "Warning Against Judging", the opening minute is played on glock, organ and a little bit of a guitar - if you were to replace it with strings it would be something from an orchestral movie score. After the first minute of the song drums and bass come in, as well as violin and trumpet. It still keeps the feeling of a movie score, something that has been thought out by someone knowledgeable in orchestration.
What is interesting about this band is not only its make up, instrumentation wise, but also its origins and albums. Technically this band originated in Halifax and then moved to Toronto during its second inception. Their first album, done in Halifax, was titled La Nouvelle Gauche. Their second album, done in Toronto, was titled La Fin du Monde.
- Paul Aucoin (vibraphone, glockenspiel, drums) — founder, also from The Sadies, Cuff the Duke, Hopeful Monster
- Randy Lee (violin)
- Paul Lowman (bass) — from Cuff the Duke
- Greg Millson (drums) — from Gentleman Reg & Great Lake Swimmers
- Christopher Sandes (piano, organ) — from Cuff the Duke
- François Turenne (guitar)
- Eric Woolston (vibraphone, glockenspeil, drums)
Regular touring members
- Patrick Conan (vibraphone, glockenspiel, drums) — from Tricky Woo, Cuff the Duke
- Matthew Faris (drums) — from Cuff the Duke
Past (and part-time touring) members
- Rich Aucoin
- Bryden Baird (horns)
- Jason Ball (organ, vocals) — from Hopeful Monster
- Dave Christensen (woodwinds) — from the Heavy Blinkers, Hopeful Monster
- Peter Conrad (cello)
- Jonina Gibson (viola)
- Rob Gordon (drums)
- Monica Guenter (viola) — from Christine Fellows' band
- Taylor Knox (drums)
- Nathan Lawr (drums) — from Sea Snakes
- Dave MacKinnon (vocals) — from FemBots, Hummer
- Ruth Minnikin (vocals) — from the Heavy Blinkers, The Guthries
- Damian Monyhan (drums) — from Hopeful Monster
- Dale Murray (pedal steel, guitar) — from The Guthries, Hopeful Monster
- Michael Olsen (cello)
- Owen Pallett (violin) — aka "Final Fantasy"
- Lukas Pearse (double bass)
- Julie Penner (violin) — from Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think
- Wayne Petti (piano, vocals) — from Cuff the Duke
- Brian Poirier ("weird") — from FemBots, Hummer
- Jeremy Strachan (guitar) — from Rockets Red Glare, Sea Snakes, Hopeful Monster, Feuermusik
- Jason Tait (vibraphone, glockenspiel) — from The Weakerthans, FemBots, Broken Social Scene, Christine Fellows' band
- Leanne Zacharias (cello) — from Christine Fellows' band
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- Ladouceur, Liisa (March 3, 2010). "Meet The Juno Nominees: The Hylozoists", Chartattack.com. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
- "Rich Aucoin’s CD captures joie de vivre and desperation of youth". The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2011.