- Other Families are a DIY multi-media art & production cult encompassing experimental works within the audio, visual, theatrical, and

literary disciplines.

Other Families stand among the most unique and ambitious media

outfits on the block. Sliding their focus from traditional shows and

album releases to digital media projects and full-blown  

theatrical productions, each adjacent endeavour speaks to the 

unwavering dedication and absurd levels of DIY ingenuity

 present within this particular family unit.

Better hold onto your loved ones tight!!

The music takes you anywhere from dense & detailed, totally 

off-the-rails electro-punk to tongue-in-cheek indie jazz-pop, and lots

more. With a cohesively disjunct style, and so many events occurring

over the course of a listen, the experience on the whole tells of a deep

conceptual foundation upon which all of this madness is supported.

There's just so much to sink your teeth into here, and no other show

like this around, probably b/c the creativity on hand seems to know no limit. 

Some kinda eccentric genius at play here, kiddo!

The band operates upon a sort of revolving membership program in which personnel may vary from time to time. Always at the centre of the group is the driving force behind O.F's productions - bass player, multi-insrumentalist, composer & engineer, Jesse Manou., along with collaborators & lyrical/vocal contributors since the early beginnings - Zach Buck & Josh Johnston have developed a distinct lexicon intrinsic to the charming cryptic allure of O.F's themes. With the evocative nature of their spoken word verses and poetry, the pair lend their noetic presence and add layers of enigma to this already significantly suspect secret society. Here & there feeling like words drawn from an esoteric hat, mindfully arranged to unfold some surreal curiosity, a play reminiscent of Dadaist prose set to music...it can also be quite funny.

decidedly more dulcet tones tactfully employed by the band on MNRK (available now on vinyl, btw!)

In 2018 the band took a stylistic turn when they

dropped their full-length record, MOONROCK.

With songs composed for a particular genre,

it's a slick ride and tunefully smooth(ish)  

listening experience (particularly when

measured against prior albums). Here we are

treated to a collection of songs which foray

between glitch pop and crooked jazz refracted

thru O.F's cracked lens, a steady hand keeps the

image in focus. Less dense/more approachable

than its predecessors, this's a bit simpler to wrap

one's mind around yet no less rewarding due to

the thoughtfully defined character of each song

thru-out the set. The gonzo departures and bizarre

vignettes of their previous work are juxtaposed by the

Featuring a fresh new cast of vocal contributors, here we find the remarkable crooning talents of Jackson Welchner alongside the deadpan sing-speak style of Kaiva Gotham (the latter also the member and vocalist of noise-rock/artpunk act, Luge). With consistency a cornerstone of O.F's approach, it should come                                  

         as no surprise (though, in true O.F fashion it always seems to be) that every stylistic turn is perfectly matched by the approach to vox. The assorted voices of O.F each & always reflect their own distinct identity within the larger identity of the whole. The result, it seems, is a peculiar sense of familiarity, as if these were only the voices in your head after all.

 

From the earliest full-length releases, "Quit" (2012) and "fyz1ks​!​1" (2014), we find a group blurring the line between musician and technology. Channeling f'd up dance, punk, noise & glitch-fonk, they conjure broken strands of songs interlaced with divergent poetic passages. Their humour is evident in their mischief and sense of irony. These are albums in which a good listener may find amusement again & again due to the level of artfulness and honest craftsmanship with which they have been fashioned.

Sandwiched between those two releases is a production which stands apart from the O.F repertoire --

                      Other Families Radio Show [Podcast] (2013): It's a comedy album, and it's fuggin' hysterical! This one serves as a great intro for friends who might not be all that experimental in their music taste, but always love a good laugh.

Sharp, silly, clever and oh-so original, the improvised hilarity you will find free-flows unlike anything...at least that may have been the case until Justin Roiland (co-creator/voice of Rick and Morty) showed up, like right after this release (just under a year later, check the dates). The pacing of the improv is at times akin to "Interdimensional Cable", The annoyance can be that those to hear it since may comment on the similarity, but being compared to a modern day comic icon probably isn't the worst thing that could happen. Just the same, this record is chock full of "go back, I missed that bit cuz I was still laughing too hard from the one before" moments. Highly reco'd for any/all fans of radio shows, talk shows, prank calls, gh**ls, whales, laughter and/or joy.

So champ, the take home from all of this seems to be that, our efforts for naught: words fail to do justice this multi-dimensional hi-art movement comprised of myriad ingredients and brilliant creative minds, blowing tops wherever they may roam. Comparisons are out the f'n window cuz there's just no bloody way to suitably prep your expectations for such a wonderfully outrageous labour of love, With so much on offer and the promise of who knows what for the future, O.F stand as a benchmark by way of their imaginative feats and timeless relevance in their evolving artistic statement, Just nailing it every time. The Toronto art scene, Canadian music in general, and we @ Splendid Industries (of course) are better for having been introduced to our most unusual neighbour,

Other Families...

Deer Blood

...And! Since 2018, O.F have given birth to another love child -- Endless Love is a series of theatrical events which found the world with the 1st back-to-back performance of Deer Blood on June 29th/July 1st in Montréal. For more info about this and future family outings, just go on and click some of those titles we've conspicuously hi-lited just for you!

PS - Don't be afraid of that f*ckin' ghost!

Following fyz1ks​!​1, O.F's work toward their massive hyper-mega production

and third full-length album, house.xct_ (2016), began. At this time the group

Location:

Toronto/Montréal, Canada

had grown to include mainstay drummer/percussionist, Paul Geldart (who is

also a fixture with Toronto avant electro-

rock band, Waxlimbs [see "Splendid

Affiliates"]). The inviting demeanour

typified here seems to have attracted

many notable contributors, the most

prominent of which probably being vocalist, 

"Not gonna lie - I was a little afraid. But, since inviting me into their house, Other Families have demonstrated none but the warmest in hospitality as the most gracious of hosts. Take it from me, you needn't  be  afraid  because

your visit is a welcome one." - Toys

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extraordinaire Christopher Ning who is featured across the entire record. Not only a singer but a theatrical performer with a wide range of techniques at his disposal, he brings another degree of dynamic to a sound already rich in contrast.

There are many more true guest appearances throughout. Warranting special mention are Cassandra Beauvais (Sea Beau) and Sonica Carnegie whose distinct vocal approaches provide a new dimension to songs like "Ransom Notes" (Cassandra) and "His Mouth is Fused" (Sonica) respectively. This is the album that one may start to fully appreciate the "extended family" that is Other Families, and the intent is quite clear as this is not just a musical release...it's also a goddamn video game!

Having been welcomed so kindly, here we seem to be tentatively entering O.F's house (provided to us in the form of golden USB key within a lovely branded tin). What will we find inside? Gotta admit, the feeling 

is palpable -- the suspense is real! Now, without getting into too much detail, this is a text-based game and everything here is like a patchwork of riddles that leaves one with more questions than answers. Along your path you will unlock troves of audio, video, images and literature. Some bits may be startling, some may compel you to roll around on the floor. Everything served up here corresponds directly to the feeling of uncertainty which permeates at every turn. So go on! Grab your very own key and  spend some hours b/c just like everything O.F does, there really is nothing like it.

A term not to be thrown around (tho too oft is), this is a legit masterpiece, sucka! Time capsule this sh*t and human_ppl in a hundred yrs'll still be saying: "Wtfug, y'all? This's some real-deal future music, yo!!"

So, how does one go about following something so irrepressibly engaging and downright huge? Maybe by releasing a nu-jazz record, why not?!

Splendid Affiliates:

Paul Geldart (drums/perc.)

may be found performing with Toronto artrock act, Waxlimbs, as well as solo recording project, Astrolope

Kaiva Gotham (vox/keys)

may be found performing with Toronto artpunk outfit, Luge

Cassandra Beauvais (vox)

may be found performing with Toronto avant-pop band, Sea Beau

Nicole Cain (bass)

may be found performing with Toronto punk rock group, Bad Waitress

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Other Families

Other Families stand among the most unique and ambitious media outfits on the block. Sliding their focus from traditional shows and album releases to digital media projects and full-blown theatrical productions, each adjacent endeavour speaks to the unwavering dedication and absurd levels of DIY ingenuity present within this particular family unit. Better hold onto your loved ones tight!!

 

The music takes you anywhere from dense & detailed, totally off-the-rails electro-punk to tongue-in-cheek indie jazz-pop, and lots more. With a cohesively disjunct style, and so many events occurring over the course of a listen, the experience on the whole tells of a deep conceptual foundation upon which all of this madness is supported. There's just so much to sink your teeth into here, and no other show like this around, probably b/c the creativity on hand seems to know no limit. Some kinda eccentric genius at play here, kiddo!

The band operates upon a sort of revolving membership program in which personnel may vary from time to time. Always at the centre of the group is the driving force behind O.F's productions - bass player, multi-insrumentalist, composer & engineer, Jesse Manou., along with collaborators & lyrical/vocal contributors since the early beginnings - Zach Buck & Josh Johnston have developed a distinct lexicon intrinsic to the charming cryptic allure of O.F's themes. With the evocative nature of their spoken word verses and poetry, the pair lend their noetic presence and add layers of enigma to this already significantly suspect secret society. Here & there feeling like words drawn from an esoteric hat, mindfully arranged to unfold some surreal curiosity, a play reminiscent of Dadaist prose set to music...it can also be quite funny..

From the earliest full-length releases, Quit (2012) and fyz1ks​!​1 (2014), we find a group blurring the line between musician and technology. Channeling f'd up dance, punk, noise & glitch-fonk, they conjure broken strands of songs interlaced with divergent poetic passages. Their humour is evident in their mischief and sense of irony. These are albums in which a good listener may find amusement again & again due to the level of artfulness and honest craftsmanship with which they have been fashioned.

Sandwiched between those two releases is a production which stands apart from the O.F repertoire -- Other Families Radio Show [Podcast] (2013): It's a comedy album, and it's fuggin' hysterical! This one serves as a great intro for friends who might not be all that experimental in their music taste, but always love a good laugh. Sharp, silly, clever and oh-so original, the improvised hilarity you will find free-flows unlike anything...at least that may have been the case until Justin Roiland (co-creator/voice of Rick and Morty) showed up, like right after this release (just under a year later, check the dates). The pacing of the improv is at times akin to "Interdimensional Cable", The annoyance can be that those to hear it since may comment on the similarity, but being compared to a modern day comic icon probably isn't the worst thing that could happen. Just the same, this record is chock full of "go back, I missed that bit cuz I was still laughing too hard from the one before" moments. Highly reco'd for any/all fans of radio shows, talk shows, prank calls, gh**ls, whales, laughter and/or joy.

Following fyz1ks​!​1, O.F's work toward their massive hyper-mega production and third full-length album, house.xct_ (2016), began. At this time the group had grown to include mainstay drummer/percussionist, Paul Geldart (who is also a fixture with Toronto avant electro-rock band, Waxlimbs [see "Splendid Affiliates"]). The inviting demeanour typified here seems to have attracted many notable contributors, the most prominent of which probably being vocalist, extraordinaire Christopher Ning who is featured across the entire record. Not only a singer but a theatrical performer with a wide range of techniques at his disposal, he brings another degree of dynamic to a sound already rich in contrast.

There are many more true guest appearances throughout. Warranting special mention are Cassandra Beauvais (Sea Beau) and Sonica Carnegie whose distinct vocal approaches provide a new dimension to songs like "Ransom Notes" (Cassandra) and "His Mouth is Fused" (Sonica) respectively. This is the album that one may start to fully appreciate the "extended family" that is Other Families, and the intent is quite clear as this is not just a musical release...it's also a goddamn video game!

Having been welcomed so kindly, here we seem to be tentatively entering O.F's house (provided to us in the form of golden USB key within a lovely branded tin). What will we find inside? Gotta admit, the feeling is palpable -- the suspense is real! Now, without getting into too much detail, this is a text-based game and everything here is like a patchwork of riddles that leaves one with more questions than answers. Along your path you will unlock troves of audio, video, images and literature. Some bits may be startling, some may compel you to roll around on the floor. Everything served up here corresponds directly to the feeling of uncertainty which permeates at every turn. So go on! Grab your very own key and  spend some hours b/c just like everything O.F does, there really is nothing like it.

A term not to be thrown around (tho too oft is), this is a legit masterpiece, sucka! Time capsule this sh*t and human_ppl in a hundred yrs'll still be saying: "Wtfug, y'all? This's some real-deal future music, yo!!"

So, how does one go about following something so irrepressibly engaging and downright huge? Maybe by releasing a nu-jazz record, why not?!

From the earliest full-length releases, Quit (2012) and fyz1ks​!​1 (2014), we find a group blurring the line between musician and technology. Channeling f'd up dance, punk, noise & glitch-fonk, they conjure broken strands of songs interlaced with divergent poetic passages. Their humour is evident in their mischief and sense of irony. These are albums in which a good listener may find amusement again & again due to the level of artfulness and honest craftsmanship with which they have been fashioned.

In 2018 the band took a stylistic turn when they dropped their full-length record, MOONROCK. With songs composed for a particular genre, it's a slick ride and tunefully smooth(ish) listening experience (particularly when measured against prior albums). Here we are treated to a collection of songs which foray between glitch pop and crooked jazz refracted thru O.F's cracked lens, a steady hand keeps the image in focus. Less dense/more approachable than its predecessors, this's a bit simpler to wrap one's mind around yet no less rewarding due to the thoughtfully defined character of each song thru-out the set. The gonzo departures and bizarre vignettes of their previous work are juxtaposed by the decidedly more dulcet tones tactfully employed by the band on MNRK (available now on vinyl, btw!)

Featuring a fresh new cast of vocal contributors, here we find the remarkable crooning talents of Jackson Welchner alongside the deadpan sing-speak style of Kaiva Gotham (the latter also the member and vocalist of noise-rock/artpunk act, Luge). With consistency a cornerstone of O.F's approach, it should come as no surprise (though, in true O.F fashion it always seems to be) that every stylistic turn is perfectly matched by the approach to vox. The assorted voices of O.F each & always reflect their own distinct identity within the larger identity of the whole. The result, it seems, is a peculiar sense of familiarity, as if these were only the voices in your head after all.

So champ, the take home from all of this seems to be that, our efforts for naught: words fail to do justice this multi-dimensional hi-art movement comprised of myriad ingredients and brilliant creative minds, blowing tops wherever they may roam. Comparisons are out the f'n window cuz there's just no bloody way to suitably prep your expectations for such a wonderfully outrageous labour of love, With so much on offer and the promise of who knows what for the future, O.F stand as a benchmark by way of their imaginative feats and timeless relevance in their evolving artistic statement, Just nailing it every time. The Toronto art scene, Canadian music in general, and we @ Splendid Industries (of course) are better for having been introduced to our most unusual neighbour,

Other Families...

...And! Since 2018, O.F have given birth to another love child -- Endless Love is a series of theatrical events which found the world with the 1st back-to-back performance of Deer Blood on June 29th/July 1st in Montréal. For more info about this and future family outings, just go on and click some of those titles we've conspicuously hi-lited just for you!

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