MORE THAN JUST SARAH MCHLACHLAN'S GUITARIST
Juno-nominated, Canadian Folk Music Award-winning Luke Doucet’s hard-playing, hard-touring efforts have won praise from critics in his
native Canada, the States and abroad. With Steel City Trawler, out on Canadian indie Six Shooter
Records (Elliott Brood) on September 21, 2010, Doucet returns to the basics of rock and roll, where simple parts
make for complex and memorable wholes.
With Steel City Trawler, Doucet delivers a group of songs that come from the heart of the post-industrial
landscape and mindset, with traces of rock eras past and present aligning with his signature guitar chops. The
result is a gritty, roll over rock terrain. The album was produced by Andrew Scott of Sloan, who also guests on the
album. The packaging includes an accompanying comic book created by renowned Hamilton, Ontario-based graphic
artist, David Collier, who has been published alongside the late Harvey Pekar, among other comic legends, and
includes Doucet as a character/narrator.
The album's first single, “The Ballad of Ian Curtis,” finds Doucet dissecting and reassembling elements of classic ‘80s
Brit rock as requiem and homage to Ian Curtis (Joy Division), while also featuring vocals unexpectedly
reminiscent of Curtis’ successor, Bernard Summer (New Order). The track is now streaming at
www.lukedoucet.com. Undercurrents of melancholic melody are buoyed by catchy, effortless piano, drum and bass
arrangements steered by Canadian rock stalwart Scott.
Known as one of Canada's finest guitarists, Doucet was handpicked by Sarah McLachlan as her primary guitarist
while still in his teens, and his playing is instantly recognizable on her albums and as a driving force in her live
shows. Born in the Maritimes and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Doucet's solo releases have explored pop, roots and
On Steel City Trawler, Doucet plumbs the heart of town on the verge of being abandoned to industry with a
riveting, timeless set of tunes. With the inclusion of David Collier Traces’ comic book, Steel City Trawler
captures the sounds and sights of a stagnant Northern town caught in an era where blue collar industry matters less
and less and the “working class hero” is a dying breed. It's a story that's universal for many parts of North America,
and Doucet sets it to music with a sensitivity and empathy that rings true from the first listen.
Look for fall UK and North American tour dates to be announced soon!
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