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Compassion Gorilla play Tractorgrease Sept 28
By Chris Fretwell, CG/Submitted photos


Compassion Gorilla play Tractorgrease Cafe Thursday, September 28.


ith their third studio album, Coalesce, Compassion Gorilla offers up a unique interpretation of diverse and worldly musical styles, weaving together earthy and folkloric sounds with sophisticated and punchy modern sensibility. The album is officially released September 14, and is accompanied by a busy fall tour in the band's home province of BC.


The Tractorgrease Cafe 48719 Chilliwack Lake Rd.

Thursday, Sept 28th


Tickets $12 available Thurs-Sun 604 858 3814 or via e-mail here.


Coalesce features 8 tracks of musical ingenuity. From the wizardry of the opening track's cello feature, to the tight horn riffs of "Milk Thistle", the psychedelic cumbia groove of "Music for the People", and the 5/4-time Balkan-jazz stylings of "Son del Marať, the album presents a steady stream of fresh ideas while maintaining an overall cohesive feel. Latin rhythms anchor the album in a steady, infectious groove, forming a bed for punchy brass harmonies, socially conscious lyrics, and rolling dub-delay effects. The warm, rootsy production style is reminiscent of an older age of recording, giving it a simple and concise sound.



"Great storytelling and the international language of music command the stage at today's festivals. Compassion Gorilla will find themselves front and centre again and again," said said Cal Coat, artistic director, World Beat Stage, Concord Pacific Vancouver Intl. Dragon Boat Festival. With their eclectic blend of global rhythms and easy charm, they know how to bridge the gap between audience and performer."


Compassion Gorilla's current sound, as presented here on Coalesce, has evolved over years of shifting membership, diverse collaborations and worldly travel. On tour promoting this new release the band boasts a 6-piece lineup that includes Daniel Cryderman (trombone and vocals, Chris Fretwell (guitar, charango, requinto and vocals), Dan Beer (drums), Suzanne Stirling (trumpet), Ariel Palacio (accordion), and Brin Porter (bass).







Compassion Gorilla has a relentless drive to translate earthy and folkloric sounds into an explosive performance fit for the modern dance floor, and with the style and nuance to fill a listening room. Their unique brew has been the life of wild dance parties for nearly a decade, both defying categorization and keeping audiences comfortably at home.


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