Slow and steady wins the race.
The motto is as true for competitive runners as it was for Montreal-based indie rock band Plants and Animals when they decided the best method of creating their next album.
According to drummer and vocalist Matthew Woodley, the boys are taking on a slower pace; spending time getting their work in while also making sure to build something of substance prior to stepping up to the start line and letting it all go.
“We find that that is the best way to work creatively right now,” said Woodley. “It’s the best way to do things, put our work aside and reflect on the songs as we move on to something else in life then return to the music.”
Though most would agree if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, it was after their last album, The End of That, that the boys decided to take some time with their next offering.
Piecemeal and paced accordingly, this next album, which is set to come out in early 2015, challenged the band to “really focus on the music full time. This process gave us the advantage of hindsight and let us break up the pace that we’ve been on over the past few years.”
With all the attention going towards their new album, the band hasn’t hit the stage together since last winter — a performing dry spell that is coming to a close this weekend. Making a stop in Halifax, they will play to a sold-out house at the Seahorse on Friday night.
The time away from the stage was not wasted.
Having spent some time apart, the boys have been playing a lot in the studio and collaborating with other people and bands, Woodley says, and it’s been a great way for them to “stretch out” as musicians.
Undoubtedly, this was a chance to broaden their horizons, fine-tune their palates and bring what they’ve learned back to their audience.
“It’s pumped some energy back into the band and we’re excited to get out there.”