The New Pornographers are an indie rock collective from Vancouver. The primary members are Carl Newman, Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Neko Case, and Kathryn Calder. Click those links for This is That Song posts on those artists. There are four other members, but these are the ones who people know because of their solo projects.
The band has released five albums since 2000, and the individual members have released many of their own.
Kathryn Calder joined the Pornos on the 2005 album Twin Cinema after Calder’s mother discovered Carl Newman in her family tree. Calder’s mother was adopted and never knew her birth family until Kathryn was a teenager. During the recording of Calder’s solo debut record Are You My Mother?, her mother was very ill, fighting a losing battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The New Pornographers’ Together (May 4, 2010) and Calder’s Are You My Mother? (June 29, 2010) are both dedicated to the memory of Calder’s Mother.
The New Pornographers are one of my favorite bands, and today’s song is one of my favorite songs from my favorite album of theirs. This is that song.
“Your Hands (Together)” by The New Pornographers
One of the things that I like so much about this is that Carl, Neko and Kathryn all sing. Often in three-part harmony. I like the “Neko” songs and I like the “Carl” songs much more than the “Dan” songs. I don’t dislike the Dan songs, I just prefer the Carl and the Neko/Kathryn ones.
I also love that the drums are all syncopated, and all cymbal-y in the verses, and all rumble-tumble tom-tom in the chorus. There’s really not much to it, but it’s really infectious, and just plain fun.
For extra credit and good fun, check out the official video for “Your Hands”, which was directed by band member Blaine Thurier. I mean, it’s got ninjas. You can’t ask for much more that New Pornographers and ninjas.
In the promo photo for Together, the band were on an ice-skating rink, wearing skates. I’ve included that photo in this post. It’s worth mentioning, I think, that Neko is wearing hockey skates. Obviously, the fellas are, but I think it makes Neko much cooler.
You can buy Together in the format of your choosing from the Matador Records web store