September 12 — “Do” by Do Make Say Think

Do Make Say Think

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Do” by Do Make Say Think (2009, from the album Other Truths).

Do Make Say Think is an eight-piece instrumental post-rock band from Toronto. Three of its members –Ohad Benchetrit, Charles Spearin, and Julie Penner — were also in the hugely influential Broken Social Scene. Contrary to what people (including myself) might say, there is no direct connection between this band and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. You need at least two steps to get there.

They formed in 1995, even before Spearin and Kevin Drew from BSS would form their own post-rock band KC Accidental in 1998, and obviously before BSS formed in 1999. They released their self-titled debut album in 1998, and by 2003, they had already released four albums and an EP. After a few years off, they returned with an album in 2007, and the four-song album Other Truths in 2009.

Like most bands of their ilk, they use a lot of guitar, violins, trumpets, a lot of drums. Unlike some post-rock bands, though, they also use a lot of bass guitar. Usually, the post-rock bands who use lots of bass are thought of more as “math rock”. I’m not very good at identifying what’s “math rock” and what isn’t, but I don’t think this is. Is it?

Without very much commentary, I’ll present today’s epic song:
“Do” by Do Make Say Think

You know the drill. Guitars. Strings. Drums. Horns. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

I apologize for the lack of depth on this post. Enjoy the song, though.

You can get Other Truths directly from the band’s web store here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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