Plants and Animals have been playing together for 10 years. They began as an instrumental
group. They recorded a self-titled record in 2002 with 15-minute songs. They played around
Montreal for years, no vocals, heavy on the improvising. Warren started singing with other
people, and soon enough he just couldn't contain himself. Silence became oooohs, oooohs
In 2008, a project two years in the making became Parc Avenue and they stepped out onto the
circuit for the first time. It had guitars and drums and vocals, and orchestration out the wazoo. It
was nominated for one Polaris prize, two Junos and three GAMIQs. They opened for Grizzly
Bear in Montreal, and did their first tour with Wolf Parade. Danger Mouse got his paws on it and
invited them to open for Gnarls Barkley, and later Broken Bells. The National invited them to
open for them in Central Park. They headlined stages across North America and Europe.
In 2010, they released La La Land, a heavier, darker departure from Parc Avenue that has
become a veritable cult favourite. They played over 100 shows that year, including a long US
tour with Frightened Rabbit. To the Pitchfork Festival appearance the summer before, they
added to the list such notables as Primavera in Barcelona, Bumbershoot in Seattle, End of the
Road in the English countryside, a marquee spot at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and many more.
If Plants and Animals were a person, Parc Avenue is that person around eight years old—
excited, wide-eyed, scatterbrained and innocent. La La Land is that person in adolescence—the
body changing in exciting and confusing ways, cocky and insecure, bold and volatile, oily. The
End of That marks the 20s—confident in a new, unmasked way, young, excited, going through
some shit, will be at the party tonight.