The Minor Canon is an indie rock band from Los Angeles, Calif.
Gritty and melancholy, The Minor Canon's music is beautifully dirty and has been described as "honest to god stellar sad pop" (OC Weekly) and "Memphis soul on an indie bender" (Blackbook magazine). The Los Angeles Times named the band one of "10 to Watch in 2007" saying, "So there might not be much commercial potential in a seven-piece with a horn section, but the music is as heartfelt and as inventive as it gets."
The Minor Canon began as the solo project of songwriter/singer/multi-instrumentalist Paul Larson (Strictly Ballroom, Dntel, Athalia), and has grown into a six-piece ensemble with a horn section, piano, organ, and, at times, two drummers. Larson’s guitar work can be heard on the much-anticipated new Dntel album (“Dumb Luck” on Sub Pop Records to be released in April), which also features Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley.
The Minor Canon has shared the bill with acts such as Jose Gonzalez, Irving, Mystic Chords of Memory, Bettie Seveert, The Hidden Cameras, Army Navy, The Little Ones, and Josh Hayden, and has played several Los Angeles festivals, including The Fuck Yeah Fest, The Summer Strummer, and Sunset Junction.
"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" is set for a release date of February 20, 2007, on their own label, Tenderness Records. The Minor Canon will be playing a residency every Monday night at Spaceland in Silver Lake during the month of April. Their debut album was recorded at various places, including Larson’s house in Silver Lake (where most of the Postal Service’s debut album “Give Up” was recorded, and oddly enough, the film “Heathers” was written), Regime Studio with Jason Johnson (Pete Yorn, Palo Alto), Swinghouse with Warren Huart (Joe Strummer), and the John Burroughs Auditorium in Burbank, Calif.
The Minor Canon is:
Paul Larson guitar/vocals/percussion
Ryan Blake piano/organ/vocals
Ben Eisen bass/backing vocals
Erik Soderstrom drums/cymbals
Mario Frias trumpet
Mike Richardson trombone