For some reason, and despite the relatively low profile this band keeps in the press, there's been a lot of attention on Readymade lately. The Big Takeover has an extensive feature and interview with the band in their upcoming Spring 2004 issue. And the band is planning the release of their 3rd album, All The Plans Resting, for Fall 2004.
For those of you with some catching up to do, we offer up Readymade's first record, The Dramatic Balanced. This record is fuzzier in a Flying Saucer Attack sort-of way than their subsequent and upcoming albums, but it's reached cult status and is a must-have for shoegaze and dreampop fans.
What the Press have said:
"The Dramatic Balanced by Readymade is lengthy, sprawling, and painterly. Now, these guys know how to gaze at their shoes-songs average five minutes, and one is a whopping nine. Between these epics are a few brief, hip hop-influenced pieces, and these, along with the weirdly noirish cover art, give the CD a Mean Streets feel even while other tracks deliver great slabs of suburban-basement feedback, buried vocals, attractive melodies, and mesmerizing guitar drone." - The Georgia Straight
"This is one of the best Canadian releases I've heard in a long time. Readymade bring together droning, moody guitars with breathy vocals and the occasional '80's sounding synth and drum machine and the production gives the whole thing a roomy feel that works perfectly. Even songs like "Head Falls to Shoulder" and "The Lamplighters are Dead", which each clock in at over 7 minutes, make you wish the song would last longer. So get this disc, turn off the lights and enjoy." - Stylus
Excerpt from the Readymade Interview in the Spring 2004 issue of BigTakeover:
"Kevin Hilts, keyboards/synths player and one of Readymade's principal lyricists, explains that "The mention of things like the ocean in our lyrics isn't so much a nature comment, it's more about escape in and of itself. With our proximity to the Pacific, one feels the ocean is a route anywhere out of here to the rest of the world. Of course, you can't ever genuinely escape-you always get dragged back to where you started. But I think you can sort of pepper your life with moments of escapism. At least there is a way to combat the restlessness of passing through elevator doors 10 times a day.""