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Friday Find – “The Tragedy” by Taken by Canadians – 5/16/14

North County band Taken by Canadians are about to release their album Here’s to Returning All the Tragedy We Saw and were kind enough to let me have an early listen. The track “The Tragedy,” from which the album title is derived, got my attention immediately and I found myself humming it long after listening. With a little coaxing they’re letting me share the track with all you wonderful San Diego music fans… so get to listening:

The song opens with a delicate melody and drum beat that builds up quickly to a toe-tapping pace. One of my favorite aspects is the way Anna Zinova’s bright violin notes juxtapose with singer Ben Ambrosini’s gritty vocals. The style is accessible in a way common to contemporary folk-pop bands, but with strong musicianship and rock infusion that give it an authentically raw feeling. This tune in particular reminds me of The Hold Steady – in a good way.

Taken by Canadians will celebrate the release of their new album on May 30 at Silver Cloud Lounge in Oceanside with support from Jimmy Ruelas and DJ Lexicon Devil. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and there is a suggested $5 donation at the door. Plus you should bring some extra cash to pick up the record and maybe a tshirt (and maybe an extra tshirt for me).


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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

One comment on “Friday Find – “The Tragedy” by Taken by Canadians – 5/16/14

  1. […] I’ve been impatiently waiting for Second Cousins to release some music since catching them live last year. And it’s finally time! The young quartet will celebrate their EP release next Wednesday, June 25 at the Belly Up with Inspired and The Sleep and Taken by Canadians (a previous Friday Find artist). […]


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