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The Wooden Sky with Casper Skulls

The title of The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length album is an abridged quote from Frank Herbert’s1965 sci-fi novel,Dune:“Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.” It’s a phrase thatseems especially apt in 2017, as many of us are still reeling from the previous year. For GavinGardiner, the frontman of the Toronto-based indie rock band, the way to understand and reconcile these unknowns — from oil pipelines and refugee crises to his own family’s personalhistory— is through songwriting. “It’s how I filter a lot of things that come in,” says Gardiner, as he walks through the residential streets of Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood. “For better or for worse, it’s how I deal with things and how I communicate my feelings.”Swimming in Strange Waters is Gardiner trying to make sense of the world

Casper Skulls emerged from the Toronto exurbs in 2015, bursting onto the local scene with a studied sound and supercharged live performances. They have been hailed by the likes of FADER, Stereogum, MTV and Billboard.

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