September 28, 2004


The Constantines:
Nightime, Anytime (It's Alright)

When some outside and even inside Canada think of Canadian music- the names Shania and Avril frequently come to mind, but under the mainstream media radar are many, many artists who put those two and their ilk to shame.
The Constantines being the one we are concerned with today, but just to namedrop a few: Broken Social Scene, The Evaporators, Warsawpack, and The Stills.

The Constantines came together in the small Ontario city of Guelph, a picturesque place with a smallish university and a smaller still local arts scene. With the band's latest release, Shine A Light (their first on Sub Pop), they hit the ground running— thanks to an intensive touring schedule and the energy of it's band members.

The album opens with the frenetic, punked up energy of 'National Hum', followed by the yin and yang of 'Shine a Light' with it's head bobbing bass line. 'Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)' sits somewhere between these two (musically, at least) with the band displaying it's grasp of song dynamics, no doubt developed through their play 'anywhere/anytime' philosophy.

I guess I could say, Anywhere/Anytime (It's Alright), as long as it's The Constantines. And I did.

Nightime, Anytime (It's Alright) courtesy of

US Label site: SUBPOP
Canadian Label site: THREE GUT RECORDS

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