Places To Die
Adventure Handbook | 28.08.2015
Toronto’s punk-poet Rob Moir looks back at two consecutive years of life on the road with the release of his new album 'Adventure Handbook'. In the vein of timeless artists (and muses) like Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements and Jeff Tweedy, Rob's songs are honest and exceedingly entertaining to see live. Rob continues to routinely finesses clever turns of phrase in his lyrics. The opening track 'New Years Eve' shows hope on the horizon, with 'Run For Your Life' & 'Ports Of Call' illuminating the excitement of doing what you love on an unknown course.
Formerly the front man for Toronto’s Dead Letter Department, Rob released his first solo EP in 2010 called 'This Is The Lie', then came the critically acclaimed LP 'Places To Die' in 2013 which Rolling Stone wrote in their 4/5 star printed album review, "Moir isn't conservative; there's something urgent in his songs, that are never too sure of themselves, and whose longing hasn’t found a home yet. Moir sings his romantic sighing songs with punk rock folk in his heart and in addition proves a great sense for quiet singer/songwriter moment”.
Since then, he’s toured Europe with Neko Case and shared the stage with fellow alt-folk artists such as Frightened Rabbit, Frank Turner and The White Buffalo. With past solo performances at international festivals; NXNE, CMW, BIGSOUND and multiple successful tours in Australia, Canada, Europe, UK and USA, Rob has proven his ability to silence rowdy audiences with his intimate performances, quick humour, and captivating stage presence.
Perpetually on the lonesome road, Rob continues to expand his audience as he perform his songs across the world, making fans the old fashion way, one dedicated believer at a time.
Places To Die
With a heart filled with passion and a head full of stories, Toronto, Canada's Rob Moir continues to deliver his most unique music to date. In the vein of timeless artists like Bruce Springsteen and Jeff Tweedy, Rob's songs are provocative, simple and honest. He’s shared the stage with fellow alt-folk artists such as Frightened Rabbit, Frank Turner and Sean Rowe. With past solo performances at NXNE 2011, CMW 2012 and multiple successful tours in Canada, Europe, UK and USA, Rob has proven his ability to silence rowdy audiences and chatty rooms with his intimate performances, quick humour, and impressive stage presence. Perpetually on the lonesome road; he has been quietly building an international fan base for himself.
After 2 years touring in support of his debut EP This Is The Lie the time came to return home and begin recording the follow up album. Working again with long-time producer Lynne Dubuc out of Toronto & London, Ontario studios: The result is an eclectic full-length record titled: Places To Die The 12 track (CD only and digital, Vinyl contains CD album in Papersheet) effort is a confident and genre-crossing selection of songwriting. An exciting step forward into new territory, both lyrically and sonically for Rob.
Straight in with the lead-off single 'Places To Die (Before You See The world)' the opener stomps and punches above its weight with big choruses. It's upfront lyrical theme protests not wanting to spend his last moments in miserable places such as a prison cell or factory; to an emphasis of not wanting to die in a hospital, which is sung sincerely and direct. Further down the track listing victory is found on the hopeful 'Love Will Cure Us All', balanced by the Elliott Smith-esque track 'The Fear', and the heartbreak travelogue themes captured in the striped down 'Cold'. The album closer 'Crow Stew' is a bluesier barn burner completing a collection of songs intended to be experienced from start to finish.
The result of strong and versatile material found on Places To Die promises to expand Rob Moir's audience as he continues to perform it's songs across the world, making fans the old fashion way, one dedicated believer at a time.