Photo by Ben Norton
Let's not waste any time equivocating here: the Constantines are my favorite band. It's a decision that I reached a while ago, but it was once again cemented when I saw the quintet of Bry Webb, Steve Lambke, Dallas Wehrle, Will Kidman and Doug MacGregor blister through another excellent set last week. That concert officially put me into the double-digit count, an event I figured deserved a little fanfare on this site. After all, ever since I got their debut, The Constantines, way back in 2001, their music has left a deep and formative imprint on me. Whether it's onstage or on record, these guys rock harder and smarter than anyone else, bringing a tireless intensity that's mostly absent from music these days.
All through the week, I'll be celebrating their impact with a five-day tribute to Canada's favorite prodigal sons. I'll be kicking off by discussing my ten favorite songs of theirs, and in the next days, I'll be revisiting a Cons concert from last year, reviewing their most recent show, posting video of their new material, and most importantly, sharing my sit-down interview with lead singer Bry Webb. If you already know the band, hopefully you're pretty excited about all of this, and if you don't, consider this an introduction to music you absolutely need to hear.