Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Kepler Are No More

Jonathan Migneault

Today is a sad day for many in Ottawa's indie community. Kepler, the city's long-standing anchor of indie post-rock/pop rock has broken up. Over the past eight years, Kepler released three LPs, one EP and a six-song demo cassette.

The band's website tells a story of an "undignified and blubbering slow demise". It reads like any good novel. First, there's the exposition: Three friends, Jon Georgekish-Watt, Samir Khan and Mike Sheridan made a demo cassette called Kepler in December of 1997. They probably had modest expectations and created music together because, well, they liked it.

Next, there's the rising action, then the climax. Jeremy Gara joined the band and helped them produce three excellent albums. Those were This Heart is Painted On (November 1999), Fuck Fight Fail (October 2000) and Missionless Days (March 2002). The band garnered positive attention in indie media circles as it toured the United States, Europe, and Canada.

After the good times came the falling action and the band's eventual demise. Sheridan left the band as the other three coped with an ever-changing line-up. Then, through a long, difficult process, they recorded their final album, Attic Salt (July 2005). Soon thereafter Gara became the drummer for a little indie band called the Arcade Fire. Kepler's frustrations grew as they recorded a demo that they will now likely never release. Cue the band's end.

Now that the band's called it quits, there is one upside: They're in "clean-up" mode, and that means good things for their fans. They're practically giving away their back-catalogue in order to move on. As I write this, fans can obtain Kepler's entire discography from their website for a measly $10 [Cdn]. It comes highly recommended.

As one of Ottawa, nay Canada's, finest move on, many will miss them, but their presence will continue in indie music for quite some time. Their influence on Ottawa's indie scene (yes, there is such a thing) has been immense. The Hilotrons (whose Michael Dubue briefly played with Kepler), The Acorn, As the Poets Affirm… and many more owe a huge debt of gratitude to the band.

No doubt, each band member will pursue his own projects, and I, along with many, look forward to that.

Kepler - Reward and Respite
Kepler - The Changing Light at Sandover
Kepler - My Other

Kepler's Full Discography

Comments on "Kepler Are No More"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (28/3/06 3:08 pm) : 

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Blogger Jonathan Migneault said ... (28/3/06 3:37 pm) : 

Yes! Ten bucks!

Just click on the link below "Buy" and e-mail Samir to purchase the albums.


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