Elliott Brood Tickets
A three-piece band from Canada, Elliot Brood is an alternative country outfit that performs across North America and Europe. Mark Sasso is the band's lead vocalist. He also plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and harmonica, as well as the kazoo from time to time. On bass pedals, keyboard and ukulele is Casey Laforet, who sings backing vocals and occasionally takes lead singing duties. The final member of the lineup is Stephen Pitkin, who provides percussion and backing vocals, as well as operating the group's sampler. Sometimes called frontier rock, the alt-country music of Elliott Brood is bluegrass in style on some tracks, as well as including elements of folk. The band has been operating as a unit since 2002.
Elliott Brood's early career
Sasso and Laforet knew each other as children, when they lived in the same town of Windsor. They formed a band after moving, and they both started attending high school in Toronto. Operating as a four-piece, the pair and two others played their first gig in a club named Holy Joes, in 2002. However, the band soon split, leaving Sasso and Laforet to continue gigging as a duo once more.
In 2004, the pair released their first EP, Tin Type, which they recorded with Pitkin, who acted as the producer for the work. The six-track EP was laid down entirely over just two days in Sasso's living room; a recording space they called 'The Orange Room' due to its decor. The following year, the band put out a full album by the name of Ambassador. Released via Six Shooter Records, this LP was the first that included Pitkin as a full member of the band, not simply as a studio wizard. The album was well received and ended up being nominated for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group, at the Juno Awards of 2006.
Elliott Brood's later career
Again nominated for a Juno Award, the band cemented their sound with the mature album, Mountain Meadows, which was recorded in 2008. It featured tracks such as “Write It All Down For You”, “Garden River” and “Miss You Now”. Days Into Years came out in 2011, followed by a live album, recorded for iTunes. In 2013, Tin Type II hit the shelves; a reissue of their earlier work with new packaging and three bonus tracks, including “Rusty Nail”.
More recently, the band has opened shows for acts such as Wilco, The Black Crowes and The Sadies. In 2014, the band played the BBK Festival in Bilbao, Spain. In 2017, Elliott Brood returned with a new studio album called Ghost Gardens.
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