Members of Born Ruffians and Tokyo Police Club Form Novels, Make a Movie and Record an EP in 24 Hours

Photo: Marshall Angus

Novels is a new side project from Tokyo Police Club’s Graham Wright, Will Currie of Will Currie and The Country French, Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians, Dean Marino of Tin Star Orphans, and Jason Sadlowski of Chemical Sound. Novels initially came together for a marathon jam session in January of 2009 where they wrote, recorded, and arranged an 5 song EP in one day. Since then, the “band” has taken an unconventional approach to marketing their music, the songs aren’t posted anywhere and the EP isn’t for sale, but they recently screened a 35 minute documentary of their all night recording session (shot by film maker Wade Vroom) at this year’s Pop Montreal festival. Here’s a little bit of silliness from the band’s CBC Radio 3 web page.


In January of 2009, five of us locked ourselves away in Chemical Sound Studios in Toronto with the goal of writing, arranging, and recording an EP from scratch in one marathon session. When we stumbled out the door in the wee hours of the next morning, we found ourselves with what we’re now calling NOVELS.

NOVELS won’t be sold in CD stores, on the internet, or anywhere else. Instead, we’ll give them away, or put them places. Maybe you’ll find a copy sitting on a park bench. Maybe a masked man will hand you one as he passes you on the street. Maybe none of these things will happen. But we’ll make sure that everyone gets a chance to listen if they want to.

We also had some friends come along to take pictures and video, which can be found on this website as well as in various other places on the internet. [Novels on CBC Radio 3]

View some video clips of their recording session after the jump.

NOVELS – Introduction & Pitch Session from Wade Vroom on Vimeo.

NOVELS – This Wouldn’t Be The First Time (Chapter 1 of 5) from Wade Vroom on Vimeo.

NOVELS – Mr. Foster’s Teenage Daughter (Chapter 2 of 5) from Wade Vroom on Vimeo.

NOVELS – Big Run (Chapter 3 of 5) from Wade Vroom on Vimeo.

NOVELS – Record In Hand (Chapter 4 of 5) from Wade Vroom on Vimeo.

NOVELS – No Hard Feelings (Chapter 5 of 5) from Wade Vroom on Vimeo.