intriguing new group, Inhabitants surfaced from the depths
of Vancouver's music underground in the spring of 2005 to release their
self-titled debut on the Drip Audio imprint. Capturing the band's eclectic
sound, the disc has garnered favourable reviews both locally and internationally.
Described as "an aural introduction to a dream" by Down Beat,
Inhabitants music draws inspiration from great innovators such as Ornette
Coleman and Jimi Hendrix, and has been likened to electric-era Miles Davis
and the instrumental post-rock of Tortoise and Godspeed You Black Emperor!.
Rich sonic textures, subtle melodic ideas and a strong rhythmic sensibility
are the signatures of the Inhabitants, winners of CBC's Galaxie Rising Star
award at the 2005 Vancouver Int'l Jazz Festival.
All four Inhabitants are major contributors to Vancouver's
creative music scene. Collectively the members of Inhabitants have worked
with such diverse artists as Dave Douglas, Bill Laswell, Peggy Lee, FranÁois
Houle, Ron Samworth, Tony Wilson, Wayne Horvitz, Steve Beresford, Wolfgang
Fuchs, the NOW Orchestra, Josh Martinez, Kevin House and Submission Hold.
Recently, Inhabitants returned home from a successful tour of Germany. The
highlight of the trip included an appearance at the acclaimed Moers Festival
on June 3rd, 2006. Other acts at the festival included Peter Brotzmann,
Jamie Lidell, Gonzales, Nils Petter Molvaer, Bill Laswell, Hamid Drake and
"…raw vitality…spacious expressiveness…a sonic treat." –CODA
"...seamless, smooth and spacious, Inhabitants is a beautifully mature
debut for a band we hope will be around for years to come." -
The Georgia Straight/Vancouver
"...delicious state-of-the-art sampling of compelling contemporary
improv." - Williamette Weekly/Portland, OR
"The blissful yet dissonant ambience and lightly shuffling grooves
these young cats create may also induce chills in folks with lots of titles
from the Constellation and Thrill Jockey labels in their collections."
- The Stranger/Seattle, WA
“Occupying an aural meadow somewhere between Tortoise's TNT and In a Silent
Way-era Miles Davis are The Inhabitants ." - Terminal City
"...strikes just the right balance between experimentation and structure."
“...dense, mind-bending music...like a jazz revolution waiting to happen.”
- The Calgary Sun
Review: Down Beat & Coda Magazine
Interview - The Georgia Straight