Elliot Brood set to play their alternative sound in Golden

Willhorse will be opening for Elliott Brood at a show on August 22.

Elliot Brood will be playing a show at the Golden Civic Centre.

Elliot Brood will be playing a show at the Golden Civic Centre.

The alternative country band that is known to make the past feel present, is coming to Golden in August.

Toronto’s Elliott Brood will be playing at the Golden Civic Centre on Aug. 22.

The trio, made up of Mark Sasso on lead vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and kazoo, Casey Laforet on guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals, bass pedals, keys, and ukulele, and Stephen Pitkin on percussion, sampler, and backing vocals, formed in 2002 at the Toronto club, Holy Joes.

Also described as “death country,” or “frontier rock,” Elliott Brood produces a dark, gritty folk soul music built around whiskey-drenched vocals and lyrics evoking images of love, loss and murder.

Their first EP, Tin Type, was released in 2004, packaged in a brown paper bag containing a handmade photobook done in the style of America’s “Old West.”

Their most recent album, 2011’s Days Into Years, has produced singles Northern Air, and If I Get Old.

The band has toured extensively throughout Canada and internationally, opening for acts like Wilco, War on Drugs, Blue Rodeo, the Black Crowes, Corb Lund and the Sadies.

They had a big year in 2010 when they played the stage at the Olympic Village and Whistler for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. It was also the year they wrote the score for the film Grown Up Movie Star, and won a Genie Award for Achievement in Music: Original Song, for their single West End Sky.

They are returning to Golden on August 22 with opening act, Golden’s own Willhorse. Tickets are presale only for $30, and are available now at Jita’s Cafe, and Plain Wayne and Jane. To hear some of Elliott Brood’s music, go to www.elliottbrood.com.