With Tournament of Hearts the Constantines return with a record of desire: songs about nurses and marriage;
songs about northern latitudes; songs about work and the weather; songs about loving. Ever gentlemen, this
s not the telling after the kissing. These are the secret manifestos, an album heavy with the knowledge that
he only truths worth telling are those truths told by lovers. Such truths are fleeting and disordered. It’s best
o hurry, and to hurry hard.
Recorded in their hometown of Toronto at Halla Studios with Jeff McMurrich (Sea Snakes, Picastro, Hidden
Cameras) Tournament of Hearts is the Constantines third full-length album. It follows two critically acclaimed
albums released through Three Gut Records in their native Canada and Sub Pop for the rest of the world:
2001’s Constantines (reissued on Sub Pop in 2004) and 2003’s Shine a Light. We can speak of their
passports: the Constantines have toured the US, Canada, Europe and the UK, playing shows with the likes
of The Weakerthans, Foo Figthers, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Lungfish, Don Caballero, The Arcade Fire,
Oneida, Broken Social Scene, Modest Mouse, Guided by Voices. We can speak of the kind nods of
encouragement in the form of 2 Juno nominations. We can speak of their festive spirits: happy participants
at SxSW, NxNE, CMJ, The Village Voice Siren Music Festival, All Tomorrow’s Parties (LA 2004, curated by
saac Brock), Montreal Pop Explosion, and, significantly, the Dawson City Music Festival. Truths were
revealed on the tundra and by the midnight sun.
"WE’RE WORKING. THERE’RE HIGH WINDS AT SEA. GIANT SHEETS OF ICE ARE
BREAKING ON THE HULL AND I CAN FEEL IT SHAKE THROUGH MY KNEES. WE’RE
SURROUNDED BY GREAT MOUNTAINS OF ROCK. WE’VE TAKEN LOVERS. WE’VE
CROSSED THE THRESHOLD. WE DESIRE THE UNKNOWN. WE MAY ALREADY BE LOST.
XO, THE CONS”