With New Music, the New Deal Return Play Music Hall of Williamsburg

March 22nd, 2016

Three members of the Canadian jazz scene, Darren Shearer (drums), Dan Kurtz (bass) and Jamie Shields (keys), formed the electronic three-piece the New Deal in Toronto back before the turn of the century, fusing electronic music with live instrumentation—and improvisation. They quickly became a sensation among jam fans and rave kids alike thanks to their energetic live shows and relentless touring, plus an dance-worthy mix of house rhythms, happy synths and surprisingly melodic bass. But after a successful 14-year run and more than 1,000 live shows, the New Deal decided to take a break. But you can’t keep a good band down, and so the Toronto trio returns with a brand-new crowd-pleasing album, Mercury Switch (stream it below)—their first in more than a decade. And as if that weren’t enough, they also play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday night. Lotus drummer Jesse Miller’s solo project, Beard O Bees, opens the show.