Elizabeth Powell may have worn your shirt onstage.
LAND OF TALK with the ZEROES at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, January 15), 10 pm. $10. 416-870-8000.
Elizabeth Powell spent the entire holidays curled up on the couch of her Montreal home playing Scrabble and recording demos in GarageBand. And who can blame her?
Ever since Land of Talk busted onto the Canadian indie scene in 2006 with their debut EP, Applause Cheer Boo Hiss (Rebel Group), the three-piece has toured incessantly, opening for a who's who of Pitchfork-approved guitar rock.
Last fall saw the release of the band's first full-length, Some Are Lakes (Saddle Creek), which meant tours with Broken Social Scene, Josh Reichmann and a European jaunt with Think About Life.
Powell seems to have adjusted to a life spent in vans and clubs - "We ask for gym socks on our rider, and sometimes I'll wear Land of Talk merch, then wash it and put it back to be sold!" - but the constant stream of shows has taken its toll.
"We had to turn down a tour with Bloc Party so I can have surgery," she laments. In February, Powell will go under the knife to have a hemorrhagic polyp removed from her vocal cords - nothing serious, she says, but the ordeal will force the band into "hibernation" at least until spring.
"Land of Talk is entering a second puberty," she laughs. "My voice is changing, so maybe what we do musically will, too."